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Shuggie Otis Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Jun 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B00029CX7W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,276 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Inspiration Information
2. Island Letter
3. Sparkle City
4. Aht Uh Mi Hed
5. Happy House
6. Rainy Day
7. XL-30
8. Pling!
9. Not Available
10. Strawberry Letter 23
11. Sweet Thang
12. Ice Cold Daydream
13. Freedom Flight

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece 5 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is an amazing album - a funky mellow jazzy masterpiece, with some rock influences thrown in. Listening to it well over 30 years since it was produced you can hear just how influential he has been, and how far ahead of his time he was.

Included here are 4 tracks from his earlier album, Freedom Flight (1971) and this makes the package an essential (if it wasn't anyway). If you like Sly, Isaac, Curtis, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, the Isleys, mid 70's Marvin Gaye, etc etc you will not be disappointed by this - so buy this - NOW
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 17 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
I am so lucky that I found this record. About six years ago this record was remastered and re-released. At that time I read a couple of favourable magazine reviews, came across the CD quite by chance in my local independant record store, (remember those?) and on a whim purchased it. I don't usually buy things without having a listen but I am so glad that on this occasion I did.

Shuggie was a true genius, a visionary who locked himself in the studio for months, reluctant to meet with record company executives who would visit from time to time to see how their money was being spent, sending out for horn and string sections to play his lush arrangements when required, and gradually piecing together almost single-handedly this beautiful record.

I won't go into individual discriptions of tracks because that's boring, and let's be honest; how can you have great music described to you? You have to hear it for yourself. Buy this album. You NEED it, you just don't know it yet.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius!!! 30 July 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Ahhh just buy it trust me!! It has the original and much superior version of Strawbery Letter 23 it has some great rhodes work in it and pioneering use of the drum machine. Funky chilled out summer goodness all written and mostly performed by the teenage Shuggie who at 14 or 15 was hired by the great Zappa to play bass on 'Peaches En Regalia' so he has to be good. BUY IT NOW YOU FOOL!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sly inspired Treasure ahead of it's time 23 Sep 2005
By D.Ro
Format:Audio CD
Prodigious talent Shuggie Otis was churning this stuff out as a one man box of tricks, programming, playing most things and composing and scoring all of the orchestral arrangements. What you get is concise, funky, soulful, fully realised ideas that take inspiration from Sly & the family Stone but pushed into the future. There are times where he is pushing the envelope on this album, some would say towards completely new genres. A must for any respectable record collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shuggie Otis, A lost talent 21 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Half the album (plus Strawberry Letter 23, one of three inclusions from '71's Freedom Flight) is marvellous psychedelic soul - half Stevie Wonder, half Arthur Lee, or like Sly Stone if he'd made it into the '70s with optimism intact. Factor in jazzy bubblebath ambience, primitive electronica and opulent funk, and this is a bona fide lost classic.
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