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Cold Fact

19 Aug 2008 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 19 Aug 2008
  • Release Date: 19 Aug 2008
  • Label: Light In The Attic
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Light In The Attic Records & Distribution, LLC
  • Total Length: 37:12
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  • ASIN: B00K5LLEWW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,027 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris on 17 Dec 2012
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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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53 of 57 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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6 of 6 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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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. Rhodes on 12 Jan 2010
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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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Teddy - on 14 Aug 2009
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I shared a room with a south african friend when a student and he introduced me to this on an old tape recorder. I cant remember how many times i must have heared it over the 2 years but for me it will always be the soundtrack to my student youth and makes me smile everytime i listen to it now. It took me years to find it again, but the wait has been worth it. This album is as simple as it gets, the lyrics and sentiment are at times pretty naieve and painfully of its time, but despite all of this it remains a truly great piece of work which I hope gains the status it deserves as more people discover this overlooked gem. Buy this album and tell your friends!
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By P. JONES on 15 Oct 2004
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This legend, I had the privilege of seeing live in Durban, is unsung. Anyone who was forced to sit out their time in the South African Defence Force will know this album by heart. It is music in its own class. His way of putting the rot of society so beautifully across as music is what influenced me in my growing up years. to see through the trees, cut the cr*p and be a better person. i am really not worthy of giving a rating.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Craig Lester on 9 Nov 2010
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A great words-smith in the tradition of Robert Zimmerman and Neil Young. Pure genius! The music is amazing - especially the great classic "I Wonder". "I Wonder" is in my opinion, in the top twenty of great Rock songs, with the opening bars of the song making it truly memorable. The style cannot be defined in one genre, suffice to say that the blues do influence Rodriguez immensely.

This album was the voice of a frustrated generation in South Africa - young white kids in the midst of Apartheid. That is what makes it special to me and countless others my age.
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