Cold Fact


SKU: 7707737

Barcode: 0602577077371

18.00 £18.00
  • Genre: Rock And Pop
  • Label: UMC
  • Released Date: 30th August 2019
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Born to a Mexican immigrant family in Detroit, Sixto Diaz Rodriguez honed his guitar playing skills in between shifts at Detroit’s larger auto plants. In the late `60s he attracted the attention of guitar-slinger extraordinaire Dennis Coffey and soon thereafter recorded COLD FACT for Coffey’s Sussex label.

Cold Fact is the debut album from singer-songwriter Rodriguez. It was released in the United States on the Sussex label in March 1970. In 1971 the album was released in South Africa by A&M Records. In 1976, several thousand copies of Cold Fact were found in a New York warehouse and sold out in Australia in a few weeks. It went to No. 23 on the Australian album charts in 1978, staying on the charts for 55 weeks.

In 1998 Cold Fact was awarded a platinum disc in South Africa, and was five-times platinum in Australia. Rodriguez has since toured South Africa and Australia with much success, but remained relatively unknown in his native country of the US. This began to change after the reissues of his albums in the US by Light in the Attic Records in 2008 and 2009, and even further in 2012 with the Academy Award winning documentary film Searching for Sugar Man, which soon led to appearances on major American television shows like 60 Minutes and The Late Show with David Letterman.

Mojo: 4/5 lead review and one of their reissues of the year:”In the early 70’s he was their Beatles and Dylan combined.”

Pitchfork: “one of those rare lost albums that turns out to be a classic”

Uncut: “think Marvin Gaye’s `What’s Goin’ On? Re-imagined by Arthur Lee, a kind of soulful, hazy protest folk dealing impressionistically with drug addiction, freedom of expression and class warfare.

Q: 4/5: “like the gauche cousin of Love’s `Forever Changes’. A genuine Lost gem.”

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Track Listings

1. Sugarman
2. Only Good For Conversation
3. Crucify Your Mind
4. This Is Not A Song It's An Outburst
5. Hate Street Dialogue
6. Forget It
7. Inner City Blues
8. I Wonder
9. Like Janis
10. Gommorah (A Nursery Rhyme)
11. Rich Folks Hoax
12. Jane S. Piddy

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