Label: Epic - P747285 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue 180 gram • Country: US • Genre: Electronic, Rock, Funk / Soul • Style: Blues Rock, Soul, Psychedelic
Ignored upon its release in and celebrated upon its reissue inShuggie Otis ' fourth and last album Inspiration Information exists out of Happy House - Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information -- a record that was of its time, but didn't belong of it; a record that was idiosyncratic but not necessarily visionary. It was psychedelic soul that was released far too late to be part of any zeitgeist and it was buried at the time. It can occasionally sound modern, such as on the rolling head trip "XL," but only because it's the kind of groove Shadow would sample and build on; the slow, liquid instrumental head trips sound the same way.
Perhaps that's why it can seem more contemporary -- contemporary ears are more attuned to these relaxed, warmly trippy soundscapes. Otis crafted all of this essentially alone, playing each instrument himself, and it's quite clearly a reflection of his inner psyche, and no matter how much it floats and skates upon its own sound, it's a welcoming, inviting sound.
But, no matter how much the partisans claim -- and their effusive praise is plastered all over the liner notes, with Sean O'Hagan claiming that it shocks you out of a rut, Stereolab 's Tim Gane says it is "almost like a new style of music that could've developed but never did" -- this isn't revolutionary, even if it's delightfully idiosyncratic.
So, don't fall for the hyperbole. This isn't an album that knocks your head off -- it's subtle, intricate music that's equal parts head music and elegant funk, a record that slowly works its way under your skin.
Part of the reason it sounds so intriguing Happy House - Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information is that there just aren't that many musicians that doggedly pursue their individual vision while Happy House - Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information a sense of focus. But it isn't a record without precedent, nor is it startling. It's a record for people that have heard a lot of music, maybe too much, and are looking for a new musical romance.
The reissue also replaces the original cover Amigos - Fundición Odessa - Tres which is nowhere to be seen in the liner notes -- with a "hip," self-consciously retro cover.
Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love.
Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Background Music. Track Listing. Inspiration Information. Shuggie Otis. Island Letter. Sparkle City. Aht Uh Mi Hed. Happy House. Rainy Day. Not Available. Strawberry Letter Sweet Thang.
Ice Cold Daydream. Freedom Flight. Inspiration Information Shuggie Otis. Spotify Amazon. Island Summer Jam (Crew 7 Remix) - R.I.O.* Feat.
U-Jean - Summer Jam Shuggie Otis. Sparkle City Shuggie Otis. Happy House Shuggie Otis. Rainy Day Shuggie Otis. XL Shuggie Otis. Pling Shuggie Otis. Not Available Shuggie Otis. Strawberry Letter 23 Shuggie Otis. Ice Cold Daydream Shuggie Otis. Freedom Flight Shuggie Otis.
Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere - Fud Livingston - The Story Of Joseph Fud Livingston, Why Me, Lord - The Sellwoods - Show Me My Saviour, Lester Leaps In - Quincy Jones - The Great Wide World Of Quincy Jones, Jean Lejeux Et Son Orchestre - Doop - Circus Doop, Multiphonic Intro - Wycliffe Gordon & Marty Erickson - You And I