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Cold Fact

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Sugar Man
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Only Good For Conversation
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Crucify Your Mind
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This Is Not A Song, It's An Outburst: Or, The Establishment Blues
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Hate Street Dialogue
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Forget It
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Inner City Blues
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I Wonder
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Like Janis
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Gommorah (A Nursery Rhyme)
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Rich Folks Hoax
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Jane S. Piddy
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 32:17

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Andy Beta


Andy Beta has written about music and comedy for the Wall Street Journal, the disco revival for the Village Voice, animatronic bands for SPIN, Thai pop for the

Rodriguez, Cold Fact
2008 | Label: Light In The Attic / The Orchard

History is a funny thing. While for us in the States the pinnacle of '60s music remains Bob Dylan, the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, it's not necessarily so elsewhere. A Hispanic Detroit folk-rock singer by the name of Sixtoo (Sees-toe) Rodriguez might be the best example of such mutability. The album Rodriguez cut with guitarist Dennis Coffey (he of "Scorpio" fame), Cold Fact, was received with indifference stateside, yet inexplicably crossed oceans to become a… read more »

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cold fact


where is the song...cold fact???

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Cold Fact


Watched a documentary last night on Rodriguez. It was fascinating and well-done. The music is great, reminds me of the Love album, "Forever Changes". Great album, I'd highly recommend purchasing the album as you'll be supporting a musician who has his heart in the right place.

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Cold Fact


Literally just minutes ago finished watching the documentary "Searching for Sugar Man", which is Oscar-nominated and should win tonight. Fantastic film, great story, and even better music. Download, download, download. And check out the film, as good as any feature.

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Music that helped changed history.


Just heard his story on CNN, was glad to find him here on eMusic. Great find, not only for music lovers, but for history buffs as well. Glad he's finally getting the recognition and royalties he deserves after all these years.

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He Lives


Live at the Highline Ballroom in NYC last night. Sublime. One of those shows, where you years from now, I can say, "I was there!"

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Sugar Man Sugar Man Sugar Man


Just for the first track alone the album was worth it. It's amazing sometimes what falls between the cracks. While definitely a product of it's time, it's a standout nonetheless.

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this is genuine!


who is "sounding" so now?! nobody... so, Mr Sixto: you re the best!!! 10 stars album...

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Sugar Man


Sugar Man is a great song. It's a shame it didn't get the play it deserved when it first came out.

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RSA's Rock n' Roll Jesus


My ex-wife is South African, and this album is The biggest deal there. Sgt. Pepper's meets Blonde on Blonde big. We saw him in Capetown, he sold out a 20,000 seat arena. He had probably been teaching school or selling widgets in Detroit for the last 30 years (this was in 1997), you could see how surprised he was that he commanded such an audience there. Good to see this finally re-issued in the States.

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Fell by the wayside of the 60s


But this album is great, and you won't be disappointed. As others have said, check out "Sugar Man" for a taste.

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They Say All Music Guide

There was a mini-genre of singer/songwriters in the late ’60s and early ’70s that has never gotten a name. They were folky but not exactly folk-rock and certainly not laid-back; sometimes pissed off but not full of rage; alienated but not incoherent; psychedelic-tinged but not that weird; not averse to using orchestration in some cases but not that elaborately produced. And they sold very few records, eluding to a large degree even rediscovery by collectors. Jeff Monn, Paul Martin, John Braheny, and Billy Joe Becoat were some of them, and Sixto Rodriguez was another on his 1970 LP, Cold Fact. Imagine an above-average Dylanesque street busker managing to record an album with fairly full and imaginative arrangements, and you’re somewhat close to the atmosphere. Rodriguez projected the image of the aloof, alienated folk-rock songwriter, his songs jammed with gentle, stream-of-consciousness, indirect putdowns of straight society and its tensions. Likewise, he had his problems with romance, simultaneously putting down (again gently) women for their hang-ups and intimating that he could get along without them anyway (“I wonder how many times you had sex, and I wonder do you know who’ll be next” he chides in the lilting “I Wonder”). At the same time, the songs were catchy and concise, with dabs of inventive backup: a dancing string section here, odd electronic yelps there, tinkling steel drums elsewhere. It’s an album whose lyrics are evocative yet hard to get a handle on even after repeated listenings, with song titles like “Hate Street Dialogue,” “Inner City Blues” (not the Marvin Gaye tune), and “Crucify Your Mind” representative of his eccentric, slightly troubled mindset. As it goes with folk-rock-psych singer/songwriters possessing captivating non sequitur turns of the phrase, he’s just behind Arthur Lee and Skip Spence, but still worth your consideration. – Richie Unterberger

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