Strong Persuader

Strong Persuader

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by Robert Cray Band
     
 

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Blues, or not blues? That was the question many a music fan asked about Strong Persuader, the Grammy-winning 1986 album from Robert Cray. Not that it mattered: While its blues roots are apparent, Strong Persuader crossed over the pop charts and to mainstream radio on the strength of Cray's incisive lyrics about infidelity and guilt (among other things),

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Blues, or not blues? That was the question many a music fan asked about Strong Persuader, the Grammy-winning 1986 album from Robert Cray. Not that it mattered: While its blues roots are apparent, Strong Persuader crossed over the pop charts and to mainstream radio on the strength of Cray's incisive lyrics about infidelity and guilt (among other things), as evidenced on the hit single "Smoking Gun" and on "Right Next Door (Because of Me)." Cray's songs are populated with flawed, uncertain, decidedly human characters, whom he presents with irony and without judgment. In an era of banal, synthetically produced music, Cray's Strong Persuader presented his songs in a refreshingly organic setting, featuring horns and a clean, thin Fender Stratocaster guitar tone. It may have crossed over, but this album distills the essence of the best modern electric blues: It's smart, honest, genuine, and danceable, too.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bill Dahl
The set that made Cray a pop star, despite its enduring blues base. Cray's smoldering stance on "Smoking Gun" and "Right Next Door" rendered him the first sex symbol to emerge from the blues field in decades, but it was his innovative expansion of the genre itself that makes this album a genuine 1980s classic. "Nothing but a Woman" boasts an irresistible groove pushed by the Memphis Horns and some metaphorically inspired lyrics, while "I Wonder" and "Guess I Showed Her" sizzle with sensuality.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0042283056824
catalogNumber:
830568
Rank:
6934

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robert Cray Band   Primary Artist
Robert Cray   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Peter Boe   Keyboards
Richard Cousins   Bass
Wayne Jackson   Trombone,Trumpet,Horn
Andrew Love   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dave Olson   Drums
Lee Spath   Percussion

Technical Credits

Robert Cray   Composer
Memphis Horns   Horn Arrangements
D. Amy   Composer
Peter Boe   Composer
Bruce Bromberg   Composer,Producer
Richard Cousins   Composer
Bill Dashiell   Engineer
Dave Olson   Composer
Larry Sloven   Executive Producer
Dennis Walker   Composer,Producer
Kosh   Cover Design
Bill Levy   Art Direction

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