Limited Edition SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN 180 Gram Vinyl Soundtrack

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Searching for Sugar Man is a 2012 documentary by director Malik Bendjelloul that follows two South African fans as they go on a quest to locate their musician hero Sixto Rodriguez – a folk musician from the early 1970’s who seemingly disappeared from the face of the Earth amidst (false) rumors of an on-stage suicide after his debut album bombed, but before many years later when a bootleg surfaced in South Africa that led to it going platinum.

Back in the late ‘60s, Rodriguez was discovered in a Detroit bar by renowned producers Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore. They recorded a 1970 album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. Instead, Cold Fact bombed, and despite the release of a second LP, entitled Coming From Reality and produced by Steve Rowland, Rodriguez drifted into obscurity, even being subject to some fantastic rumors of a dramatic onstage death.

Cold Fact took on a life of its own when a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid-era South Africa. Banned by the government, the album became a country-wide phenomenon over the next two decades, and the soundtrack to a resistance movement of liberal African youth. Back in Detroit, working in construction and renovation (he also ran for mayor), Rodriguez was totally unaware that he was not just a folk hero but a household name thousands of miles away.

Decades later, two South African fans, Stephen ‘Sugar’ Segerman and Craig Bartholomew-Strydom set out to find out what really happened to their hero, and their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the many myths they’d heard. Their story forms the basis of Searching For Sugar Man.

The soundtrack to the documentary, which features a compilation of songs by Rodriguez, has received three releases:

  1. A Limited Edition Double LP Black Vinyl Repress (what this post links to)
  2. A Single Audio CD Release
  3. A Limited Edition (First Pressing) Double 180 Gram White Vinyl Release

The white vinyl version (not shown in the above video) was released October 2012. It was a first pressing that featured:

  • 2 x 180 gram on white vinyl
  • Deluxe “Tip-on” jacket with spot U.V. gloss
  • 18×24′’ fold-out original U.K. film poster.
  • Download card for full album
  • Label: Light In The Attic (LITA089)
  • Country: US Pressing

I have no idea how many copies the white vinyl release was limited to, but they are now all sold out.

Via the links in this post you can still obtain the black vinyl double LP pressing.

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