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Blood, Sweat & Tears: Blood, Sweat & Tears [SACD]

Track List

>Variations On A Theme By Erik Satie (1st and 2nd Movements)
>Smiling Phases
>Sometimes In WInter
>More And More
>And When I Die
>God Bless The Child
>Spinning Wheel
>You've Made Me So Very Happy
>Blues, Pt. II
>Variations On A Theme By Erik Satie (1st Movement)

Album Reviews:

Uncut (p.125) - 4 stars out of 5 - "'Spinning Wheel' became the band's most memorable hit alongside superb, intuitive covers of Laura Nyro's 'And When I Die' and Brenda Holloway's 'You've Made Me So Very Happy'."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.120) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[E]verything BST that's worth hearing is here."

Album Notes

Blood Sweat & Tears: David Clayton-Thomas (vocals); Steve Katz (guitar, harmonica, background vocals); Dick Halligan (flute, trombone, piano, organ, background vocals); Fred Lipsius (alto saxophone, piano); Chuck Winfield,

Lew Soloff (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jerry Hyman (trombone); Jim Fielder (bass); Bobby Colomby (drums, percussion, background vocals).

Producer: James William Guerico.

Reissue producer: Bob Irwin.

Recorded between August 2, 1968 and October 22, 1968.

Originally released on Columbia (KCS 9720).

Includes liner notes by Hank Borowitz.

Blood, Sweat & Tears: David Clayton-Thomas (vocals), Steve Katz (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Jerry Hyman (recorder, trombone), Fred Lipsius (alto saxophone, piano), Chuck Winfield, Lew Soloff (trumpets, flugelhorns), Dick Halligan (organ, piano, flute, trombone, vocals), Jim Fielder (bass), Bobby Colomby (drums, percussion, vocals).

This is a Super Audio CD playable only on Super Audio CD players.

Blood Sweat & Tears: Steve Katz (vocals, guitar, harmonica); David Clayton-Thomas (vocals); Dick Halligan (flute, trombone, piano, organ, background vocals); Fred Lipsius (alto saxophone, piano); Chuck Winfield, Lew Soloff (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jerry Hyman (trombone, recorder); Jim Fielder (bass); Bobby Colomby (drums, percussion, background vocals).

Includes liner notes by Hank Borowitz.

Personnel: Steve Katz (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Dick Halligan (vocals, flute, trombone, piano, electric piano, organ); Bobby Colomby (vocals, drums, percussion); David Clayton-Thomas (vocals); Jerry Hyman (recorder, trombone); Fred Lipsius (alto saxophone, piano); Lew Soloff (trumpet, piccolo trumpet, flugelhorn); Chuck Winfield (trumpet, flugelhorn).

Arranger: Blood, Sweat & Tears.

The difference between Blood, Sweat & Tears and the group's preceding long-player, Child Is Father to the Man, is the difference between a monumental seller and a record that was "merely" a huge critical success. Arguably, the Blood, Sweat & Tears that made this self-titled second album -- consisting of five of the eight original members and four newcomers, including singer David Clayton-Thomas -- was really a different group from the one that made Child Is Father to the Man, which was done largely under the direction of singer/songwriter/keyboard player/arranger Al Kooper. They had certain similarities to the original: the musical mixture of classical, jazz, and rock elements was still apparent, and the interplay between the horns and the keyboards was still occurring, even if those instruments were being played by different people. Kooper was even still present as an arranger on two tracks, notably the initial hit "You've Made Me So Very Happy." But the second BS&T, under the aegis of producer James William Guercio, was a less adventurous unit, and, as fronted by Clayton-Thomas, a far more commercial one. Not only did the album contain three songs that neared the top of the charts as singles -- "Happy," "Spinning Wheel," and "And When I Die" -- but the whole album, including an arrangement of "God Bless the Child" and the radical rewrite of Traffic's "Smiling Phases," was wonderfully accessible. It was a repertoire to build a career on, and Blood, Sweat & Tears did exactly that, although they never came close to equaling this album. ~ William Ruhlmann & Bruce Eder



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