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The Robert Cray Band - Strong Persuader (1986)

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The Robert Cray Band - Strong Persuader (1986)

The Robert Cray Band - Strong Persuader (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 291 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 127 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Mercury | # 830 568-2 M-1 | 00:39:24

The set that made Cray a pop star, despite its enduring blues base. Cray's smoldering stance on "Smoking Gun" and "Right Next Door" rendered him the first sex symbol to emerge from the blues field in decades, but it was his innovative expansion of the genre itself that makes this album a genuine 1980s classic. "Nothing but a Woman" boasts an irresistible groove pushed by the Memphis Horns and some metaphorically inspired lyrics, while "I Wonder" and "Guess I Showed Her" sizzle with sensuality.

B.B. King - Blues Summit (1993)

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B.B. King - Blues Summit (1993)

B.B. King - Blues Summit (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 396 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Scans ~ 113 Mb
Modern Electric Blues, Soul Blues | Label: MCA | # MCD 10710 | Time: 01:02:43

This is B.B. King's most delightful recording of the '90s. He duets with other blues greats, including Koko Taylor ("Something You Got"), Buddy Guy ("I Pity the Fool"), Etta James ("There's Something on Your Mind"), Ruth Brown ("You're the Boss"), and his dear friend John Lee Hooker ("You Shook Me"). The peaks come in his guitar shootout with Texas Telecaster slinger Albert Collins on "Call It Stormy Monday" and his high-spirited run-in with Katie Webster, who steals their performance of "Since I Met You Baby" with her saucy asides.

Robert Cray Band with Stevie Ray Vaughan - Live... Texas '87 (2016) [Unofficial Release]

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Robert Cray Band with Stevie Ray Vaughan - Live... Texas '87 (2016) [Unofficial Release]

Robert Cray Band with Stevie Ray Vaughan - Live… Texas '87 (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 470 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues | Label: Air Cuts | # ACCD8015 | Time: 01:15:49

Robert Cray finally made his commercial breakthrough with the release of Strong Persuader, his fifth studio album, in late 1986. He toured extensively to support it, both in his own right and opening for stars such as Eric Clapton, Tina Turner and Huey Lewis. This superb live set, broadcast on Q102 Radio, captures him on the cusp of stardom, and includes blistering performances of almost all the album (including the hit single, Smoking Gun), as well as a guest appearance from the great Stevie Ray Vaughan. It's presented here together with background notes and images.

VA - Lightning In a Bottle: Original Soundtrack Recording (2004) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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VA - Lightning In a Bottle: Original Soundtrack Recording (2004) 2CDs [Re-Up]

VA - Lightning In a Bottle: A One Night History Of The Blues (2004) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 707 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 256 Mb | Scans ~ 75 Mb
Label: Columbia/Legacy | # C2K 92860 | Time: 01:51:54
Blues, Country-Blues, Electric Blues, Blues-Rock, Soul-Blues, R&B

This soundtrack to the movie features an astonishing array of blues artists from three generations. Recorded during one long night at NYC's Radio City Music Hall on Feb. 7, 2003, the electricity is in the air and on stage. While it may not have been the finest blues show in history, the collection of founding fathers such as David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Buddy Guy, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Larry Johnson, Hubert Sumlin, Solomon Burke, and the ubiquitous B.B. King along with their spiritual offspring (Gregg Allman, John Fogerty, and Steven Tyler) and some usual suspects like Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, and Keb' Mo', makes it arguably the most significant blues session ever captured on film. Beginning acoustic, the double disc builds momentum and volume as we hear the blues mutate to electric and finally hip-hop with Chuck D. exploding on a rap version of John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom".

The Robert Cray Band - Sweet Potato Pie (1997)

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The Robert Cray Band - Sweet Potato Pie (1997)

The Robert Cray Band - Sweet Potato Pie (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 382 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 124 Mb | Scans ~ 54 Mb
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Mercury | # 534 698-2 | Time: 00:54:05

Robert Cray always flirted with gritty Southern soul, but it wasn't until Sweet Potato Pie that he made a full-fledged soul-blues record in Memphis. Cray hasn't abandoned blues, but he's woven punchy horns and sexy rhythms into the mix, resulting in one of his stronger records of the '90s. The material remains a bit uneven, but his taste is impeccable – few blues guitarists are as succinct and memorable as he, and the soul settings of Sweet Potato Pie only confirm that fact.

John Lee Hooker - Mr. Lucky (1991) [Re-Up]

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John Lee Hooker - Mr. Lucky (1991) [Re-Up]

John Lee Hooker - Mr. Lucky (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 293 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 138 Mb | Scans included
Delta Blues, Blues-Rock | Label: Pointblank/Charisma | # 0777 7 86237 2 4 | Time: 00:47:21

Released in 1991 on Pointblank, this audiophile treat finds the 'Hook in some very special company. Co-producers Roy Rogers, Ry Cooder and Carlos Santana (who all contribute musically on this title as well) persuaded the likes of Albert Collins, Robert Cray, John Hammond, Johnnie Johnson, Van Morrison, Keith Richards, Nick Lowe and Johnny Winter among others to join in and the result is one terrific record. This original analog recording is beautifully recorded and a highlight to the ump-teenth rejuvenation in the 'Hooks career.

John Lee Hooker - The Healer (1989) Reissue 1999 [Re-Up]

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John Lee Hooker - The Healer (1989) Reissue 1999 [Re-Up]

John Lee Hooker - The Healer (1989) Reissue 1999
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 280 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 145 Mb | Scans included
Electric Delta Blues, Blues Rock | Label: Capricorn | # 314 538 689-2 | Time: 00:41:42

The album features collaborations with Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Musselwhite, Robert Cray, Canned Heat, George Thorogood, Los Lobos and Carlos Santana, among others. The Healer peaked at number 62 on the Billboard 200 and "I'm in the Mood" won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Performance.

VA - A Tribute To Stevie Ray Vaughan (1996) [Re-Up]

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VA - A Tribute To Stevie Ray Vaughan (1996) [Re-Up]

VA - A Tribute To Stevie Ray Vaughan (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 384 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans ~ 92 Mb
Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Blues Rock | Label: Epic | # EK 67599 | Time: 01:57:01

The 1996 concert video A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan gathers Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, B.B. King, Art Neville, Dr. John, and brother Jimmie Vaughan to celebrate the talent and life of the modern electric blues guitar virtuoso. Double Trouble and the Tilt-a-Whirl Band support these stars as they interpret Vaughan's songbook in an 80-minute concert; brief interviews with the featured artists enrich the proceedings with even more respect and affection. Highlights of Vaughan's performance on the PBS series Austin City Limits hit home just how great a talent was lost when he was killed in 1990. Ultimately, though, A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan focuses on the uplifting memory of his warmth and musical gifts, keeping them alive with the help of his very able friends.

The Robert Cray Band - Midnight Stroll (1990) [Re-Up]

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The Robert Cray Band - Midnight Stroll (1990) [Re-Up]

The Robert Cray Band - Midnight Stroll (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 392 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Mercury | # 846 652-2 | Time: 00:50:02

Robert Cray adds a bit more soul to the mix on this album, which features the Memphis Horns most prominently. Most of the songs are Cray doing what Cray does best–slow, soulful, done-me-wrong (or, alternatively, I-done-wrong) songs chock full of great guitar. No complaints there, and when he adds a bit of vocal growl here and there, as on the album opener "The Forecast (Calls for Pain)" (also featuring some excellent bass from Richard Cousins), and the slow shuffle "Holdin' Court," it keeps things interesting. This album indicates a slight shift in Cray's direction; although he's always included a touch of soul in his blues, here it's more pronounced than before, a tendency he continued in subsequent recordings.

Robert Cray & The Robert Cray Band - Too Many Cooks (1989) [Originally released as Who's Been Talkin' in 1980] Re-Up

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Robert Cray & The Robert Cray Band - Too Many Cooks (1989) [Originally released as Who's Been Talkin' in 1980] Re-Up

Robert Cray & The Robert Cray Band - Too Many Cooks (1989)
Originally released as Who's Been Talkin' in 1980

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 256 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 115 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Tomato | # R2 70381 | Time: 00:35:45

The contemporary blues bannerman's recording debut (originally released as Who's Been Talkin' in 1980), while naturally not as strong as his later work (especially Bad Influence, released five years later), is the work of an extremely promising artist. The album is an appealing mix of standards (Willie Dixon's "Too Many Cooks," Howlin' Wolf's "Who's Been Talkin'," O.V. Wright's "I'm Gonna Forget About You," among others) and originals. Among the strongest of the latter are the slow blues "I'd Rather Be a Wino" and the closing number, "If You're Thinkin' What I'm Thinkin'," which contains the flavorful mix of tight rhythms, excellent guitar work, strong vocals, and bittersweet mood that would become Cray's hallmark.

The Robert Cray Band - False Accusations (1985) [Re-Up]

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The Robert Cray Band - False Accusations (1985) [Re-Up]

The Robert Cray Band - False Accusations (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 255 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 111 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Mercury/PolyGram | # 830 246-2 | 00:37:50

If not as impressive as Robert Cray's breakthrough recording, Bad Influence, released two years earlier, False Accusations is still a fine album with few missteps. One thing that Cray does very, very well is a blues ballad, something that his soul-inflected vocals and guitar playing suit him for. The result, on this album, is songs like the humorously bittersweet "She's Gone," the determined "The Last Time (I Get Burned Like This)," and "I've Slipped Her Mind," which perfectly captures the mood of the disappointed (but still unrealistically hopeful) suitor. The opener "Porch Light" is a scorcher with a killer bass line, and Cray's guitar on the title track in particular comes through crisp and clean. If a couple of songs (notably "Change of Heart, Change of Mind" and "Playin' in the Dirt") seem a bit lacking in energy, the rest of the CD more than makes up for it.

The Robert Cray Band - Shame + A Sin (1993) [Re-Up]

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The Robert Cray Band - Shame + A Sin (1993) [Re-Up]

The Robert Cray Band - Shame + A Sin (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 395 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Mercury/PolyGram | # 518 517-2 | 00:50:39

This time, Cray veered back toward the blues (most convincingly, too), even covering Albert King's "You're Gonna Need Me" and bemoaning paying taxes on the humorous "1040 Blues." Unlike his previous efforts, Cray produced this one himself. Also, longtime bassist Richard Cousins was history, replaced by Karl Sevareid.

The Robert Cray Band - Twenty (2005)

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The Robert Cray Band - Twenty (2005)

The Robert Cray Band - Twenty (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 320 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 108 Mb | Scans ~ 73 Mb
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Sanctuary | # SANCD368 | Time: 00:47:01

With his chocolaty cool, soulful Memphis croon and sure sense of melody, Robert Cray has never been considered a straightahead bluesman. His often interchangeable albums have instead stayed closer to R&B, adding compact, stinging lead guitar to songs about matters of the heart. That formula remains, with minor variations, on Cray's 14th release, rather confusingly named Twenty. The title track, a gripping, emotional anti-war ballad of the experience of a GI in Iraq (that, incidentally, doesn't contain the word "twenty") shows the singer/songwriter shifting his emotionally charged storytelling lyrics to the political arena. It's a brief but confident detour from his usual M.O. of relationships on the brink of collapse or in general disrepair, typically related in the first person. Subtle yet effective forays into loungey jazz on "My Last Regret" and even reggae on the opening "Poor Johnny" indicate a healthy tendency to push his established envelope, if only gently, into other genres. But Cray sticks to his established bread and butter for the majority of this sturdy album, effortlessly churning out shoulder-swaying, foot-tapping R&B accompanied by a clean, clear tenor voice and a road-hardened band that finesses these songs with the perfect combination of fire and ice. Old fans won't be disappointed, and newcomers can start here and work backwards.

Robert Cray - Strong Persuader (1986) Re-up

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Robert Cray - Strong Persuader (1986) Re-up

Robert Cray - Strong Persuader (1986)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
1993 | Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, UDCD 564 | ~ 240 or 99 Mb | Scans Included
Blues, Blues Rock

The set that made Cray a pop star, despite its enduring blues base. Cray's smoldering stance on "Smoking Gun" and "Right Next Door" rendered him the first sex symbol to emerge from the blues field in decades, but it was his innovative expansion of the genre itself that makes this album a genuine 1980s classic…

The Robert Cray Band - This Time (2009) [Re-Up]

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The Robert Cray Band - This Time (2009) [Re-Up]

The Robert Cray Band - This Time (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 340 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 157 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Nozzle Records/EMI | # 79960-2 | 00:48:08

2009 release from the five-time Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter and world-renowned American blues guitarist. Since his 1980 album debut Who's Been Talkin, Cray's unique playing style and distinct sound has become the bridge between traditional and contemporary: a signature blend of Rhythm and Blues, Pop, Rock, Soul and traditional Blues helping introduce old and new fans to a more contemporary Blues sound. Robert Cray has already released 17 award-winning multi-platinum albums, received 13 Grammy nominations and performed thousands of sold-out shows worldwide.