Yep, Lydia had a great voice. I have two or three of their LPs.
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Now youre talking! Lydia and Cold Blood could really bring it. The opening to I just want to make love to you has to be the coolest intro Ive ever heard. While Janis was great, I preferred Lydias voice which had a touch more smooth and richness. Another under the radar singer from the 70s who could blow your face off and melt your heart at the same time was Joyce Kennedy (Baby Jean) of Mothers Finest. What an eclectic group they were. Rock drums and guitar combined with funk bass and keyboards coupled with soaring raw soulful vocals. They were too hard-rock for black radio and had too much flava for white radio. No band Ive ever heard played and sang with as much musical power as MF. Probably not an Audiogoner favorite:)
Big Cold Blood fan here although I wouldn't compare Lydia Pense to Janis Joplin. I never thought Janis (bless her heart) had such a great voice whereas Lydia....
Rummaging thru a used CD store a few yrs ago I came across a NEW (2005) Cold Blood recording called 'Transfusion'. Amazingly enough, Lydia STILL sounds great! As does the band. If you dig the sound of LP & Cold Blood I strongly recommend:
Sons of Champlin - 'Hip Li'l Dreams' Found this at the same shop! Also recorded in 2005 by a band that I hadn't heard since the '70's. Featuring founder Bill Champlin, one of the last great (IMO)blue-eyed soul-brothers.
Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns - 'When The Curtain Goes Up'. Great music by one of the best kept secrets in music!!
If ya can't get your goove thang goin' with these records it's 'cause you ain't got a groove thang!!;)
Mother's Finest is great. They were a big part of the soundtrack to my youth growing up in Atlanta. They still play around town from time to time. My favorites are the self titled Mother's Finest, Another Mother Further, and the live album. They have a greatest hits that is a decent collection. You are right as far as how the band suffered from radio and the labels having a hard time pigeon holing them into a genre.The bottom line is that Mother's Finest makes soulful rock and roll that is fun party music.
Thanks for sharing Maxnewid. I think youre on the mark with your CD suggestions; although, I would throw Mother Factor in the mix as well. Also, the first CD Mothers Finest is only available as a double release paired with their other first-release album and the sound quality is pretty sub-par. For starters, I would recommend the best-of titled Very Best Of: Not Yer Mother's Funk. It has a good selection, as far as best-ofs are concerned, and has acceptable sound quality .of course, any MF on LP will sound MUCH better.
Chazro Thanks also for your suggestions. Im familiar with Bill Champlin from his early days in the SF area and, of course, his time with Chicago. Good to know hes still going strong a very talented singer and songwriter. However, the Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns are new to me. My ears have been stuck mainly in Jazz the last seven years or so. These cats are pretty good. I read TOP gave them a seal of approval so a definite thumbs-up from me. As far as Mothers finest is concerned, the best way to find out what theyre about is to follow the youtube link below.
If it doesnt work (or is not allowed), then enter the following in the youtube search: Mother's Finest - Give You All The Love - Live 77
Just to prep you, MF music doesnt have the smoothness of groups like the Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns and the Sons of Champlin; they play in your face hard-rock funk. As such, theyre not everybodys cup of tea. But, like them or not, I think youll be able to appreciate their uniqueness as well as the prodigious voice of Joyce Kennedy.
Since Cold Blood was popular before my time, I was first introduced to them from the "Fillmore: Last Days" 2-disc cd about 20 years ago. I originally bought the cd for the Santana, Malo and Quicksilver Messenger Service tracks, but discovered many other gems including Cold Blood. I recommend this recording not for it's sound quality but for the great performers that many other gen-xers are unfamiliar with.
Chazro - In addition to Transfusion, there is also Live Blood from 2008, it's a good one also.
I had the luck to follow Cold Blood from the streets of Palo Alto to being the headliner at Filmore and Winterland back in the day. I've also seen them a few times in recent years and they still put it out.
They are a smokin' unit, ain't they!? Their prior record is 'Live' and is killa also, allowing more room for soloing. The story behind this band is that they're made up primarily of pro musicians playing the strip in Vegas. They've 'held court' at a club on Monday nights for yrs(very much in the tradition of certain Monday night Big Bands in NYC). The shows are a very hot ticket with guests sitting in frequently. Haven't been to Vegas in a while BUT when I get there, I know I'll be checking 'em out!