20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Robert Cray

20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Robert Cray

by Robert Cray


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20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Robert Cray

The '80s were good rockin’ times for blues fans. Steve Ray Vaughan was selling out arena shows around the country, and Robert Cray came on the scene, straight out of the Pacific Northwest but sounding like he’d spent his childhood in Memphis or Muscle Shoals. While Vaughan’s career ended with a tragic helicopter accident in 1990, Cray’s soul rock and blues continue to flourish. For those who mainly know Cray through his radio hits of the late ‘80s, and for those hard-core completists, The Best of Robert Cray: The Millennium Collection is essential. The big ones, “Smokin’ Gun” and “Right Next Door (Because of Me),” start the CD on familiar ground. But then the album goes deeper, catching Cray covering Albert King’s “You’re Gonna Need Me,” playing stellar guitar on “I Was Warned,” and going for the innocent side of ‘50s R&B with “The One in the Middle.” Also interesting is the fact that all of the different bands that Cray led while he was with Mercury Records are represented here, illustrating that changes in lineup never seem to affect what has become the singer/songwriter/guitarist’s signature sound.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/15/2002
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0044006330020
catalogNumber: 063300
Rank: 27019

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robert Cray   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Albert Collins   Guitar
Peter Boe   Keyboards
Richard Cousins   Bass
Kevin Hayes   Drums
Wayne Jackson   Trombone,Trumpet
Tim Kaihatsu   Guitar
Andrew Love   Tenor Saxophone
Dave Olson   Drums
Mark Pender   Trumpet
Karl Sevareid   Bass
Ed Manion   Saxophone
Jim Pugh   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Robert Cray   Composer
D. Amy   Composer
Bruce Bromberg   Producer
Richard Cousins   Composer
Andy McKaie   Compilation Supervisor
Dennis Walker   Composer,Producer
Art Tipaldi   Liner Notes
Vartan   Art Direction
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Jim Pugh   Composer

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