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

Sixto RodriguezVinyl
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (453 customer reviews)

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MP3 Music, 13 Songs, 1970 $8.99  
Audio CD, Extra tracks, 2009 $11.68  
Vinyl, 2009 $29.60  
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Rodriguez: Coming From Reality (180g) LP + Cold Fact + Searching for Sugar Man
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Product Details

  • 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 (453 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,670 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.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
167 of 171 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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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from Rodriguez. July 24, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How did we miss this!! October 22, 2012
By lucie
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Searching for Sugar Man October 21, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remember the Sixties October 1, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Music and lyrics that will remind you of Bob Dylan. I like both of Rodriguez's albums. Hard to believe he was missed by the U.S. mainstream
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who produced this? Definitely not in Motown September 8, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Coldfact and Searching For Sugarman couldn't get any better. The producer of Coming From Reality totally changed Rodriguez' sound and tried to turn ihis lyrics into an orchestral troubadour genre. Talk about destroying a sound. There are a couple songs done in the "Sugar Man" style but on most of them you'd never know the singer/songwriter was Rodriguez. I'd like to see this work reproduced in Motown and keep the sound and style of Rodriguez. Why try to change what works. Like changing Dylan s style into Michael Buble's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC! March 15, 2014
By Tsunami
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Rodriquez has an amazing voice with lyrics that reach my soul. I purchased Cold Play, Coming from Realty and DVD Searching got Surgarman. All FANTASTIC!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten star rediscovered March 13, 2014
By Weezy
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I ordered this CD along with "Cold Fact" after watching the documentary "Searching for Sugar Man". Incredible story and great music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Where was Barry Gordy when Rodriqez had already been RIPPED-OFF by...
RODRIQUEZ is finally getting a lot of overdue recognition and hopefully some of the money he was owed for 45 YEARS! PRAISE JESUS! Read more
Published 9 days ago by mark scortia
4.0 out of 5 stars Sugar man is far better
Enjoyed more music from Rodriguez. Bought the CD with three boks and did not pick up the cost to send the CD to Perth, Australia was $ 17. I will not buy from this source again.
Published 11 days ago by Grant A Harman
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly missed this piece of musical history
Recently watched a movie called "Searching for Sugar Man", & got hooked. He only finished 2 albums 40 years ago, and due to poor or no promotion by Sussex Records (went... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mile High
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent music after knowing something about Rodrigues's life
This is great music, particularly after seeing the video "Searching for Sugarman", which provides a fascinating view of his life and how his albums came about.
Published 18 days ago by Carl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Musician
After seeing the documentary I became a huge fan. Got both the CD's for a friend and she loved them. Read more
Published 19 days ago by charlie_co
3.0 out of 5 stars Caution
For those of you who watched Searching for Sugar Man and was blown away from what you heard; be leery of purchasing the vinyl. I was thinking vinyl was the way to go. Read more
Published 21 days ago by R. Beauvais
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Reality
The amazing follow-up to Rodriguez's Cold Fact, it quickly picks up right where its predecessor leaves off. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Gerald Lovett
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Rodriguez "Hit"
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. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kluso
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I had heard this musician back in the 60's or 70's.
Fabulous voice. Melodies and lyrics are incredible. My favorites are "I'll Slip Away" and "Climb up on my Music" What a poet
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Judd
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun after seeing the movie
Listening to this cd after seeing 'Looking for Sugarman' makes you think what might have happened had he kept recording.
Published 1 month ago by Neil Berman
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