Authorized Bootleg: Austin, Texas 5/25/87

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 5/4/2010
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602527323787
  • Catalog Number: 001399902
  • Sales rank: 33,684

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Cray Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Peter Boe Keyboards
Richard Cousins Bass
David Olson Drums
Technical Credits
Robert Cray Composer
Peter Boe Composer
Richard Cousins Composer
Albert King Composer
Jimmy Smith Composer
Mike Vannice Composer
Dennis Walker Composer
Johnny "Guitar" Watson Composer
Shawn Dewey Composer
O. Washington Composer
David Amy Composer
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