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Searching for Sugar Man [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Artist: Rodriguez (70s)

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Label: Light in the Attic Records
Album: Searching for Sugar Man [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Sugar Man
2)    Crucify Your Mind
3)    Cause
4)    I Wonder
5)    Like Janis
6)    This Is Not a Song, It's an Outburst: Or, The Establishment Blues
7)    Can't Get Away
8)    I Think of You
9)    Inner City Blues
10)    Sandrevan Lullaby: Lifestyles
11)    Street Boy
12)    Most Disgusting Song, A
13)    I'll Slip Away
14)    Jane S. Piddy

Performer Notes
  • Audio Remasterers: Elysian Masters; Dave Cooley.
  • Recording information: GM Recording Studios, East Detroit, MI (08/1969-09/1969); Lansdowne Recording Studios, London, England (08/1969-09/1969); Tera-Shirma Studios, Detroit, MI (08/1969-09/1969); GM Recording Studios, East Detroit, MI (1970); Lansdowne Recording Studios, London, England (1970); Tera-Shirma Studios, Detroit, MI (1970); GM Recording Studios, East Detroit, MI (1972-1973); Lansdowne Recording Studios, London, England (1972-1973); Tera-Shirma Studios, Detroit, MI (1972-1973).
  • Photographer: Rodriguez .
  • In the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, director Malik Bendjelloul looks back at two music fans' quest in the early '90s to learn the fate of '70s singer/songwriter Rodriguez (born Sixto Diaz Rodriguez to Mexican immigrant parents in Detroit), musically accompanied by the Searching for Sugar Man soundtrack that collects tracks from his two albums. Growing up in South Africa, record retailer Stephen "Sugar" Segerman and music journalist Craig Bartholomew had a very different relationship with Rodriguez than folks in his native U.S.; while debut Cold Fact and follow-up Coming from Reality (released on the short-lived Sussex label in 1970 and 1971, respectively) attracted critical praise from the few press outlets they reached, commercially they went nowhere, seemingly dooming the artist to obscurity. But against all odds, a bootleg recording of Cold Fact made its way to South Africa, just as the stronghold of apartheid was growing, and Rodriguez's anti-establishment storytelling, filtered through a psychedelia-tinged folk-rock lens, connected deeply with black Africans as well as liberal young Afrikaners. As word of mouth about the singer/songwriter spread, he became a South African sensation (naturally helped along when the government banned his records), eventually going not just platinum but also finding listeners holding him in the same artistic esteem as Bob Dylan and the Beatles. It wasn't until the late '90s that the artist -- rumored to have committed suicide years before -- would learn of his overseas fame, sparking a string of live dates abroad and awakening stateside interest. The Searching for Sugar Man soundtrack rolls together songs from Cold Fact (featuring kaleidoscopic production by Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore) and Coming from Reality, focusing on the most iconic songs in the Rodriguez discography, not only showing that the lyrics resonate decades later but reminding listeners of the transformative power of music. Signature song and nickname "Sugar Man," which listeners may recognize as being sampled by Nas and Large Professor, is a piercing ode to drugs that elevates its simple lyrics with a trippy arrangement, opening with percussive, flamenco-like guitar and spacy Moog, and swelling with paranoid strings before drifting out to the ether. Conversely "I Think of You," which also reached audiences decades later thanks to a cover by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., shows Rodriguez's romantic side as he breezily reflects on a sweetheart. But his bread and butter are gritty tales of city life, whether calling out the signs of social corruption ("Gun sales are soaring, housewives find life boring/Divorce the only answer, smoking causes cancer/The system's gonna fall soon, to an angry young tune/And that's a concrete cold fact") with "This Is Not a Song, It's an Outburst: Or, The Establishment Blues"; encountering runaways on the side of the road on "Inner City Blues" (his own composition, not to be confused with the Marvin Gaye song); or verbally eviscerating hipsters at a dive bar in the Arthur Lee-meets-"Rocky Raccoon"-styled "A Most Disgusting Song." Three bonus tracks that Rodriguez recorded with Coffey and Theodore in 1972 and which first appeared on the At His Best bootleg, including the vibrantly orchestrated artistic autobiography "Can't Get Away," are also collected here. Whether moved by the documentary or simply interested in a one-disc anthology of Rodriguez's work, the Searching for Sugar Man soundtrack is a thoughtfully curated celebration of this devastatingly underrated artist. ~ Chrysta Cherrie

Professional Reviews
Q (Magazine) (p.116) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "It may have taken the world a while to realise, but Rodriguez is a voice not to be ignored."

Producer:Matt Sullivan; Rob Santos
Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Release Date:24 July, 2012
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7 review(s)
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Dr.bernauld on
I saw this at cinema....and loved it.
Very emotional,heartfelt and informative,I,ve just ordered 5 copies for friends and family.
It's fabulous!!!
Leonie on
How can I write a review when I haven't received the item??????
Marc on
Simply Brillant!
Glenda on
I bought this for my husband who has a favourite track on it. I wasn't keen on this music much myself but it has grown on me and my husband now likes the whole CD. Definitely great to listen to when in the right mood.
Ida on
Wow! great music.It lives up to its reputation. Have played it time & again.Recommend it to all music buffs.
Garth on
This is not a CD that I would normally purchase but it came highly recommended by my son-n-law. I have now played it a number of times as is grows on you. I would definitely recommend it.
colleen on
Inspired by the documentarty to purchase. Not my usual listening material but after replaying a couple of times and really taking in the lyrics becomes very easy listening. Highly recommmend.

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