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Prince and Shuggie comparison

I know most of you that really does have some music knowledge has heard Shuggie's album Freedom Fligt with Strawberry Letter 23.

1. What is your opinion on similarities between Shuggie Otis and Prince Rogers Nelson?

2. If we compare his album to For You, or even Prince. Was Prince inspired by Shuggie in some way or another?

3. What does the one have that the other is lacking? I'm not trying to get a competition of who was the best, cause Prince without a doubt has alot more released material and video tapted concerts.

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Reply #1 posted 12/08/12 6:29am

imago

There is something remarkably brilliant about this thread title.

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Reply #2 posted 12/08/12 1:25pm

SPYZFAN1

Like Sly and Todd, I'm sure Shuggie inspired P as a young'un musically. Someone said here on the Org that the "sha-boogie" line in "Cream" was P's tribute to Shuggie...(don't know if that's true or not).

There's some similarities but there's a whole lot of differences also. I don't think Shuggie wanted all the commercial pop success and glory that P had. I remember reading interviews with Shuggie that the music business really started to bug him by the mid to late 1970's.

He said his label and managers started to pressure him on the follow up to "Freedom Flight". He also said that they didn't hear any "hits" in his music and his interest in the business started to

slowly decline. I know he was offered a guitar spot with the Stones and he turned them down.

I think Shuggie is one of those brilliant artists who loves to create music for himself and doesn't really care if anyone hears it or not. I don't think he enjoys playing live that much either. There's

a not so positive review on a show he just did the other night.

I think P is the total opposite. He loves the spotlight and being out in front playing live all the time.

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Reply #3 posted 12/09/12 1:55am

thedance

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I don't know anything about a "Shuggie"?

What's that.

Prince 4Ever. heart
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Reply #4 posted 12/09/12 5:27am

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thedance said:

I don't know anything about a "Shuggie"?



What's that.


Shuggie Otis.
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Reply #5 posted 12/11/12 7:51am

Graycap23

I never really thoght Shuggie had that "it" factor that takes an artist over the top.

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Reply #6 posted 12/11/12 12:52pm

LEWISTAYLORFAN

Personally IMHO Prince is the ultimate showman.

He puts on a awesome show.

I think he was inspired by Todd Rundgren big time and of course Shuggie.

Both play everything themselves.

Lewis Taylor was inspired by Todd Rundgren and his b sides of his rare singles are inspired by Prince.

Both Lewis and Shuggie are not showman.
I have seen both in concert and they do not even look at the audience.

Someone on the Todd forum said they served Prince in a record shop in Minn and he bought Hermit of Mink Hollow went it came out that day.

Prince is fab fab.
It gets so salty baby (bittersweet by Lewis Taylor)
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Reply #7 posted 12/11/12 1:37pm

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Shuggie was doing Prince before Prince was doing Prince.

Shuggie was one of the first artists to actually use a "drum machine" or electric sound drums on tracks ever. Falsetto, funkyness that also rocks, ballads and so on.

Shuggie is an influence of mine, great stuff.

..."holding someone is truly believing"
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Reply #8 posted 12/13/12 8:59am

alphachannel

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Other similarities:

Began doing session work as teenagers

Guitarist/Keyboardist/Drummer/Producer

Shuggie recorded under the pseudonym Prince Wunniful

Shuggie released a song called "Purple" (1971)

Thier fathers were bandleaders

Courted by the Rolling Stones (Prince as an opening act; Shuggie to join as a guitarist)

Kind of a similar look:

[Edited 12/13/12 9:13am]

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Reply #9 posted 12/13/12 5:11pm

cborgman

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oh, god... at first i thought this thread was about suge knight and prince comparison.

relieved it isnt

Out-foxing fox-bots for almost 20 years on the org.
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Reply #10 posted 12/13/12 9:33pm

thesexofit

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cborgman said:

oh, god... at first i thought this thread was about suge knight and prince comparison.

relieved it isnt

lol

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