The Robert Cray Band, Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark (1988)
I have fond memories of discovering Robert Cray, all wrapped up with my childhood and moving into my early teen years. My mum bought Bad Influence on what I’m sure was a whim; I don’t reckon any of us knew anything about him until that record came into the house. But man was it a favourite. Still is. And then the albums that directly followed were all snapped up. Oddly, my mum bought this on cassette tape, first off. So round and round this would go in the little red two-seat convertible. That car was a fun time and this was good music to have in it. I wrote about how Robert Cray’s 90s albums and early 00s albums were all good and fine but not as good as Bad Influence. Well in the last couple of years he’s made two of the greatest records of his career. Maybe the two greatest….but for me, outside of the amazing music he’s rediscovered deep in his soul it’s these 80s records that still stand. So good. Favourites. Soulful. Brilliant.
Sample Track: Don’t Be Afraid of The Dark
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