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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Robert Cray is a dependable, professional performer who has been criticized for being too reserved on-stage. He loosens his tie on this set though, recorded at a single show in February 2010. The veteran frontman tears into his staccato guitar solos with gusto here, extending the tunes and singing with a rawness often lacking in his studio work. His band also pushes harder, especially longtime keyboardist/songwriter Jim Pugh, whose featured solos match Cray's own intensity and are spotlighted throughout. This is soul-bluesman Cray's third live release in four years 2010's Authorized Bootleg dated back to a 1987 show, but the only one that includes a full concert DVD -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Robert Cray is a dependable, professional performer who has been criticized for being too reserved on-stage. He loosens his tie on this set though, recorded at a single show in February 2010. The veteran frontman tears into his staccato guitar solos with gusto here, extending the tunes and singing with a rawness often lacking in his studio work. His band also pushes harder, especially longtime keyboardist/songwriter Jim Pugh, whose featured solos match Cray's own intensity and are spotlighted throughout. This is soul-bluesman Cray's third live release in four years 2010's Authorized Bootleg dated back to a 1987 show, but the only one that includes a full concert DVD -- adding two more cuts, "Phone Booth" and "Twenty" -- along with the audio. He has only recorded one studio disc in that time, four selections from which are reprised. Only a few songs will be familiar to anyone but hardcore fans, including spirited workouts on '80s hits "Smoking Gun" and "Right Next Door," along with "Our Last Time," the latter two already included on 2006's Live from Across the Pond. Two other tracks also appear on that previous double concert CD, which raises the question of why, with as many albums as Cray has accumulated, he couldn't dig back and find different material. A cover of "Sitting on Top of the World" is dirtier than you'd expect, and in general the sweat flows when the guitarist pushes his R&B deeper into the blues as his band grinds into a groove often absent from his more polished catalog. He pulls out guitar effects that creatively double-track his solo on "Lotta Lovin'," another ballad that sounds far more heartbroken and personal here than on 2003's Time Will Tell, where it first appeared. Cray's vocal howls and grunts as he tears into tight, energized guitar solos show that he's been captured on an inspired night, even on "Smoking Gun," a tune he's been playing nightly for over two decades. It makes for a surprisingly tough and uncompromising performance that shows Robert Cray in a different light than many would have expected based solely on his impressive if somewhat similar-sounding and often sterile albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2010
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707807326
  • Catalog Number: 78073
  • Sales rank: 26,422

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Our Last Time - Robert Cray (6:32)
  2. 2 Anytime - Robert Cray (6:02)
  3. 3 Love 2009 - Robert Cray (6:44)
  4. 4 Right Next Door - Robert Cray (6:34)
  5. 5 Chicken In the Kitchen - Robert Cray (6:48)
  6. 6 Sitting On Top of the World - Robert Cray (4:19)
  7. 7 One In the Middle - Robert Cray (9:30)
  8. 8 Lotta Lovin' - Robert Cray (5:34)
  9. 9 Smoking Gun - Robert Cray (7:15)
  10. 10 I Can't Fail - Robert Cray (3:40)
  11. 11 That's What Keeps Me Rockin' - Robert Cray (4:59)
  12. 12 Time Make Two - Robert Cray (7:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Live at the Saenger Theater - Robert Cray
  2. 2 Behind the Scenes - Robert Cray
  3. 3 Photo Gallery - Robert Cray
  4. 4 Phone Booth - Robert Cray
  5. 5 Twenty - Robert Cray
  6. 6 Sitting On Top of the World - Robert Cray
  7. 7 One In the Middle - Robert Cray
  8. 8 Lotta Lovin’ - Robert Cray
  9. 9 Smoking Gun - Robert Cray
  10. 10 I Can't Fail - Robert Cray
  11. 11 That's What Keeps Me Rockin’ - Robert Cray
  12. 12 Time Makes Two - Robert Cray
  13. 13 Phone Booth - Robert Cray
  14. 14 Twenty - Robert Cray
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Cray Band Primary Artist
Robert Cray Guitar, Vocals, Indexed Contributor
Tony Braunagel Drums
Richard Cousins Bass
Roland Alford Tape
Jim Pugh Organ, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Robert Cray Composer
Tony Braunagel Composer
Bruce Bromberg Composer
Richard Cousins Composer
John Hanes Composer
Mike Vannice Composer
Dennis Walker Composer
Tim Aller Tour Manager
Kevin Welk Contributor
Evan Haiman Executive Producer
Brodie Becker Booking
Stephen Brower Executive Producer
Hank Lena Director
Jack Clarke Engineer
Carrie Smith Graphic Design
Tom Dyer Engineer
Johnnie Lee Schnell Composer
Dan Sell Contributor
Rob Dennis Producer, Engineer
Chester Burnett Composer
Chad Jensen Executive Producer, Management
Sue Turner-Cray Director, Producer, Production Design
Renee Ridgeley Producer
Thomas McDonald Camera Operator
Jonathan Millman Cinematography
Greg "Xaq" Zaccaria Guitar Techician
Todd Parsons Camera Operator
John Faciene Camera Operator
Jared Quijas Camera Operator
David Wolf Camera Operator
Devin Eagleston Camera Operator
Jim Pugh Composer
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