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With 5 Grammy Awards, 15 grammy nominations, millions of record sales worldwide, and thousands of sold out performances, blues rock icon Robert Cray is considered one of the greatest guitarists of his generation.

In their April 2011 issue, Rolling Stone Magazine credits Cray with reinventing the blues with his “distinct razor sharp guitar playing.” They go on to say that his ... Read more in Amazon's Robert Cray Store

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  • Audio CD (July 1, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B00009PY0H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,350 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Survivor
2. Up In The Sky
3. Back Door Slam
4. I Didn't Know
5. Your Pal
6. Lotta Lovin'
7. What You Need (Good Man)
8. Spare Some Love?
9. Distant Shore
10. Time Makes Two

Editorial Reviews


"The blues is a chair," John Lennon once said of the music's primacy. Yet for many artists the genre often seems more like a straightjacket, one that even a modern legend like Robert Cray has struggled to escape during the course of a multi-Grammy career. But the Georgia veteran has pulled off something of a sly escape trick here, taking the freedom offered by a change in record labels to team with keyboardist, songwriter, and producer Jim Pugh on a slate of performances that are by turns looser, funkier, and more far-ranging in their subject matter. Cray wastes no time in boldly staking out that new turf on the pointed, country-gospel-rooted, antiwar "Survivor." From there Cray immediately makes another jarring turn into the psych-pop of "Up in the Sky," trading his trademark Strat for the rare, distinctive tones of an electric sitar. Even Cray's more familiar blues tack is variously tinged with slippery swamp tones ("Back Door Slam"), slinky Memphis grooves ("Your Pal," featuring the Family Stone horns, and "What You Need"), and the propulsive Caribbean inflections of "Distant Shore." Those more adventurous forays only underscore the elegant drama of "Time Makes Two," where Cray dramatically evokes the blues' holy trinity: a broken heart, soulful voice, and lyrical guitar. --Jerry McCulley

Customer Reviews

I have bought all of Robert Cray's music.
Robert E Thomas
Some just make you feel good and make you say ... "Thanks, Robert !".
Great guitar tone, super solid band, it's one of the best shows you'll see.
Kevin L. Junemann

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Glass Onyun on July 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've been a Cray listener for about 17 years now. "Time Will Tell" is a nice addition to my Robert Cray collection.

"Time Will Tell" isn't pure blues. who cares? There's plenty of blues on it. There's also some damn good soul on it as well as rock influences.

One of my favorite aspects of Cray's music is the lyrics. The songs are often witty and funny, albiet in a sad way.

In my opinion Cray doesn't just sing about relationship problems - he puts you right in the middle of it. You're there in the bedroom when the fight breaks out.

This album stretches the boundaries. I really think he's putting out some of the best soul music out there right now. Classic soul. The kind they don't make anymore.

The song "I didn't know" is one of my favorites. Our man finds out that indeed he really was in love with the girl but alas - she's walking out the door.

"My Pal" is another humorous one. Who hasn't had a crush on a girl but you seem to be locked into the friendship role.

This album came out at an opportune time - right as I was wrapping up my divorce. Mr. Cray has put together another soundtrack for the troubled world we live in.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rick Reilly on July 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Robert Cray and band have recorded some fine CD's over the years, but, with the release of Time Will Tell, they have produced a masterpiece. Doing the production this time by themselves (Jim Pugh and Robert Cray), recording digitally for the first time, and writing all the material themselves (no cover songs or blues classics)RCB have joined the ranks of musical titans.
TWT is the best written, produced, arranged, recorded and performed CD, the band has ever done. Period.
Best Tracks...Survivor, Lotta Lovin', Distant Shore, Your Pal, Back Door Slam.
Robert vocals seem stronger than ever on this disc, which is really saying something, but, what impresses me is his playing. He has never sounded better, whether it's playing a sitar on Up in the Sky, or a blistering solo on Time Makes Two. When I listen to a Robert Cray disc, I like to listen to what he's playing when he's not soloing. I think he is one of the best chord players in the business. Listen to him on Spare Some Love and I Didn't Know, he's a superb rhythm player. When you listen to TWT you will be listening to a true, solid band, not just a guitar god whose being back up by a band. They are a BAND, and Robert is a man content with his ability, his mastery of his instrument.
If you are a long time RCB fan or someone just joining up, you'll love this disc. Honestly there is not a bad track on it (and you can't say that for most CD's released today). Every one is strong and enjoyable.
Check it out for yourself, you'll see. Also catch them when they come to your town. As good as their CD's are, RCB must be heard live to be appreciated.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Frederick Baptist on December 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Robert Cray is a leading light of his genre; way back when I first heard "Strong Persuader" and "Who's Been Talking" I was struck by just how good this guy was in making what had become stale sound fresh and new again. Even the top proponent of the electric blues at the time and probably ever, Eric Clapton, thought so as he publicly announced at the time that he was a fan.

Now we get on his new record label, Sanctuary, something different but still fresh-sounding, reviving what for him has started becoming stale. This is Robert Cray still showing great feel for the blues but with a little bit of soul influences which results in a refreshing twist to what we have become accustomed to from Cray. This album is an attempt to get out of a rut and no one can blame any self-respecting musician for trying new things instead of selling-out and sticking with what is safe all the time.

I note one reviewer expressing disgust at Cray's views on the war and national policy; it's really amazing to me that in a country which prides itself on its liberties and the Bill of Rights that a citizen cannot freely express his views in his album but you guys treat a Canadian, Neil Young, like a hero for doing just that. I believe he has an album out now that is extremely critical of U.S. Foreign Policy.

Anyways, as to the album itself, I was impressed with the musicianship and composition of all the tracks and I couldn't find anything that remotely resembles filler material although granted this is not as good as "Strong Persuader" but this is still a good album. The packaging is also refreshingly different from the old jewel casing as this album comes in cardboard gatefold sleeve with an 8-page colour booklet of photos and cd credits included. The sound quality is also very good reflecting great mastering and sound production too.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Robert Cray finds his voice. What a thing to say about a five time Grammy Award winner, that has also had 11 Grammy nominations and untold other awards. But this Blues man really has something to say with his new album. I loved it! In "Time Will Tell." Robert takes a stand about the war and speaks to our hearts in new ways both lyrically and musically, as only his original voice can.
Something new is going on here, with a depth that has the rootsmusicians from history standing up and tipping their hats from heaven, and it is not to be missed. Produced by Robert and his keyboardist Jim Pugh, who also wrote 3 songs on it the album also features guest artists Jerry Martini and Cynthia Robinson (Sly & the Family Stone Horns), Turtle Island String Quartet, Luis Conte, as well
as band members Kevin Hayes and Karl Sevareid.
Support this amazing artist and hear and feel the presence of musical history, and be transported into the future of Blues.
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