Robert Cray Strong Persuader

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  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1986
  • Label: Island / Mercury

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Rolling Stone - 11/89
Ranked #42 in Rolling Stone's "100 Best Albums Of The Eighties" survey.
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Highly Recommended

Tracks:

  • Buy for $1.291.Smoking Gun
  • Buy for $1.292.I Guess I Showed Her
  • Buy for $1.293.Right Next Door (Because Of Me)
  • Buy for $1.294.Nothin' But A Woman
  • Buy for $1.295.Still Around
  • Buy for $1.296.More Than I Can Stand
  • Buy for $1.297.Foul Play
  • Buy for $1.298.I Wonder
  • Buy for $1.299.Fantasized
  • Buy for $1.2910.New Blood

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Personnel: Robert Cray (vocals, guitar); Peter Boe (keyboards); Richard Cousins (bass); David Olson (drums); Lee Spath (percussion).
The Memphis Horns: Andrew Love (tenor saxophone); Wayne Jackson (trumpet, trombone).
Recorded at Sage & Sound and Haywood's, Los Angeles, California.
STRONG PERSUADER won a 1988 Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Recording.
Personnel: Robert Cray (vocals, guitar); Andrew Love (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Wayne Jackson (trumpet, trombone, horns); Peter Boe (keyboards); Dave Olson (drums); Lee Spath (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Jeff Hendrickson; Bill Dashiell.
Recording information: Haywood's, L.A., CA; Sage & Sound, L.A., CA.
Photographers: Henry Diltz; Aaron Rapoport.
1986's STRONG PERSUADER was a milestone both for Robert Cray and blues in the '80s. It earned Cray, a veteran of the Pacific Northwest blues scene, both his first solo Grammy and Top 30 hit ("Smoking Gun") along with a lift out of the blues ghetto which he'd been excelling in during recent years. As for the blues themselves, Cray infused fresh blood into a genre that had been limping along in that particular decade.
With a smooth singing style to go with an equally recognizable guitar tone, Cray developed a sound that owed as much to soul stylist O.V. Wright as it did to Texas guitarist Albert Collins (with whom Cray had won a Grammy along with Johnny Copeland the prior year). The use of the Memphis Horns strengthened the soul connection on songs such as the punchy "Nothing But A Woman" and the chugging effervescence of "Guess I Showed Her." Of course, Cray's heart lay in the blues and when he wasn't lamenting the woes of infidelity in "Right Next Door (Because Of Me)" and a bad break-up in "Still Around," his guitar playing smoldered throughout the forlorn "New Blood."

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  • Sales Rank: 36,250
  • UPC: 042283056824
  • Shipping Weight: 0.19/lbs (approx)
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