Poor Man's Son [Bonus Track]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
This Las Vegas native puts a working-class Hispanic spin on the sort of genre-hopping mellow rock that has crept onto the charts in recent years, thanks to artists such as John Mayer and David Gray. Perez isn't quite as smooth around the edges as those gents, but he's got a bruised-romantic eloquence that will appeal their fans. That facet of his persona comes to light on "Something Crazy," a powerful tune about the powerlessness one can feel looking at an abusive relationship from the outside. He toughens up a bit -- but only a bit -- on "Class Act," a percolating, E Street Band–styled tune that reconfigures the classic Romeo and Juliet/West Side Story theme of doomed...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
This Las Vegas native puts a working-class Hispanic spin on the sort of genre-hopping mellow rock that has crept onto the charts in recent years, thanks to artists such as John Mayer and David Gray. Perez isn't quite as smooth around the edges as those gents, but he's got a bruised-romantic eloquence that will appeal their fans. That facet of his persona comes to light on "Something Crazy," a powerful tune about the powerlessness one can feel looking at an abusive relationship from the outside. He toughens up a bit -- but only a bit -- on "Class Act," a percolating, E Street Band–styled tune that reconfigures the classic Romeo and Juliet/West Side Story theme of doomed love with barrio aplomb. His Cuban roots, which are never far from the surface, really come to the fore on "Southwest Side," a soul-tinged slice of nostalgia that doesn't lose focus, even when it gets a bit misty. His backing band, the Highway Saints, could be a bit more assertive -- when they get cooking on the bluesy "Cold, Cold Rain," Perez responds with one of his more passionate deliveries -- but this young singer-songwriter's major-label bow establishes him as a singer, songwriter, and performer to be very closely watched.
All Music Guide - Christina Fuoco
For Las Vegas singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Franky Perez, it's a good thing the Latin music flame is burning dim. If his debut, Poor Man's Son, would have come out, say, four years previously, it would have automatically been buried in that genre, for no other reasons than his last name and the tinges of Cuban influence trickled throughout the CD. But now Poor Man's Son, which Perez recorded with his band the Highway Saints, stands the chance to shine. Perez's songwriting chops are up there with the underappreciated Jude Cole, especially in the opening track, "Two Lost Angels," and the first single, "Something Crazy." A tale of a woman who wishes to escape the horrors of domestic abuse and the man who longs to save her, "Something Crazy" is powerful -- "She says that she's afraid to leave/She says someday he's gonna kill me/'Cause when he's drunk he talks with his fists." Perez's songs are at once heartbreaking "Something Crazy" and the ballad "Again," an urgent love song in which Perez begs for a second chance, political "Cry Freedom," no relation to Bob Marley, angry "Life on the Edge", and downright sexy "American Classic". Perez drools over his "American Classic" in technicolor -- "It's the way she makes me guess/What she's wearing/Under that summer dress/It's the things she implies/In the roundabout way." The son of Cuban emigrants, Perez is clearly influenced by his heritage, as marked in "Southwest Side" and "Bella Maria." With Cuban music as a base, he successfully experiments with a buffet of tastes including sultry blues, roots rock, inoffensive '80s rock, and anthemic pop. In a nod to his love of early Stax and Elvis Presley records, he uses the Vincent Sisters and the Sweet Inspirations as backup vocalists. If there's a negative, it's that Poor Man's Son is a long project to tackle, with 18 songs. But Perez is rich with talent.
Blender - J.D. Considine
There's enough depth and insight to Franky Perez's songs to suggest old-dog wisdom.

There's enough depth and insight to Franky Perez's songs to suggest old-dog wisdom.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2003
  • Label: Atlantic Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075678355226
  • Catalog Number: 83552
  • Sales rank: 72,016

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Two Lost Angels (3:30)
  2. 2 Cecilia (3:18)
  3. 3 Something Crazy (3:40)
  4. 4 Again (3:02)
  5. 5 Beautiful Mistakes (4:01)
  6. 6 Life on the Edge (4:02)
  7. 7 Southwest Side (2:43)
  8. 8 Cry Freedom (4:06)
  9. 9 Class Act (4:26)
  10. 10 Cold Hard Rain (4:58)
  11. 11 Leave Me Alone (3:33)
  12. 12 American Classic (4:46)
  13. 13 Love and Hate (3:18)
  14. 14 Bella Maria (3:02)
  15. 15 Forever 17 (4:00)
  16. 16 Angel Park (3:43)
  17. 17 Love, Soul, Rock N' Roll (4:37)
  18. 18 Winds of Change (2:49)
  19. 19 Class Act (4:22)
  20. 20 Winds of Change
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Franky Perez Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Dobro, Harmonica, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Bass Drums, Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Electric Sitar, Korg, Cuban Percussion, Tres Cubano
Charlie Bisharat Strings
Denyse Buffum Strings
Larry Corbett Strings
Joel Derouin Strings
Mike Finnegan Hammond Organ
Berj Garabedian Strings
Jim Gilstrap Background Vocals
Mark Hudson Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Darrell Leonard Horn
Federico Pol Bass
Joyce Vincent Background Vocals
Pamela Vincent Background Vocals
Suzie Katayama Conductor
John Ginty Hammond Organ
Darrin McCann Strings
Rich Robinson Electric Guitar
Didi Claves
Brian "BB Magic" Bissell Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Guitar
Peter "Boom Boom" Cicchetti Bass, Bass Guitar
Michele Richards Strings
Matthew Funes Strings
Technical Credits
Bradley Cook Engineer
Jason Corsaro Producer, Engineer
Mark Hudson Producer, Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Jim Scott Producer, Engineer
Suzie Katayama String Arrangements
Ryan Hewitt Engineer
Rich Robinson Composer
Christina Dittmar Art Direction
Franky Perez Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Brian "BB Magic" Bissell Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Frankie is Awesome!!!

    I saw Frankie when he came to the state fair here in Nebraska. I have to be honest I had never heard of him before that. Oh my God, I havent ever seen anyone play for their audience as he did that afternoon. The compasion that he displayed during his show was tremendous. He makes you feel his music. The CD is great, everyone should have one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    magic that pulls you in

    the best that came out of 2003 is perez and the great music that he has made . i would love to see him in person .to see the person who has made this great music and find how these songs came about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding

    I got a chance to hear Franky and the Highway Saints at the state fair. And I was amazed to see his compassion for the music. He has so much fun doing what he's doing and singing what he's singing. A true artist who knows about true rock and roll. I couldn't do anything but stand up and dance along. It's was amazing. When I got home, I immediatly jumped on the computer and ordered the cd. Incredible

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible

    It is so refreshing to see an artist that actually wrote, sang and provided the music for a CD. The songs seem to be all from the heart. Also, I have seen him in concert and he is incredible. Can't wait for his next CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding

    Franky is a breath of fresh air. His voice is wonderful and will be one we will hear a lot of on the air.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FXP

    Wow, franky really did a number on this cd. perfect from 1-19. MUsic sings to you and his beautiful voice sings to you as well. The lyrics are moving and amazing. Guitar and instruments play wonderfully and flow into some great rock n roll tunes. You have to buy this cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Move Over John Mellencamp

    I just got a chance to hear a demo copy of this CD today and I was stunned. For a singer/songwriter pretty much unheard of, Franky Perez stands to take the music world by storm with his debut album. I can only describe his work as a much more modern and updated John Cougar Mellencamp. Perez, being of Cuban decent, seems to draw on numerous life experiences from different cultures and cities (especially Miami and LA), while at the same time espousing many of the same down-home Americana that Mellencamp did years ago. He is a breath of fresh air for all those a bit tired of the guitar playing, slow-singing "authentics" such as Jason Mraz or John Mayer. In fact, Franky Perez seems to rock a bit similar to the Black Crows, but with is own solo-style. It will be interesting to see if audiences dig is upbeat tempo (best of which is clearly "Cecilia"), or if they will demand more of his own smooth-slow style seen in "Forever 17" or "America". By the way a full fledged 17 track debut with hardly any weakness will certainly make this a valued investment. All in all, Franky Perez stands on the cusp of success with this album, and don't be surprised if we see him singing at next years Grammy awards.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best new album out there

    WOW!! I saw Franky Perez in concert in Vegas as the opener for Jason Mraz and was immediately blown away. I'd never heard of him before, but he stole the show. He's got an amazing live show, so I was a little skeptical about the album; could it compare to him live? I was very pleasantly suprised. The whole album is great, every song. Very rare for a first album I think. Poor Man's Son plays like a collage of musical styles beautifully blended from straight on Springsteen-like rock ("Cecilla") to youth anthems ("Angel Park") to beautiful balads with a message ("Something Crazy"). I'll be watching for Franky Perez to do great things from here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic Rock and Roll meets Latin Soul

    I have LOVED Franky Perez's music since the first day I heard the demo a couple of months ago. As a young Latina who grew up with the music of Bruce Springsteen and Tito Puente in my house, I have finally found a musician who has blended both sounds into something wonderful! Not only does Franky sing about love and the ups and downs of it, but he goes deeper and touches on the social issues of being a Hispanic/Latino person in American society. It is great to have the message expressed through Franky's soulful voice and excellent guitar playing. I just would like to thank Franky for sharing his gift with us all and to continue what he does best!

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