I was going to order his two albums from the 70s, but after reading that Rodriguez was getting royalties from the release of this CD, I decided to go with this one first.
It is fantastic and thoughtful music, no question about it. His story is incredible, but the great music to go along with it is what makes Searching For Sugar Man the most memorable new "old music" out there today.
I find curious that many people, including in the documentary, compares him with Dylan... and he can be compared to him, as so many other artists who were influenced by Bob, but to me Rodriguez's music style comes closer to those first albums by Leonard Cohen: the guitar with spanish influences, the lush orchestrations coming in and out mysteriously and his vocal delivery (and even though Cohen was influenced by Dylan, their music styles are quite different).
Lyrically, Rodriguez uses words and terms to describe feelings and situations that are easy to understand, and yet so poetic... example: "the sweetest kiss I ever got was the one I've never tasted" (Cause) or "For a blue coin won't you bring back all those colors to my dreams" (Sugar Man)... So you know exactly what he's talking about and yet so beautifully said.
I also like to review the packaging, I think people who keep buying CDs enjoy that aspect too, or they would simply download it from itunes.
On this release you'll be getting a nicely illustrated booklet with plenty of photographs from Rodriguez personal collection, as well as all the lyrics to the songs. Technical information is also there.
You need to have this music in your collection !
Rodriguez is a treasure that has been unburied for the world to finally enjoy.