Heritage of the Blues: Phone Booth

Heritage of the Blues: Phone Booth

by Robert Cray


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Heritage of the Blues: Phone Booth features highlights from modern bluesman Robert Cray's two records he recorded for Hightone at the beginning of his career. When he burst on the scene in the early '80s, Cray's soulful blues really caught on with blues fans who were looking for a modern voice and a modern sound. Songs like "Phone Booth" and "The Grinder" were rooted in the real blues but given a light, almost pop sheen that made them easy to swallow. This collection has six songs each from 1983's Bad Influence and 1985's False Accusations. Bad Influence is the better record of the two, and the songs from the album ("Phone Booth," "Don't Touch Me," "Bad Influence," the Stax-influenced cover of Eddie Floyd's "Got to Make a Comeback," "The Grinder," and "Where Do I Go from Here") are more immediate and sound much more inspired, especially Cray's solos, which sting like angry bees. And although they are over-produced, the songs from False Accusations ("Porch Light," "The Last Time [I Get Burned Like This]," "Playin' in the Dirt," "Change of Heart," "Payin' for It Now," and "I've Slipped Her Mind") are still strong, with "Porch Light" in particular equal to the songs from the previous record.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2003
Label: Hightone Records
UPC: 0012928816427
catalogNumber: 8164
Rank: 135186

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robert Cray   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Peter Boe   Keyboards
Richard Cousins   Bass
David   Percussion,Tenor Saxophone
Nolan Andrew Smith   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Robert Cray   Composer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
D. Amy   Composer
Bruce Bromberg   Producer
Richard Cousins   Composer
Bill Dashiell   Engineer
David   Horn Arrangements
Larry Sloven   Executive Producer
Mike Vannice   Composer
D. Walker   Composer
Dennis Walker   Composer,Producer
Johnny "Guitar" Watson   Composer
Sam Ling   Composer
Joe Shamwell   Composer
M. Davis   Composer

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