Cold Blood: Thriller
This San Francisco group had both jazz-rock and funk influences, as well as
pop. Lydia Pense was their lead vocalist; its original lineup had pianist Raul Matute, bassist Rod
Ellicott, and saxophonist Danny Hull, with trumpeter Max Haskett and guitarist Michael Sasaki being
other long-term members. They had their most successful LP in 1969, Cold Blood. During the '70s,
although they never had any smash hits, they proved a popular attraction on college campuses and
would also do covers of such R&B and soul tunes as "You Got Me Hummin," Donny Hathaway's
"Valdez in the Country," and "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life." The Pointer Sisters and
saxophonist Bennie Maupin are among African-American artists who did guest stints on Cold Blood
LPs through 1976.
Cold Blood covers the Manuel/Robertson song "Sleeping" on Thriller from 1971, with dramatic, almost gospel-like vocal from Lydia Pense over a well-produced funky orchestra with full horn section.