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4.8 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Aug. 19 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Light In The Attic
  • ASIN: B001BKVWYG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Sugarman
2. Only Good For Conversation
3. Crucify Your Mind
4. This Is Not A Song, Its 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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It's one of the lost classics of the '60s, a psychedelic masterpiece drenched in colour and inspired by life, love, poverty, rebellion, and, of course, "jumpers, coke, sweet mary jane". The album is Cold Fact, and what's more intriguing is that its maker, a shadowy figure known as Rodriguez was, for many years, lost too. A decade ago, he was rediscovered working on a Detroit building site, unaware that his defining album had become not only a cult classic, but for the people of South Africa, a beacon of revolution.


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Format: Audio CD
Once again the good folks at Light In The Attic records have unearthed and reissued a lost gem, a true masterpiece. How this album was ignored and sold poorly upon release in 1970 is beyond me. I can't stop listening to it. Smart lyrics, terrific playing led by Dennis Coffey on electric guitar of Motown fame and subtle string arrangements and that voice of Rodriguez makes me come back to this cd again and again. Cold Fact is a mix of rock, pop, folk, soul, and some psychedelic touches. All these genres thrown into the mix usually spell disaster, but not on this album. Here they make a wonderful backdrop for Rodriguez's passionate singing. I can't find a weak track on the cd, in fact the cd gets stronger song after song. At times you can hear some Bob Dyaln and Leonard Cohen influences, i even hear some Cat Stevens, which makes it all the more surprising that this album didn't sell when first released, considering that the age of the singer songwriter was just starting to take off. Rodriguez would release one more album and then dissappear, more on his life and the incredible story of how the album became a cult classic in Africa is included in the great packaging. A side note, Light In The Attic plan on releasing Rodriguez's second album at a later date, but in the mean time do yourself a huge favour and buy Cold Fact now. Money and time well spent.
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A wonderful collection of songs. Each has a catchy melody and the words are poetic, reflecting questions deep within us all, while remaining very simple and unpretentious, no doubt echoing the artist himself
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An excellent purchase of the re-release of a singer songwriter. After nearly 30 years of obscurity while unknowingly becoming a legend in South Africa and Australia the life of this soft spoken humble man (Rodriguez) has ended up as a Cinderella story.. Some of the music is a bit dated, but the lyrics are insightful and timeless which more than compensated for any (small) shortcomings. Purchase the DVD 'Searching for Sugar Man' to round out your collection of this feel good story!!
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I just received this album by courier today. I opened it and played it right away. This guy needs to be given his dues! Great writing, great musical collaboration and not a bad song on this album. Where has this guy been all these years? I can't believe that it took a documentary to get this musician noticed. Six albums sold in North America, but half a million in South Africa? Pretty sad!
Nevertheless, I gave this album five stars. However, that said, I am not overly pleased with the cut of the vinyl, and I'm not sure if others have encountered the same problem, but the edges of the record are disproportionate. One side has a sharp edge while the opposite side is blunt with flat edge to it. ?? Also, between the tracks you can hear a flutter with every revolution, as though there were a splice in it. It's not something you would normally hear on a brand new album. I'll broach the subject with Amazon, although, I doubt if they will do anything about it.
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A Great album and a great story. If you haven't watched The Academy Award winning documentary 'Searching For Sugar Man' about Rodriguez, then you should make a point of seeing it. There is another artist that has recorded two excellent albums but didn't find the success that they deserved. Check out 'Proud Words On A Dusty Shelf' and 'Eager To Please'. The latter contains one of my favourite songs of all time. It is titled 'Through The Eyes Of A Child'. The artist is Ken Hensley.
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Great for South Africans who listened to Rodriguez back in the '70s. Simple, pure, sometimes hard hitting lyrics with great melodies and rhythms
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He has his own unique style, but his indifference to material success had him working hard labour on construction sites while his musical equals like Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen were enjoying the benefits of such public success. "Cold Fact" and "Coming from Reality" should be listened to after first viewing the heartbreaking "Searching for Sugarman", the story of Rodriguez's strange life.
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Unfortunatly Rodriguez did not make it in those days, why who knows, but how is the destiny, just flip over 180 degree after 40 or so years with a big hit.
Many followers just lovet it. We need more this type of music to balance the poor quality songs that is made today, everything runs around of money, I mean fast money.

Super duper Excellent album.
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