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Great album + some killer/some filler bonus material
on 28 April 2013
The original Inspiration/Information is a classic album of course - read reviews of the earlier edition to get an idea if you don't know this funk/soul gem yet. This 2013 re-issue offers some serious added value. The 4 bonus tracks from the 2001 Luaka Bop edition have been ditched (as they were in fact cuts from the 1971 album Freedom Flight). In stead you get a 2CD edition with nice artwork & liner notes, the original 1974 album and 'Wings Of Love': 18 bonus tracks, roughly 90 minutes worth of previously unreleased music recorded between 1971 and 1990 (+one live track from 2000). As could be expected it's not all gold, but there are most definitely a few gems to be found. Current favourites are 'Special' and the epic 11-minute title track 'Wings Of Love'. Nearly every song is still rooted in the Soul Music tradition, but the Wings Of Love stuff is in general a bit less 'sly' than Inspiration/Information and brings in more influences from Disco and, well, Eighties Pop. At times Shuggie relies heavily on his synthesizer arrangements and the sound gets dangerously close to being (what I would call) 'tacky', but he does it with so much conviction and panache, it doesn't really bother me.
Well worth your money.