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Cold Fact [Australian Import] Import

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  • Audio CD (25 Aug. 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bmg
  • ASIN: B00000GBHA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,940 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sugar Man
2. Only Good for Conversation
3. Crucify Your Mind
4. Establishment Blues
5. Hate Street Dialogue
6. Forget It
7. Inner City
8. I Wonder
9. Jane S. Piddy
10. Gommorah
11. Rich Folks Hoax
12. Like Janis

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4.8 out of 5 stars

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris on 17 Dec. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I went to see Sixto Rodriquez in Bristol on the 1st December and bought his CDs afterwards. I saw him due to all the hype I'd read about the documentary Searching for Sugarman, had seen him on Later With Jools and also because I love the Bristol band that were supporting him during all his UK tour dates; Phantom Limb.

I wasn't expecting much, knowing that his CDs were recorded in 1970 and 1971 and I don't think there is much music from that era that stands up that well now - apart from the absolute greats e.g. Beatles, Stones, Who, Kinks, Pink Floyd, Dylan, Fleetwood Mac. However, all the songs were instantly memorable and I'd only heard Sugarman before the gig. His voice was much better than it was on Later With Jools and indeed his voice is really distinctive - in a good way. He sounds like a cross between, Donovan, Rod Argent, Nick Drake and Dylan (but better tone than Dylan). The audience were very responsive, knew all his lyrics and welcomed him as the long-lost hero he surely is. They particularly went mad for Sugarman, Climb Upon My Music, I Think of You (just lovely - beautifully poignant lyrics and melody), Inner City Blues, I Wonder and To Whom It May Concern, but most of all the other numbers were given a standing ovation too. The support he got from Phantom Limb was amazing - you would think they had played back-up to him for years. They really deserve a big break too. Yolanda Quartey's voice is HUGE, she'd blow Aretha out. I think Elbow was the last gig when I came out on a similar high and where the audience reaction was so voluble.

Some of the lyrics are those of that time and I think they might sometimes be "American-specific", but they have a poetic kind of beauty. I've come across descriptions of his work as "psychedelic", which I find odd.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Nov. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes in a lifetime of scouring through racks for musical thrills - you stumble on something just a little bit special that it seems no one has noticed (including myself). Back in the Nineties when I was upstairs in the grotty and cramped Cheapo Cheapo Records in London's Rupert Street on one of my twice-weekly forages - Vincent who worked that floor would stand behind his tiny counter space and smile because he knew I always spent money and would take chances.

So there I am - flicking through manky reused plastics - once again raiding the soundtrack section to add to my 40 or so John Barry vinyl albums. And if the mood took me (and it always did) - I'd then move over and mosey through the nearby Easy Listening Section where Phil Cording (the cantankerous old geezer who owned the place and worked downstairs) would lump all sorts - Labi Siffre, Nick Jameson (of Foghat) and Rodriguez. I'd see the sleeve of what Phil clearly thought was some Jose Feliciano lookalike and think naught of it. "Cold Fact" would in fact sit there for months on end at £2.50 - and no one but no one would pay any attention to it all (even the Soul Boys who would be scouring the basement area for Kent compilations on Ace Records). But then years later came the American reissue label Light in The Attic Records quickly followed by the sensational 2012 movie "Searching For Sugar Man" (see separate review for the BLU RAY) and Rodriguez LPs stopped being sold for £2.50 'real fast'...

Back in the 2000's "Light In The Attic" was a relatively unknown reissue label in the mainstream - but their quality was on par with Bear Family and Ace Records - names that speak volumes to collectors all over the world.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By david watterston on 9 April 2013
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This bloke should have been better received by the music press and people in the 70's. I used to work for Decca
records export department in New Malden, Surrey, UK in 1971 or 1972 (Can't remember exactly which year...) and was amazed about all these album sales for Cold Fact his first record going out to South Africa. I had to get it and see what it was all about...
Brilliant but no one else had heard of him..
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By abitwobblynow on 6 Oct. 2005
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'Sugarman, won't you hurry/'cos I'm tired of this scene/For a blue coin/won't you bring back/All those colours to my dreams/Silver magic ships you carry..

The opening bars to one of the best drug songs of all time. Lost my heart, when I'd found it/it had turned to jet black coal''

Rodriquez somehow got overlooked by the music moguls in the early 70s, but he should be up there with Dylan, Neil Young and Leonard Cohen. (Cold Fact was Rodriguez' debut album, but nobody noticed and he has been living in Detroit as a construction worker).
His lyrics of love, loss, drugs in a city of ruin evoke the same rich imagery of, say, Powderfinger (Neil Young). I had this on vinyl, thank god it's been re-released.

'My troubles just drive my mind/My mother treats me slow/My statue's got a concrete heart/but you're the coldest bitch I know'
Buy this album and be comforted that there are still hidden treasures out there.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. Rhodes on 12 Jan. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I listened to this fantastic album a thousand times while growing up as a teenager in South Africa. It is beautiful, simple & prophetic and a must for every collection.
I have searched for this over the years and find I still know the words to every song even 25 years later!!
Highly recommended!!!
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