COLD BLOOD – ” Cold Blood “

Posted: July 31, 2020 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Cold Blood is a long-standing R&B horn funk band founded by Larry Field in 1968 and was originally based in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Lydia Pence was the the lead singer of the Bay Area Funk Band, Cold Blood, has been delighting audiences for over 50 years. The group formed in 1968 found a mentor in Rock impresario Bill Graham who signed the band to a recording contract with his San Francisco Records after an audition in 1969. Pence, a powerhouse singer, is known for her soul stirring vocals on such barnburners as the cover of Sam & Dave’s “Hold on I’m Comin,’“ , Muddy Waters’ nugget “I Just Want to Make Love to You,” both from Cold Blood’s debut self-titled album from 1969, and her take take on Stax vocalist Mable John’s “Your Good Thing (Is About to End)” from the bands sophomore effort “Sisyphus,” with the Pointer Sisters joining in with some gospel laced backup vocals.

The band’s heyday was 1969-1976 during which time they released six albums and built up a faithful following opening for headlining acts at Winterland and Fillmore West such as Albert King (1969), Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (1969), Alice Cooper (1971) It’s a Beautiful Day (1973), and Montrose (1976). The combination of a horn heavy funk Band and Pence’s impassioned singing kept the band busy until it broke up in 1978. After a period of raising her daughter in the early 1980s, Pence and band members came together again in 1988 with some new personnel and have been funkin’ ever since. Pence may have been lost in Janis Joplin’s shadow because of similar styles and the fact that the Joplin reigned supreme in the late 1960s until her death in 1970.

No matter, Pence has continued to perform over the ensuing decades, earning nothing but raves from her loyal fans and new converts. Lydia Pence has stood the test of time and still does some mighty soul shouting in performance, Catch her and cold blood while you can. One of my favourite bands that featured an super horn section. Was totally taken in by the powerhouse vocals of Lydia Pense coupled with the great musicianship of the band. Their debut album was phenomenal and these two songs were a definite highlight.

The term “East Bay Grease” was been used to describe the San Francisco Bay Area’s brass horn heavy funk-rock sound of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, Cold Blood was one of the pioneer bands of this sound, Other bands include Tower of Power, Chicago, and Blood Sweat And Tears. The Tower of Power horn players have performed with Cold Blood on a regular basis since the early 1970s. Skip Mesquite and Mic Gillette have been members of both Tower of Power and Cold Blood.

Original band members were founder Larry Field (lead guitar), Lydia Pense (vocals), Danny Hull (tenor saxophone and songwriter), Larry Jonutz (trumpet; born Mar 15 1947), Pat O’Hara (trombone; born May 25, 1946 (?), died August 1977 of an overdose), Raul Matute (Hammond organ, piano, arranger and songwriter, born Feb 19 1946), Jerry Jonutz (baritone, alto and tenor saxophone; born Mar 15 1947), David Padron (trumpet; born May 4, 1946), Rod Ellicott (bass), and Frank Davis, who was replaced on drums by Sandy McKee (real name Cecil James Stoltie, born 12 July 1945, died 15 October 1995) during the “Sisyphus” sessions.

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