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Tuesday, Sep 26 2017 | 21:19
Image: 1612129 Well before Shuggie Otis (Born Johnny Alexander
Veliotes, Jr.) cut his debut album, musicianship and
performance had long been a part of his life. The son
of rhythm and blues legend Johnny Otis, Shuggie
learned to play guitar as early as the age of two, and
performed professionally with his father's band at
eleven. Throughout his long and illustrious career
he'd performed on records for the likes of Frank
Zappa, Al Kooper, Etta James, and George Duke, to
name a few. In spite of all this, widespread
mainstream success eluded Shuggie for much of his
career, though he'd penned the Brothers Johnson hit
"Strawberry Letter 23", and would experience a
resurgence in 2013 with the reissue of his most
famous album, Inspiration/Information.
His career as a session musician stretched across
many years, but his solo career started in 1970, with
his full-length debut Here Comes Shuggie Otis. The
album was produced and contained contributions by
his father Johnny Otis, plus a potent roster of session
greats like Wilton Felder, Stix Hooper,
Leon Haywood, and Al McKibbon, to name but a few,
with Shuggie himself at the helm, performing lead
vocals, guitar, and various keys instruments. Here
Comes Shuggie Otis is a hybrid of lush, baroque
harpsichords and strings mixed with bouncing, hard
edged funk and blues, reminiscent of a combination
of 60s chamber pop and the best elements of Stax
Records. Gritty and wild, while also lush and
sprawling, Here Comes Shuggie Otis is a solid
benchmark of production flair and
improvisational aptitude

A1. Oxford Gray
A2. Jennie Lee
A3. Bootie Cooler
A4. Knowing (That You Want Him)
A5. Funky Tithee
B1. Shuggie's Boogie
B2. Hurricane
B3. Gospel Groove
B4. Baby, I Need You
B5. The Hawks Available from 10.11.2017
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