Here Comes Shuggie Otis/Freedom Flight

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It took an Australian label to pick up the gauntlet thrown down by David Byrne with his Luaka Bop reissue of Shuggie Otis' forgotten 1975 classic, Inspiration Information. In the ensuing two years, no U.S. label stepped up to license the rest of the catalog, which consists of only two more recordings, Here Comes Shuggie Otis, from 1971, and 1972's Freedom Flight. Australia's Raven, one of the world's premier reissue labels, has picked up the gauntlet in spades and presents both on a single, gorgeously remastered CD. Shuggie's earlier outings stand on their own two feet as well. Here Comes Shuggie Otis was released when the guitarist and songwriter was only 14. His father, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It took an Australian label to pick up the gauntlet thrown down by David Byrne with his Luaka Bop reissue of Shuggie Otis' forgotten 1975 classic, Inspiration Information. In the ensuing two years, no U.S. label stepped up to license the rest of the catalog, which consists of only two more recordings, Here Comes Shuggie Otis, from 1971, and 1972's Freedom Flight. Australia's Raven, one of the world's premier reissue labels, has picked up the gauntlet in spades and presents both on a single, gorgeously remastered CD. Shuggie's earlier outings stand on their own two feet as well. Here Comes Shuggie Otis was released when the guitarist and songwriter was only 14. His father, Johnny Otis, produced the recording, and co-wrote the album with his son. Some of the session players include Wilton Felder, Stix Hooper, Leon Haywood, Al McKibbon, Preston Love, and many others, including a chamber string group. Shuggie's vocals were not yet confident, but the groove-heavy tunes and his guitar playing more than compensate. The production is a shape-shifting morass of fades and phasers with lots of space. Standout tracks are the baroque psychedelic blues of "Oxford Gray," the tough guitar and B3/piano interplay on "Funky Thithee," the beautiful and tender "Jennie Lee," the funky horn-driven R&B on "Hurricane," and the shimmering, sacred blues of "Gospel Groove." On Freedom Flight, the roots of Inspiration Information are everywhere. Shuggie wrote four of the album's seven tunes, did all the arrangements, and helped Johnny with production suggestions. The senior Otis produced the set and allowed all of Shuggie's "weird" ideas full-reign in production, and he was joined by a host of musicians from the first album, along with George Duke, Aynsley Dunbar, and the backing chorus of Clydie King, Venetta Field, and Shirley Matthews, among others. Shuggie plays a slew of instruments on the set. Its centerpiece is "Strawberry Letter 23" that filled out Inspiration Information's reissue, but there are no weak cuts here. Sample the guitars on "Sweet Thang," "Purple," and "Freedom Flight," the latter displays two extended jamming exercises with lots of wondrously magical production touches; the former is a visionary bottleneck number that is warm and oozes soul. The bassline on "Me And My Woman" prefigures that distorted keyboard bass P-Funk trademarked earlier, by two years. The CD is rounded out by the inclusion of "One Room Country Shack," a cut from Al Kooper Introduces Shuggie Otis.There are fine if unexciting liner notes and some cool photos, as well as complete discographical information in the booklet making this package every bit as essential as Inspiration Information.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2003
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657014127
  • Catalog Number: 141
  • Sales rank: 250,619

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Oxford Gray (6:55)
  2. 2 Jennie Lee (2:11)
  3. 3 Bootie Cooler (2:41)
  4. 4 Knowing (That You Want Him) (2:31)
  5. 5 Funky Thithee (3:13)
  6. 6 Shuggie's Boogie (5:34)
  7. 7 Hurricane (2:18)
  8. 8 Gospel Groove (4:15)
  9. 9 Baby, I Needed You (3:43)
  10. 10 The Hawks (2:28)
  11. 11 Ice Cold Daydream (2:29)
  12. 12 Strawberry Letter 23 (3:57)
  13. 13 Sweet Thang (4:11)
  14. 14 Me and My Woman (4:16)
  15. 15 Someone's Always Singing (3:22)
  16. 16 Purple (7:07)
  17. 17 Freedom Flight (12:57)
  18. 18 One Room Country Shack (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shuggie Otis Primary Artist, Organ, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Celeste, Drums, Harpsichord, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Johnny Otis Percussion, Piano, Celeste, Harpsichord, Background Vocals, Timpani
Al Kooper Organ, Piano
George Duke Organ, Celeste, Electric Piano
Plas Johnson Saxophone
Leon Haywood Organ
Clydie King Background Vocals
Preston Love Flute, Saxophone
Marilyn Baker Viola
Al McKibbon Bass
Willie Ruff French Horn
Aynsley Dunbar Drums
Richard Aplanalp Flute, Oboe, Tenor Saxophone
Gene "Mighty Flea" Conners Trombone
Rollice Dale Viola
Wilton Felder Bass, Electric Bass, Celeste, Harpsichord
Venetta Fields Background Vocals
Hyman Gold Celli
Stix Hooper Drums
Wells Kelly Drums
Jackie Kelso Flute, Saxophone
Mike Kowalski Drums
Paul Lagos Drums
Richard MacKay French Horn
Abe Mills Drums
Melvin Moore Trumpet
Isadore Roman Violin
Eunice Wennermark Violin
Stu Woods Bass
Hank Jernigan Flute, Saxophone
Joe Lichter Violin
Irving Lipshultz Celli
Ginger Smock Violin
Bob Mitchell Trumpet
Jim "Supe" Bradshaw Harmonica, Background Vocals
Ray Johnson Piano
Sherlie Matthews Background Vocals
Harris Singers Robinson Vocals
Technical Credits
John Lee Hooker Composer
Johnny Otis Arranger, Composer, Producer
Al Kooper Producer
Shuggie Otis Arranger, Composer
Gene Barge Composer
Mercy Dee Walton Composer
Bob Breault Engineer
Wilton Felder Composer
Doug Pomeroy Engineer
Roy Segal Engineer
Roger Spotts Arranger
Rafael O. Valentin Engineer
George Beauregard Engineer
Warren Barnett Mastering
Peter Shillito Concept
Billy Pinnell Liner Notes
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