Robert Cray

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

Posted by Designol at July 6, 2017
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 - Bad Influence (1983) [Re-Up]  Music

Posted by Designol at July 2, 2017
The Robert Cray Band - Bad Influence (1983) [Re-Up]

The Robert Cray Band - Bad Influence (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 318 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 138 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Mercury/PolyGram | # 830 245-2 | 00:42:42

One of Robert Cray's best albums ever, and the one that etched him into the consciousness of blues aficionados prior to his mainstream explosion. Produced beautifully by Bruce Bromberg and Dennis Walker, the set sports some gorgeous originals ("Phone Booth," "Bad Influence," "So Many Women, So Little Time") and two well-chosen covers, Johnny "Guitar" Watson's "Don't Touch Me" and Eddie Floyd's Stax-era "Got to Make a Comeback." Few albums portend greatness the way this one did.
Robert Cray Band with Stevie Ray Vaughan - Live... Texas '87 (2016) [Unofficial]

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.
Robert Cray - Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (2017) {Jay-Vee Records}

Robert Cray - Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (2017) {Jay-Vee Records}
EAC 1.0b3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3u | Full Scans 600dpi | 390MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Blues, Rhythm & Blues

Continuing his revived collaboration with producer Steve Jordan – the pair first worked together on 1999's Take Your Shoes Off, then reunited on 2014's In My Soul – Robert Cray headed to Memphis to cut his 18th studio set with members of the legendary Hi Rhythm Section. Setting up shop at Royal Studios, Cray got to work on a handful of originals and a collection of covers, not all of them strictly related to Memphis. In particular, Cray pushes swamp rocker Tony Joe White and "5" Royales leader Lowman Pauling, cutting two songs from each writer.

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

Posted by Designol at May 5, 2017
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 - Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (2017)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at April 27, 2017
Robert Cray - Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (2017)

Robert Cray - Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm
Blues, Soul | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 50:20 min | 117 MB
Label: Megaforce | Tracks: 11 | Rls.date: 2017

Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades, with five Grammy wins and over 20 acclaimed albums. For his latest project, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, the Blues Hall of Famer traveled to Memphis with his friend, renowned Grammy Award winning producer Steve Jordan, to make a classic soul album with Hi Rhythm, the band that helped create that sound.

The Robert Cray Band - Shoulda Been Home (2001)  Music

Posted by Designol at April 27, 2017
The Robert Cray Band - Shoulda Been Home (2001)

The Robert Cray Band - Shoulda Been Home (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 356 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 121 Mb | Scans ~ 69 Mb
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Rycodisc | # RCD 10611 | Time: 00:52:50

Perhaps the most telling tune on Shoulda Been Home is the T-Bone Walker-influenced "Renew Blues," not because of the style, but because the slow blues fades out after just one tiny minute. By contrast, the mellow soul sway of "Out of Eden" stretches out to over nine minutes. Robert Cray has been heralded as a savior of modern blues, but the truth is Cray's music is much closer to the vintage soul of O.V. Wright and Otis Redding than the 12-bar form of B.B. King or Albert King. Granted, his punctuating Stratocaster guitar riffs borrow from the books of all the blues masters, but his songwriting and arranging don't. Often backed by arpeggiated guitar chords, Cray's vocals are front and center here, passionately leaning into these predominantly slow or mid-tempo tunes. By contrast, only a couple of cuts are upbeat enough to really get the knees a-shakin'. The infectious opening cut "Baby's Arms" – the best tune on the record – could have been a hit single for Stax Records, and Sir Mack Rice's upbeat "Love Sickness" was a hit for Stax Records. Meanwhile, "Help Me Forget," with its mellow, candlelight mood, could have been a hit for Barry White.
Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Johnny Copeland ‎- Showdown! (1985)

Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Johnny Copeland ‎- Showdown! (1985)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
1995 | Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, UDCD 620 | ~ 259 or 104 Mb | Scans Included
Electric Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Texas Blues

Cray found himself in some pretty intimidating company for this Grammy-winning blues guitar summit meeting, but he wasn't deterred, holding his own alongside his idol Albert Collins and Texas great Johnny Copeland. Cray's delivery of Muddy Waters' rhumba-rocking "She's into Something" was one of the set's many highlights…

The Robert Cray Band - In My Soul (2014)  Music

Posted by Designol at April 26, 2017
The Robert Cray Band - In My Soul (2014)

The Robert Cray Band - In My Soul (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 287 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb | Scans ~ 84 Mb
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Provogue | # PRD 7436 2 | 00:48:56

Sometimes even the most consistent artists need to shake things up a bit. In Robert Cray's case, that means shuffling his lineup – he retained longtime bassist Richard Cousins but brought in drummer Les Falconer and keyboardist Dover Weinberg – and bringing in producer Steve Jordan, who last worked with Cray on 1999's Take Your Shoes Off. There's a reason this record is called In My Soul: Jordan assists Cray in moving toward Memphis soul, dedicating the entire record to slow, sultry burners that emphasize his mellow vocals and dexterous grooves. This may primarily be a mood record but the individual songs are also quite strong, whether it's the originals ("Fine Yesterday" is so gorgeous it makes heartbreak seem welcome) or sharply chosen covers. Among the latter is a cleanly funky reading of Otis Redding's "Nobody's Fault But Mine," which features Falconer on co-lead vocals, an unusual change of pace for Cray that also signals how the veteran guitarist has been revitalized by his change in companions.

Robert Cray - Strong Persuader (1986)  Music

Posted by v3122 at April 12, 2017
Robert Cray - Strong Persuader (1986)

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…