Cold Blood/Sisyphus

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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: 7/31/2001
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431681329
  • Catalog Number: 6813

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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