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Coming From Reality
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2013
Coming from South Africa and being of a certain age, I grew up listening to Rodriguez. I was shocked to learn that it was only SA who had discovered and loved his awesome music - he is nothing short of genius!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Rodriguez was a very big part of my life, growing up in South Africa. He is the humblest of rock icons who for more than 2 decades, didn't realise he was a rock icon. If you wnat to know more, watch the movie Searching For Sugar Man. Learn to love this genius' music and buy his 2 albums, because they will affect your soul and enrich your world.

If you are a fan of Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan, you MUST listen to Rodriguez!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
while a lot of people have said how good he is after seeing the film, i for one, was playing his tracks on my radio show in sydney in the 70s. so glad now that i was proved right..."who the hell is rodriguez?" the most comonly asked question!
he only did 2 albums, both on blue goose music in aussie, but they really are gems of the time. most of his songs are observations of his surroundings etc & they give a unique inside into the mind of a musical genius (like dylan, cohen etc).having been to south africa in the 70s, i was struck by how often i heard his music coming from windows etc.
many times "i wondered" what ever happened to him. many tall tales were told of his demise. how lovely that he shunned all the bull involved in the music industry & still lives a very simple plain life.
buy both his cds & you will not be disappointed. wonderfully crafted songs sung with an angst & plaintive voice perfectly captures the inner city life of detroit in the 70s. thewizardfromaus
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2013
He is absolutely fantastic. I cannot understand how he did not become a great star in the US at the time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
i loved the first album and this one is great too but it lacks any killer tracks like sugar man or the one about how many times shed had sex... Still, saw the documentary, loved the fairy tale story and am enkoying the album
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 2012
Great album what a great performer never heard of him until went to see the film would recommend to anyone to go and see the film if you can
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2012
Have had this LP since the 70's and never stopped playing it. The songs are melodic without being syrupy and the lyrics are punchy with a message. The music and the backing are excellent. I get goose bumps when I play this album still after all these years. Went to see him at the Barbican a few years back and it was sold out I think. The reception he got was marvellous and he was and is in great vocal form.
Pity, the record companies are still not paying him the money that he was dues fro sales in South Africa. What a lot of fraudsters these business people are.
The documentary "Searching for Sugarman" is so moving. Watch it highly recommended. There are so many unsung heroes in the music business and I am glad that he has at least gained recognition at last for his music, his poetry and his integrity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2013
Had this for a few months now and still like to listen to it every now and again. Sign of a good album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 May 2014
Alright, so it's not the master piece that the previous record is, but it still has the same story telling, the same atmospheric textures, if not the same atmosphere. The authenticity and content of this record might not sit comfortably with everyone, which goes some way to explaining the mixed reviews, but it is worth the time to listen to, and not just have on in the background, but listen to.
Rodriguez is a master, and the sooner you climb up on his music, the richer your life will be.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2010
Another Masterpiece

The Cold Fact is, this piece of music is pure excellence. Having been listening to his 1st album [Cold Fact] for the past 25yrs. I was eager, to say the least, to get my fill of his 2nd Album [After The Fact, Coming From Reality] & i certainly was not dissapointed. The Question, is it better than 'Cold Fact', is a question discussed by my friends & myself. What we came up with was "ask us in 25yrs". No it isn't 'Cold Fact', it is 'After The Fact, Coming From Reality' & it is exactly what it's title describes. The guy is a lyrical genius only rivaled by Dylan & that is some accolade. As Rodriguez suggests 'Climb Upon My Music', you will not be dissapointed. Hat's off to the guy. He is the man.
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