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Strong PersuaderOne of the most popular and successful blues albums ever released!
200-gram vinyl, pressed at Quality Record Pressings!
Mastered from the original analog tape by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
Robert Cray is a musician that critics describe as one of the all-time great blues guitarists, and small wonder. No less than Rolling Stone describes his playing as distinctive and razor-sharp. They go on to say that Strong Persuader introduced a new generation of mainstream rock fans to the language and form of the blues. As much as anyone next to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Cray helped the blues not only survive, but thrive, says Acoustic Sounds' owner Chad Kassem.
Cray, a five-time Grammy winner, originally released Strong Persuader, his fifth studio album, in 1986 - his major label debut. Stinging urban blues by way of Texas and Memphis distinguish Cray's guitar mastery - since the release of Strong Persuader, Cray has gone on to record 15 Billboard-charting studio albums and has written or performed with everyone from Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan, from Bonnie Raitt to John Lee Hooker. Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame at the age of 57, he is one of the youngest living legends to receive the prestigious honor. And although Cray can look back over an astonishing three decade-long career, punctuated by his trademark sound and distinct playing style, he is far too busy moving forward as the amazing journey continues. 2012 saw Robert release his 16th studio album, Nothin' But Love and embark on yet another world tour.1. Smoking Gun
2. I Guess I Showed Her
3. Right Next Door (Because Of Me)
4. Nothin' But A Woman
5. Still Around
6. More Than I Can Stand
7. Foul Play
8. I Wonder
10. New Blood$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Showdown!180 gram vinyl reissue of this Grammy Award-winning, all-time best-selling masterpiece from Alligator Records. Remastered with bonus track Something To Remember You By, this title has been out of print on vinyl for 20 years. SHOWDOWN! has over 285,000 units sold in the U.S. It's a celebrated cutting contest between three legendary blues guitarists. Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland are sadly no longer with us, but Robert Cray continues to record and tour, and is one of the best-selling blues artists in history with over 2.3 million career units scanned.
Full performer name: Albert Collins/Robert Cray/Johnny Copeland. Personnel includes: Albert Collins (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Robert Cray, Johnny Copeland (vocals, guitar); Allen Batts (organ); Johnny B. Gayden (bass); Casey Jones (drums). Recorded at Streeterville Studios, Chicago, Illinois. Includes liner notes by Bruce Iglauer & Dick Shurman. This excellent 1985 Alligator release finds three guitar legends squaring off, cutting heads, and forming a brotherhood forged in blues. The elder statesman and leader here is the irrepressible Albert Collins, whose guitar sound and unique approach to the blues has been bending ears since the '50s. Johnny Copeland, the Texas Twister, an early disciple and longtime friend of Collins, is also here, showing he's moved well beyond Collins's early tutelage. The youngest gun is Robert Cray, another musician Collins took under his wing (some 15 years after he first met Copeland). Backed only by a bassist, drummer, and organist (the spare backing band helps put the guitar work at center stage), Collins, Copeland, and Cray go toe-to-toe on these tracks. What's especially intriguing is that each song gives equal air time to each musician, making room for solos all around and even, on some tracks, shared vocals. Copeland is the wildest here, with his wooly, rough-hewn voice and blistering leads, counterbalanced by Cray, who lends a laid-back air of sophistication to the proceedings. Collins brings it all together with his signature icy style. SHOWDOWN! is a dream come true for blues-guitar fans.1.T-Bone Shuffle
2.Moon is Full, The
4.She's Into Something
5.Bring Your Fine Self Home
6.Black Cat Bone
10.Something To Remember You By
$20.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live In San Diego (with Special Guest JJ Cale)Eric Clapton's Live in San Diego With Special Guest JJ Cale is a live album from the 2007 tour featuring JJ Cale, Doyle Bramhall II, Robert Cray, Derek Trucks and more. Almost 2 hours of music including previously unreleased versions of Layla, Tell The Truth, Cocaine and Crossroads.
Recorded at Clapton's March 15, 2007 performance at the iPayOne Center in San Diego, CA, this concert was part of a world tour that was much loved by Clapton fans and featured a stellar band that included guitarists Derek Trucks (now of the Tedeschi Trucks band) and Doyle Bramhall II. The two-hour San Diego concert was a highlight of the tour as it featured JJ Cale as a special guest on five tracks (including "After Midnight" and "Cocaine"), as well as Robert Cray on the final song of the record, "Crossroads."
After successfully covering several JJ Cale songs over his career, Clapton finally collaborated with Cale in 2006 on the original album Road to Escondido. At the time, Clapton said "This is the realization of what may have been my last ambition, to work with the man whose music has inspired me for as long as I can remember." So it is fitting that one year later, Cale joined Clapton on stage for this special concert where they performed five songs together - underlining the mutual respect the two musicians had for each other.
The concert features a superb set list from across Eric's career. Notably, it includes songs from Eric's classic Derek and the Dominos album Layla, with Derek Trucks playing many of Duane Allman's original guitar parts.
Clapton's career, spanning more than 50 years, has resulted in 18 Grammy Awards and the distinct honor of being the only triple inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Eric Clapton: Guitar & Vocals
JJ Cale: Guitar & Vocals (Tracks 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Doyle Bramhall II: Guitar/Backing Vocals
Derek Trucks: Slide Guitar
Willie Weeks: Bass
Steve Jordan: Drums
Chris Stainton: Keyboards
Tim Carmon: Keyboards
Michelle John: Backing Vocals
Sharon White: Backing Vocals
Robert Cray: Guitar & Vocals (Track 16)
Produced and mixed by Simon Climie
Additional engineering by Alan DouglasLP 1
1. Tell The Truth
2. Key To The Highway
3. Got To Get Better In A Little While
4. Little Wing
6. Anyway The Wind Blows
1. After Midnight
2. Who Am I Telling You?
3. Don't Cry Sister
5. Motherless Children
6. Little Queen Of Spades
1. Further On Up The Road
2. Wonderful Tonight
4. Crossroads$39.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Nothin But LoveFive-time Grammy award winning legend and Blues Hall of Fame Inductee Robert Cray is proud to announce the release of his brand new studio album, Nothin But Love, on Provogue Records. Produced by Kevin Shirley (Joe Bonamassa, Aerosmith, The Black Crowes), the 10-song set includes material written by all four Robert Cray Band members; Robert Cray (vocals/guitar), Jim Pugh (keyboards), Cray Band co-founder Richard Cousins (bass) and Tony Braunagel (drums). Nothin But Love blends blues, rock, soul and jazz, with a lyric-sheet that examines the triumphs, fallouts and follies of love.
Produced with what Shirley refers to as "the dirt under the fingernails," Nothin But Love was recorded live over two-weeks at the Revolver Studios in LA. The album features the soaring break-up blues of Won't Be Coming Home, the jazz chops of I'll Always Remember You, the soul-drenched ode to repossession that is Great Big Old House and the frantic '50s-flavoured rocker Side Dish. The album is Cray's sixteenth studio effort overall and marks the latest milestone in a career that has produced 15 Grammy award nominations (5 wins), over 12 million record sales worldwide, thousands of sold out concerts across the globe, and even his own signature line of Fender guitars.
"Kevin did an amazing job producing this album and I'm really happy with the outcome," says Cray, "he captured the real essence of the Robert Cray Band, that live energy we deliver on the road that is usually so difficult to nail down in the studio. I think it's one of the strongest records that we've done."1. Won't Be Coming Home
3. I'll Always Remember You
4. Side Dish
5. A Memo
6. Blues Get Off My Shoulder
7. Fix This
8. I'm Done Cryin'
9. Great Big Old House
10. Sadder Day$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
This TimeThe five-time Grammy Award winner summarized 35 years of mastery on the debut Nozzle release Live From Across the Pond (2006), an electrifying two-CD concert set drawn from a series of shows (opening for Eric Clapton) at Londons Royal Albert Hall. When the time came to follow up that widely praised collection with a studio recording, Cray viewed it as an opportunity to move his sound in other directions.
He found exactly what he was looking for by turning to one of his oldest friends and colleagues: bassist Richard Cousins, whose tenure with the Robert Cray Band began with its barnstorming regional origins in Eugene, Oregon, in 1974 and extended through 1991, encompassing such early high-water marks as Strong Persuader (1986) and Dont Be Afraid of the Dark (1988), both winners of the best contemporary blues performance Grammy.
As ever with Robert Crays undefinable sound, the music on This Time remains stubbornly beyond category. He has been internationally admired as a stylist whose innovations have brought new life to the blues, and such punchy outings as Chicken in the Kitchen and Thats What Keeps Me Rockin should satisfy the most demanding blues fans. But the new albums barrier-busting material, whether its the soulful Love 2009 or the profound balladry of This Time and Forever Goodbye demonstrate once again that attempting to slot Cray in a single genre is an exercise in futility.1. Chicken in the Kitchen
2. I Can't Fail
3. Love 2009
4. That's What Keeps Me Rockin'
5. This Time
6. To Be True
7. Forever Goodbye
8. Trouble & Pain
9. Truce$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
4 Nights of 40 Years LiveContemporary blues icon Robert Cray will be celebrating his 40 years of performing with an incredible live release, '4 Nights of 40 Years Live'. This live album was recorded at Venture, Belly Up, Saban Theatre and his rehearsal studio in Dec 2014. Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain 90 minutes of concert footage from multiple camera angles creating an incredible perspective. It also contains personal in-depth interviews with Robert Cray, his band members and testimonials from legends as Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, Jimmie Vaughan and Bonnie Raitt.LP1
2. I'll Always Remember You
3. Poor Johnny
4. Won't Be Coming Home
5. The Road Down
6. Sittin' On Top of the World
7. Wrap It Up
1. Love Gone To Waste
2. Bad Influence
3. These Things
4. Right Next Door (Because Of Me)
5. The Forecast (Calls For Pain)
6. Time Takes Two$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Howlin' MercyPressed On 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Howlin' Mercy is the third album by American slide blues guitarist, singer and songwriter John Campbell. Born in 1952 he started to play Delta blues at an early age, listening to and influenced by his peers like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Lightnin' Hopinks. He performed in clubs in Texas and New Orleans before settling down in New York. It was in New York that his live performance came to fruition which led to his signing with Elektra Records in 1991.
This album was made before his untimely death due to heart failure in 1993 and contains a bluesified Led Zeppelin cover When The Levee Breaks.
Additionally songs like Firin' Line, Written In Stone Down In The Hole (written by Tom Waits) and Wolf Among The Lambs are proof of Campbell's roots playing the blues.
Howlin Mercy was produced by Dennis Walker, who also worked on a lot off Robert Cray's recordings.1. Ain't Afraid Of Midnight
2. When The Levee Breaks
3. Down In The Hole
4. Look What Love Can Do
5. Saddle Up My Pony
6. Firin' Line
7. Love's Name
8. Written In Stone
10. Wolf Among The Lambs$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 has proven to be a great success, with the DVD, Blu Ray and CD continuing to chart globally. We will complement the other formats by releasing Crossroads 2013 on vinyl for the very first time! The four-LP set features Clapton along with guitar greats Gary Clark Jr., Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, Vince Gill, The Allman Brothers Band, Robert Randolph, John Mayer, Keith Urban, Keb' Mo', Robert Cray, Doyle Bramhall II, Los Lobos, Albert Lee and more.LP 1
1. Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton
2. Lay Down Sally - Eric Clapton with Vince Gill
3. Green Onions - Booker T. with Steve Cropper, Keb' Mo', Blake Mills, Matt "Guitar" Murphy & Albert Lee
4. Heavenly Bodies - Kurt Rosenwinkel
5. This Time - Earl Klugh
6. Mirabella - Earl Klugh
7. Great Big Old House - The Robert Cray Band
8. She's Alright - Doyle Bramhall II with Gary Clark Jr.
1. Bullet And A Target - Doyle Bramhall II with Citizen Cope
2. Queen Of California - John Mayer
3. Don't Let Me Down - John Mayer with Keith Urban
4. Next Door Neighbor Blues - Gary Clark Jr.
5. Damn Right, I've Got The Blues - Buddy Guy with Robert Randolph & Quinn Sullivan
6. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad - The Allman Brothers Band with Eric Clapton
1. Congo Square - Sonny Landreth with Derek Trucks
2. Change It - John Mayer with Doyle Bramhall II
3. Ooh-oOh-Ooh - Jimmie Vaughan
4. Save The Last Dance For Me - Blake Mills with Derek Trucks
5. Don't Worry Baby - Los Lobos
6. I Ain't living long like this - Vince Gill with Albert Lee
7. Diving Duck blues - Taj Mahal with Keb' Mo'
1. When My Train Pulls In - Gary Clark Jr.
2. Mná Na HÉireann - Jeff Beck
3. The Needle And The Damage Done - Allman, Haynes, Trucks
4. Midnight Rider - Allman, Haynes, Trucks
5. Key To The Highway - Eric Clapton with Keith Richards
6. Gin House Blues - Andy Fairweather Low with Eric Clapton
7. Got To Get Better In A Little While - Eric Clapton
8. Sunshine Of Your Love - Eric Clapton$69.99Vinyl LP - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Truckin' With Albert Collins
The Albert Collins/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Series Begins!
His Groundbreaking, Earth Shattering Debut, Early 60's Texas Blues Masterpiece!
First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Presentation • Anniversary Edition
Texan Albert Collins was absolutely one of the most prolific and rhythmic pioneers on the American blues scene
ever. Recording his first 45's in the early sixties and rapidly becoming one of the most in demand bluesmen of his
time, Collins was truly an American legend on the worldwide blues circuit.
While recording a plethora of singles on cool blues labels like Kangaroo, Tracie and Hall-Way from 1962 to 1965,
TCF Records released Albert's first album The Cool Sounds Of Albert Collins a/k/a Truckin' With Albert Collins from a
bunch of these wonderful single sessions. The album quickly faded into obscurity until a chance meeting with Canned
Heat. The band convinced the man to make a move to California and the rest is rock and blues history.
Upon his arrival on the L.A. rock and blues market, he soon became one of the country's leading blues guitarist
with a ton of devotees like his fans Canned Heat, John Mayall, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Robert Cray whom were all
diggin' what the bluesman was laying down.
Blue Thumb Records soon re-released his stunning first album Truckin' With Albert Collins, and now thousands
of blues fans the world over were soon discovering the classic early sixties album which boasted his hit blues singles
like Frosty, Tremble and Frost Bite.
The dozen gems that make up this jumping blues event would go on to become some of his most famous tunes
including Frosty which was covered by numerous rock and blues artists over the years, plus even more terrific blues
rockers like of Sno-Cone II, Icy Blue and the rockin' Don't Lose Your Cool.
Friday Music is no stranger to the best in blues music, and it is with much honor to announce the first time 180
Gram Audiophile Vinyl Anniversary release of Albert Collins' debut masterpiece Truckin' With Albert Collins.
Impeccably mastered by Joe "Bluesman" Reagoso (John Lee Hooker/Canned Heat/Johnny Winter) from the
original Blue Thumb Records tapes, Albert Collins' classic Truckin' With Albert Collins will truly be one of the most
anticipated blues releases of this holiday season.
To make your limited edition listening experience all the more entertaining, we are also including the very rare
gatefold album cover graphics for the first time in four decades, including the stunning essay by the legendary Pete
Welding which will truly enhance the wonderful blues within by the late great and sorely missed Albert Collins.
2. Hot 'n Cold
6. Dyin' Flu
7. Don't Lose Your Cool
9. Kool Aide
10. Shiver 'n Shake
11. Icy Blue
12. Sno-Cone II$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Middle Of The RoadMiddle of the Road is Eric Gales' fourth album on Provogue/Mascot label Group (Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Black Stone Cherry, Warren Haynes, The Robert Cray Band, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band). The albums follows Transformation (2011), Relentless (2010) and The Psychedelic Underground (2007), and it sees him at his most expressive yet; it is a deeply personal and reflective record that echoes where he is in his life right now and he opens himself up and allows himself the chance to really flourish. Middle of the Road is the running theme throughout the record.
In regards to the album Eric says It's about being fully focused and centered in the middle of the road. If you're on the wrong side and in the gravel, you're not too good and if you're on the median strip that's not too good either, so being in the middle of the road is the best place to be.1. Good Time
2. Change In Me (The Rebirth)
3. Boogie Man (feat. Gary Clark Jr.)
4. Been So Long
5. Help Yourself (feat. Christone Kingfish Ingram)
6. I've Been Deceived
7. Carry Yourself
8. Repetition (feat. Eugene Gales)
9. Help Me Let Go
10. I Don't Know
11. Swamp$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Keep It SimpleAvailable On Vinyl For The First Time
Keep It Simple (2004) is the seventh studio album by blues artist Keb' Mo'. The album won a Grammy in 2005 for best contemporary Blues album, and features Robben Ford, Robert Cray, Vince Gill a.o.
Keb' Mo' crafted a warm, wry, Blues-informed version of Pop Americana that wrestles with contemporary problems like how to pay the mortgage, the high price of coffee, or how to afford a vacation. This is the first ever vinyl release of this great album!
Over the past two decades Keb' Mo' (born Kevin Moore) has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American roots music through his live and studio performances. His songs have been recorded by the likes of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, the Dixie Chicks, Joe Cocker and Robert Palmer.
And he's no stranger to acting. His acting career began in the early '90s, and in 1998 Keb' Mo' portrayed Robert Johnson in the documentary Can't You Hear the Wind Howl. Other acting jobs include his role as the ghostly bluesman Possum in the 2007 movie Honeydripper. But Keb stresses that his focus will always be on making music and being a communicator, a songwriter.1. France
2. Let Your Light Shine
3. One Friend
4. Shave Yo' Legs
5. Prosperity Blues
7. Keep It Simple
8. Riley B. King
9. House In California
10. Walk Back In
11. I'm Amazing
12. Proving You Wrong$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Journeyman (Out Of Stock)Remastered From Original Analog Masters! The 1989 solo album from Eric Clapton features a slew of artists including Phil Collins, Robert Cray, George Harrison, Cecil Womack, Gary Burton and more! The single "Bad Love" earned Clapton the 1990 Best Male Rock Vocal Performance Grammy Award.Features:• Vinyl LP• Remastered from original analog masters
LP 11. Pretending2. Anything For Your Love3. Bad Love4. Running On Faith5. Hard Times6. Hound Dog
LP 21. No Alibis2. Run So Far3. Old Love4. Breaking Point5. Lead Me On6. Before You Accuse Me$29.99Vinyl LP - 2LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock