Rick James (born James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.; February 1, 1948 – August 6, 2004) was an American musician, composer and actor.
Artist: Rick James
Title: Cold Blooded
Label: Motown Records
The last gasp for Rick James, at one time the king of ’80s punk/funk. While ‘Cold Blooded’ is not quite at the level of the 1-2 KO punch that was ‘Street Songs’ and ‘Throwin Down’, you can tell the New Wave scene that was becoming increasingly popular by that time in black music had finally hit Rick hard and ended up being reflected in this release. Drum machines and programmed synths are at the forefront this time, while the horns take more of a backseat consequently. That said, there’s still an exciting energy running throughout this album that could have only come from the man himself. Whether it be the New Wave-flavored opener (U Bring the Freak Out-one of only a few tracks that prominently features a driving horn section), his infamous “come on” to actress Linda Blair whom he was going out with at the time (title track), a truly inspired collaboration with fellow Motown legend Smokey Robinson (Ebony Eyes), or the seguing two-part commentary on NYC life according to Rick (New York Town and P.I.M.P. the S.I.M.P.), ‘Cold Blooded’ is still very much another decent addition to the Rick James catalog.
1. U Bring The Freak Out (4:06)
2. Cold Blooded (5:57)
3. Ebony Eyes (5:06)
4. 1, 2, 3 (U, Her And Me) (4:05)
1. Doin’ It (5:04)
2. New York Town (4:06)
3. P.I.M.P. The S.I.M.P. (4:28)
4. Tell Me (What You Want) (5:03)
5. Unity (1:50)