Review: Shuggie Otis

Shuggie Otis
“In Session Information”
(RPM Productions)

The title of this album comes from the fact that this captures the funk guitarist in various sessions around the same time he recorded “Inspiration Information”. The explicit, earthy songs are sexual in the most direct way, if sometimes delivered metaphorically. This can be heard in the recording of “Doin’ It” with Richard Berry and the recording of “Country Girl” with his father Johnny Otis. He also recorded “The Signifying Monkey” with Johnny Otis and no we can compare that rural southern bandit to the Stagger Lee resurrected by Nick Cave recently. This lo-fi, visceral funk album also has a recording of “Louie, Louie” with the clearest lyrics this reviewer has heard.