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Digitally remastered and expanded reissue of his 1971 album. Coming from Reality is another treat for fans new and old, designed as Rodriguez's vision of a perfect Pop album. 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 and producer Steve Rowland), who recalls Coming from Reality as his all time favorite recording project. The reissue also includes three previously unreleased bonus tracks recorded in Detroit in 1972 with Cold Fact collaborators Mike Theodore and Dennis Coffey, representing the last thing the trio ever did together. 13 tracks.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 5, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: LIGHT IN THE ATTIC
  • ASIN: B001TCHDPS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (707 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,492 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Richard B. Luhrs on May 29, 2009
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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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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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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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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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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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I find his music inspirational - he is the very best for me - so glad I have this cd - thanks

Thought more about is music and why it is so special to me. First I think he is more of a "poet" singing his poetry rather than just being a written poet.

When I hear one of his songs - for example - the song Cause -I start to think this person is writing the most intimate of feelings/thoughts - whether they are about religion , politics, poverty, government, ethnicity, whatever - but all the important issues that impact us today yet he his words are so very intimate that it you know this person has been affected by these issues and now you feel his frustration, pain, loss, loneliness, but his concern for humanity. We are invited as participants to join in and become part of the intimacy. And you feel a tremendous empathy for him and his music. I have seen interviews of him and he seems to be a very humble human being . That is a rare quality for someone in the music industry. I am sure there are others but Rodriguez stands out at the very to of the list. Being an artist/painter I feel he just "speaks" to me and we are of the same generation - only now I am hearing these beautiful songs many years later which in fact are completely timeless. Plus the same problems in our society exist today and they did when he wrote these songs.

The saddest love song I ever heard is I Think of You - which I have listened to many times. You can feel his pain, his loneliness, the loss of a loved one how heartbroken he feels through these words. You sense his longing ...................I don't listen to music when I am in my studio. I had thought I would listen to him and then decided that would be a huge distraction because I would only want to concentrate on his music. Better this way - .

I can only hope that so many others have shared in his music and celebrate this wonderful artist too.
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