A true legend in San Francisco and part of what defines the ‘San Francisco Sound”, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood is still a knockout. The band is on the famous Last Days of the Fillmore 1972 now on dvd, and does an unbelievable duet with Taj Mahal on the double CD version, if you can ever find it. Lydia Pense still has pipes! and the band was tight!. Outstanding performance on a rare visit back to the city where it all started for her
very lucky to have Cold Blood’s latest show and for those that don’t know it yet, the Great American Music Hall upgraded their sound system in 2007
Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, May 28, 2011, The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, recorded at 24bit/96khz appr 71 minutes @ 131mb mp3
updated September 6, 2011, with new link and new EQ
>>>From yelp….Lydia and the band debuted when the Fillmore was at its peak as one of the nation’s musical Mecca’s. Owner Bill Graham was so impressed with Lydia’s voice and the sound of the band that he immediately signed Cold Blood to his new record label. During the span of six original late-60′s, early-70′s albums, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood helped, along with Tower Of Power, forge their own specific brand of funk/soul and R&B which came to be known as East Bay Grease. That music still holds up today, proving that great music is timeless and will continue to inspire generations to come. Lydia Pense and Cold Blood packed the San Francisco Ballrooms in their heyday, but that was then and this is now. In the now, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood still fill halls with cheering, dancing, foot-stomping fans. Far from fading over the years, Cold Blood has flourished.
Here’s a nice writeup about the current band configuration
and there she is…..a true survivor….full flickr photo set here
Cold Blood in 1972 – Last Days of the Fillmore