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It's been more than 20 years since Columbia's classic Robert Johnson box set kicked off the reclamation project in earnest. Judging by another bumper crop of reissues, including revelatory sets from the Grateful Dead, the Velvet Underground, R.E.M., Blur and more, the rock & roll archives are as fertile as ever.

By David Fricke

Rodriguez, Searching For Sugar Man

Light In The Attic / Legacy

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Rodriguez, ‘Searching for Sugar Man’

The reissue of the year is the soundtrack to one of the most compelling music documentaries ever made, about a comeback so improbable it seems like fiction. Searching for Sugar Man follows two South African fans as they solve the mystery of the Hispanic, Detroit-born singer-songwriter Rodriguez: a charismatic phantom who vanished into working-life obscurity after his quietly urgent, elegant-R&B classics, 1970’s Cold Fact and 1971’s Coming From Reality, crashed on release in the U.S. (They were Springsteen-size smashes in South Africa, though Rodriguez never saw a dime.) The soundtrack combines the best tracks from those LPs in a greatest-hits display of Rodriguez’s supple Dylanesque voice; his fluid, lyric swing between sympathy, need and righteous candor in “Sugar Man,” “I Wonder” and “I Think of You”; and the music’s unhurried, funky delicacy. You can get the original records in full, reissued by Light in the Attic. But the Sugar Man album is a precise introduction to a gentle genius who is still here (now 70), still singing, and finally reaching the audience he always deserved.

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