Cold Blood/Sisyphus

Cold Blood/Sisyphus

by Cold Blood
     
 

A straight, no-frills-or-bonus-tracks reissue of Cold Blood's first two albums from 1969 and 1971 on one CD, these 13 tracks make a case for the band as one of the better "lost" groups of the late-'60s San Francisco scene. Gutsy-voiced singer Lydia Pense had her Janis Joplin schtick down-pat, and even though…  See more details below

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A straight, no-frills-or-bonus-tracks reissue of Cold Blood's first two albums from 1969 and 1971 on one CD, these 13 tracks make a case for the band as one of the better "lost" groups of the late-'60s San Francisco scene. Gutsy-voiced singer Lydia Pense had her Janis Joplin schtick down-pat, and even though the group was fraught with the usual revolving door personnel that a nine-piece is bound to experience, these two albums find them young, hungry, and relatively unscathed by the business dealings that ultimately did them in. Their debut (tracks one through seven) is predominantly comprised of sassy blues and R&B covers injected with their personal groove, while tracks eight through 13 from Sisyphus ply their originals, except for a scorching cover of the Hayes/Porter classic "Your Good Thing" with the young Pointer Sisters on backing vocals. The 2001 remastering is adequate, but the sound, especially on the drums, is a little tinny and compressed. As a combination of Tower of Power's funky horn attack, Big Brother's shambling garage approach, and Chicago's jazz-rock, Cold Blood seemingly had all the correct ingredients, but something was missing. That something was great songs and classy arrangements; so while the group does their best to stamp this music with their unique identity, weak tracks like "I Can't Stay" (where in a fit of misdirected democracy Pense doesn't even sing lead) lie flat. Still, there is enough spontaneous talent and boundless enthusiasm here to show that with a few breaks and better material Cold Blood could have been contenders. As it is the band remains an interesting footnote in music history and this disc, filled with raw energy and a certain primitive idealism, hits enough right notes to be well-worth a listen.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2001
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431681329
catalogNumber:
6813

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cold Blood   Primary Artist
Bonnie Pointer   Background Vocals
June Pointer   Background Vocals
Anita Pointer   Background Vocals
Rod Ellicott   Bass,Percussion
Mic Gillette   Trombone,Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Danny Hull   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Jonutz   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Carl Leach   Trumpet
Raul Matute   Organ,Piano
Sandy McKee   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
David Padron   Trumpet
Lydia Pense   Vocals
Larry Jonutz   Trombone,Trumpet

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Anita Baker   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
John Prine   Composer
Cold Blood   Arranger,Producer
Bobby Parker   Composer
John Burns   Composer
Fred Catero   Producer,Engineer
Raul Matute   Arranger
David Rubinson   Producer
Jim Vallance   Composer
Mark Marymont   Liner Notes
Tony Lane   Cover Design
James McDougal   Composer
Wrecia Holloway   Composer

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