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Inspiration Information

Shuggie Otis

1974

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Inspiration Information

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3.29

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5

Wow. This album is so tasty. Every groove is in the pocket, every note sung is perfect, the mixing and production are smooth as hell and yet retain enough energy to stay super interesting. There some really dated, Casio-level synth drums on here that would usually lose an album a star but this was 1974, so this was cutting-edge stuff at the time. No penalty. Full marks.

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Album generally is a tease. Makes you think it's going somewhere and it's got something or it's developing something, but ultimately just waddles about like a lost penguin. The highlight of the album is the latter 1/3 of "Sparkle City", the rest is sleepy, boring, slop of someone too stoned to have put in the effort to be as good as they could be.

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5

A curiously funky album. Easy to listen to.

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5

underrated gem. I don't know anyone who even knows who Shuggie is. The file clerk at Flagstar used to hook me up with albums all the time. This was one of his best recommendations.

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Shuggie is a recent discovery for me. A music podcast that came out during the early days of the COVID pandemic was discussing albums of 1974 and Inspiration Information was one of the albums that was talked about. I immediately fell in love with it and also discovered that I knew the title track as well as Shuggie's famous Strawberry Letter 23. What I didn't know was that he played bass on Zappa's "Peaches en Regalia" and that he was only 16 when he did. In fact this album came out when he was only 21. Everything written by him. The album is a soulful and psychedelic musical journey that deserves to be better known than it is. This is an easy 5 stars!

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Started well, but then became a bit too much elevator music for me. A couple of decent tracks towards the end but I don’t reckon I’ll ever think about this album again.

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A little soul, and R&B, with a nice '70s vibe. But there wasn't really anything about the song writing, or the singing that put this over the edge for me.

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I feel like it overpromises and then underdelivers on the grooves.

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Once upon a time, a man used a drum machine for his soul album and pretty much everyone was hyped about it

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Urgh... This is my first 1 star album. It's soooo boring and long and I just didn't like it. Not one song is memorable.

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Most definitely NOT my thing!!

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5

album is pretty good too. not much to say about it. its warm and it grooves. would probly be more fitting on a sunny day and not a cloudy afternoon-almost-night but hey whatre u gona do ? 9/10

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I love it! It's like Pink Floyd but with less drugs.

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Phych soul r and b bangers

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inspiration inspiration

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5

Crazy album with soul, funk and jazz mixed into one with an epic outro. This album will grow on me. And how can I forget about Strawberry Letter 23.

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5

LOVE the title song, so it was nice to be exposed to the rest of Shuggie's songs. Very chill and funky. I'll definitely be diving deeper into his music! Highlights: -Inspiration Information -Island Letter -Sparkle City -Strawberry Letter 23 -Not Available -Ice Cold Daydream -Sweet Thang

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Nice surprise to find this

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Anonadado. Conocía una canción de este disco. Qué chido que este juego me dio la oportunidad de escucharlo. Increíble. Lo voy a conseguir en vinil.

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Funky boppy mellow voice

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A veces funky, a veces jazzero, a veces rockero pero siempre psicodélico. Hay wawa y hay Hendrix con bañador de palmeras. Largos desarrollos y piezas vocales muy bonitas. Grande.

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5

This album rules. Love a modern sounding soul funk sound. Synths plus soul is such a good combo.

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Até as viajadas mais lounge no órgão valem a pena nesse álbum. Espetacular (a versão com 13 faixas, que vai até Freedom Flight).

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5/5 - has that Stevie Wonder feel to it; analog synths and a Jamiroquai flavour

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Funky, chilled, Shuggie must have listened to a lot of Jackie Mittoo

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Amazing!!!

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23rd July 2021 Listened on my phone in the morning and sent a recommendation in to the Blues Kitchen podcast. Absolutely loved this, saved it on Spotify. Summer, heat, waves, juice, all of it in one record. Stunning.

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New sound for me, a new genre of music.

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One of my all time favourite soul albums.

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Chilllllll

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Unexpected….chill while demanding attention.

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This is the first artist I hadn't heard of, and it is a fantastic album!* *Disclaimer: I'm white, so any RnB/Funk/Soul boggles my mind with its greatness!

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Am I old? Because this was awesome. Jazzy noodle-y 70s guitar vibes. Gentle. Ground zero for the 70s revivalists bands. And as soon as I heard Freedom Flight I knew it was sampled or covered somewhere.

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Loved it

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Excellent. Finally an album I’ve not heard before that I really enjoyed listening to. Sounds like Shuggie could have been one of the greats but shied away from success after this release. Very impressive to write and perform that album at 21.

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5

Smooth grooves, funk, and psychedelic love. So good.

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Wow - this is the era and style I love - but why don't I know Shuggie Otis - it's hardly a forgettable name. But then pop on Strawberry Letter 23 and it's 'ohhhhh'. Lovely, warm, cuddly.

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5

Perfect album. Soulful, jazzy, funky, and everything good.

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😔🙏 merci pour les travaux

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Very good funk type of music! No bad songs

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Oh man i love this weird lo fi r & b funky record so much. Where has this been my whole life? He used to roll with zappa. Of course.

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This album is a hidden gem, and one of the greatest I have ever heard. Filled with smooth beats, analog drum machines, Shuggie's voice, this is all I could ever ask for from a '70s album. 100% relistening, it's a shame Shuggie Otis never got the recognition deserved for this genius album that was far ahead of its time. Favorite Tracks: Rainy Day and Pling!

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5

What a revelation. Mostly instrumental pieces that are smooth and funky. Didn't want it to end. And that cover? Sheesh.

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A frente do seu tempo.

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Vraiment une decouverte, bonne guitare, bonne production, du grouve du fumk il y a tout ce qu.il faut pour que j’aime. 4.95

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5

So awesome. Great mix of funk and soul with some early rock thrown on. I can see got this has been so influential for R&B

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A nice surprise. I like this one!

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Petit bijou que cet album hétéroclite et très personnel. La soul, le funk qui en constituent les assises principales sont des musiques qui ont l'habitude de prendre de la place, mais ici Otis les propose à partir d'un endroit intime, comme si c'était du R&B de chambre. La voix y est pour quelque chose. La guitare, idiosyncratique, est savoureuse. Un Hendrix qui se serait calmé. J'y reviens souvent, cet album est magnétique.

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4

Some great funk going on here.

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2/4 Our brother Shuggie had the right ideas! Standout Tracks: Aht Uh Mi Hed, XL-30, Wings Of Love

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A nice relaxing album. Surprisingly pleasant. 3.5

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Groovy

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Funky. A couple of forgettable tracks, but really pleasant overall. Best track: Sparkle City

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Funky shit, loved it

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Enjoyed this. Sorry for the lack of reviews - I’m trying to catch up!

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Likte det overraskende godt. Vanskelig å plassere helt, funk, rock, blues, alternativ. Hadde vært fin å ha i platesamlingen.

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Sparkle City is my jam. Funk is a genre I wish I listened to more of.

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4

Some really good funk, here, and it led to me learning more about Shuggie Otis, which was cool.

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I never listened to it before, but the mix of vocal and instrumentals is great. Nice introduction for me, but a favourite for her.

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funky

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Incredible inventiveness, musically adept and powerful. I’m not sure it all quite hung together as a cohesive whole, though all the individual pieces were exquisite.

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8.5

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Fuggie epic.

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4

This album was long! It had alot of great songs, but I don't see myself revisiting them.

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Oh yeah, this is lovely! Super chilled out soul, with a splash of psychedelia and folk. "Strawberry Letter 23" is an absolute tune, but it's not present on most versions of the album, so I'll go with "Island Letter" or "Pling!" as my top track - love those relaxing latin rhythms underpinning them!

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4

Got a kick out of this one - a groovy album navigating various genres and standing out as an early predecessor to more modern R&B styles. Put it on good speakers and vibe out!

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Ahora sí que un álbum muy chill. Ni siquiera sé qué género es, pero hay un balance acertado entre lo instrumental y las vocales. Acertado porque varía, se complementan, al principio parece que las canciones van perdiendo la voz, pero después regresa y bueno, finalmente desaparecen en esa última canción larguita de pura instrumentación. Fue muy bonito escucharlo, desconocía a Shuggie Otis por completo y creo que "Inspiration Information" es un rolón. "Aht Uh Mi Head", "XL-30" y "Strawberry Letter 23" me gustaron especialmente por esas percusioncitas y la vibra más chill que siempre. Un álbum del cual me quedo con canciones, pero quizá no revisitaría entero. 8.5/10

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8/10 ta gueno

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I thought I might like this more than I did. Some of the songs were just kinda background despite being pretty good R&B in other places. 7

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buen disco

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Good blues

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Oh this the vibe. Shuggie has got me chillin out maxin, relaxin all cool. He was always a name I'd been familiar with but someone I'd never listened to. Huge fan of the synth loop, drum machine groove stuff on here. Perfect music to just chill to, possibly to relax and study to, know what I'm saying. Fantastic groove through out. This dude really knows how to find the pocket.

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4.3 + Just thumping with soul and mellow funk. An amazing album that’s equally at home bumping in the background as it is on a pair of cans.

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Perfect early morning material

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This is incredible! Funky and highly engaging. I never would have found this on my own.

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Buenas vibras. No soy muy fan del blues, no porque me desagrade sino porque no me engancha lo suficiente, soy milenial y necesito chingos de gratificación instantánea diaria, como cuando escucho pop, por ejemplo; pero bueno... ese no era el punto. El disco me pareció muy reconfortante por lo bien producido que suena (o al menos esa es la idea que me formé porque me suena como que uh la la, todo está muy bien "pensado" y bien ajustado antes de sacarlo a la luz), siento que tiene una melancolía ligera y una introspección tranquila. Canciones favoritas: aht uh mi hed por el ritmito, Rainy Day por la guitarra melancólica y Strawberry Letter 23 me hace sentir muy bien además de su letra wholesome, jaja. Mood: en un lugar de introversión, descansando en un lugar muy cómodo, sin gente a mi alrededor y a una temperatura ideal en el ambiente.

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Pretty good, didn't listen super attentively thought. 7, but might have been a little better

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Funny, I've never even heard of this. Really enjoying it. Jamiroquai totally ripped this off! Production is so crisp and bright. It doesn't sound like something that is 46 years old.

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very nice

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7

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Really good overall! I think it could’ve used a little more drive/emotional intensity especially in the vocals, I found some of the tracks boring. 8/10

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Super cool vibe on this

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Smooth, groovy with a bit of funk. Nice easy listening, will check out some of his other stuff.

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Miellyttävää taustamusiikkia ja kuulostaa taidokkaalta. Ei jäänyt mieleen mitään erityisiä hittibiisejä, mutta kokonaisuutena hyvä. Pyöristetään 3,5 tähteä tällä kertaa ylöspäin, kun pisteytys on viimeaikoina ollut muuten niin alavireistä.

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Production: 17/20 Songwriting: 15/20 Innovation: 15/20 Bangers: 15/20 Emotional response: 16/20 =78 What a fucking corker.

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I loved this one, it may not be nothing extraordinary but man it's smooth.

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Actually liked this a lot

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Vibey as hell and reminds me of Bill Withers at times.

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This was great, will definitely listen again. Only knew Strawberry Letter 23.

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sounded like minecraft music and that is obviously a good thing

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Sehr cool, einige Songs als bekannte Samples wiedererkannt

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I’ve never heard Shuggie Otis but I’ve definitely heard his influence. Chilled out sounds for a sunny day, funky bass lines and superb rhythm section that bring to mind both Bill Withers & The Band.

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4

Some great songs, some filler. But the filler is sort of killer? What a great, imaginative, florid guitar player.

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AMAZING álbum! 4.5

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Cool, funky, really enjoyed it.

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Yeah, this is more my speed! Funky, layered, original. Dude plays all the instruments and did the whole thing as a teenager!

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Oh, what a SOLID album! And what solid SHOES! It goes dangerously close to last-brain-cell level easy listening, but it doesn't cross the line... I think. (also confused by why several songs are also on his 71 album??)

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4

Getting major Stevie Wonder vibes. Super good, funky, lots of instrumentals.

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Great funk/psychedelic record. The drum machine give the music a slower more driving rhythm. The instrumentation is phenomenal down to the multiple guitar parts, bass, and horns. Shuggie Otis' voice is light and smooth, a perfect complement to his music

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4

Pleasant, grooving low-key funk with some really high-class musicianship on display. It's not the most spectacular record I'll ever hear, but it creates an effective late-night ambience for the most part, bar the odd touch of seasick keyboard playing (I'm thinking here of 'XL-30'). Did anyone else think Otis' singing is not too dissimilar to that of Christopher Cross?

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4

Really enjoyed listening to this. It wasn’t all worthy of 4* but it was a high 3* consistently.

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kaef

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It was a good funk album

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Surprising good

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synthy funk, some of it seemed a bit middle of the road now, but some I really loved.

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A bit of a gem! Eclectic funk and soul. Sounds a bit like Sly Stone, but less WAAHHHHHH, and more hhhMMMmmmmmMM! Some of the tracks are quite intricate, and the first track reminds me of Tame Impala. My latest summer groove.

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4

Such a good epic. Will add to regular rotation. Love how he just grooves with an idea.

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Fantastic funk infused soul. Very groovy :)

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well, this is fantastic. is it weird that it reminds me of Todd Rundgren?

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The album comes off really strong. Really liked the first half. Second half… the instrumentals were good, but I wanted to hear them more in a complete song. Still, this was a pleasant surprise, I really liked this guy.

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Surprising. Not enthralled by the beginning but as the album deepened I was pulled in. Some almost Fourth World sounds on some of the instrumentals.

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4

Was ok.

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I didn't want to like this, but it's catchy and smooth. This is good chill-out music.

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4

Another really cool funk album I hadn't heard before this project. I love the folksier sound mixed in here and the use of drum machines.

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4

Funky, easy listen. Good for cracking on with work

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4

Really cool album. Interesting mix of styles - Progressive soul?

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cool funky sound. Jazzy, quiet. Very interesting

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Funked up!

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4

Very groovy, a nice suprise

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Bangerzzzz

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4

-Perfectly good soul funk type album, but nothing really mind blowing

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4

Really dug this. Fantastic album.

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Enjoyed album - was like a modern soul album.

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Very chill album!

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4

Started off a bit slow-ish. Had a few good songs on it. I especially liked Strawberry Letter 23. The Freedom Flight song made me a bit dizzy for some reason. Giving it a 4* but I'm being quite generous.

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Really like this one.

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I'm amazed this guy isn't more well known, this is a really interesting album

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Didn't think I would like this one as much as I did. What a surprise! 4/5

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Mellow

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Enjoyed it a lot....

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great

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Funky. Really enjoyed that.

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Rather splendid jazz soul funk from '74, part instrumental and part lyrical. Lights down, silk sheets, champagne and candles.

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Rainy Day et Pling! c'est les lofi beats to relax/study to des années 70.

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9.5

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Inspired music

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I like this! It feels like a prototype of so much neo-funk to come.

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I like shuggie… this is a bit more soulful that some of his r’n’b output. Still good!

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This is gonna be pretty good. Yup, it's really good actually, but not quite a five, it gets a bit boring at times. Didn't know "Strawberry Letter 23" was on this album too, but what a nice surprise. 4

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Hell yeah.

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Loved this

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Soul progresivo. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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Super chill. Nice vibe.

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I liked it a lot, but there were more instrumentals than I was expecting which I think I would have preferred less of.

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4/27/2022 Today's Album: "Inspiration Information" by Shuggie Otis - This is an album that I didn't think much of just from the cover, but there is some funky, groovy, soulful gold within this track list. All fantastically recorded and produced, the 13 tracks on this album have an incredible flow to them as passionate guitar solos and expressive vocal performances make each track shine. There's this great wavy sort of vibe to the project that give it this really mellow and psychedelic tone. The vocals from Shuggie are expressive and on pitch and performed with such great tone and personality. I really enjoy how the middle tracks of this album like Rainy Day and Pling offer an instrumental break from the rest of the sung tracks. The first 4 tracks of the album kick it off by showing off everything that is going to make this album shine for the next 30 minutes after. The last leg of the album wraps things up nicely, going from the great hit Strawberry Letter 23 to the mostly instrumental Sweet Thang, and then finally to the funky Ice Cold Daydream. The final track is a 13 minute sonic journey with this slow building experimental feel to it. There's this really hard to listen to bass in the mix on this song, however, that just sounds really crackly and bad. It doesn't ruin the track as it only hangs around for about a minute, but yeah that is probably the worst part of the project. The rest of the track is psychedelic, memorizing, meditative, and most of all a great thematic closer to this whole project. Overall, I like a ton of tracks of this album and I think as a whole work, it offers a lot both in terms of hits as well as instrumental experimentation. Listen to this one if you love funky psychedelic jams, singer songwriter talent, or just vibing out to a long instrumental track. It's a great vibe all the way down and there's a ton for music fans to chew on. Highlights: Inspiration Information, Island Letter, Sparkle City, Aht Uh Mi Hed, Rainy Day, Pling!, Not Available, Strawberry Letter 23, Sweet Thang, Ice Cold Daydream, Freedom Fight Score: 8/10 Amazing funky psychedelic bliss

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Can't believe I had never heard this before. It sounds like walking through green fields on a summers day. Sometimes wistful, sometimes blissful, always tuneful.

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3.75

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Wow. Never heard of him. Pop the Spotify in the car on the way to work and then a big warm bath of an album comes on. Soulful, Steeley Dan guitar licks. Orchestra. Chilled grooves. Experimental jams. Semi psychedelic funk. A voice from heaven. Brilliant stuff. 4

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All (artist, album, all tracks) new to me, as is often the case with this wonderful project, and, dang, there's some good stuff here. Love the groove on most of the tracks, real smooth funky feel, some excellent guitar performances, and sweet harmonies, but not saccharine. Thankfully, there are plenty of interesting things going on melodically, harmonically, and rhythmically, so it kept my ears engaged nicely.

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4

Sometimes I think of artists’ styles like a cocktail. Shuggie Otis, for example, is 2 parts Stevie Wonder-style soul, 1 part smooth jazz, 1 part funk rock and a dash of reggae, shaken and served over ice. The music goes down easy. The back half is particularly mellow and mostly instrumentals. I’m curious to hear more by him, especially more of the upbeat, soulful, funky songs. Apparently he wrote “Strawberry Letter 23” — for years I’ve loved the version by The Brothers Johnson but didn’t know it was a cover. (I first heard it on the Quentin Tarantino soundtrack for “Jackie Brown.”) His version (not on this album) is excellent too! Highlights: “Inspiration Information,” “Aht Uh Mi Hed,” “Rainy Day”

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Black and sexy. Sticky sexy. Put this on when you want to get in the mood for love. I can imagine this record is great for date nights. Seafood, candles, open a fine bottle of white wine, and play this record. She'll thank you in the morning. Or not, maybe you have erectile disfunction, maybe she hates Otis, maybe she's sleepy. Then sit down on your couch, finish the bottle alone, and close your eyes while you sink slowly into unconsciousness.

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Some really tasty guitar playing going on here, plus some groovy slooooow funk tracks. Never heard this dude before, but this album has piqued my interest enough to take a deep dive into his back catalogue.

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I knew nothing about this album, can not recall ever hearing the name Shuggie Otis...one would think I remember that name. Quite liked the title track Inspiration Information, Strawberry Letter 23 seemed vaguely familiar, Aht Uh Mi hed and Happy House were also ones that really snagged my attention.

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If Jazz was groovy.

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Pleasant, lounge, lightly funky vibes. Good sitting-in-the-sun music. I liked the instrumentals. Favorite tracks: "Rainy Day", "XL 30", "Island Letter"

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3

Siistiä musaa, joku etäisesti tuttu biisikin löyty

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I totally forgot Strawberry Letter 23 was a thing!

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3

nära en fyra men det var lite för långt och inte riktigt tillräckligt svängigt

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3

Egentlig et gort album, men lidt mærkelig og stressede nogle steder. Svæver mellem 3 og 4 stjerner

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Twas ok to work to

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3

Definitely got better towards the end, but it felt a little slow at the start. I forgot it was on at some points. The last few songs were solid though.

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3

Pretty good. Sounds like it looks

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Nach dem ersten Durchhören: nett. Kam nicht dazu, die Platte 2 mal durchzuhören. Gute 3 Sterne, vielleicht 4.

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funky

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Great soul.and funk. 👍

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Good vibes. Some fun funk guitar. Wasn’t obsessed but liked a few songs

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3.5

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A nice, mellow album that would be a good listen even

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Not really my style and but another good intro to another genre of music

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Next6

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Interesting.

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3

Not too crazy about all the songs but some of them were cool

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alright but long

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Kinda funky, kinda chill.

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Ni fu ni fa

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This guy is nice to hear. Good and inspired musician.

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Fine overall? Nothing really stood out, but I would be fine if this came on a shuffle every so often. Really enjoyed Happy House, but it was over almost as soon as it started

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Really liked the first half of this album, but seemed to fall away a bit as it became more and more chilled. Would like to listen to some different stuff of his.

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Really chilled and some nice instrumentation, but at times it is so chilled it's actually a bit boring. Although it was cool to discover the the "Ms Jackson" connection. 5.5/10

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Nice vibe

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OK Funky tracks and mellow vibes with early drum machine.

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Not bad, but there's yet to be any soul on this list that even comes close to isaac hayes

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A really pleasant surprise, great voice and guitar work and pretty inventive and different in parts for what it is

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Chill and smooth. I'd definitely give it another listen if the mood hit me.

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A really interesting and varied album. Some great tracks on here and will definitely go back to it

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Great soul r+b album, groovy

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Unmemorable (is that a word?) Decent vibe, but nothing stands out on first listen.

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It was okay. Nice background music. Chill

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Some standout songs, nice and chill, but overall nothing stood out to me. Maybe 1 or 2 songs I'd come back to.

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Layered with sweet and sour sounds. The re release I listened to on Spotify included some non original tracks, which while excellent don't help the flow.

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A really interesting and varied album. Some great tracks on here and will definitely go back to it

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Unmemorable (is that a word?) Decent vibe, but nothing stands out on first listen.

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So far the album reminds me of Hall and Oates. It's not terrible but not something I would not listen to often if at all.

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Groovy, funky, easy to listen to.

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Strawberry Letter 23, Sweet Thang, Ice Cold Daydream, and Freedom Flight were tacked onto the end of the album on spotify. Those four aren't actually part of the album. It's a good record and put me in a good mood. if the last four tracks were actually a part of the record i'd have given it a 4/5

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65. Passe-me ao PBX, por favor. Sim, rápido, estou no quarto 302, e está aqui alguém que, não interessa, passe rápido! Beep beep beep. A sua chamada está em espera. Por favor aguarde. Your call is on hold. Please hold the line. PBX hotel Lavinia, boa noite. Estou. Estou sim, boa noite. Estou. Sim. Boa noite. Então com licença. Boop. MotA: Aht Uh Mi Hed "We had a rainy day"

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Up next: Snatch and the Poontangs

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Let’s just start with the fact that this guy’s name is Shuggie Otis. That’s pretty much my whole review. Part funky, part mellow, all smooth. All Shuggie.

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This was pretty good

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Чем больше фанка предлагает список, тем более ограниченным я себя чувствую. Ибо хейт целых жанров обычно считал маркером музыкальной некомпетентности. Поэтому пока остановлюсь для себя на том, что репрезентативные треки в жанре есть, но я их не слышал. Но с этим альбомом попроще. Почему-то в уши мне сразу бросился фанк, но первым жанром указан соул. А это уже нормальная тема по большей части. В итоге треки, от которых не веет фанком, воспринимаются весьма неплохо, хоть и не цепляют: Aht Uh Mi Hed, Rainy Day, Pling!, Not Available. А от которых веет, отвращают: Inspiration Information, Sparkle City, Happy House. А, вот почему бросился, заглавный трек ведь околофанковый. А ещё есть невнятное экспериментальное душилово под названием XL-30, не одобряем. И снова тот случай, когда хочется поставить ровно среднюю оценку, без перевеса вниз или вверх: 2,5. Ну да ладно, в этот раз натяну тройбан.

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чета залупа невыносимая, инструменталы ещё там куда ни шло, какой-то чилл, но вокалист когда выступает - аж крота бахнуть хочется. на трояк как-то тащат только песни про клубничное письмо и та, шо за ней идёт. но все равно это кал какой-то хиппарский

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Kolejny Otis do muzycznej kolekcji, dodatkowo jest to syn jednej z ikon hamerykanskiej czarnej muzyki, czyli Johnnyego Otisa, ktory zrobil odwrotnego Jacksona, czyli jako bialy czlek wybral zywot czarnego muzyka i jeszcze zdobyl przy tym aprobate czarnej spolecznosci, wiec pierwszy solowy numer jego syna jest synteza tego co gral papa z elektronika ktora juz pojawiala sie w muzyce lat 70s, inspiration information to jeden z tych albumow na ktorych czuc, ze bylo tworzone praktycznie przez jedna osobe, bo Shuggie Otis to nie tylko multiinstrumentalista, wokalista, ale takze producent tego materialu, wersja ktora sluchalem to reedycja z 2001, ktora zawiera 4 dodatkowe traki w tym strawberry letter 23, czyli najwiekszy komercyjny sukces Shuggiego Otisa, jako song nagrany przez the brothers johnson, ktory w shuggowej wersji jest takze hajlajtowym momentem plyty na rowni z otwierajacym inspiration information, oba te kawalki to funk z elementami soula, ktore mialy chartowac sie wysoko, co nadaje im brzmienie czegos co juz sie slyszalo, a moglo sie slyszec na samplach, bo z tego co widze, to nawet w popowych wydanach jak u byonce, outkastcie, czy digable planets, czy rjd2 sie przewijaja, co daje najlepszy certyfikat materialu, ale jak dla mnie strona liryczna takiej muzyki jest niesluchalna, albo w moim obecnym moodzie lub po ostatnim picku za swiezo w glowie slychac poezje na gitarkach, cale szczescie plyta jest podzielona na dwie czesci strona a zawiera inspiration information i inne kawalki wokalowe, natomiast od 6 traka do konca, nie liczac kawalkow ktore doszly w reedycji panuje instrumentalne brzmienie, z ktorego najbardziej przypadl mi do gustu pling!, w ktorym slychac wykorzystanie analogowej maszynki drumujacej, wiec ten kawalek znajdzie sie na instrumentalnej plejce, natomiast wspominany juz II i letter wedruja na funkowa polke w biblioteczce, dziwne ze jest to pierwszy i ostatni solowy album tego artysty, bo w reszcie dyskografii moge znalezc tylko pojedyczne kolaby, bo chocby sama pierwsza strona powinna byla sie dobrze sprzedac, jak w wypadku spektakularowego orakulara od mgmt

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I actually really liked this. Good voice and cool instrumentation. Pretty funky.

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Dit kende ik totaal niet en heeft mij enorm positief verrast!

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Better than I expected!

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This was interesting.

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maybe i've just been having an off day. week. whatever. it just seems like i haven't come across anything that's really grabbed me lately. this album, apart from the closing track, is really no exception - i remember the time (roughly) when it came out, and i don't miss it. that last track, though...that was actually really awesome.

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Incredible musician but these songs are pretty boring. Definitely some bright spots (Sweet Thang and Strawberry Letter 23) but overall not really worth listening to, except maybe as some inoffensive background music.

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I was excited for this album but it underwhelmed. I had no idea who he was but read he was a hugely talented guitar player and could play multiple instruments. I can't really hear the guitar for all the other instruments. He also plays all the instruments (like I mentioned Grohl does for the Foo's first album) which is pretty cool. But the tempo is kinda dull, especially for the latter half of the album that is all instrumental (tracks 6-9). It sounds like a ho-hum lounge piece. The funk on the first 5 tracks is fine (and it comes back decently on track 9) but didn't blow me away. It feels like this album didn't age well. In the end, it wasn't awful just not what I expected.

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Very funky and smooth - I liked the title track and Strawberry Letter 23 a lot, and Rainy Day was a lovely chill instrumental.

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This is the softest not-totally-instrumental music I've heard that I would still call funky. I wish I got the more interludey bits: It tickles my brain that Otis opted for so much material of that kind while using his voice as a lead instrument elsewhere.

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The version that I found on Spotify was the 2013 re-release, which included a bunch of extra tracks, but I will keep this vote limited to the origional first nine tracks ("Inspiration Information" through "Not Available"). Overall, I really liked the album, for what it was. It actually felt more like two sub-albums put together into one. The first four tracks are completely constructed compositions with vocals on top. The title track is the stand-out of them all, but I didn't think "Aht Uh Mi Hed" (read "That hurt me head" in a cockney lilt, I think) was far off. Then, starting with "Happy House", the album gives way to more experimental and funky tracks, which are entirely instrumental. Of that set, I particularly enjoyed "Happy House", "XL-30" and (to a lesser extent "Pling!". These tracks felt more like musical streams of conciousness, and I felt a connection of influence all the way to more current tracks by artist like Knxwledge. And then the (original) album wraps up with "Not Available", which I think is short for, "We had a song ready to record but the singer was Not Available". The song sounded ready to go, and it's just missing someone to sing along. That sort of sums up the album in general, I think, and the fact that there were two more releases with two sets of additional tracks added seems to support this. When it was released, despite 3 years of production, the album was still sitting as a work in progress. It has some gems, shows a lot of promising ideas, and who knows... maybe a couple more re-releases and it will feel complete.

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Weird lil album

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Pretty cool album. Not so sure about the instrumentals and the more R&B tracks, but the funk ones were excellent.

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![Untitled](https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/secure.notion-static.com/f45eb950-67a0-4863-bb05-f9418099c060/Untitled.png) ⭐⭐ ⭐ ## General notes: Funky, soulful music. Wha guitars, staccato bass-lines, break-beats. Very chill relaxed voice and vibe. Lots of instrumental pieces and sections, lots of keyboards and drum machine too. A lot of times this album sounds like experiments and jams that doesn't seem to go anywhere. It has some great moments though. Both Pling! and Strawberry started boringly but managed to get interesting along the way. Other highlights include Sparkle City, Ice Cold Daydream and Happy House. ## Song by song - Inspiration Information: Good opener, very funky and lively but chill at the same time. - Island Letter: Laid back, relaxing vibes, tremolo guitar to the left, slow wha to the right, bass is almost reggae like, understated bolero percussion. - Sparkle City: Straight funk, starts instrumental. Cool song. - Aht Uh Mi Hed: The Bolero drum machine again, not a great song, not that bad either. - Happy House: Funky and jazzy. Really visionary in its structure, not your regular funk. Interesting find. - Rainy Day: Laid back again, blues guitar instrumental. - XL-30: The drum machine is back, now with all the samba. At least there's some real drums. The song evolution is jazzy and experimental. Another instrumental piece. - Pling!: The energetic onomatopoeic title will misguide you. This, again, is a slow laid back affair with electric pianos and drum machines. At a distance, like, across the street a sax is joining the jam. Good to fall asleep to, but not much else. Should have called this one Zzzz! - Not Available: Funk's back! Very guitar and bass oriented. Sadly, goes nowhere, one instrumental piece again. - Strawberry Letter 23: Some singing. This is supposed to be a hit song. I haven't ever listened to it before and I don't find it terribly interesting. Oh! Scratch that! There's a looping psychedelic guitar section at the end (complete with phased choruses) that's fresh and interesting! Sounds a little like Terry Riley. In all, that section elevated the whole song. That was cool. - Sweet Thang: Oh, the blues. All the right sounds are there. Westerny guitars, obstinate bass, a lonely hammond. A soulful voice. Goes nowhere though. - Ice Cold Daydream: What a start. Full of energy, wha guitars, frantic bass playing, turning into a really funky verse. Really nice descending bass-line. The hammond to the sides hammering like crazy. Wha guitar panned jam and electric solo are really interesting though short. - Freedom Flight: Hendrix meets Funkadelic's "Maggot Brain" after a long night of partying. Miles Davis stop by and say hello too (though there's sadly no trumpet playing, but he's coming from recording "A Silent Way" and brought the whole band). You get the idea. A slow, airy jam constructed around a bass groove and an improvising guitar. Really nice.

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Voice is sort of cute. Like Rainy Day best, methinks. But I still prefer having each track with lyrics for modern music. And off-pitch yelling of high notes is very much a no. 3 star at most.

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loffy???

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Bueno. Distinto.

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A bit too slow for me

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If I could go back in time and experience how new this sounded when it was released, it may have had more impact

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Really want to give it 4 stars. Love the laid back and soulful grooves and Shuggie’s whole vibe. However, this album felt a little hollow to me, not much stood out, not much went on, just nice, chill funk groovin’. Hope more of his albums are on this list cause he deserves at least one 4 or 5.

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Packed with grooves, chill and funky. A few outstanding tracks. 3.5/5

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Kinda funky but nothing really grabbed my attention.

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There’s a few gems and some tasty licks! A bit bloated and is unjustifiably lengthy. Highlights are the title track, Strawberry Letter 23, and Ice Cold Daydream. Sparkle City has some pretty great lyrics, the execution just didn’t do it for me though.

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Not bad but I got bore with the slow songs. Nice to hear some pretty crazy guitar parts though.

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The good songs were fun but the rest were super boring.

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It is a funk and soul album and was relatively short. It was alright but nothing memorable.

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Good grooves but lost impetus as it progresses - great 70s nyc vibe

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more funk. I'm here for it.a little too chill at times to get higher then a 3 but not that bad

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The slow 70s where you can have a double album with not much content.

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Its Ok. I don’t think I will get back to it.

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Decent soul album that has no real issues but fails so provoke more interest. great for the background

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None of the songs particularly stood out, but I appreciate the musicianship and control over the album that the guy had from all angles. It was a pleasant discovery.

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Dos o tres veces sentí que el disco iba a empezar a despegar y ponerse bueno, pero nunca llego a todo. Interesante quizá, por el uso de la máquina análoga de percusiones, pero incluso tomando eso en cuenta la verdad no llega a llamar toda mi atención.

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Longest. Album. Ever?

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Side A has pretty good soul that takes the extra step with embellished arrangements to make the songs sound a bit better. Regardless, it never really stuck with me much. Side B gets adventurous with jazz and a particularly interesting electric organ solo over a programmed beat. This was more compelling that side A, I feel, but the whole record would need to grow on me.

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has some nice songs on it but i don't get why its called psychedelic also some of the songs are basically elevator music so it evens out i guess

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Felt like a solidly good album. Not my favorite by a mile but it's smooth and calming. That's all you need for a Tuesday

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Un secret amagat del r&b setenter d'un artista llargament oblidat. No és cap obra referencial a descubrir, però sí un bon tractat del génere, amb cançons especialment aconseguides com 'Aht Uh Mi Hed' o la que li dóna títol

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Jag gillade detta förvånandsvärt mycket. Även om det inte är exakt det här gitarrsounded jag är förtjust i så fanns det en asymmetri som jag uppskattade väldigt mycket.

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Mysigt!!

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All right. Nice lo-fi vibes.

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S'écoute bien, du bon soul. Plus un bon bruit de fond qu'un album qui a vraiment attiré mon attention

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Hmmmmm. Ok album, but not overall remarkable/rememberable. Poor man’s Marvin Gaye. Smooth vocals, and some decent instrumental experimenting going on.

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Funky som f. Tittelsporet var gøy. Kanskje hakket mye pling plong på de siste låtene.

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He composed, played and produced on his own. Really nice (6/10) FT: Strawberry Letter 23, Pling!, Sweet Thang

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Funky & smooth & chill

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Lekkere soul-achtige muziek. Wat mij betreft mag het allemaal wel wat meer up-tempo op de vrijdag, maar ach, lekker voor op de achtergrond. ***

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There’s no denying Shuggie Otis’ talent and musicianship - performing most of the instruments himself - and his songs are very pretty. But as an album, the focus seems to wander and meandering instrumentals with no real hook or draw lead to a disappointing record. Perhaps more collaboration would have seen Otis soar.

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Glad to have checked this artist out! Good stuff, although a bit outside what I usually listen to.

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this is the most 70s album of all time

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I enjoyed listening to it but a little forgettable.

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Easy listening but probably won't revisit

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Chill album, with some nice instrumental bits. Didn't stand out too much, but was pleasant to listen to while working.

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Skemmtilega létt-fönkí soul.

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Oké luistermuziek, maar niet zo speciaal

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Nice enough jaunt

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Not bad for background listening. I've definitely heard "Strawberry Letter 23" (although I had no idea of the title or singer).

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some really good songs and some songs that didn't engage me. The good songs; Strawberry Letter 23 and Ice Cold Daydream, Sweet Thang are really good. Wish there were a few more gems. 3 stars

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I can see this as a mid way point between contemporary and old school r&b. Very interesting.

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I really liked the sound, but it stayed a little too "low key" to engage.

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Pleasant background music. I’m impressed that Shuggie wrote and played most of the music.

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"Not Available" was, in fact, available. "Pling!" was a bit of an inaccurate onomatopoeia for that song. And "Aht Uh Mi Hed" makes it clear that spelling wasn't really Shuggie Otis' thing. But chill funk music was his thing, and he did it well. Nothing blew me away, but it was even and consistent.

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Slight groove

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2 stars for the name, 1 star for the songs

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Great soul/funk. I was only familiar with Shuggie when he played bass on Peaches En Regalia with Frank Zappa. This record was fun. I can see how it influenced Prince and Lenny Kravitz.

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Forgettable. Wouldn't make my top 1000, though it did lead me to "Strawberry Letter 23" from his previous album, which is good.

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Osittain meni ohi puhelimen takia, mutta ei käynyt mielessäkään soittaa alusta uudelleen...

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ok album. Just not one of the top 1001 albums that I needed to listen to before I died.

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Nice enough.

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Some songs were good. Others

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Letkeätä fiilistelyä joka ei jättänyt parilla kuuntelukerralla suuria muistijälkiä. Ehkä tämä olisi pitänyt ottaa käsittelyyn vähän paremmalla keskittymisellä. Jotain samaa tässä oli tunnelman puolesta kuin aiemmin päivällä kuunnellussa Erykah Badun levyssä. Ei tarjonnut suuria elämyksiä negatiiviseen tai positiiviseen suuntaan.

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This was just okay, really my kind of thing, but it didn't grab me

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This is good. Completely unknown to me. Would make a good lo fi groove station.

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eh

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Imagine you step into an empty elevator. Doors close. You notice the song “Aht Uh Mi He’d” playing through the tinny speaker, and you think ‘not bad for elevator music...’. and then the elevator gets stuck and your stuck with the rest of the album. Not much going up here. It’s floor 2.5 - going down.

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Some vibes hits but overall a bit boring.

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The first half of the album is good. "Inspiration Information" is a great single, but very little else in the album stood out to me. The second half of the album (the instrumentals) sort of faded into the background.

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Upsettingly, spotify seems to have taken each song from another album. I'm willing to bet that the original albums records sound like they flow together, but this rendering from spotify doesn't. How can you mix cuts from remastered 2013 collections with original album versions of songs from '74? Of course its fucked. Well other than those issues of disjointed moments, I really enjoyed the album. Did I think it was profound? Hell no. Do I really the tracks? Most. I think a lot of the music is something you can really sink your teeth into instrument wise. I wish some of the vocals were clearer, but that might be the cutting again. I also wish the instrumentals were more evenly distributed. Real OG shit though. I'm also biased because I really like Shuggie. His voice is very pretty. I have to give this album a 2.5 though, because the mix is just atrocious. I mean you can get better uniformity of quality on some low budget debut albums. Also because the song ordering needs help.

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Meh, musica de restaurante chique. Outras musicas dele sao muito boas tho, tipo Ice Cold Daydream, e ele lembra um pouco Jimi Hendrix (Curtis Mayfield tambem)

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2/5 instrumental music, somewhat experimental but i didn't like it

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Ok I guess. Just couldn’t get into it.

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Quite enjoyable but forgettable.

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Regular

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Hmja, het was zeker niet vervelend om naar te luisteren, maar om nou te zeggen dat ik iets wereldschokkends heb gehoord..... nee.

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Werkte me gek genoeg behoorlijk op de zenuwen

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Rollo. Soniditos.

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The phrase "Casio concerto" kept coming to mind. Maybe the programmed drums were cutting edge in 1974, but this sounds like someone playing tunes on a Casio over some pre-programmed fake drum track. BORING. It's a shame because the album started strong - "Inspiration Information" is a smooth groovy song. I liked "Sparkle City," "Happy House" and "Rainy Day." Pretty sure the one constant across those tracks is real drums, confirming to me that the programmed drums just killed this album.

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Nah. But glad I listened

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Liked a couple of songs,but that's about it

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Wel okay, meer achtergrondmuziek dan echt actief luisteren

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Not bad. I wasn't really engaged with it though. It seems like some good background music. 5/10

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Well put together, but not my style

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weird vibes not sure why this is so popular

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Not for me, sounds like Bruno Mars filtered through an Easy Listening radio station. Dull.

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Empieza muy bien pero consistentemente perdió mi atención. Demasiado tranquilo o algo pero tendió a aburrirme. No es nada malo pero creo que no es mi gusto. Songs: Inspiration Information

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could be one star, nothing good about it except its chill, very boring

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Basically nothing. This genre of music is just white noise to me. "Rainy Day" really sounds like a rainy day somehow, I'll give him that. Sounds like a song I would listen to while I'm having a headache. Nothing else caught my attention.

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I didn’t care for it. Not My tempo surely. Best I can tell you is if you dig ‘70s funk/pop this’ll hit for you…I don’t though.

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Not a huge fan of this album but I'd give some of his other work a listen to see if I like it.

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Oddly unfunky funk.

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SHACK loves lamb chops

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Sexual prowess diminishing with every breath. Jesus living in a dustbin, smoking cigars and doing crosswords. A filthy little dwarf ruining a picnic. A friend of a friend of a friend once told me never to eat the tits off tiger whilst it's laps at saucer of milk.

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the version i was listening to stops streaming after about 7 tracks. can't say i was disappointed. too smooth for me.

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Rollo. Soniditos.

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So strange that all the things they learned about producing music in the 1960's seemed lost at times. Why is this so muddy? Still, if you are going to get stoned and look out at the schoolyard from the back of your Chevy van, this is a really good album for it. (I have now learned that he produced it himself. Don't do that.) I'm not going to do any of those things. But it was a fine groove for being inside on a grey day in Cambridge.

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A wholly okay album. Inoffensive to the ears, there are some moments that stand out, but it never really gets past its 'easy listening' stage.

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Struggled to get this to two stars but there were a couple of songs with interesting sounds

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It's a nice album but it's a little too -backgroundy- for me. It was hard for me to be grabbed by the music without sitting intently and paying attention to everything going on. The vocals being so soft probably played a part in this. The track "XL-30" was cool- I think it's like mimic-ing what a robot would sound like with some early electronic sounds? That was unexpected and while I do like things like that, I think that it's just kind of added to this album for the sake of adding something different? I'd rather they got experimental in the other tracks and throughout the album rather than all at once to try to spice things up. Got nothing wrong with chill music but this didn't do much for me.

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Too often smooth and ponderous, but admirable as a declaration of love for his heroes, who are also my heroes.

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Meh, not doing much for me

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p316. 1974. 2 stars. This ain't aged well. Vague echoes of early Hall and Oates but without the melodies. The boy's got talent - he plays nearly everything on the album, and some tracks like Rainy Day, Sweet Thang and Freedom Flight show promise - but there's a reason why this didn't sell in the first place, and its because its utterly forgettable. Why is this even on the list?

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Didn't like it. Boring.

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Demasiado tranquilo. No es mi estilo

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cheap vanilla ice cream

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Noise

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Meh, saai

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Instrumentals fine. Songs from another era, best for sampling.

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2/3 strong songs but not a great album. If realeased in modern times the filler ratio would have killed it.

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I should love this, however, found it kinda underwhelming and forgettable. Maybe it's a summer album.

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Better listen to Bill Withers

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rap

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Chill but not that deep

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