Roxy Music fans definitely need to search out the stunning cover of the band’s “Avalon” by the Bay Area’s own René Peraza.
Peraza, the former Malo band frontman who has shared stages with Los Lobos, Santana, A Flock of Seagulls and other well known acts, delivers one of the best cover versions we’ve ever heard of this title track to Roxy Music’s brilliant 1982 album.
The South San Francisco takes Bryan Ferry’s gorgeous lyrics and sings them in Spanish on this moving rendition, dubbed “Ilusión.”
It’s Peraza’s tribute to the mighty album — which was released 40 years ago this year — as well as a song that he dubs as “perhaps the most beautiful ballad in the English language.”
Folks can check out “Ilusión” at the artist’s YouTube channel, youtube.com/reneperaza. While they are there, however, they should also give an ear to Peraza’s latest groovy single — “What is Real?” — which proves to be an excellent showcase for the crooner’s baritenor vocals.
Learn more about this talented Bay Area musician, who is also an actor with credits in “Nash Bridges,” “Bicentennial Man” and other films/programs, by visiting reneperaza.com.