Robert Cray : Strong Persuader

Robert Cray : Strong Persuader


Robert Cray (vocals, guitar), Andrew Love (tenor saxophone), Wayne Jackson (trumpet, trombone), Peter Boe (Keyboards), Richard Cousins (bass), David Olson (drums), Lee Spath (percussion)

Mercury 830 568

Analogue Productions : LP 200 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Smoking Gun
A2 - I Guess I Showed Her
A3 - Right Next Door (Because Of Me)
A4 - Nothin' But A Woman
A5 - Still Around
B1 - More Than I Can Stand
B2 - Foul Play
B3 - I Wonder
B4 - Fantasized
B5 - New Blood

recorded in 1986

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.

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 Analogue Productions LP was remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on 200-gram virgin vinyl at Quality Record Pressings.