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Cold Fact

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Sugar Man
3:49  
02
Only Good For Conversation
2:23  
03
Crucify Your Mind
2:32  
04
This Is Not A Song, It's an Outburst: Or, The Establishment Blues
2:06  
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Hate Street Dialogue
2:33  
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Forget It
1:50  
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Inner City Blues
3:26  
08
I Wonder
2:34  
09
Like Janis
2:36  
10
Gommorah (A Nursery Rhyme)
2:21  
11
Rich Folks Hoax
3:05  
12
Jane S. Piddy
3:00  
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 32:15

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Andy Beta

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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

09.07.08
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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The Sugarman

lovelaughtertruth

It's not often that you find an album that when mentioned is welcomed by an avid glow of nostalgic appreciation amongst those of whom it has touched. The humble and righteous nature of the music combined with the legend of the man himself amounts to something..... more.

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I've searched for this for years

bsk

Having first heard this album at school in Cape Town in the mid seventies I was completely hooked. I left my copy behind when I moved to the UK but never ever found a copy for sale. Finally it's re-released and I remember every word (amazing, the mind). If you like Dylan, CSN&Y, Byrds etc download this now, you will love it.

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Label Profile: Light in the Attic Records

By Christina Lee, Contributor

File under: Revitalized funk, folk and rock records from the States and around the world Flagship acts: Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy, Karen Dalton, Rodriguez, Jim Sullivan, Shin Joong Hyun Based in: Seattle, Washington Light in the Attic founder Matt Sullivan once interned for Sub Pop, but he didn't know what he wanted to do until he studied abroad in Madrid and interned for Spanish label Munster, which alternated reissues of Suicide, Stooges and New York… more »

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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