Authorized Bootleg: Austin, Texas 5/25/87

Authorized Bootleg: Austin, Texas 5/25/87

by Robert Cray
     
 

Robert Cray's entry into Universal's Authorized Bootleg series is taken from an outdoor concert he gave in Austin, TX on May, 25 1987. Originally recorded and broadcast for the syndicated radio show King Biscuit Flower Hour, the concert captures Cray at something of a peak: his 1986 Strong Persuader album turnedSee more details below

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Robert Cray's entry into Universal's Authorized Bootleg series is taken from an outdoor concert he gave in Austin, TX on May, 25 1987. Originally recorded and broadcast for the syndicated radio show King Biscuit Flower Hour, the concert captures Cray at something of a peak: his 1986 Strong Persuader album turned into an unexpected hit thanks to the single "Smoking Gun," and he was drawing the kind of large audience blues artists usually couldn't find during the Reagan years. But popularity isn't the only reason that this Authorized Bootleg is a document of Cray at a peak -- his set list illustrated the depth of his blues, touching on Albert King's "Natural Ball" and Jimmy Smith's grooving "Back at the Chick Shack," with his original material (including tunes written by Dennis Walker and recorded first by Cray, such as "Right Next Door (Because of Me)") striking a balance of King's soul-blues, Smith's clean funk, and B.B. King's crossover blues. Cray's Stratocaster stabs are icier than B.B.'s leads, but he's playing joyfully and singing with soul, which is the real reason this is a memorable date.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2010
Label:
Island
UPC:
0602527323787
catalogNumber:
001399902
Rank:
41586

Tracks

  1. Introduction  - Robert Cray
  2. I Guess I Showed Her  - Robert Cray
  3. Let's Have a Natural Ball  - Robert Cray
  4. Spoken Word Interlude  - Robert Cray
  5. Don't Touch Me  - Robert Cray
  6. Foul Play  - Robert Cray
  7. Bad Influence  - Robert Cray
  8. Spoken Word Interlude  - Robert Cray
  9. The Last Time (I Get Burned Like This)  - Robert Cray
  10. Still Around  - Robert Cray
  11. Back At the Chicken Shack  - Robert Cray
  12. False Accusations  - Robert Cray
  13. New Blood  - Robert Cray
  14. Phone Booth  - Robert Cray
  15. Playin' in the Dirt  - Robert Cray
  16. Spoken Word Interlude  - Robert Cray
  17. Smoking Gun  - Robert Cray
  18. Spoken Word Interlude  - Robert Cray
  19. Right Next Door (Because of Me)  - Robert Cray

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