Rodriguez - The Music

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Albums

  • Cold FactMarch 1970 (USA, 1971 in South Africa)
  • ComingFrom Reality November 1971
  • After TheFact 1976 re-issue of Coming From Realityin South Africa only
  • At HisBest 1977 compilation album with 3 previously unreleased tracksreleased in Australia and New Zealand only
  • Alive 1981live album recorded in 1979 and released in Australia and New Zealandonly
  • The BestOf Rodriguez 1982 re-issue of At HisBest in South Africa only
  • Live Fact1998 live album recorded during the 1998 SouthAfrican tour

Singles

  • I'll Slip Away/ You'd Like To Admit It (Impact 1031) August 1967 released as Rod Riguez. Promo only?
  • Inner City Blues/ Forget It (Sussex SUX 204) 1970 (USA)
  • To Whom It May Concern/ I Think Of You (Sussex SUX 234) 1970 (USA)
  • To Whom It May Concern/ I Think Of You (A&M 7SX-1008) 1972 (Brazil)
  • Sugar Man/ Inner City Blues (Blue Goose BGMS 002) 1977 (Australia)
  • Climb Up On My Music/ To Whom It May Concern (Blue Goose MS 309) 1978 (Australia)
  • Sugar Man/ Tom Cat by Muddy Waters (13 Amp Records AMP7001) April 2002 (UK)
To Whom It May ConcernI Think Of You
Sugar ManInner City BluesClimb Up On My MusicTo Whom It May Concern

Info on first 3 single releases from Tim Forster, January 2001. Info on Australian singles from Jeff Smith, December 2001.

On the cover of the 1991 South African CD re-issue of Cold Fact is a "flash" with these words:"featuring the hits I Wonder, Sugar Man and Inner City Blues". To the best of my knowledge these tracks were never actually released as singles in South Africa.

Additional info:

  • I'll Slip Away (Impact 1031), August 1967 (USA) credited to Rod Riguez (Sixto D. Rodriguez), released on The Best Of Impact Records CD (Collectables COL-5883) in November 1997.

    Cash Box, September 23, 1967 Rod Riguez could make a name for himself with this bluesy, mid-tempo rock ballad. Keep it in sight. Flip: "You'd Like To Admit It".

    This is a different version to the track released on the 2 "Best Of" compilations. It features more upfront Byrds-type jangly guitar, vocal harmonies and a subdued organ in the background. The strings that are so prominent on the later version are absent here.

    I'll Slip Away

    I'll Slip Away: As far as the Rodriguez Impact single, "I'll Slip Away" is concerned,I would highly suspect that both sides of that single were probablyrecorded at Terra Shirma Studios, since most of all of the later Impactrecords were recorded there. But it is possible that it may have beenrecorded at United Sound Studios in Detroit, since Harry Balk recordedmany of his artists there as well.

    The "B" side of the Impact 45, "I'll Slip Away" is a song titled, "You'd Like To Admit It". Both sides were produced by Harry Balk (the owner of Impact). To my knowledge, therecord was only issued as a "promotional" 45, and not sold commerciallyto the public. The record is "near-impossible" to find, due to the factthat few copies were pressed, and Impact records went out of businessshortly after the record was released. By the way, the song, "You'd LikeTo Admit It" was also written by Rodriguez.

    I'm afraid that I can't help you out with the lyrics to the song,"You'd Like To Admit It", because I don't own a copy of the single. Inmy many years of collecting records, I have only seen ONE copy of thatrecord for sale, and it was much too expensive for me to buy. (IT WASABOUT $175.00 U.S. DOLLARS!)...
    -- Jerry Schollenberger, "Best of Impact Records" CD producer, May 1999

    You'd Like To Admit It

    Read some more comments from Jerry here...

    More info about The Best Of Impact Records CD can be found here.

    Read Tim Forster's article about these Impact releases here.

    Impact-era Rodriguez compositions:

    • I'll Slip Away (Sixto D. Rodriguez)
      Gomba, April 20, 1967, released on Impact 1031 A, August 1967
      Produced by Harry Balk

    • You'd Like To Admit It (Sixto D. Rodriguez)
      Gomba, April 20, 1967, released on Impact 1031 B, August 1967
      Produced by Harry Balk

    • Forget It (Sixto D. Rodriguez)
      Gomba, April 20, 1967

    • That Discotheque (Sixto D. Rodriguez)
      Gomba, April 20, 1967

    • To Whom It May Concern (Vocal) (Sixto D. Rodriguez)
      Gomba, April 20, 1967

    • To Whom It May Concern (Instrumental) (Sixto D. Rodriguez)
      Gomba, April 20, 1967


  • I Think Of You/ To Whom It May Concern
    (A&M 7SX-1008), 1972 (Brazil) single released in Brazil only and both sides played on local radio.
    My name is Weber and I'm impressed to find something about Rodriguez onthe Net. I live in Brazil, where the song 'I Think Of You' was a success.I didn't know that he's got other albums, I only got 'Coming From Reality'.Here in my place the music 'I Think Of You' played several times on the radiostations in 1972 & 73. About that year I purchased the single 'I ThinkOf You/ To Whom It May Concern'. The B-side played too on the radio. Igot the LP 'Coming From Reality' but I get this years after the single.
    - Weber, Brazil, June 1998

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