Q (8/94, p.119) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...an aggressive metallic guitar sound...offered feedback, soulful grooves and a green attitude..."
Uncut (01/03, p.140) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Heavy on blasting brass, hollering vocals, and the turbulent psychedelic blues guitar of Terry Kath..."
This debut has surprisingly endured, whereas all their following 18,000 albums with the same title (other than a number change) have little or no credibility in the public's memory. This album can be interchanged with the second and third Blood Sweat And Tears album; all represent the very best of late 60s American jazz/rock. The band changed their name soon afterwards as they ploughed a successful path into smooth AOR. Lengthy tracks such as "South California Purples" and their excellent cover version of Spencer Davis Group's "I'm A Man" prove beyond doubt that these chaps can really play. Maybe they were smarter than most in seeing the limitations of jazz/rock and moving on to play Russian roulette.