And that’s a cold fact, baby.
By Blurt Staff
And the Rodriguez revival
continues! If you haven’t ready our profile of the legendary cult artist, you
can do so HERE. Then check out this breaking news from his label, Light In The
Back in 1971, Coming From
Reality was Rodriguez’s last gasp, the follow-up to Cold Fact and
the final album he was allowed to record for the Sussex label. Unearthed, once
again by Light In The Attic records, it’s another treat for fans new and old,
designed – at the time – as Rodriguez’s vision of a perfect pop album.
Coming From Reality found Rodriguez decamping from Detroit to London’s
Lansdowne Studios, where the album was recorded with some of the UK’s top
talent including Chris Spedding (Sex Pistols, Dusty Springfield, Harry Nilsson)
and producer Steve Rowland (The Pretty Things, PJ Proby and the man who
discovered The Cure), who recalls Coming From Reality as his all time
favorite recording project.
Highlights include the super-poppy To Whom It May Concern, the Rocky
Raccoon-inspired A Most Disgusting Song and period piece Heikki’s
Suburbia Bus Tour. The reissue also includes three previously unreleased
bonus tracks recorded in Detroit
in 1972 with Cold Fact collaborators Mike Theodore & Dennis Coffey,
representing the last thing the trio ever did together.
Meanwhile, the Rodriguez story keeps gathering pace. A Swedish film company is
working on a feature length documentary about the enigmatic performer’s music
and life. Rodriguez is planning to bring his live show to the UK and Europe come Spring/Summer
2009, along with further North American touring.
“It’s an extraordinary trip,” says Rodriguez of his new lease on life. “It
feels like Picasso, Monet. All these exciting new thoughts coming at me. It’s
global. I’m lucky to have this second chance. It’s very real and totally
Sixto Rodriguez, then. Still coming from reality, and bigger than ever before.