Thursday, 31 March 2011

Shuggie Otis - Here Comes Shuggie Otis (1970)

Son of the famous bluesman Johnny Otis, Shuggie recorded this, his first album, with assistance from dad, when he was just 16. Not all the tracks are memorable in their own right, but there are enough nuggets in the collection to make it a worthwhile purchase. Influences are all over the place, from Hendrix to B.B. King to the Crusaders, and the talent that gave the Rolling Stones reason to invite him to join when Mick Taylor left is well evident. Shuggie's best work would appear in 1974 with his 3rd album, "Inspiration Information," the album which, when re-released in 2001 on David Byrne's Luaka Bop label, brought this talented but neglected artist the acclaim he so richly deserved.

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