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4 Nights of 40 Years
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Les 40 ans de carrière du Prophète du blues !
L'icône du Blues célèbre cette année ses 40 ans de carrière en nous proposant un superbe live pour fêter au mieux cet évènement.
Le DVD et le Blu Ray nous offrent tous deux 90 minutes de show avec de multiples cameras. On peut également voir des interviews de fond avec Robert Cray, les membres de son groupe et des témoignages de personnalités telles qu'Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Keith Richards.
Enregistré au Belly Up, Saban Theatre à Venture et à son studio de répétition, le son est produit par Steve Jordan et les images ont été filmées par Danny Clinch (réalisateur de DVD live pour Bruce Springsteen ou encore Pearl Jam). On y découvre Robert Cray dans son meilleur élément, la scène. A noter que le 2ème CD est un bonus avec 6 titres enregistrés en 1987 lors du show à la TV hollandaise pour l'émission Countdown et en 1982 à San Francisco lors du Festival SFO Blues.
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The first disc is billed as the Main Feature. Recorded last December in several L.A. rehearsal halls and venues, Cray's current band of bassist Richard Cousins, drummer Les Falconer and keyboardist Dover Weinberg are augmented by "The Cats", saxophonist Trevor Lawrence and trumpeter Steve Madio. You could write a book on this horn section-both men played onstage with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band at Woodstock; they're also heard on Stevie Wonder's "Songs In The Key Of Life" (think of that great arrangement on "Sir Duke"), albums by Etta James, J.J. Cale and many others. Producer Steve Jordan adds percussion to give the band a full R&B flavor with extra bottom.
On the opening track "I Shiver" (from "Shame And A Sin") two major things are apparent-Cray's voice has grown deeper over the years and his guitar style, already developed in the '70s, is second to none. His technique includes rapid strumming while playing chords as well as fleet fingered solos; on occasion he even throws in some octave picking a la Wes Montgomery. The guests turn in fine performances. Kim Wilson is featured on the Hayes/Porter composition "Wrap It Up", which was a huge hit for his Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1986. The band stays closer to the 1968 Sam and Dave original, right down to the horn section. Wilson was a smart choice for this project-he has always championed Soul Blues, and the most recent T-bird effort, "On The Verge" is a solid winner in that category. The chestnut "Sitting On Top of the World" features the great Lee Oskar on harp, and he turns in a rather subdued but tasty solo-lyrical and not distorted. Weinberg's keyboards are solid throughout, especially organ on "Two Steps From the End".
The bonus disc includes performances for the Dutch TV show "Countdown" from 1987, and the Robert Cray Band's set at the 1982 San Francisco Blues Festival. The band was touring behind "Strong Persuader" at the time, so all the numbers here can be found on that disc. Peter Boe on keys and drummer David Olson were the rhythm section for this outing, with the ever dependable Cousins holding down the bass for spirited versions of "Guess I Showed Her, "Right Next Door", "Smoking Gun" and "Still Around".
The band for the Blues festival features Warren Rand on alto with Mike Vannice on tenor and organ. "Too Many Cooks" and "T-Bone Shuffle" both show a young guitarist (Cray was 28 at the time) who already has a fully developed style. Cousins again supports Cray with the style of bass that will often serve as a lead instrument.
The DVD is one of the best musician's biographies ever put together. An early photo montage of Cray with Blues icons Muddy Waters, B.B. Willie Dixon and fellow players Curtis Salgado, Johnny Copeland and Albert Collins leads us into the present. Footage from the 1982 and 1987 shows are interspersed throughout the disc showing the band members discussing the trying times early in their careers. Cousins is highlighted as a lifelong friend to Cray, and an indispensable musical partner. Many fellow musicians are interviewed including Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, Jimmie Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt ("He's badass" she enthuses) and Eric Clapton. Producer Steve Jordan discusses how Richards first turned him on to Cray, and his contributions to the project truly make him a "fifth member of the band". He is firmly in charge when he instructs the band to pick up the pace a bit on "Love Gone to Waste" ("can't be too slow-our duty is to shake the booty").
Director Danny Glinch and Jordan have put together one impressive fortieth anniversary project. The booklet includes recording credits and venue locations of the different shows and James L. Bass supplies current photos of the band and support players. If only all milestone collections were this lovingly produced.
Robert Cray is a five time Grammy award winner who's jammed with the best and 4 nights of 40 Years would have to be the very best of Robert Cray and all around Excellent Album for anyone into Blues Guitar and Fans alike .
The recording is excellent. There is plenty of deep bass, the mix is exactly right. Cray's voice is balanced perfectly with the other instruments. It puts me front and center at the concert.
Cray's music is incredible. The perfect balance of blues, funk, and soul. He is the evolution of blues.
This is available in three formats - MP3, CD with DVD, and Vinyl. I really hesitated between vinyl and CD. The bonus DVD put me over the top. Now that I have the disc, I should have purchased the vinyl. The DVD is OK, but not really that special. The documentary combines talking head interviews, ancient videos, and current footage from the 40 years concert. The vintage footage suffers from poor audio quality (mostly just stereo and flat sound) - yeah I can see young Robert Cray jamming. On the other hand, I'd much rather listen to a perfectly recorded concert. The comments by Cray's buddies - Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Kieth Richards, Bonnie Raitt, and (I can seriously do without) Jimmie Vaughan - are OK. The better interviews are with Cray and his band. Cray talks about his influences and the type of music he plays.
Bottom line - the CD / DVD combo is the only way to go if you don't have a turntable. The concert recording is so good, I'd pass on the MP3s. Vinyl is the format this deserves.
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