Lonesome Train - Greatest Hits Vol 1
MP3 Blues, Soul, R&B
In every town, there are a few musicians who, instead of lunging for the elusive brass ring, have instead stayed home and contented themselves with the opportunities at home. There they await discovery by the outside world, and the history of the blues is full of such delightful finds - Mance Lipscomb comes to mind, as does Houstonian Sam “Lightning” Hopkins. Hopkins’ hometown is today full of such musicians, many of whom have re-releases out on Edsel records. A sterling example of this process is bandleader, songwriter, arranger, guitarist, and singer extraordinaire Oscar Perry. ~ Demon Music Group
Few artists have covered all the bases in the Black Music Field as completely as the dynamic Oscar Perry. Raised in cut’n’shoot juke joints across Texas, his professional career kicked off in grand fashion in 1968 when he started recording for Don Robey’s internationally famous Backbeat label. But recognition as a performer wasn’t enough to satisfy this man of many talents. While he continued to perform and record after hooking up with the Gulf Coast’s leading producer Huey P. Meaux, in 1971, Oscar began to develop his writing and arranging skills even though he had no formal music education. He sure didn’t need a college professor to tell his material was on target. Instead he took songs like “Cold Day In Hell”, “This Time I’m Gone For Good”, “The End Of The Road”, and “The Blues Is All I Was Left With”, to Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, who promptly made them into hits of his own.
Now Oscar brings it all together for himself on this album, singing, writing and arranging everything from mournful ballads and sweet soul, even all the way to hard kicking country and western. Though there are many moods contained in the grooves of this record, they all come form the soul of one man ready to let them loose - Oscar Perry.
Joe Nick Patoski
These tracks contained herein date from 1973-77, and Perry recalls that a plethora of musicians played on them. Unfortunately they were so numerous that Perry today can not recall who played on what, and we were unable at the time of this writing to obtain studio documentation from Crazy Cajun.
Perry, who had not heard these tracks for quite some time, is today quite pleased with them, saying of them that “they’re right where I’m at today”. From the opening line of “Keeps Hanging On”, it is readily apparent that anywhere Perry is at is not a bad place to be. Like Mel Torme, Perry has a voice that can be described as a “Velvet Fog”.
Ironically, it’s a shame Perry’s voice is so luxurious, for at times I found myself listening more to the way it sounded rather than what it sung. Perry composed all of these tunes, and on “Can’t Mend A Broken Heart”, we have some of his best work both musically and from a lyrical standpoint. This song, incidentally, was a runaway hit regionally in 1974, going on to top the charts in the state of Louisiana. Perry remembers booking a gig in the little town of New Iberia, unaware of the songs smash-hit status. On arrival, a limousine whisked Perry from the Baton Rouge airport to his hotel, where a red carpet was unfurled and a mob of admirers awaited. “If I’d have known that tune was so big over there, I would have tripled my fee,” Perry allows today with a rueful chuckle. more...