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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: B00000IN4K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,004 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
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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Amazon.co.uk Review

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
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 EXCELLENT WORK OF ROBERT CRAY 16 Jun 2013
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THERE IS A LOT OF TALK THAT ROBERT CRAY .. THIS CD IS VERY GOOD, MAYBE IT'S ONE OF MELHRES RECORDED AT THE END OF 90 YEARS ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Soulful not blue 12 Jan 2012
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A really nice album from Mr Cray. Not standard blues fare though, may not be your cup of tea if you dont like soul as well. The one real blues track (the last one on the disc) is probably the worst part of the album (and yes i am a blues fan). The rest are interesting and well crafted tunes, showing off Roberts voice more than his guitar, which i would have liked to be much higher in the mix, theres some great rhythm guitar on here buts its very much in the background. Apart from that a beautifully recorded CD.
Tracks 4 and 11 are worth the price alone, nicely packaged too.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cray's worst album 5 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
This album is very poor. If you enjoy blues, then avoid. This album compares very badly to Strong Persuader, False Accusations and I Was Warned (to name but a few). Robert Cray's CD's have been getting progressively worse over the years, and this was the nadir for me. Haven't bought a Robert Cray CD since this one.

If you're deep into soul you might like it, but I found it very bland and forgettable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ROBERT CRAY MAKES FIVE STAR ALBUM SHOCK! 3 Jan 2000
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WOW! I GOT THIS ALBUM AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT AND HAVEN'T REMOVED IT FROM MY CD PLAYER. I'VE BEEN A ROBERT CRAY BAND FAN FOR ABOUT TEN YEARS. I HAVE BEEN DISAPPOINTED WITH HIS RECENT MATERIAL, FEELING THAT HE WAS GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS. NOT ANYMORE. THIS ALBUM MAKES YOU FEEL GREAT TO BE ALIVE. THE STANDOUT TRACKS? "ALL THE WAY", "PARDON" AND "LIVING PROOF". ALL ORIGINAL TRACKS WRITTEN BY MR CRAY OR JIMMY PUGH, THE KEYBOARD PLAYER. THESE TRACKS BLOW AWAY THE COVERS (OF WHICH THERE ARE FIVE). I'VE ALWAYS THOUGHT CRAY'S VOICE LENT ITSELF MORE TO SOUL THAN BLUES AND THIS ALBUM CONFIRMS IT. FOR ONCE HIS GUITAR PLAYING TAKES A BACK BURNER, LEAVING THAT VOICE TO SEND SHIVERS DOWN YOUR SPINE. I WOULD RECOMMEND ANYONE WHO LOVES MUSIC PLAYED WITH SOUL, CONVICTION AND PASSION TO BUY THIS CD. IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT (NOT POSSIBLE!) THEN YOU'VE NO SOUL.
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