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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: B00000IN4K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,362 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Love Gone To Waste 4:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. That Wasn't Me 4:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. All The Way 5:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. There's Nothing Wrong 4:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. 24-7 Man 3:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Pardon 5:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Let Me Know 4:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. It's All Gone 5:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Won't You Give Him (one More Chance) 3:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Living Proof 5:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. What About Me 6:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Tollin' Bells 5:560.79  Buy MP3 

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Robert Cray spent the 1990s evolving from West Coast bluesman to Memphis soul belter, so his restrained guitar playing here comes as no surprise. What's shocking is the utter perfection of his emulation of the signature sounds of the classic Stax and Hi Records singles of the 1960s and early 1970s. Cray's voice exhibits the delirious growl-to-falsetto flights of a young Al Green on numbers like "What About Me", "Love Gone to Waste", and the prisoner-of-love weeper "Pardon". But his arrangements--heavy on kick drum, fatback horn grooves and organ flourishes--retain a grit that Hi in particular lost over time. And when he launches into a guitar solo like the probing corker that climaxes his take on Willie Dixon's "Toll the Bells", Cray rekindles the influence of his late mentor Albert Collins and reasserts himself as a torchbearer of stinging blues. --Ted Drozdowski

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Original 1999 special edition release of 12 tracks.

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This is real progress, after loving albums such as "Don't be afraid" and "Midnight Stroll" I had the feeling he was treading water, but this collection is postively alive with the blues, but more so SOUL. I can't think of guitar playing as pure or a voice so rich to restore Soul music to its former glories. I read an interview with Robert in a Guitar magazine which rated his work here on a par with Steve Cropper, this is no understatement. The man Cray has taken things to another level at long last... up there with Shelby Lynne & Macy Gray (& hopefully D'Angelo) as soul album of the year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cray in Retro Mode 27 April 2014
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Robert Cray came to prominence in the eighties with Strong Persuader. That album featured some great songs and is a classic in its way, but with its glossy sheen and the sterile production values reflective of that era, it sounds rather dated today. Soul music from the sixties and the first half of the seventies has stood the test of time far better, and is the inspiration behind this album. Cray had been moving in that direction on previous albums, most successfully on Sweet Potato Pie, but with this effort Cray really captures an authentic sound. What's interesting is that by going for a retro feel, Cray actually succeeds in creating a more modern ambience. Much of the credit goes to producer Steve Davis, the man Cray has used again recently on his In My Soul album.

The horn section arrangement for Love Gone To Waste is provided by the great Willie Mitchell, the man behind the Hi Records sound made famous by Al Green and Ann Peebles. That Wasn't Me and 24-7 Man look to Stax Records for inspiration, and Tollin' Bells is the only straight ahead blues number. I think Cray's version is as good as the original by Lowell Fulson.
Most of the tracks are excellent, with There's Nothing Wrong being particularly infectious. The only track which doesn't add much to the record is What About Me.

All in all, this record presents an increased maturity and attention to detail in the production values. The rather rock orientated drum sound which was present on most of his previous albums is gone, and Cray's voice is close miked for the first time. I'd recommend it to those who like the fusion of blues and soul and aren't so keen on blues-rock.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT WORK OF ROBERT CRAY 16 Jun 2013
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