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    Personnel: Los Rodriguez (vocals, acoustic guitar); Chris Spedding (guitar); Jimmy Horowitz (violin); Phil Dennys (keyboards); Gary Taylor (bass instrument); Andrew Steele (drums); Tony Carr (percussion). Audio Remasterer: Dave Cooley. Recording inform...

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    Personnel: Los Rodriguez (vocals, acoustic guitar); Chris Spedding (guitar); Jimmy Horowitz (violin); Phil Dennys (keyboards); Gary Taylor (bass instrument); Andrew Steele (drums); Tony Carr (percussion). Audio Remasterer: Dave Cooley. Recording information: GM Recording Studios, East Detroit, MI (1970-1973); Lansdowne Recording Studios, London, England (1970-1973). Illustrator: Hal Wilson. Arrangers: Dennis Coffey; Jimmy Horowitz; Mike Theodore; Phil Dennys. Recorded in 1971 as the second chapter in this legendarily under-the-radar Detroit bard's career, COMING FROM REALITY reads like the coda to a hippie dream the singer never got to have. Dylan, Donovan, and the Beatles remain the primary influences here, but the vision and approach is all his own: images are simultaneously psychedelic and stark, lyrical themes both sociopolitical and inner, and arrangements both embroidered and hard-hitting. Much like that of FOREVER CHANGES-era Arthur Lee, the "reality" of this title encompasses both a vivid romantic's sense of heaven and a nihilist's sense of hell. The gentle suite "Sandrevan Lullaby-Lifestyles" finds nightmarish poetics ("The generals hate holidays/Others shoot-up to chase the sun blues away/Another store-front church is open") framed by rich strings while "It Started Out So Nice" repeats the same trick with sci-fi overtones. COMING FROM REALITY's emotional centerpiece happens with "A Most Disgusting Song"--a talking-blues/country tune based on the Beatles' "Rocky Raccoon"--that chronicles in indelible detail a gig at a dive full of seriously hung-up characters and plays like an absurdist fusion of Dylan's "Desolation Row" and Billy Joel's "Piano Man." Disturbing stuff but, all told, an album as unexpected and essential as COLD FACT.

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    UPC 826853003827
    Runtime 51 min.
    Type Performer
    Genre Rock & Pop
    Sub Genre Folk Rock
    Label Light in the Attic Records
    Producer Dennis Coffey; Steve Rowland; Mike Theodore; Steve Rowland; Matt Sullivan (Reissue)
    Number of Discs 1
    Track Listing Disc 1
    • 1. Climb Up on My Music
    • 2. Most Disgusting Song, A
    • 3. I Think of You
    • 4. Heikki's Suburbia Bus Tour
    • 5. Silver Words?
    • 6. Sandrevan Lullaby - Lifestyles
    • 7. To Whom It May Concern
    • 8. It Started Out So Nice
    • 9. Halfway Up the Stairs
    • 10. Cause
    • 11. Can't Get Away
    • 12. Street Boy
    • 13. I'll Slip Away
    Format Compact Disc
    Spars Coding n/a
    Artists Rodriguez

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    • rodriguez-coming from reality

      love this artist, good songs and am glad i could find his album on overstock

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