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Cookin' in Mobile
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2010
Robert Cray surely must rank as one of the most consistently good artists, his choice of new material makes every album he produces a listening pleasure,always exploring new ideas and themes to write songs about.He really is a superb and very fluent guitarist with a style his own.As good as his studio albums are live there seems an extra fire and dimension to his performing art.So to get this live set, along with his first performance DVD is a pure delight.Recorded in the USA in a great venue along with his current band (it's so good to have Richard Cousins back on bass duties, he always adds so much to the Cray sound because he is such a superb bassman and his bass layers so thick and full).The whole set is a mix of classic and more recent Cray material but each song has developed on the road and all in all produces the very best live I've heard by the band yet.The Royal Albert Hall live double was very good but this is better still because the quality of both the material and live sound is just so very good throughout.With the wonderful Jim Pugh on keyboards and Tony Braunagel on drums this is aa tight solid unit on top of their game with Cray clearly relishing this gig we get something very special indeed. OK to the tracks ,there's twelve of them and include 'Smokin' Gun','Chicken In The Kitchen','Our Last Time', 'Right Next Door' and 'Sittin ' On Top Of The World'. The DVD has the full set plus backstage film and photo gallery and two bonus video's so for the price of a single CD you get two wonderful discs by one of modern blues greatest exponents in absolute cracking form.Recommended highly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2010
I have to admit to having been a little disappointed with Robert Cray's output over the past 10 years or so. Having released a string of superb albums he fell into the trap of playing, to my ears anyway, "formula music". This tended to be Southern soul oriented blues, with songs based almost entirely around relationships that have gone bad, with lots of vocal content, but little of his trademark guitar playing.

The double live album (Across The Pond) was a good album, but not great. It certainly did not match up to the BBC Sessions release (which of course was recorded much earlier). The recent release of the Authorised Bootleg again showed what a strong performer Cray was back in the 80s.

This live cd/dvd package, recorded last year, goes a long way to recovering his stature, in my opinion. Strong songs, a top notch band, excellent vocals, plenty of classic Cray guitar licks, and an excellent sound, make for a must-have package for Cray fans, or anyone interested in modern blues based music.

To have the concert on both cd and dvd (albeit with a couple of tracks less on the cd) makes this fantastic value for money.

Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
CD and DVD is great value . Concert is very similar to that of Robert Crays current UK tour.
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on 1 October 2013
I bought this just before seeing Robert Cray live, with the same musicians in his band, in the glorious setting of Birmingham Town Hall. This combined CD and DVD package really give the flavour of his live performance. Some of the songs like Smoking Gun and Right Next Door he's been playing live regularly for well over 20 years, but these are not just going through the motions as he's still such a strong persuader.... Other newer ones like Anytime are sharper here than on the studio album.
If you don't already know Robert Cray's music this is the perfect introduction.
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on 21 June 2011
Live is the medium best suited to Robert Cray. What you want from a Robert Cray track is a good guitar lick. This recent studio albums have tended to be more laid back. Live the same tracks have more energy and drive. His voice is still sublime. Great value package with the DVD but don't expect any pyrotechnics, its largely static. More enjoyable than the live from across the pond album. The live at the BBC album is a better option if you want a Robert Cray greatest hots live album. Cooking in Mobile contains more of his recent material.
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on 23 September 2010
I have been a big fan of Robert Cray for many years . Recently I have been disapponted with some of his output . This record is right back to form .... The band are intrgrel to the sound the keyboards . and return of Richard Cousans on Bass make For SOME BRILLIANT MOMENTS . .Robert`s Soulful voice shown to it`s best. The additional D.V.D an added bonus Great Package ....much played especially coming home from work in the Car!!!!
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on 20 June 2014
Robert Cray is a gifted blues musician with such a laid back style of playing. He is superb live and never hits a duff note. This is a great concert and the production is superb. It has both the CD and the DVD included to is superb value.
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on 24 March 2014
i bought this for the dvd and what a great show it is.really great musicians on top form but it look's like it was recorded in a morgue.the audience are totally lifeless.don't let that take anything away from the gig as it's really good.
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There was something missing about his performance. I really do like Robert Cray but maybe this dvd didn't quite meet my expectations. I might have to keep looking. Best tracks for me are Smoking Gun, Right Next Door and Phone Booth.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 August 2010
Never a member of a "big" band, this guitarist was always highly rated by "giants" of rock such as Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck who knew him from studio work.

This gives a insight into why "great" rock guitarists respected this man.
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