Greg Perry – 1975 – One for The Road
This is a real find!
I am sure you’ll adore it, groovy people out there!
Greg was one of major staff writers for Invictus/Hot Wax and co wrote most of the hits of Chairmen of the Board, Freda Payne etc. This his first solo album was originally released on Casablanca in 1975. It is now regarded as one the best soul albums of all time. Includes ‘Variety is the Spice of life‘ and ‘Come on down‘ Both popular and in demand modern soul tracks.
1. Variety Is the Spice of Life
2. I’ll Be Comin Back
3. Will She Meet the Train in the Rain?
4. Next Time I See You (I’m Gonna Be Ready)
5. Boogie Man
6. Love Is Magic [Instrumental]
7. I Want to Live and Let Live (Love and Let Love All the Time)
8. Come on Down (Get Your Head Out of the Clouds)
9. Love Got Me Tired (But I Ain’t Tired of Love)
10.One for the Road
I’ll be frank. I spent $26US for this album as an import and took a risk by buying it. I’ve searched for the artist who performed “Come on Down” for 30 years. I first heard “Come on Down” my Senior Year of High School (75-76) and the song just struck me with the Lyrics first, then the music. Every time the song would come on I’d stop what I was doing and just…listen. As you can see, it’s a sentimental journey for me, and worth the price. The rest of the album is very good.
Folks, this is mid 70’s straight ahead soul. I invite you to get a copy for yourself if ever the album goes domestic – which means that you can save a bundle!!
Five stars for “Come on Down” for the rest of the album, four stars!!
Originally on Casablanca, this album has been reissued recently by the Soul Brother Records label from UK. It is a cult album among the Modern Soul lovers (Modern Soul is the name given to Soul Music which survived during the Disco era, keeping the flame alive). Greg Perry was from the Hot Wax / Invictus “family” and it shows: the album sounds a lot like those of Lamont Dozier from the same period. As for the quality and arrangements, no R’n’B artist from today, nor even Michael Jackson, could afford such an orchestra today, with string section, monster bass and all ; such were the times … The album includes a very good instrumental track, “Love Is Magic“, with handclaps, bass, wah-wah and all I love and the killers “Variety is the spice of life” – “Come on down“.
For those who trust my taste so far, this is really amazing stuff.
One of my favorite. Grab it brothers!