July 31, 2015 – 4:55 am

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Rotterdam 2013 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Congo tent, Ahoy complex, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; July 13, 2013. Very good satellite broadcast.

Shuggie Otis - the unsung hero of funk and blues. In a 1970 issue of Guitar Player, BB King even called Otis his “favourite new guitarist”.

A favourite among musicians, Shuggie Otis’s third album, Inspiration Information (1974), never turned the prodigy into a star. In terms of pedigree, Otis is near impeccable. The son of R&B bandleader Johnny Otis, music making was in the youngster’s blood. Just as Prince would later be held up as a model, Otis, then 22, wrote and produced the album, besides playing many of the instruments himself (except for horns and various stringed instruments). But what marked him out then was his willingness to experiment with drum machines, which put him in the same camp as Sly Stone, and probably accounted for dance DJs’ interest in his music.

Inspiration Information gained a huge cult following during the 1990s with the emergence of rare groove and acid jazz. It was lauded by such musicians as Prince and Lenny Kravitz. Due in part to this regained interest, the album was re-released in 2001, by David Byrne’s independent label Luaka Bop Records.

As of 2012, Shuggie had formed a new band.

In 2013, The Village Voice asked: “Where was Shuggie Otis all these years? Had he been making music?”

After a nearly 10-year hiatus, Otis has started performing live again. His recent local show was his first since backing up Mos Def on a 2004 spot date. It was well received, Depth of Field’s Patrick A Reed calling it “an amazing show, a triumphant return from a long-lost master” and “everything you could hope for.”

Before you meet Otis, you encounter the myth: the vanished genius worshipped by crate-digger cultists and waylaid by the industry - a psychedelic phantom sharing a bloodline with Brian Wilson, Arthur Lee of Love and Syd Barrett. Otis has a sphinx-like elusiveness. He answers questions circuitously and describes himself as neither having nor wanting many friends. He’s generous with his memories but only to a point.

When asked if he worked a day job during his off years, he responds: “Some… but I don’t want to mention what they were. Not because I’m embarrassed, but because people still have those jobs. It would be like saying, ‘Well, I don’t have to do that stupid job anymore.’ I actually had fun doing those little jobs. It was funny. I thought to myself, ‘If I could put as much effort into my own thing as I put into these jobs, maybe I’ll get somewhere.’ So I’m doing it now. I’m trying the best I can.”

Click here for the full article.

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Thanks to deloaded for sharing the show at Dime.

deloaded noted:

The DAB started from the beginning of Inspiration Information. I recorded the introductionary talks of the announcer and Shuggie himself with my iPhone, and decided to include these where they should have been: at the beginning of the concert. Combined, this recreates the complete audio experience of the concert, but you can of course skip downloading the first two tracks and you’ll have a perfectly sounding recording of the concert itself.

Picture by Eric van Nieuwland, posted at - Thanks!

Tracks 3 to 14: Pro DAB (192kbps/48khz/16bit/stereo) -> SoundForge 10 (Normalize to peak/Separate tracks/CD format conversion)
Tracks 1 and 2: Tascam iM2/iPhone 5 -> FiRe2 (48khz/16bit/stereo) -> SoundForge 10 (Normalize to peak/separate tracks/CD format conversion)

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Please Do Not Hammer The Links. Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. The tracks should still be around. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Track 01. Announcer-Introduction 0:59 (1.7MB)
Track 02. Shuggie Talks 0:51 (1.4MB)
Track 03. Inspiration Information 5:22 (9.0MB)
Track 04. Tryin To Get Close To You 4:11 (7.0MB)
Track 05. Aht Uh Mi Hed 5:12 (8.7MB)
Track 06. Island Letter 2:45 (4.6MB)
Track 07. Me And My Woman 5:07 (8.6MB)
Track 08. Sparkle City 9:29 (15.9MB)
Track 09. Picture Of Love (In B-Flat) 8:35 (14.4MB)
Track 10. Wings Of Love 8:12 (13.8MB)
Track 11. Doin Whats Right 4:24 (7.4MB)
Track 12. Sweetest Thang 9:28 (15.9MB)
Track 13. Strawberry Letter 23 3:24 (5.7MB)
Track 14. Ice Cold Daydream 11:12 (18.8MB)
80 mins

Shuggie Otis - vocals, guitar
Albert Wing - saxophone
Michael Turre - saxophone
Larry Douglas - trumpet
Eric Otis - guitar
Russell “Swang” Stewart - keyboard
Lucky Otis - bass
Nick Otis - drums
Darrel John Otis - percussion

Click here to order Inspiration Information. The album was re-released again in 2013 with four previously unreleased tracks from 1971: “Miss Pretty”, “Magic”, “Things We Like To Do” and “Castle Top Jam”. The re-release also features a second CD entitled Wings Of Love featuring 14 previously unreleased live and studio tracks recorded by Shuggie between 1975 and 2000.

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  1. 3 Responses to “SHUGGIE OTIS - ROTTERDAM 2013”

  2. Wow, this is fantastic! Haven’t heard the man since Here Comes Shuggie Otis and Hot Rats. Thank you for posting this.

    By dirkbill on Aug 8, 2015

  3. Is there any possibility that this could be reposted?

    By ElRoi on Apr 9, 2019

  4. Thank you for the link.

    By ElRoi on Apr 29, 2019

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