Due to unforeseen circumstances this show has been re-scheduled to THE VILLAGE UNDERGROUND and will take place on WEDNESDAY 10TH OF JULY 2013. Original tickets stay valid and all other event details remain the same. Refunds are available from point of purchase up to the date of the event only. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.
“The word ‘genius’ is frivolously used these days, but when it comes to Shuggie and his brilliant body of work, it is not used often enough. His music is passion personified and you would have to be deaf not to hear it.”
Psychedelic soul legend Shuggie Otis 1974 landmark album, ‘Inspiration Information’ returns as ‘Inspiration Information/Wings of Love’. Now expanded with four previously unreleased tracks, plus ‘wings of love’, a compilation of 14 unreleased studio and live tracks recorded between 1975-2000
Shuggie Otis is a musician’s musician, a reclusive genius from Los Angeles whose name has been spoken in reverential tones by his peers for more than four decades. The son of rhythm & blues king Johnnie Otis, Shuggie signed to Epic Records as a teenager, releasing his debut album ‘Here Comes Shuggie Otis’ in 1969. And boy did he announce his talents on the big stage, tracks like the ‘Jennie Lee’, ‘Bootie Cooler’ and the album’s opener ‘Oxford Gray’ are early examples of what Shuggie would lay down to stunning effect on his most celebrated, and third solo album, 1974s ‘Inspiration Information’.
Shuggie’s second album ‘Freedom Flight’ came a year after ‘Here Comes’ and featured his most celebrated composition, the sweet Californian soul of ‘Strawberry Letter 23’ which was later covered by The Brothers Johnson in 1977. ‘Freedom Flight’ again showed the world why the 18 year old kid was garnering attention from a lot of his peers – cuts like ‘Sweet Thang’, ‘Me And My Woman’, ‘Ice Cold Daydream’ all displayed a unique brilliance, with Shuggie’s virtuoso playing a joy to behold. His third solo LP for Epic, the classic ‘Inspiration Information’, marked a creative coming of age for Otis. Still only aged 21, Shuggie not only came up with a myriad of wonderful arrangements, but he also played almost every instrument on the album to create a sonic masterpiece. Otis spent three years recording ‘Inspiration Information’ and made a hugely impressive artistic statement – ‘Aht Uh Mi Hed, ‘XL-30’, ‘Sparkle City’, ‘Island Letter’ and the shimmering title track are all testament to this.
Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s very finest guitarists, Otis was then invited to join the Rolling Stones as a replacement for the departing Mick Taylor. He declined the offer because Shuggie was never one for showbiz, preferring instead the ornate, baroque surroundings of his LA home studio rather than the decadent world of the rock & roll circus.‘Inspiration Information’ is rightfully regarded as a seminal recording, its neo-soul stylings having an enormous influence on so many artists and producers, none more so than Prince, David Byrne, Outkast, Flying Lotus, J Dilla and D’Angelo.
Under Shuggie’s personal supervision, ‘Inspiration Information’/’Wings Of Love’ will feature the original ‘Inspiration Information’ album alongside four previously-unreleased bonus tracks on disc one, while the second CD, ‘Wings Of Love’, is an unreleased follow-up album which includes 14 unreleased live and studio tracks recorded by Shuggie between 1975 and 2000. A complete track listing for both discs will be released in the weeks to come.
Big time Shuggie fan, and album foreword writer Raphael Saadiq says, “Millions of thoughts fly through my mind when I think about the music of Shuggie Otis.