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Released: November 1986

Rating: 4.400 (average of 10 ratings)

Genre: blues rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Smoking Gun
  2. I Guess I Showed Her
  3. Right Next Door (Because of Me)
  4. Nothin’ But a Woman
  5. Still Around
  6. More Than I Can Stand
  7. Foul Play
  8. I Wonder
  9. Fantasized
  10. New Blood


sales in U.S. only 2 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 2 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 13
peak on U.K. album chart 34

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Smoking Gun (11/29/86) #22 US, #2 AR
  • I Guess I Showed Her (3/28/87) #28 AR
  • Right Next Door (Because of Me) (5/9/87) #80 US, #50 UK, #27 AR

Notes: A 1995 reissue added a bonus live disc.


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Strong Persuader
Robert Cray
“The set that made Cray a pop star, despite its enduring blues base. Cray’s smoldering stance on Smoking Gun and Right Next Door rendered him the first sex symbol to emerge from the blues field in decades, but it was his innovative expansion of the genre itself that makes this album a genuine 1980s classic” (Dahl).

Nothing but a Woman boasts an irresistible groove pushed by the Memphis Horns and some metaphorically inspired lyrics, while I Wonder and Guess I Showed Her sizzle with sensuality” (Dahl).

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Last updated May 29, 2008.