Cry [Bear Family Box Set]

Cry [Bear Family Box Set]

by Johnnie Ray
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/23/1999
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
4000127162854
catalogNumber:
16285
Rank:
220414

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Whiskey and Gin
  2. Tell the Lady I Said Goodbye
  3. She Didn't Say Nothin' at All
  4. I'm Just a Shadow of Myself
  5. Give Me Time
  6. The Little White Cloud That Cried
  7. Coffee and Cigarettes (Thinking It Over)
  8. The Lady Drinks Champagne
  9. Cry
  10. Out in the Cold Again
  11. Please, Mr. Su
  12. Here Am I Broken Hearted
  13. Paths of Paradise
  14. Mountains in the Moonlight
  15. Walkin' My Baby Back Home
  16. All of Me
  17. Don't Take Your Love from Me
  18. Don't Blame Me
  19. What's the Use?
  20. Gee, But I'm Lonesome
  21. A Sinner Am I
  22. I'll Never Fall in Love Again
  23. Faith Can Move Mountains
  24. Don't Say Love Has Ended
  25. Love Me (Baby Can't You Love Me)

Disc 2

  1. Mr. Midnight
  2. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
  3. All I Do Is Dream of You
  4. Nobody's Sweetheart
  5. I Can't Escape from You
  6. Somebody Stole My Gal
  7. Satisfied
  8. I'm Gonna Walk and Talk with My Lord
  9. With These Hands
  10. The Touch of God's Hand
  11. It's the Talk of the Town
  12. Ma Says, Pa Says
  13. A Full Time Job
  14. Glad Rag Doll
  15. Oh, What a Sad, Sad Day
  16. Sweet Evening Breeze
  17. She Didn't Say Nothin' at All
  18. Tell the Lady I Said Goodbye
  19. Whiskey and Gin
  20. An Orchid for the Lady
  21. Let's Walk That-A-Way
  22. Candy Lips
  23. The Others I Like
  24. Destiny
  25. Why Should I Be Sorry?
  26. As Time Goes By
  27. You'd Be Surprised

Disc 3

  1. Such a Night
  2. To Ev'ry Girl -- To Ev'ry Boy (The Meaning of Love)
  3. Hey There
  4. Hernando's Hideaway
  5. Going, Going, Gone
  6. If You Believe
  7. Alexander's Ragtime Band
  8. The Only Girl I'll Ever Love
  9. Thine Eyes Are as the Eyes of a Dove
  10. Papa Loves Mambo
  11. Paths of Paradise
  12. Parade of Broken Hearts
  13. Ooh! Aah! Oh! (This Is Love)
  14. Flip Flop and Fly
  15. Why Does Your Daddy Have to Go?
  16. Taking a Chance on Love
  17. My Love for You
  18. Song of the Dreamer
  19. I've Got So Many Million Years (That I Can't Count Them)
  20. A Heart Comes in Handy
  21. Johnnie's Comin' Home
  22. Who's Sorry Now?
  23. Love, Love, Love
  24. Goodbye, Au Revoir, Adios
  25. Because I Love You
  26. Walk Along with Kings
  27. Ain't Misbehavin'

Disc 4

  1. If I Had You
  2. In the Candlelight
  3. Look Homeward Angel
  4. Weaker Than Wise
  5. Just Walking in the Rain
  6. Up Above My Head (I Hear Music in the Air)
  7. Good Evening Friends
  8. How Long, How Long Blues
  9. You Don't Owe Me a Thing
  10. No Wedding Today
  11. Trouble in Mind
  12. I Want to Be Loved (But Only by You)
  13. I Miss You So
  14. Every Day I Have the Blues
  15. I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town
  16. Sent for You Yesterday (And Here You Come Today)
  17. Pretty Eyed Baby
  18. Shake a Hand
  19. I'll Never Be Free
  20. So Long
  21. Lotus Blossom
  22. Lotus Blossom
  23. In the Candlelight
  24. Up Above My Head (I Hear Music in the Air)

Disc 5

  1. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
  2. Glad Rag Doll
  3. A Hundred Years from Today
  4. Somebody Stole My Gal
  5. With These Hands
  6. Walkin' My Baby Back Home
  7. As Time Goes By
  8. Such a Night
  9. The Little White Cloud That Cried
  10. Cry
  11. I'm Gonna Walk and Talk with My Lord
  12. Should I?
  13. Shake a Hand
  14. Ain't Misbehavin'
  15. As Time Goes By
  16. Coquette
  17. Just Walking in the Rain
  18. Yes, Tonight Josephine
  19. Yesterdays
  20. Up Above My Head (I Hear Music in the Air)
  21. Don't Worry 'Bout Me
  22. Medley: The Little White Cloud That Cried/Cry [Medley]
  23. I'm Gonna Walk and Talk with My Lord
  24. If You Believe
  25. Alexander's Ragtime Band, Pt. 1
  26. Alexander's Ragtime Band (Conclusion)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnnie Ray   Primary Artist,Piano,Leader,Vocals
Ray Conniff   Leader
Percy Faith   Leader
Doris Day   Vocals
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
Wolverines   Vocals
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Bob Haggart   Bass
Klink   Saxophone
Bernie Leighton   Piano
Babe Russin   Saxophone
Lou Stein   Piano
Harry Breuer   Chimes,Drums,Xylophone
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
Casamenti   Guitar
Clark Terry   Trumpet
W.C. Clark   Trumpet
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Sid Cooper   Saxophone
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
DeRisi   Trumpet
Richard Dickler   Viola
Harold Diner   Trombone
Arnold Eidus   Violin
Art Ellefson   Tenor Saxophone
Larry Elgart   Leader,Saxophone
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 & His Orchestra   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
Casamente   Guitar
P. Ciricillo   Trumpet
Robert Dockstader   Trombone
Jerry Duane   Human Whistle
Frank Garisto   Drums
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
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
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
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Producer,Reissue Producer,Tape Research
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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