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Rodriguez: Coming From Reality (180g) LP [Special Edition, Original recording remastered]

Rodriguez, Sixto RodriguezVinyl
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Rodriguez: Coming From Reality (180g) LP + Cold Fact + Searching for Sugar Man
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  • Vinyl
  • Format: Special Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Light in the Attic
  • ASIN: B009P8NY1U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (524 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,015 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

"Coming From Reality found Rodriguez decamping from Detroit to London's Lansdowne Studios, where the album was recorded with some of the UK's top talent including Chris Spedding (Sex Pistols, Dusty Springfield, Harry Nilsson) and producer Steve Rowland (The Pretty Things, PJ Proby and the man who discovered The Cure), who recalls Coming From Reality as his favourite ever recording project. Highlights include the super-poppy "To Whom It May Concern", the "Rocky Raccoon"-inspired "A Most Disgusting Song" and period piece "Heikki's Suburbia Bus Tour". The CD reissue also includes three previously unreleased bonus tracks recorded in Detroit in 1972 with Cold Fact collaborators Mike Theodore & Dennis Coffey, representing the last thing they ever did together." Just like Cold Fact this album is given the deluxe reissue treatment on 180g vinyl, complete with detailed liner note insert, lyrics sheet and gatefold art with die-cut, tip-on jacket.

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175 of 179 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality Comes Back - at Last! May 29, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
You could say that the good news is the bad news concerning this long-overdue reissue, since with its release the entire recorded output of Detroit singer/songwriter Sixto Rodriguez is available to the public for the first time in over thirty-five years. That output consists of exactly two albums - 1970's COLD FACT and this 1971 follow-up - as well as three additional songs recorded later and first released many years after that. Not much of a catalogue, especially for one of the most unique and worthwhile songsmiths of the past four decades.
I've already touched on the mystery of Rodriguez - which, thanks to the extensive liner notes in these reissues, is no longer that much of a mystery - in my review of FACT, so I'll refer the curious to that nonpareil gem of musical criticism and get right down to brass tacks. COMING from REALITY is a fully worthy successor to FACT, with all of its creator's dizzying wordplay and compositional acumen intact, but it's also a very different album in many respects. Recorded in London with British session musicians and a full string section, REALITY inhabits a separate sonic territory from that of its Motor City predecessor. It's also a good deal less eclectic, which helps to enhance its "album feel" but also casts its weaker moments in sharper relief - not that there are all that many of them.
"Climb Up on My Music" is a tough, driving opener, instantly establishing that blown-glass balance of pop accessibility and esoteric intelligence which has always distinguished the greatest songwriters. "A Most Disgusting Song" is in fact a spoken poem (Proto-rap?
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from Rodriguez. July 24, 2011
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After having his "At his Best" CD i thought i would see what his other CD was like. I am so glad i purchased this as it is in the same quality. You cannot go wrong with this one....the songs are infectious and who would believe this is from another era.
Sounds as fresh as today. This guy deserves more recognition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How did we miss this!! October 22, 2012
By lucie
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Fabulous, just fabulous. I listen over and over. Beautiful ballads on this one. The great shame is the loss of the body of work that Rodriguez would have created if he had had just some success here. Someone should do an investigative piece on why he didn't make it here. But so happy we have these two terrific albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Searching for Sugar Man October 21, 2012
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Saw the movie, went home and ordered Rodriguez' CDs. No disappointment, the music is just like that in the movie, and Rodriguez is fantastic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars be beautiful forever June 5, 2014
Format:Audio CD
"Climb Up On My Music" begins this VERY popular album that I haven't even heard of until tonight! Wow and I thought I was really knowledgeable concerning 60's and 70's music. How could I totally not know anything about this one? Is Rodriguez one of those Nick Drake and Velvet Underground types that spent years going unnoticed until the time was right for them to get the appreciation they deserve? And the time is *now?* Well I'm sure Coming From Reality's popularity is based on Rodriguez's influence and recognition in South Africa (as well as the popular Searching for Sugar Man film based on Rodriguez life story) and we all know how big/well-known South Africa has become nowadays don't we? Anyway this song is pretty awesome- "Just climb upon my music and my songs will set me free." The electric guitar feels likes it's hitting all the right emotional notes and the keyboard's moody in a "Riders On the Storm" kind of way.

"A Most Disgusting Song" is a storyteller type of song like uh, Don McLean, Harry Chapin and Bob Dylan. It's nothing but actual talking with moody piano and subjects concerning SO many things such as French kissing, partying, the same old crowds, store bought items, someone who speaks of the past, standing at half mass, Martha's Vineyard... a rich variety of subjects. Rodriguez is quite the wordsmith and he nicely demonstrates it here. "I Think of You" strangely reminds me of Country Joe & the Fish with the vocal melody. I mean almost a startling comparison. Not to take anything away from Rodriguez' work of course. The lyrics and fruity vocal melody are a bit too lovey dovey for my liking but the acoustic guitar is nice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Rodriguez "Hit" March 16, 2014
By Kluso
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I purchased Coming from Reality and Cold Fact (Rodriguez's first release) at the same time (after watching Searching for Sugar Man). Both CDs just knocked my socks off.

Coming from Reality is by far the most solid set of tracks from the standpoint of production and arrangement. You could tell Producer Steve Rowland wanted to make this project a showcase for Rodriguez's talent and he did a great job of that.

Some have reviewed this project less favorable than the first release, Cold Fact, and I can understand that, because Cold Fact is a stripped down look at life from the prism of the inner city. But, I felt Coming from Reality brought Sixto's music to the next level where it belonged and that because of the attention to the bigger arrangements it put this particular work in its entirety on par of any of the great albums I've listened to over the last 50 years of my life (and that includes greats like the Beatles, Lou Reed, and such).

IF you are going to "invest" in Rodriguez, I would suggest you buy both CDs and then make your own decision. The only thing I think I can guarantee you is regardless of which one is your favorite, you will not be disappointed in either.
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