Rodriguez - Coming From Reality (Vinyl)

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Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, known professionally as Rodriguez (born July 10, 1942), is an American singer-songwriter from Detriot, Michigan. His music career initially proved disappointing in the United States, but unknown to Rodriguez his albums became extremely successful and influential in South Africa, where he is believed to have sold more records than Elvis! His work also found a following in some other countries in Africa, and also in Australia and New Zealand. Because information about him was scarce, it was incorrectly rumoured there that he had committed suicide shortly after releasing his second album.
In the 1990s, determined South African fans managed to find and contact Rodriguez, which led to an unexpected revival of his musical career. This was told in the 2012 award-winning documentary film Searching For Sugar Man and helped give Rodriguez a measure of fame (finally!) in his home country.

Coming from Reality his second and (to date) final studio LP originally released by Sussex Records in 1971. It was later released in South Africa in 1976 with the alternate title After the Fact. This record has since sold over 250,000 units worldwide in recent time, thanks to its reissuing by Universal Music.


Just imagine you wake up one morning and someone tells you that 20 years ago you've been one of the most famous artists in South Africa, but they think you've killed yourself on stage a long time ago. That's pretty much what happened to Sixto Rodriguez who came from the music scene in Detroit where he played in small bars. He had a small fanbase in Australia but never had a big breakthrough, except for, without his knowledge, in South Africa where he became some sort of anti-Apartheid icon.

Coming from Reality is one of two albums he released in the early 70s and it's slightly superior to his debut Cold Fact. When listening to it it's incomprehensible why he never became popular in the United States, it's raw and authentic singer/songwriter music with great lyrics and a certain coolness that only few possessed, parallels to Bob Dylan and Tom Waits aren't too far off.

Most songs on Coming from Reality feature an acoustic guitar, some have brilliant string arrangements or good drums, with some psychedelic and blues influences. It's a great mix and recommended to all fans of Bob Dylan, and so is the documentary "Searching for Sugar Man" that tells Rodriguez's "stranger than fiction" story.

Highlights: Cause, It Started Out So Nice, Climb Up on My Music.

By: NateMa87.

A1 Climb Up On My Music
A2 A Most Disgusting Song
A3 I Think Of You
A4 Heikki's Suburbia Bus Tour
A5 Silver Words?
B1 Sandrevan Lullaby-Lifestyles
B2 To Whom It May Concern
B3 It Started Out So Nice
B4 Halfway Up The Stairs
B5 Cause

All songs written by Sixto Rodriguez.
Recorded at Lansdowne recording studios, London, England late 1970, released in late 1971.

1 x 180g Heavyweight Vinyl via Universal Music.