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Robert Cray - Strong Persuader
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Album: Robert Cray - Strong Persuader
# Song Title   Time
1)    Smoking Gun More Info... 4:07
2)    I Guess I Showed Her More Info... 3:39
3)    Right Next Door (Because Of Me) More Info... 4:19
4)    Nothin' But A Woman More Info... 3:58
5)    Still Around More Info... 3:42
6)    More Than I Can Stand More Info... 2:57
7)    Foul Play More Info... 4:07
8)    I Wonder More Info... 3:57
9)    Fantasized More Info... 4:04
10)    New Blood More Info... 4:21
 

Album: Robert Cray - Strong Persuader
# Song Title   Time
1)    Smoking Gun More Info... 4:07
2)    I Guess I Showed Her More Info... 3:39
3)    Right Next Door (Because Of Me) More Info... 4:19
4)    Nothin' But A Woman More Info... 3:58
5)    Still Around More Info... 3:42
6)    More Than I Can Stand More Info... 2:57
7)    Foul Play More Info... 4:07
8)    I Wonder More Info... 3:57
9)    Fantasized More Info... 4:04
10)    New Blood More Info... 4:21
 
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Tracks

1. New Blood

2. Fantasized

3. I Wonder

4. Foul Play

5. More Than I Can Stand

6. Still Around

7. Nothin' But A Woman

8. Right Next Door (Because Of Me)

9. I Guess I Showed Her

10. Smoking Gun

Performer Notes
  • 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."
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (11/89) - Ranked #42 in Rolling Stone's "100 Best Albums Of The Eighties" survey.

Q - Highly Recommended
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