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Back in 1971, Coming From Reality was Rodriguez’s last gasp, the follow-up to Cold Fact and the final album he was allowed to record for the Sussex label. Unearthed, once again by Light In The Attic records, it’s another treat for fans new and old, designed – at the time – as Rodriguez’s vision of a perfect pop album. Coming From Reality found Rodriguez decamping from Detroit to London’s Lansdowne Studios, where the album was recorded with some of the UK’s top talent including Chris Spedding (Sex Pistols, Dusty Springfield, Harry Nilsson) and producer Steve Rowland (The Pretty Things, PJ Proby and the man who discovered The Cure), who recalls Coming From Reality as his all time favorite recording project. Highlights include the super-poppy To Whom It May Concern, the Rocky Raccoon-inspired A Most Disgusting Song and period piece Heikki’s Suburbia Bus Tour. The reissue also includes three previously unreleased bonus tracks recorded in Detroit in 1972 with Cold Fact collaborators Mike Theodore & Dennis Coffey, representing the last thing the trio ever did together. Meanwhile, the Rodriguez story keeps gathering pace. A Swedish film company is working on a feature length documentary about the enigmatic performer’s music and life. Rodriguez is planning to bring his live show to the UK and Europe come Spring/Summer 2009, along with further North American touring. “It’s an extraordinary trip,” says Rodriguez of his new lease on life. “It feels like Picasso, Monet. All these exciting new thoughts coming at me. It’s global. I’m lucky to have this second chance. It’s very real and totally unexpected.” Sixto Rodriguez, then. Still coming from reality, and bigger than ever before.