by Cold Blood


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Thriller! -- Cold Blood's fourth LP -- is a continuation on the brass-intensive funky R&B that drove their previous efforts. In contrast to those discs, however, there is very little in the way of original material here, the singular exception being Max Haskett's rollicking "Live Your Dream," which features the Pointer Sisters on backing vocals. This was not the first collaborative effort between the two either, as the vocal trio had also made a few notable contributions to the Sisyphus album. One of the primary distinctions between Cold Blood and their Bay Area contemporaries the Tower of Power is lead vocalist Lydia Pense. She has developed from simply belting out the blues -- à la Janis Joplin -- to becoming an increasingly sensitive lyrical interpreter without diminishing her prowess or guttural growl. One prime example is her ease and agility on the cover of Stevie Wonder's "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" -- which likewise includes some of the finest and most tasteful contributions from the horn section. The same can also be said of their cover of the Band's "Sleeping" -- retaining much of the same charm as the original. Cold Blood contrasts the mellow with a few loud funkified fusion numbers, such as the lead track, "Baby I Love You," and "Kissing My Love" -- which hearkens directly back to the double-jointed rhythms found in the band's eponymously titled debut album. Another highlight is Raul Matute's Hammond-organ on the classic blues "Feel So Bad" -- which is similar to Ray Charles' original reading.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/12/2005
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431671221
catalogNumber: 6712
Rank: 33903

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cold Blood   Primary Artist
Pointer Sisters   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mel Martin   Flute,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bennie Maupin   Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Wind
Peter Welker   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Michael Andreas   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bill Atwood   Flute,Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Gaylord Birch   Drums
Paul Cannon   Guitar
Rod Ellicott   Bass,Bass Guitar
Bob Ferreira   Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Wind
Larry Fields   Guitar
Max Haskett   Trumpet,Vocals,Background Vocals
Raul Matute   Keyboards
Skip Mesquite   Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals,Wind
John Newborn   Horn
Pat O'Hara   Trombone
Lydia Pense   Vocals
Rigby Powell   Trumpet
Michael Sasaki   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Holly Tigard   Vocals,Background Vocals
John Mewborn   Trumpet,Valve Trombone

Technical Credits

Boz Scaggs   Composer
Bill Withers   Composer
Cold Blood   Arranger
Gaylord Birch   Brass Arrangment
Fred Catero   Engineer
Rod Ellicott   Brass Arrangment
Tom Harrell   Brass Arrangment
Max Haskett   Composer,Brass Arrangment
David Rubinson   Producer,Audio Production
Jeremy Zatkin   Engineer
Adam's Dad   Arranger,Brass Arrangment
John Mewborn   Arranger

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