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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

One of the Best!

This is a terrific soulful blues album from begining to end. One of my alltime favorites!

Robert Cray at his best

This is one of the most soulful albums I have heard in a looong time. It's one of those albums in my collection that I could listen to a hundred times. It never gets old.

His Best

This is by far my personal favorite Cray album. The production isn't too "shiny" or "smooth" like his late 80s stuff and the songwriting is a cut above. Every song is great. His playing is gritty, powerful and emotional with great TONE. His voice as always is superb. This album has all of the things that most Cray albums have but, where his other efforts sometimes fall short in certain areas (songwriting, production) this one NAILS every one of his best attributes. He hasn't topped this album since IMHO. Funny how this one seems to get less attention than others, though??


Born: August 1, 1953 in Columbus, GA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Tin-eared critics have frequently damned him as a yuppie blues wannabe whose slickly soulful offerings bear scant resemblance to the real down-home item. In reality, Robert Cray is one of a precious few young blues-based artists with the talent and vision to successfully usher the idiom into the 21st century without resorting either to slavish imitation or simply playing rock while passing it off as blues. Just as importantly, his immensely popular records helped immeasurably in jump-starting the...
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