Cry [Bear Family Box Set]

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All Music Guide - Greg Adams
Johnnie Ray was an immediately recognizable vocal stylist whose histrionic sobbing and exaggerated "blue" notes won as many detractors as fans. But the sheer outrageousness of his performance style, which exhibited a dynamic physicality not seen again in a white singer until Elvis Presley came along, makes Ray a clear forerunner of rock & roll and an exciting entertainer who always seemed to be on the verge of losing control. Cry is a five-disc box set that compiles Ray's complete Columbia recordings from 1951-1956, including the major hits "Cry," "The Little White Cloud That Cried," and "Just Walking in the Rain." Those familiar with Ray's biography may be surprised at ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Adams
Johnnie Ray was an immediately recognizable vocal stylist whose histrionic sobbing and exaggerated "blue" notes won as many detractors as fans. But the sheer outrageousness of his performance style, which exhibited a dynamic physicality not seen again in a white singer until Elvis Presley came along, makes Ray a clear forerunner of rock & roll and an exciting entertainer who always seemed to be on the verge of losing control. Cry is a five-disc box set that compiles Ray's complete Columbia recordings from 1951-1956, including the major hits "Cry," "The Little White Cloud That Cried," and "Just Walking in the Rain." Those familiar with Ray's biography may be surprised at the number of gospel songs in his catalog, which display an outpouring of spiritual fervor as desperate in tenor as the dangerously unfettered sexuality of secular songs like "Such a Night." The fifth disc contains two complete live albums, the remarkable Live at the London Palladium also available separately from Bear Family Records and a later Las Vegas show. At the Palladium, Ray's lascivious oohs and ahhs on "Such a Night" drive the female audience members into a frenzy, and then, minutes later, he's singing "I'm Gonna Walk and Talk with My Lord." This tension between the sinful and the sacred is ever-present in Ray's music when heard in its entirety as presented on this box set, which makes for a fascinating listening experience comparable to the tortured oeuvre of Hank Williams. Unlike Williams, though, Ray also displays a strain of childlike innocence, as on "The Little White Cloud That Cried," that only adds to his inscrutably complex persona. The accompanying hardback book contains a lengthy essay by Ray biographer Johnny Whiteside and a generous selection of photos and memorabilia almost as riveting as the music itself. Bear Family subsequently released a second box set, Yes Tonight Josephine, which picks up where Cry leaves off.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/1999
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127162854
  • Catalog Number: 16285
  • Sales rank: 295,523


Disc 1
  1. 1 Whiskey and Gin (2:46)
  2. 2 Tell the Lady I Said Goodbye (2:41)
  3. 3 She Didn't Say Nothin' at All (2:16)
  4. 4 I'm Just a Shadow of Myself (2:28)
  5. 5 Give Me Time (3:11)
  6. 6 The Little White Cloud That Cried (2:17)
  7. 7 Coffee and Cigarettes (Thinking It Over) (2:37)
  8. 8 The Lady Drinks Champagne (3:21)
  9. 9 Cry (3:04)
  10. 10 Out in the Cold Again (2:52)
  11. 11 Please, Mr. Su (3:01)
  12. 12 Here Am I Broken Hearted (2:51)
  13. 13 Paths of Paradise (2:04)
  14. 14 Mountains in the Moonlight (2:37)
  15. 15 Walkin' My Baby Back Home (2:23)
  16. 16 All of Me (2:10)
  17. 17 Don't Take Your Love from Me (2:20)
  18. 18 Don't Blame Me (2:24)
  19. 19 What's the Use? (2:54)
  20. 20 Gee, But I'm Lonesome (2:47)
  21. 21 A Sinner Am I (3:03)
  22. 22 I'll Never Fall in Love Again (2:58)
  23. 23 Faith Can Move Mountains (2:42)
  24. 24 Don't Say Love Has Ended (2:08)
  25. 25 Love Me (Baby Can't You Love Me) (2:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mr. Midnight (3:07)
  2. 2 Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (2:03)
  3. 3 All I Do Is Dream of You (1:44)
  4. 4 Nobody's Sweetheart (2:15)
  5. 5 I Can't Escape from You (3:34)
  6. 6 Somebody Stole My Gal (2:23)
  7. 7 Satisfied (2:48)
  8. 8 I'm Gonna Walk and Talk with My Lord (2:20)
  9. 9 With These Hands (3:13)
  10. 10 The Touch of God's Hand (2:45)
  11. 11 It's the Talk of the Town (2:55)
  12. 12 Ma Says, Pa Says (2:49)
  13. 13 A Full Time Job (2:10)
  14. 14 Glad Rag Doll (2:18)
  15. 15 Oh, What a Sad, Sad Day (2:16)
  16. 16 Sweet Evening Breeze (2:24)
  17. 17 She Didn't Say Nothin' at All (2:06)
  18. 18 Tell the Lady I Said Goodbye (2:42)
  19. 19 Whiskey and Gin (2:50)
  20. 20 An Orchid for the Lady (2:23)
  21. 21 Let's Walk That-A-Way (2:40)
  22. 22 Candy Lips (2:07)
  23. 23 The Others I Like (2:11)
  24. 24 Destiny (3:19)
  25. 25 Why Should I Be Sorry? (3:04)
  26. 26 As Time Goes By (3:16)
  27. 27 You'd Be Surprised (1:58)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Such a Night (2:15)
  2. 2 To Ev'ry Girl -- To Ev'ry Boy (The Meaning of Love) (3:11)
  3. 3 Hey There (2:55)
  4. 4 Hernando's Hideaway (2:24)
  5. 5 Going, Going, Gone (2:36)
  6. 6 If You Believe (3:00)
  7. 7 Alexander's Ragtime Band (2:27)
  8. 8 The Only Girl I'll Ever Love (3:03)
  9. 9 Thine Eyes Are as the Eyes of a Dove (2:40)
  10. 10 Papa Loves Mambo (2:21)
  11. 11 Paths of Paradise (2:33)
  12. 12 Parade of Broken Hearts (2:09)
  13. 13 Ooh! Aah! Oh! (This Is Love) (1:57)
  14. 14 Flip Flop and Fly (2:16)
  15. 15 Why Does Your Daddy Have to Go? (2:35)
  16. 16 Taking a Chance on Love (1:54)
  17. 17 My Love for You (2:31)
  18. 18 Song of the Dreamer (2:26)
  19. 19 I've Got So Many Million Years (That I Can't Count Them) (2:21)
  20. 20 A Heart Comes in Handy (2:20)
  21. 21 Johnnie's Comin' Home (2:25)
  22. 22 Who's Sorry Now? (2:16)
  23. 23 Love, Love, Love (3:05)
  24. 24 Goodbye, Au Revoir, Adios (2:35)
  25. 25 Because I Love You (2:25)
  26. 26 Walk Along with Kings (2:15)
  27. 27 Ain't Misbehavin' (2:36)
Disc 4
  1. 1 If I Had You (2:49)
  2. 2 In the Candlelight (2:52)
  3. 3 Look Homeward Angel (2:47)
  4. 4 Weaker Than Wise (2:28)
  5. 5 Just Walking in the Rain (2:39)
  6. 6 Up Above My Head (I Hear Music in the Air) (2:15)
  7. 7 Good Evening Friends (2:20)
  8. 8 How Long, How Long Blues (2:27)
  9. 9 You Don't Owe Me a Thing (2:25)
  10. 10 No Wedding Today (2:24)
  11. 11 Trouble in Mind (4:47)
  12. 12 I Want to Be Loved (But Only by You) (2:27)
  13. 13 I Miss You So (2:59)
  14. 14 Every Day I Have the Blues (2:56)
  15. 15 I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town (2:46)
  16. 16 Sent for You Yesterday (And Here You Come Today) (2:26)
  17. 17 Pretty Eyed Baby (2:20)
  18. 18 Shake a Hand (2:45)
  19. 19 I'll Never Be Free (3:07)
  20. 20 So Long (2:46)
  21. 21 Lotus Blossom (3:46)
  22. 22 Lotus Blossom (2:20)
  23. 23 In the Candlelight (3:12)
  24. 24 Up Above My Head (I Hear Music in the Air) (2:13)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (2:08)
  2. 2 Glad Rag Doll (2:58)
  3. 3 A Hundred Years from Today (2:58)
  4. 4 Somebody Stole My Gal (2:53)
  5. 5 With These Hands (3:24)
  6. 6 Walkin' My Baby Back Home (1:59)
  7. 7 As Time Goes By (2:43)
  8. 8 Such a Night (5:27)
  9. 9 The Little White Cloud That Cried (2:03)
  10. 10 Cry (1:55)
  11. 11 I'm Gonna Walk and Talk with My Lord (3:41)
  12. 12 Should I? (2:00)
  13. 13 Shake a Hand (2:49)
  14. 14 Ain't Misbehavin' (2:33)
  15. 15 As Time Goes By (3:01)
  16. 16 Coquette (1:49)
  17. 17 Just Walking in the Rain (2:26)
  18. 18 Yes, Tonight Josephine (3:08)
  19. 19 Yesterdays (3:21)
  20. 20 Up Above My Head (I Hear Music in the Air) (2:13)
  21. 21 Don't Worry 'Bout Me (3:26)
  22. 22 Medley: The Little White Cloud That Cried/Cry [Medley] (4:22)
  23. 23 I'm Gonna Walk and Talk with My Lord (3:22)
  24. 24 If You Believe (3:19)
  25. 25 Alexander's Ragtime Band, Pt. 1 (5:53)
  26. 26 Alexander's Ragtime Band (Conclusion) (2:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnnie Ray Primary Artist, Piano, Leader, Vocals
Ray Conniff Leader
Percy Faith Leader
Doris Day Vocals
The Four Lads Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Frankie Laine Vocals
Ethel Merman Vocals
George Barnes Guitar
Eddie Bert Trombone
Phil Bodner Saxophone
Will Bradley Trombone
Urbie Green Trombone
Gigi Gryce Saxophone
Dick Hyman Piano
Mundell Lowe Guitar
Red Mitchell Piano
Nat Pierce Piano
Ed Shaughnessy Drums
Lucky Thompson Saxophone
The Wolverines Vocals
Ziggy Elman Trumpet
Bob Haggart Bass
Al Klink Saxophone
Bernie Leighton Piano
Babe Russin Saxophone
Lou Stein Piano
Harry Breuer Chimes, Drums, Xylophone
Al Caiola Guitar
George Van Eps Guitar
Stan Freeman Piano
Jack Marshall Guitar
Alvino Rey Guitar
Nabil Totah Bass
Buddy Weed Piano
Don Dailey Vocals
Mitch Miller Leader
George Siravo Leader
Bob Bain Guitar
Mitzi Gaynor Vocals
Billy Mure Banjo, Guitar
Eric Rogers Vocals
Paul Nero Violin
Eddie Safranski Bass
Robert Byrne Trombone
726 St Peter, New Orleans LA 1955-1960 Trumpet
Jimmy Abato Saxophone
Charles Albertine Saxophone
Robert Alexander Trombone
Ray Alonge French Horn
Don Arnone Guitar
Danny Bank Baritone Saxophone
Everett Barksdale Guitar, Leader
Louis Barnett Saxophone
Frank Beach Trumpet
Carl Berg Saxophone
Thomas "Beans" Bowles Saxophone
Maurice Brown Cello
Frank Carroll Bass, Leader
Al Casamenti Guitar
Clark Terry Trumpet
W.C. Clark Trumpet
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet
Sid Cooper Saxophone
Jimmy Crawford Drums
Al DeRisi Trumpet
Richard Dickler Viola
Harold Diner Trombone
Arnold Eidus Violin
Art Ellefson Tenor Saxophone
Larry Elgart Leader, Saxophone
Les Elgart Leader
Ray Ellis Leader
Nick Fatool Drums
Harold Feldman Saxophone
Stan Fishelson Trumpet
Panama Francis Drums
David Frisina Violin
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Ken Goldie Trombone
Sol Gubin Drums
Cliff Heather Trombone
Julius Held Violin
Milt Hinton Bass
J. Alan Johnson Trombone
Leo Kahn Violin
George Kast Violin
Harry Katzman Violin
Bert Keyes Organ
Phil Kraus Drums
Leo Kruczek Violin
Eddie Kusby Trombone
Jack Lacey Trombone
Joseph Malignaggi Violin
Sam Marowitz Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall Drums
R.D. McMickle Trumpet
Harry Melnikoff Violin
Chauncey Morehouse Drums
Tony Mottola Guitar
John Murtaugh Saxophone
Jimmy Nottingham Trumpet
Donald O'Connor Vocals
Charlie O'Kane Saxophone
George Ockner Violin
Romeo Penque Saxophone
Danny Perri Guitar
John Pizzarelli Guitar
Raoul Poliakin Violin
Joe Reisman Leader
Allan Reuss Guitar
Ted Rosen Violin
Mischa Russell Violin
John Ryan Bass
Art Ryerson Guitar
Julius Schachter Violin
William Schaffer Trombone
Lucien Schmit Cello
George Seaberg Trumpet
Norris "Bunny" Shawker Drums
Sylvan Shulman Violin
Ray Sims Trombone
Lou Singer Drums
Terry Snyder Drums
Todd Sommer Drums
Marshall Sosson Violin
Morris Stonzek Cello
Fred Stulce Saxophone
Bart Varsalona Trombone
John Watson Trombone
Harold Wegbreit Trumpet
Chauncey Welsch Trombone
Paul Weston Leader
Don Whitaker Bass
Hy White Guitar
Joseph B. Wilder Trumpet
Milt Yaner Saxophone
Jack Zayde Violin
Samuel Cytron Violin
Alton Hendrickson Guitar
Paul Ricci Saxophone
Doles Dickens Bass
George Laguna Maracas
Mellomen Vocals
Felix Orlewitz Violin
Herman Shertzer Saxophone
Melvin "Red" Solomon Trumpet
Stanley Webb Saxophone
Harry Zarief Violin
Theodore Nash Saxophone
Pete Pumiglio Saxophone
Allen Hanlon Guitar
Eugene Orloff Violin
Larry Alpeter Trombone
Harry Azen Violin
Russell Banzer Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Henry Beau Saxophone
Sidney Brecher Viola
Samuel Carmell Violin
John d'Agostino Trombone
Leonard Hartman Saxophone
Harry Hoffman Violin
Bernard Kaufman Saxophone
Howard Kay Viola
Milton Lomask Violin
Charles Magnante Accordion
Robert McGarity Trombone
Sam Middleman Violin
Ben Mortell Guitar
Jack Satterfield Trombone
Zelly Smirnoff Violin
Wolfe Taninbaum Saxophone
William Versaci Saxophone
Wesley Webb West Steel Guitar
Rubin Zarchy Trumpet
Maurice King Leader, Saxophone
Alan Thompson Trombone
Jimmy Carroll Leader
Twentieth Century Fox Orchestra Vocals, Performing Ensemble
Andrew Ackers Piano
Arnold Fishkind Bass
Wallace Richardson Guitar
Gerald Sanfino Alto Saxophone
Vic Lewis Leader
Lou Oles Trumpet
Charlie Margulis Trumpet
Henry Freeman Saxophone
Myor Rosen Harp
David Asch Violin
Walter Betman Saxophone
Ludwig Bonkowski Guitar
Al Casamente Guitar
P. Ciricillo Trumpet
Robert Dockstader Trombone
Jerry Duane Human Whistle
Frank Garisto Drums
Al Godlis Trombone
Vanig Hovaepian Guitar
Hermann Grove Kapp Drums
Attilio J. Macero Leader
Harry McLnikoff Violin
Sebastian Mure Guitar
Lucian A. Schmitt Cello
M. Weiser Violin
Ronald Woellmer Trumpet
Walter Rodriguez Drums
Neal Robinson Piano
Edward Thomas Guitar
Richard Henry Saxophone
Russell Green Trumpet
James Maxwell Trumpet
Louis Singer Drums, Xylophone
A. Baker Saxophone
Albert Epstein Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Jim Dahl Trombone
William Schaefer Trombone
Mike Colicchio Piano
Edward Safranski Bass
Allan W. Thompson Trombone
Isidor Zir Viola
Joe Galbreath Guitar
Al Robertson Trombone
Ken Williams Bass
Paul Winter Violin
Vincent Terri Guitar
Kevin Neal Trombone
Technical Credits
Jimmy Henderson Composer
Matt Kelly Tape Research
Mitch Miller Producer
Mary Lou Williams Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Rube Bloom Composer
Maurice Brown Contributor
Mac Ceppos Contributor
Al DeRisi Contributor
Roy Edwards Illustrations
Otto Harbach Composer
Isadore Zir Contributor
William Johnson Composer
Lionel Newman Contributor
Charlie O'Kane Contributor
Raoul Poliakin Contributor
Joe Reisman Arranger
Abraham Richman Contributor
Art Ryerson Contributor
Sylvan Shulman Contributor
Alfred Newman Contributor
Peter Grendysa Liner Notes
Danny Kessler Producer
Felix Orlewitz Contributor
Stanley Webb Contributor
Johnny Whiteside Liner Notes, Illustrations, Biographical Information
John d'Agostino Contributor
Alan Eichler Illustrations
Zelly Smirnoff Contributor
Michael Ochs Illustrations
Myor Rosen Contributor
Hoffmann Nienburg Art Direction
Rebecca Everett Mastering
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Producer, Reissue Producer, Tape Research
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Henry Rowland Contributor
Holger Von Bargen Art Direction
Ted Koehler Composer
Robert Haggart Contributor
Sydney Robin Composer
Brian Henson Producer, Reissue Producer, Illustrations, Tape Comparison
Wolfgang Taubenauer Artwork
Bertha Scott Composer
Paul Winter Contributor
Leo Moseley Composer
Herman Hupfeld Composer
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