Album review

Shuggie Otis - In Session Information

Not a lost follow-up to teen prodigy Shuggie Otis' second and final psychedelic soul classic Inspiration Information (1974, reissued last year), not even a Shuggie Otis album at all, this uses the wunderkind's currently ballooning cult status to sell late-'70s session material by R&B veterans including Richard "Louie Louie" Berry, on which Otis plays guitar and bass. His blues and funk licks are fine and versatile, but they're not even a footnote to his own work. Treat instead as the sessions were intended: as a primer in easy, dirty R&B.

Rating: 2 / 10


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