4 Nights of 40 Years Live [2-CD/DVD]

4 Nights of 40 Years Live [2-CD/DVD]

by Robert CrayRobert Cray

CD(Bonus DVD)

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Decades flash by in the wink of an eye, which may explain how the perennial blues young gun is celebrating his fourth decade of performing in 2015. 4 Nights of 40 Years is a souvenir salute to his longevity, a career that started in earnest with the 1980 release of Who's Been Talkin', but began earlier when he was gigging throughout the '70s. Cray scored an unexpected crossover hit in 1987 thanks to "Smoking Gun" but unlike some of his '80s blues peers, he wasn't content leaning on flash. He deepened his R&B roots, honing his solos so they stung, and settling into a nicely textured soul-blues groove that emphasized rhythms as much as songs or solos. All of this is evident on 2015's Four Nights of 40 Years, a dynamic 13-track live album recorded on the tour supporting his fine 2014 set In My Soul. That record isn't featured here, nor is "Smoking Gun" -- that hit, along with other Strong Persuader material, is on the bonus disc containing live performances for Dutch TV in 1987, plus two performances from the SFO Blues Festival in 1982 -- so the emphasis winds up being on Cray's overall catalog, finding space for covers like Howlin' Wolf's "Sittin' on Top of the World," and room for old friends like Kim Wilson to come out and sing the Fabulous Thunderbirds' "Wrap It Up." What's striking throughout is Cray's ease: he's never reaching too hard, never emphasizing either blues or soul. By just sounding like himself, it's apparent that he's inherited the role of old blues master when nobody was looking.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2015
Label: Provogue
UPC: 0819873012139
catalogNumber: 74635
Rank: 6154


Disc 1

  1. I Shiver
  2. I'll Always Remember You
  3. Poor Johnny
  4. Won't Be Coming Home
  5. Your Good Thing Is About to End
  6. Sittin' on Top of the World
  7. Wrap It Up
  8. Love Gone to Waste
  9. Bad Influence
  10. These Things
  11. Right Next Door (Because of Me)
  12. The Forecast (Calls for Pain)
  13. Time Makes Two

Disc 2

  1. I Guess I Showed Her
  2. Right Next Door (Because of Me)
  3. Smoking Gun
  4. Still Around
  5. Too Many Cooks
  6. T-Bone Shuffle

Disc 3

  1. Intro/I Shiver
  2. T-Bone Shuffle
  3. Love Gone to Waste
  4. I Guess I Showed Her
  5. I'll Always Remember You
  6. Your Good Thing Is About to End
  7. Too Many Cooks
  8. Wrap It Up
  9. Won't Be coming Home
  10. Smoking Gun
  11. Sittin' on Top of the World
  12. Two Steps From the End
  13. Bad Influence
  14. These Things
  15. Right Next Door (Because of Me)
  16. The Forecast (Calls for Pain)
  17. Time Makes Two

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robert Cray   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Lee Oskar   Harmonica
Kim Wilson   Harmonica,Vocals
Peter Boe   Keyboards
Richard Cousins   Bass
Trevor Lawrence   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Steve Madaio   Trumpet,Group Member
Dave Olson   Drums
Falconer   Drums,Vocals
Steve Jordan   Percussion,Drums
Dover Weinberg   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Robert Cray   Composer
Willie Dixon   Composer
Willie Mitchell   Composer
T-Bone Walker   Composer
Thomas Bingham   Composer
Peter Boe   Composer
Bruce Bromberg   Composer
Greg Calbi   Audio Master
Richard Cousins   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
David Plenn   Composer
David Porter   Composer
Mike Vannice   Composer
Aaron Walker   Composer
Dennis Walker   Composer
Danny Clinch   Director
Steve Jordan   Producer
Jojo Pennebaker   Director
Hendrix Ackle   Composer
Chester Burnett   Composer
Greg "Xaq" Zaccaria   Guitar Techician
Steve Selid   Monitor Engineer
Jim Pugh   Composer
Roy Koch   Artwork
Bob White   Engineer
Jeffrey Welch   Engineer
Thomas Van Der Kooi   Artwork
Fletcher Lee   Producer
Josh Agajanian   Producer
Jake Saxbe   Producer

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