180 Gram Vinyl Record
180-gram vinyl exact reproduction reissue of guitarist/singer/songwriter Otis's 1971 album for Epic Records. Born Johnny Otis, Jr. on November 30, 1953, in Los Angeles, California, Otis' formidable musical talents appeared at an early age. He began his professional career around 1965. He played a guitar solo on his bandleader father Johnny Otis' 1969 No. 29 R&B hit, "Country Girl," issued by Kent Records. His guitar skills were so adept that during his teen years, he would have to wear dark glasses and strategically apply black ink between his nose and mouth to appear old enough to perform in clubs with his father.
"Shuggie wrote four of the seven tunes on Freedom Flight, did all the arrangements and helped Johnny with production suggestions. The senior Otis produced the set and allowed all of Shuggie's 'weird' ideas full-reign in production, and he was joined by a host of musicians from his first album, along with George Duke, Aynsley Dunbar and the backing chorus of Clydie King, Venetta Field and Shirley Matthews, among others.
"Shuggie plays a slew of instruments on this set. Its centerpiece is 'Strawberry Letter 23', but there are no weak cuts here. Sample the guitars on 'Sweet Thang,' 'Purple,' and 'Freedom Flight,' the latter displays two extended jamming exercises with lots of wondrously magical production touches; the former is a visionary bottleneck number that is warm and oozes soul. The bassline on 'Me And My Woman' prefigures that distorted keyboard bass P-Funk trademarked earlier, by two years." — All Music Guide
|Ice Cold Daydream|
|Strawberry Letter 23|
|Me and My Woman|
|Someone's Always Singing|