ARTIST: Shuggie Otis
TITLE: Here Comes Shuggie Otis
YEAR RELEASED: 1970
CHART ACTION: #199
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I really doubt it.
LINEUP: Shuggie Otis, Johnny Otis, Wilton Felder, Stix Hooper, Abe Mills, Paul Lagos, Leon Haywood, Ray Johnson and other strings and horn players
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Son of legendary bandleader and rhythm and blues man releases his own album and shows off his guitar playing and songwriting.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Shuggie Otis played with his father for a few years as a guitarist, even though he was underage, but finally got his own turn as a leader with this album. At the time, he was just 17 when he recorded this.
He shows of some good guitar licks and is a soulful and empathetic player. Some of the cuts, like the opening “Oxford Gray”, are quite intriguing because of the addition of strings and horns to what sounds like a typical guitar based blues jam. It’s quite interesting to hear him play in a soul / blues style only to hear strings behind him.
Otis is a good songwriter as well, but his vocals are a little thin. He doesn’t have the projection or the pitch to really make his voice heard, and so many of the vocal numbers seem flat.
If you like late 60’s style soulful guitar, check it out. It’s not necessarily vital, but it’s good enough to have in your library for sure.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: In 1969, Johnny and Shuggie and others got together to record as Snatch and the Poontangs. I am not making that up.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: B: Decent. Thumbs up for the guitar playing but down a bit for the singing. Really, not bad at all for someone who just turned 17.