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4.8 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 31 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B007ZRZWOA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #223 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Searching For Sugar Man is a film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music. In the late '60s, two celebrated producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics discovered a musician in a Detroit bar. They recorded an album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, it became a phenomenon. Two South African fans then set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. This soundtrack consists of a selection of songs featured in the film but originally found on Rodriguez's records Cold Fact and Coming From Reality.


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By JHP TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Sept. 12 2013
Format: Audio CD
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.
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My husband and I (in our 60's (me barely---him fully) went to see the Searching for Sugarman and were enthralled. Rodriguez is an angel man, gentle, accepting and certainly gifted as a songwriter and vocalist. Couldn't wait to get the album and have thoroughly enjoyed it. A bit Dylan-ish, but definitly his own sound and feeling.
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I adore this album, and this artist! He has the most touching and inspirational story, watching the movie made me buy this album and I was not at all disappointed. From his voice, to his lyrics, everything about this man gives me the goosebumps - in a good way! What a deeply passionate, artistic and talented individual. Buy this album, if you have any sense in your body, you will love it!
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Of course its good. If you watched the documentary then you're probably intrigued or hooked on the music anyway - so just buy this! Stop wavering and buy it. Rodriguez gets a royalty, we are told. The music is excellent.
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Rodriguez is a gifted writer that should have been part of my younger life soundtrack. Thank heavens for an exceptional movie that brought this man and his music to the forefront, along with the fame he should have enjoyed 40 years earlier. This album is like meeting a new best friend for the 1st time. Enjoy!
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If you have watched and liked the documentary then you will love this CD. Rodriguez's story moved me so much that I ordered this soundtrack as well as Cold Fact album right after I finished watching "Searching for Sugarman". I think it is one of those real life stories that is hard to even believe it is true.
In my opinion this sountrack is made of a very good selection of Rodriguez's songs from his two released albums + his unfinished album. Rodriguez's music and lyrics reflect his genius. How on earth this guy remained unknown despite making those two albums in the 70s is beyond my understanding. I am grateful that South Africans had a better taste of music than North Americans of the time so 40 years after Rodriguez releasing those albums, he is now a celebrity in North America too and we are able to find his CDs in the stores.
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Having watched the movie/doc 4 times I am certainly a fan. The music outside of the movie is good but not as moving as when accompanied by the film. I would still recommend purchasing as there are some great songs here. Hopefully Rodriguez is getting proper royalties this time around.
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If you are a fan of Bob Dylan, and like to really listen to lyrics then this is the CD for you.
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