Sneaky Pete Kleinow was a founding member of the Flying Burrito Brothers and much in demand as a session player by the time the pedal steel guitarist recorded this solo LP for the Dutch Ariola label during 1973. Although Kleinow is better known as an instrumentalist, he starts the record with an original song wisely rejected while he was with the Burritos, the rather insipidly titled "Wings That Make Birds Fly," which has even worse lyrics. The rest of this country-rock album is also uneven, with rather mediocre compositions by the group's members, which include drummer and lead singer Greg Attaway, pianist David Lovelace, guitarist Richard Bowden, and bassist Michael A. Bowden. Fiddler Gib Guilbeau is a guest on three tracks and sings his "Sweet Suzanna" as well. Not a particularly memorable release by any means, Cold Steel will appeal mainly to obsessive fans of Sneaky Pete Kleinow who must have everything he's recorded.
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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden