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Friday, August 31, 2012

Rodriguez - Cold Fact (1970 us, superb folk psych, 2008 remaster edition)




Dipped sweetly in the psychedelia of the sixties, this the first album from a mysteriously unknown artist, mingles simply folk guitar with astonishing lyrics about drugs, depression and inner city blues. Rodriguez’s distinct nasal voice ambles through a dozen simple tunes addressing the turbulent backdrop of America in the sixties and does so with such impressionable beauty that it has catapulted him into cult status in many far flung corners of the globe. Such is the demand, that both Cold Fact, and the second album Coming From Reality (re-released in 1976, in South Africa only, as After The Fact), have now been remastered on CD format, some 20 years later.

For many, this album is one magnificent trip, lost in the haze of hippiness, and indeed the album is laced with narcotic references, but as far as talent goes, Cold Fact is a remarkable album perfect for idealists and dreamers. The obsessive I wonder, perhaps the best known of the album’s tracks, is a simple tune that mirrors the type of questions you’ve always wanted to ask of certain people and never had the courage, but it is the album’s ultra-trippy opening number, Sugar Man which really lends the album and air of intrigue. Others such as Crucify Your Mind, Jane S. Piddy and Forget It are both poignant and subtly beautiful.

However, it is the album as a whole, it’s poetic lyrics and the bohemian fueled mystery surrounding it that makes it so appealing to several generations, even years after the artist signed off with the words thanks for your time, then you can thank me for mine and after that’s said, forget it.

This album, in short, eventually becomes part of your lifestyle.
by Andrew Bond


Tracks
1. Sugar Man - 3.45
2. Only Good For Conversation - 2.25
3. Crucify Your Mind - 2.30
4. This Is Not A Song, It's an Outburst: Or, The Establishment Blues - 2.05
5. Hate Street Dialogue - 2.30
6. Forget It - 1.50
7. Inner City Blues - 3.23
8. I Wonder - 2.30
9. Like Janis - 2.32
10.Gommorah - A Nursery Rhyme - 2.20
11.Rich Folks Hoax - 3.05
12.Jane S. Piddy - 2:54
All songs by Sixto Rodriguez

Musicians
*Rodriguez - Vocals, acoustic guitar
*Dennis Coffey - Electric guitar
*Mike Theodore - Keyboards
*Andrew Smith - Drums
*Bob Pangborn - Percussion
*Bob Babbitt - Bass
*Detroit Symphony (Leader Gordon Staples) - Strings
*Carl Reatz - Horns - 3 Trombones, Baritone Sax
*Childrens Choir on "Gommorah"
*- The children's choir were family of Joyce [Vincent] and Telma [Hopkins] (who later became Dawn)

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33 comments:

Daremo "Dude" Sensanome said...

Thanks Mario for this great post. Cold Fact have been acclaimed as an excellent album. Now I have it thanks to you.

lmelis said...

MASTERPIECE!!
Σε ευχαριστώ πολύ.

adamus67 said...

I never heard...until now...nice surprise for me,sounds real cool,this is my alley...Thanks Mario

Anon said...

Never heard about, but must be good reason for remaster edition. Thanks you introduced me Cold Fact.

DanP said...

I recently heard some Rodriguez being played in the very cool used CD & vinyl store a block from here... and was very struck by it, so I'm glad for the chance to listen to a Rodriguez album all the way through.

DeOzyris said...

Great album, I hope you post the second album, Coming from Reality (1971). Big thanks Marios! :)

kenrub said...

Thanks!

Elliot Knapp said...

Nice to see Rodriguez on here..just wrote about his debut too. Have a good one!

Ozzy said...

Thank you very much, Sir!

jman said...

Thank you again!
J

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this, however the Depositfile download is asking for a password? Can you please tell me what the password is? I can't see it on your site. THANKS!

Anonymous said...

OK, ignore me,. I figured it out. Thanks again ;-)

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Excellent

Anonymous said...

Great!

Anonymous said...

Muchas gracias por el aporte

Anonymous said...

Great!

Anonymous said...

great

Paweł Pawelec said...

Damn, can't believe that he wasn't successful with this material :/

SamRod said...

thanks

Anonymous said...

God bless you guys!
Thanks

oldiesjohn said...

Thank you for this album. I've seen the documentairy of him. Good film.Good person.

Timo said...

Thanks man, great.

jose g suarez c said...

me parece maravillosa la musica de rodriguez , muy buena

Marco Zucchi said...

Excuse me... how can I find the download link???

Marios said...

Just follow your Free....

sergio poveda martinez said...

muy bueno

Elizabeth said...

what is the password???????

Joaquin Rosas said...

thanks

Jair Omar said...

Password?

Marios said...

.....Pass: xara

José Gerardo Gil Espinoza said...

perfect

Raúl Angel Venegas Hidalgo said...

Magnífico músico y poeta, deseo descargar el álbum.