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Shoulda Been Home [CD]

Robert Cray Audio CD
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With 5 Grammy Awards, 15 grammy nominations, millions of record sales worldwide, and thousands of sold out performances, blues rock icon Robert Cray is considered one of the greatest guitarists of his generation.

In their April 2011 issue, Rolling Stone Magazine credits Cray with reinventing the blues with his “distinct razor sharp guitar playing.” They go on to say that his ... Read more in Amazon's Robert Cray Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ADA Global
  • ASIN: B00005B16Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,621 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Baby's Arms 2:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Already Gone 6:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Anytime 5:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Love Sickness 2:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I'm Afraid 3:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. No One Special 4:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Out Of Eden 9:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Cry For Me Baby 3:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Far Away 6:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Renew Blues 1:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Help Me Forget 4:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The 12 Year Old Boy 2:460.79  Buy MP3 

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In the recording studio and on stage, Cray can often alternate between mere water-treading and inspired, magical statements. Fortunately, Shoulda Been Home represents one of the latter. It's Cray's second album for the Rykodisc label, with Steve Jordan once again in the producer's chair. He must claim a chunk of the credit for this disc's slow 'n' slinky, deep-rooted ambience, leaving space between the players and coaxing out a luscious reverb. Cray's rhythm parts are given a speaker apiece, stinging and chopping in the far corners of the mix, while his sparkling solos hog centre-stage. Cray's amp sound often comes close to the ghostly vibrato-tones of Georgia's Robert Ward. Meanwhile, Karl Sevareid pours out the chocolaty basslines and an all-star horn section tips in on the up-tempo numbers. Each tune seems to ooze its sweet juices into the next. Cray rarely plays pure blues any more (though this album does contain a pair of tunes from the Elmore James set-list), being for many years now a prime upholder of the soul-infused mood-spreader. Cray (or his regular band) have written most of the songs here and lyrically he seems less tortured by love's trials on this outing, his honeyed vocals not so angst-ridden. Just listen to "Anytime", its capsule guitar solo not wasting an instant and Jim Pugh's purring organ riding underneath. Or the up-tempo, slapping beat and horn cuts of "Love Sickness". The whole session has that live-in-the-studio sound, just like an old Stax platter. Speaking of sick love, Pugh has almost taken on Cray's fraught lyrical mantle, his lengthy "Out Of Eden" allowing the leader to let rip liberally between each moanin' verse. --Martin Longley

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(2001 'Rykodisc') (52:52/12)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Stuff 23 Jun 2001
Format:Audio CD
Why is is that as they get older they get better ? Keb Mo' Eric Bibb Robert Cray....the latest offering is full of tight rhythm, minimal lead guitar and excellent vocals. Superb production, if you like your blues clean rather than overdriven then you will be extremely satisfied with Cray's latest recording.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Less blues , more soul, but its still good 10 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
Blues purists have never been too keen on Robert Cray with his leanings to jazz and soul. Well he has leaned even further towards soul on this recording. If like me, you prefer his love cheat numbers, complete with crisp almost clinical guitar licks, then you may be slightly disappointed with this more soulful offering. I say slightly, because this is still an excellent album
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5.0 out of 5 stars top album 20 Aug 2013
By tnt
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
buy his now .
blues, and r&b before it became something else.
pure listening pleasure.
dont miss out on this
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish 27 April 2014
Format:Audio CD
Robert Cray and producer Steve Jordan create their second triumph in a row. Like the proceeding album, Take Your Shoes Off, Cray succeeds in mining a vintage sound for a cool retro feel. What distinguishes this record is the overall mellow mood. It's the slow burners such as Anytime and Help Me To Forget Her which give the album its substance and help to create a late night groove. Robert Cray makes use of overdubbing on some of the tracks to create a smooth tapestry of interlocking parts, and his guitar sparkles with understated authority. The centerpiece is Out Of Eden, a nine minute number showcasing how sympathetically the whole band play together, and demonstrating what can be achieved when musicians pay attention to dynamics. This album is much more sophisticated than much of Cray's early work, and the result is very stylish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music 9 April 2014
By Dont_50
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Robert Crays music never changes that much but he still very good at what he does. Well worth a listen. Thanks Amazon
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