Cold Fact

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Cold Fact
Studio album by Rodriguez
Released March 1970
Recorded August–September 1969 at Tera-Shirma Studio, Detroit
Genre Rock, Soul, Blues, Folk
Length 32:23
Label Sussex
Light in the Attic (U.S., 2008)
Blue Goose/RCA (Australia)
A&M Records (South Africa)
Producer Mike Theodore, Dennis Coffey
Rodriguez chronology
Cold Fact
Coming from Reality
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork 8/10 stars[2]
The New Zealand Herald 5/5 stars[3]
Rate Your Music 4.09/5 stars[4]

Cold Fact is the debut album from American singer-songwriter Rodriguez. It was released in the United States on the Sussex label in March 1970. The album sold very poorly in the United States (Rodriguez was himself an unknown in the U.S.), but managed to sell well in both South Africa and Australia,[5] with Rodriguez touring Australia in 1979.[6]

In 1971 the album was released in South Africa by A&M Records, who were by then the owners of the Sussex label. 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, 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 USA.[5] This began to change after the reissues of his albums in the U.S. 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.

Cold Fact was featured as a "Buried Treasure" in the August 2002 issue of Mojo.[citation needed]

Sugar Man audio sample
Hate Street Dialogue audio sample

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Sixto Rodriguez, except (5, 10) by Gary Harvey, Mike Theodore and Dennis Coffey.

No. Title Length
1. "Sugar Man"   3:45
2. "Only Good for Conversation"   2:25
3. "Crucify Your Mind"   2:30
4. "This Is Not a Song, It's an Outburst: Or, the Establishment Blues"   2:05
5. "Hate Street Dialogue"   2:30
6. "Forget It"   1:50
7. "Inner City Blues"   3:23
8. "I Wonder"   2:30
9. "Like Janis"   2:32
10. "Gommorah (A Nursery Rhyme)"   2:20
11. "Rich Folks Hoax"   3:05
12. "Jane S. Piddy"   2:54


There were no musicians credited on the original album sleeve, but Rodriguez and Mike Theodore have filled in the gaps:[5]

  • Rodriguez – vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Dennis Coffey – electric guitar
  • Mike Theodore – keyboards, brass and string arrangements
  • Andrew Smith – drums
  • Bob Pangborn – percussion
  • Bob Babbitt – bass
  • Detroit Symphony (Leader Gordon Staples) – strings
  • Leader Carl Reatz – horns (trombones, baritone sax)
  • Friends and family of Joyce Vincent and Telma Hopkins – children's choir on "Gommorah"


  • Recorded in Detroit in August and September 1969.
  • Arranged and produced by Mike Theodore and Dennis Coffey.
  • Engineering by Mike Theodore at Tera-Shirma Studio, Detroit.
  • Ray Hall at R.C.A. New York – remix
  • Ransier and Anderson – photography
  • Nancy Chester (See / Hear! & How!) – cover design

Samples and features[edit]

"Sugar Man" was sampled in "You're Da Man", from the 2001 Nas album Stillmatic.

In 2014, the French Deep House and Electro music producer Tristan Casara featured "Hate Street Dialogue" on his album for a new release credited to "The Avener Feat. Rodriguez". The release charted in France.[7]


"Sugar Man" was the opening track on David Holmes' 2002 compilation Come Get It I Got It.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[8] 23
Chart (2013–2014) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[9] 11
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[10] 50
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[11] 180
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[12] 4
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[13] 54
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[14] 18
French Albums (SNEP)[15] 81
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[16] 20
South African Albums (RISA)[17] 16
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[18] 17
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 10
Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[20] Platinum 50,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


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