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August 19th, 2008

Rodriguez 'Cold Fact' LP gets reissued

For years I assumed that my single of Rodriquez’ “Sugarman” served as the beginning and end to his discography. After so many pursuits of entire albums leading from a single song only to be let down by an albums worth of subpar filler, it can feel a bit taxing to repeat the tireless process time and time again. Luckily I happened upon a copy of his 1969 LP Cold Fact a few years back and was completely blown away by the entire album. It’s easy to compare Rodriquez’ music to Donovan, but no more than you can conflate the latter to Dylan. That Cold Fact sank like a rock upon release was less to do with the music and more likely the result of some of his on stage banter and personality, such as the time he was performing at an industry showcase and played the entire set with his back towards the audience. In the mid to late 70’s Cold Fact found a new fanbase in South Africa’s revolutionary inclined youth, unknown to Rodriquez himself, it wasn’t until 2002 that a journalist sought down the long rumored to be dead of a heroin overdose musician. Today, August 19th, marks the first CD release of Cold Fact on the wonderful Light in the Attic records. Hopefully this release will give Sixto Diaz Rodriguez more of a slice of the respect that he unfortunately was never able to fully garner in the West. Really, to be honest, the more I listen to this album the more it works its way onto my regular rotation-go to-shelf.

Buy it here.

Listen to three tracks from the album:

Rodriguez – Hate Street Dialogue *LINK FIXED*

“I tasted Hate streets hanging tree”

Rodriguez – Inner City Blues

Rodriguez – Sugarman



  1. pretty good stuff, inner city blues has got a good sound

    haha, though i was a bit confused by a surprise appearance by Michael Hurley and his Pals when i downloaded “Hate Street Dialogue”.. no worries though, Michaels great!

    Comment by jack a roe — August 20, 2008 @ 1:11 am
  2. link fixed!

    Comment by =tyler= — August 20, 2008 @ 5:07 am
  3. Hehe. Rodriguez. What a nutter.

    Worked on a gig of his down here (Durban, South Africa)…man was…well, let’s be kind and say he was under the weather some. Couldn’t remember the lyrics to Sugarman. Mind you, the crowd helped him along. Musta been the spliff he smoked in the parking lot with the car guards. Or coulda been the copious amounts of wine he somehow sneaked past the minders…

    He followed Cold Fact up with After The Fact, by the way. It’s good but…not nearly as good as Cold Fact, which was (and remains) huge here.


    Comment by hedmekanik — August 20, 2008 @ 8:02 am
  4. So this has nothing to do with this article, but I was just wondering if you guys had a chance to pick up the new Josephine Foster LP, This Coming Gladness. I think it is some of her best work.

    Comment by Dustin Reid — August 21, 2008 @ 1:30 am
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