Thriller (Cold Blood album)

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Studio album by
Studio Wally Heider Studios, Funky Features, San Francisco
Genre Funk
Label Reprise
Producer David Rubinson & Friends, Inc.; Associate Producer: Raul Matute
Cold Blood chronology
First Taste of Sin

Thriller is a 1973 album by San Francisco funk group Cold Blood. [1] [2] Lydia Pense and the rest of Cold Blood were backed by The Pointer Sisters.

Cold Blood is a long-standing R&B horn funk band founded by Larry Field in 1968 and was originally based in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. The band has also performed and recorded under the name Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, due to the popularity of their lead singer, Lydia Pense.

Lydia Pense is an American rock-soul-jazz singer who, since 1969, has performed with the band Cold Blood. Critics have compared her style to powerful singers including Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, and Teena Marie.

The Pointer Sisters American vocal group from Oakland, California

The Pointer Sisters are an American girl group from Oakland, California, who achieved mainstream success during the 1970s and 1980s. Spanning over four decades, their repertoire has included such diverse genres as pop, disco, jazz, electronic music, bebop, blues, soul, funk, dance, country and rock. The Pointer Sisters have won three Grammy Awards and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994. The group had 13 US top 20 hits between 1973 and 1985.


The album caused controversy because of its violent cover art. [3] The cover was cited in 1978 in a congressional committee on domestic violence. [4] The inside of the album cover, in the fold out, is the same model stabbing a man in the back. [5]

Track listing

  1. "Baby I Love You" (Jerry Ragovoy)
  2. "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" (Stevie Wonder)
  3. "Feel So Bad" (James Johnson, Leslie Temple)
  4. "Sleeping" (Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson)
  5. "Live Your Dream" (Max Haskett)
  6. "I'll Be Long Gone" (Boz Scaggs)
  7. "Kissing My Love" (Bill Withers)


Cold Blood

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  1. Billboard - 1973 5 5 p62 "Pop album picks— titles deemed headed for a post among the first 100 places on the Top LP chart. .. COLD BLOOD, "
  3. Suzanne Lacy Leaving Art: Writings on Performance, Politics, and Publics, 2010 p76 "Record Companies Drag Their Feet, record album covers revealed the iconography of violence as entertainment: Thriller, In Cold Blood, Warner Bros. record album cover"
  4. Emilio Viano Spouse abuse 1978-p514 "Cover for Cold Blood's album “Thriller.” nd. Romance novel parody. Amaulted, robbed, molested, unconscious woman is labeled a "thriller." She has fallen in a seductive position, with her skirt lifted. Her make-up is “a little too dark,” implying ..."
  5. Research Into Violent Behavior: Overview and Sexual Assaults ... United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science and Technology. Subcommittee on Domestic and International Scientific Planning, Analysis, and Cooperation - 1978 "Yet it's selling an album. This one — there's a whole ... The inside of the album cover, after you buy it, is a woman stabbing a man in the back. Again, it's the same model, ... This one is called "Cold Blood" by Thriller. The woman has obviously ..."