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Shuggie Otis mini-CD sampler

6 December 2010

Store date: 27 March 2001

The reviews for the re-issue of Shuggie OtisInspiration Information were over the top, and the record label made a push to get indie stores in front of the wave by enthusiastically stocking the CD. I can name several albums that had a similar push, but that sucked, frankly. This was not one of them.

I should have noticed this record when it originally came out in the mid-1970s, but I did not. I wasn’t alone. But I did have a vinyl LP of the Brothers Johnson album that contained “Strawberry Letter 23,” a huge hit for them and an original composition of Shuggie’s. Listening to Inspiration Information on its re-release twenty-odd years later, I could hear strains of funk and disco – dominant musical trends of my teenage years. But it also sounded current, probably due to the healthy exposure we’d had during the intervening years to genre-benders such as Prince, Lenny Kravitz and Beck.

Here’s the title track:

This little sampler was offered to us as a giveaway to open-minded customers. The effort paid off (as did incessant in-store play). We sold many copies of this on compact disc, and it remained a staple of our back-catalog inventory as long as it remained in print (frequent changes in Luaka Bop’s distribution status had a lot to do with this).

The actual size of this sampler sleeve is 3½ inches square.

Do you want this item?  I have ten of them.  Just e-mail me at spitballarmy (at) aol (dot) com.  We can work something out.


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