“Lydia” by Cold Blood - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1974Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

5th album in 6 years from the Californian soulsters, who seem to be heading towards “the Lydia Pense Show” in the billing stakes. This time, the lead singer settles for a mere album title. And a great big photie close up of her beautiful brown eyes, peeking out from what I presume to be the nearest net curtain. Either that, or it’s an extremely unattractive bridesmaid’s dress. Opener “Ready To Live” gets thing off to a fine, funky start. I’m groovin’ with them. I’m not freakin’ out, but at least I’m groovin’. Legendary Stax guitarist Steve Cropper produces, plays and even pens a couple, including the semi-decent southern soul cut “Consideration”. By and large, the first half passes by inconsequentially, but, “Consideration” aside, the second half is lacking inspiration, and best described as “highly skilled sessioneering”. Do I not need that…

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A1 [05:24] 5.5.png Cold Blood - Ready To Live (Lonnie Hewitt, Paul Edward Smith) Disco / Funk
A2 [03:17] 5.0.png Cold Blood - Simple Love Life (Paul Edward Smith, R. Smith) Soul
A3 [03:03] 4.2.png Cold Blood - Under Pressure (Fred Gowdy, Larry Wilkins) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
A4 [04:23] 4.0.png Cold Blood - When My Love Hand Comes Down (Gloria Jones, Pam Sawyer) Disco / Funk
A5 [02:33] 5.0.png Cold Blood - When It’s Over (A. Wayne) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B1 [03:36] 5.5.png Cold Blood - Consideration (Steve Cropper) Soul
B2 [03:53] 3.9.png Cold Blood - I Only Wanted Someone To Hear Me (Dee Presley, Allan Rush) Soul Ballad
B3 [03:50] 3.9.png Cold Blood - You’re Free Lovin’ Me (Steve Cropper, Carl Marsh) Soul
B4 [03:40] 3.6.png Cold Blood - Come Back Into My Life Again (B.R. Charles) Disco / Funk
B5 [04:38] 3.1.png Cold Blood - Just Like Sunshine (Raul Matute, Paul Edward Smith) Disco / Funk

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