At His Best

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Rodriguez at his best was quite good indeed, a true contender for the affections of those who loved the high-tenor melodicism of José Feliciano and the cynical impressionism of Bob Dylan in equal measures. But aside from his Cold Fact record of 1970, there was little to satisfy the few who found him -- little, that is, except for this illicit bootleg hits compilation, which includes most of Cold Fact plus a few selections from 1971's Coming from Reality and several unreleased songs ("Can't Get Away," "Street Boy," "I'll Slip Away"). Rodriguez remained an elusive figure (even after he performed and recorded live in South Africa during 1998), and fans are still waiting for the great digital-age compilation, but the best of his work is right here. [As is the case with all bootlegs, no royalties are paid to the performers or composers from this album.]

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