I recently watched a BBC World documentary about Rodriguez whilst overseas and the story and music was truly fascinating.
This, his first LP has a strong 'Dylan, Donovan, Cat Stevens, Nick Drake' feel about it - all the songs contain clever and meaningful lyrics, great melody, a variety of styles and several should have been classics in the early 70's.... as Rodriguez and Cold Fact subsequently became in South Africa with huge success later on. And then he disappeared until now.
In a kind-of-related way, this album also predates Tracey Chapman's debut, many of the songs have an edgy, political message (Establishment Blues, Hate Street Dialogue, Crucify Your Mind, Rich Folks Hoax) - all are extremely listenable and I wouldn't be surprised if she listened to this when growing up.
'Crucify Your Mind', 'Forget It', 'Inner City Blues', Rich Folks Hoax' and 'I Wonder' are truly beautiful songs and although I have a vast music collection, this album is on constant rotation. It really is that good.
No filler here, every song is inspiring, recorded with a very typical '60-70's sound but timeless at the same time. I guess you could say Folk-Blues-Pop. The 180gm reissue LP also has a nice inner bi-fold pull-out with lots of commentary about Rodriguez
His other album 'Coming From Reality' is excellent too although not quite as perfect as 'Cold Fact'
Please give this a try.