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Robert Cray

Most certainly one of the kings of the blues, Robert Cray was born August 1 , 1953 in Columbus, Georgia. Possessing an aching soul voice and supple blues fingers, Cray single-handedly revitalized the profile of blues music when his breakthrough 1986 album "Strong Persuader" went on to sell 2 million copies on the strength of his Top 40 hit "Smoking Gun"- a feat unheard of for blues in the plastic pop 80s decade. Subsequent albums repeated the formula to diminishing sales. Cray moved from the major label to independent labels like Sanctuary, then his own label, Nozzle. Mercury Cray's blues straddle the line between Memphis soul and contemporary guitar blues. To date more than 20  albums have appeared on Cray in some 30 years of recording. He also appeared in the film "Animal House" as bassist for the fictitious band Otis Day & The Knights

Album Discography

"Who's Been Talkin'?" (Mercury 1980)

1. Too Many Cooks
2. The Score
3. Welfare, The (Turns Its Back on You)
4. That's What I'll Do
5. I'd Rather Be a Wino
6. Who's Been Talking?
7. Sleeping in the Ground
8. I'm Gonna Forget About You
9. Nice as a Fool Can Be
10. If You're Thinkin' What I'm Thinkin'

"Bad Influence" (Hightone 1983)

1. Phone Booth
2. Bad Influence
3. Grinder, The
4. Got to Make a Comeback
5. So Many Women, So Little Time
6. Where Do I Go from Here
7. Waiting for the Tide to Turn
8. March On
9. Don't Touch Me
10. No Big Deal
11. I Got Loaded - (bonus track)
12. Share What You've Got, Keep What You Need - (bonus track)

"False Accusations" (Hightone 1985)

1. Porch Light
2. Change of Heart, Change of Mind (S.O.F.T.)
3. She's Gone
4. Playin' in the Dirt
5. I've Slipped Her Mind
6. False Accusations
7. Last Time, The (I Get Burned Like This)
8. Payin' for It Now
9. Sonny

Collins/Cray/Copeland "Showdown!" (Alligator 1985)

1. T-Bone Shuffle
2. Moon Is Full, The
3. Lion's Den
4. She's Into Something
5. Bring Your Fine Self Home
6. Black Cat Bone
7. Dream, The
8. Albert's Alley
9. Blackjack
 
"Strong Persuader" (Mercury 1986)

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
9. Fantasized
10. New Blood

 
"Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark" (Mercury 1988)

1. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
2. Don't You Even Care
3. Your Secret's Safe With Me
4. I Can't Go Home
5. Night Patrol
6. Acting This Way
7. Gotta Change the Rules
8. Across the Line
9. At Last
10. Laugh Out Loud

 
"Midnight Stroll" (Mercury 1990)

1. Forecast, The (Calls For Pain)
2. These Things
3. My Problem
4. Labor of Love
5. Bouncin' Back
6. Consequences
7. Things You Do To Me, The
8. Walk Around Time
9. Move a Mountain
10. Holdin' Court
11. Midnight Stroll

 
"I Was Warned" (Mercury 1992)

1. Just a Loser
2. I'm a Good Man
3. I Was Warned
4. Price I Pay, The
5. Won the Battle
6. On the Road Down
7. Whole Lotta Pride, A
8. Picture of a Broken Heart, A
9. He Don't Live Here Anymore
10. Our Last Time

 
"Shame + A Sin" (Mercury 1993)

1. 1040 Blues
2. Some Pain, Some Shame
3. I Shiver
4. You're Gonna Need Me
5. Don't Break This Ring
6. Stay Go
7. Leave Well Enough Alone
8. Passing By
9. I'm Just Lucky That Way
10. Up and Down

 
"Some Rainy Morning" (Mercury 1995)

1. Moan
2. I'll Go On
3. Steppin' Out
4. Never Mattered Much
5. Tell the Landlord
6. Little Boy Big
7. Enough for Me
8. Jealous Love
9. Will You Think of Me
10. Holdin' On

 
"Sweet Potato Pie" (Mercury 1997)

1. Nothing Against You
2. Do That For Me
3. Back Home
4. One In the Middle, The
5. Little Birds
6. Trick or Treat
7. Simple Things
8. Jealous Minds
9. Not Bad For Love
10. I Can't Quit

 
"Heavy Picks: The Robery Cray Band Collection" (Mercury 1999)

1. Phone Booth
2. Forecast (Calls for Pain)
3. Smoking Gun
4. Playin' in the Dirt
5. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
6. Too Many Cooks
7. Dream, The
8. Right Next Door (Because of Me)
9. Consequences
10. Bad Influence
11. I Guess I Showed Her
12. I Shiver
13. Trick or Treat
14. I Was Warned

Robert Cray & Albert Collins "In Concert" (Indigo 1999)

1. Intro- The Chicken
2. That Will Never Do
3. I've Gotta Take a Chance
4. One More Kiss
5. I'm So Satisfied
6. Collins Intro / Don't Lose Your Cool
7. Angel of Mercy
8. That Ain't the Way to Do It
9. I Don't Want You Cuttin' off My Hair
10. Don't Want No Woman
11. Watch Me Baby
12. Collins Instrumental Jam
13. Albert's Alley

 
"Take Your Shoes Off" (Rykodisc 1999)

1. Love Gone to Waste
2. That Wasn't Me
3. All the Way
4. There's Nothing Wrong
5. 24-7 Man
6. Pardon
7. Let Me Know
8. It's All Gone
9. Won't You Give Him (One More Chance)
10. Living Proof
11. What About Me
12. Tollin' Bells

 
"Shoulda Been Home" (Rykodisc 2001)

1. Baby's Arms
2. Already Gone
3. Anytime
4. Love Sickness
5. I'm Afraid
6. No One Special
7. Out of Eden
8. Cry for Me Baby
9. Far Away
10. Renew Blues
11. Help Me Forget
12. 12 Year Old Boy

"Time Will Tell" (Sanctuary 2003)

1. Survivor
2. Up in the Sky
3. Back Door Slam
4. I Didn't Know
5. Your Pal
6. Lotta Lovin'
7. What You Need (Good Man)
8. Spare Some Love?
9. Distant Shore
10. Time Makes Two

 
"The Best Of: The Millenium Collection" (Mercury/Universal 2003)

1. Smoking Gun
2. Right Next Door (Because of Me)
3. Bouncin' Back
4. Don't You Even Care
5. Holdin' On
6. These Things
7. I Was Warned
8. One in the Middle, The
9. Some Pain, Some Shame
10. You're Gonna Need Me

"Heritage Of The Blues: Phone Booth" (Hightone 2003)

1. Phone Booth
2. Don't Touch Me
3. Porch Light
4. Last Time, The (I Get Burned Like This)
5. Bad Influence
6. Playin' in the Dirt
7. Change of Heart, Change of Mind - (S.O.F.T.)
8. Got to Make a Comeback
9. Grinder, The
10. Where Do I Go from Here
11. Payin' for It Now
12. I've Slipped Her Mind

Robert Cray "Twenty" (Sanctuary) "Twenty" (Sanctuary 2005)

1. Poor Johnny
2. That Ain't Love
3. Does It Really Matter
4. Fadin' Away
5. My Last Regret
6. It Doesn't Show
7. I'm Walkin'
8. Twenty
9. I Know You Will
10. I Forgot to Be Your Lover
11. Two Steps From the End

"The Ultimate Collection" (Universal 2005)

1. Who's Been Talking?
2. I'm Gonna Forget About You
3. When the Welfare Turns Its Back on You
4. Phone Booth
5. Got to Make a Comeback
6. So Many Women So Little Time
7. Playin' in the Dirt
8. I've Slipped Her Mind
9. False Accusations
10. Right Next Door (Because of Me)
11. Smoking Gun
12. I Guess I Showed Her
13. I Wonder
14. Nohthin' But a Woman
15. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
16. Don't You Even Care
17. Acting This Way
18. Forecast, The (Calls for Pain)

DISC 2:
1. Things You Do to Me, The
2. Bouncin' Back
3. I Was Warned
4. He Don't Live Here Anymore
5. Our Last Time
6. You're Gonna Need Me
7. 1040 Blues
8. Passing By
9. I Shiver
10. Moan
11. Steppin' Out
12. Jealous Love
13. Never Mattered Much
14. Trick or Treat
15. I Can't Quit
16. Nothing Against You

DISC 3:
1. Dream, The
2. T-Bone Shuffle
3. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
4. Playin' with My Friends
5. Love Struck Baby
6. I Pity the Fool

"Live Across The Pond" (Nozzle/Vanguard 2006) LISTEN

DISC 1:
1. Phone Booth
2. Poor Johnny
3. Our Last Time
4. Right Next Door (Because of Me)
5. 12 Year Old Boy
6. I Guess I Showed Her
7. Things You Do to Me, The

DISC 2:
1. I Was Warned
2. Twenty
3. Bad Influence
4. One in the Middle, The
5. Back Door Slam
6. Time Makes Two
7. I'm Walkin'

"The Definitive Collection" (Hip-O 2007)

1. Phone Booth
2. Bad Influence
3. Playin' in the Dirt
4. Smoking Gun
5. I Guess I Showed Her
6. Right Next Door (Because of Me)
7. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
8. Forecast, The (Calls for Pain)
9. Consequences
10. I Was Warned
11. I Shiver
12. Moan
13. Trick or Treat
14. Love Gone to Waste
15. Survivor
16. Poor Johnny

"Live At The BBC" (Island/Mercury 2008)

1. I Guess I Showed Her
2. Foul Play
3. Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark
4. Don't You Even Care
5. Night Patrol
6. Nothin' But A Woman
7. Phone Booth
8. These Things
9. My Problem
10. Forecast, The (Calls For Pain)
11. Consequences
12. Right Next Door (Because Of Me)
13. Acting This Way
14. Smoking Gun

"This Time" (Vanguard 2009)

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

"Authorized Bootleg: Austin, TX 5/25/87" (Mercury 2010)

1. Introduction
2. I Guess I Showed Her
3. Let's Have a Natural Ball
4. Spoken Word Interlude
5. Don't Touch Me
6. Foul Play
7. Bad Influence
8. Spoken Word Interlude
9. Last Time, The (I Get Burned Like This)
10. Still Around
11. Back at the Chicken Shack
12. False Accusations
13. New Blood
14. Phone Booth
15. Playin' in the Dirt
16. Spoken Word Interlude
17. Smoking Gun
18. Spoken Word Interlude
19. Right Next Door (Because of Me)

"Cookin' In Mobile" CD + DVD (Nozzle 2010)

DISC 1:
1. Our Last Time
2. Anytime
3. Love 2009
4. Right Next Door
5. Chicken in the Kitchen
6. Sitting on Top of the World
7. One in the Middle
8. Lotta Lovin'
9. Smoking Gun
10. I Can't Fail
11. That's What Keeps Me Rockin'
12. Time Make Two

DISC 2:
1. Live at the Saenger Theater
2. Behind-the-Scenes
3. Photo Gallery
4. Phone Booth [Video]
5. Twenty [Video]
6. Sitting on Top of the World
7. One in the Middle
8. Lotta Lovin'
9. Smoking Gun
10. I Can't Fail
11. That's What Keeps Me Rockin'
12. Time Makes Two
13. Phone Booth
14. Twenty

"Nothin' But Love" (Mascot 2012)

1. (Won't Be) Coming Home
2. Worry
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 Days
11. You Belong to Me [*]

"On My Soul" (MRI 2014)

1. You Move Me
2. Nobody's Fault But Mine
3. Fine Yesterday
4. Your Good Thing Is About to End
5. I Guess I'll Never Know
6. Hold On
7. What Would You Say
8. Hip Tight Onions
9. You're Everything
10. Deep in My Soul
11. Pillow

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