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Blues Vinyl Records
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 - SealedBuy 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 SealedBuy Now
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.
This title is not eligible for discount.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
$39.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Nothin But Love (Out Of Stock)Five-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 - SealedTemporarily out of stock