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Child Is Father to the Man
     

Child Is Father to the Man

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by Blood, Sweat & Tears
 

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Child Is Father to the Man is keyboard player/singer/arranger Al Kooper's finest work, an album on which he moves the folk-blues-rock amalgamation of the Blues Project into even wider pastures, taking in classical and jazz elements (including strings and horns), all without losing the pop essence that makes the hybrid work.

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Child Is Father to the Man is keyboard player/singer/arranger Al Kooper's finest work, an album on which he moves the folk-blues-rock amalgamation of the Blues Project into even wider pastures, taking in classical and jazz elements (including strings and horns), all without losing the pop essence that makes the hybrid work. This is one of the great albums of the eclectic post-Sgt. Pepper era of the late '60s, a time when you could borrow styles from Greenwich Village contemporary folk to San Francisco acid rock and mix them into what seemed to have the potential to become a new American musical form. It's Kooper's bluesy songs, such as "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" and "I Can't Quit Her," and his singing that are the primary focus, but the album is an aural delight; listen to the way the bass guitar interacts with the horns on "My Days Are Numbered" or the charming arrangement and Steve Katz's vocal on Tim Buckley's "Morning Glory." Then Kooper sings Harry Nilsson's "Without Her" over a delicate, jazzy backing with flügelhorn/alto saxophone interplay by Randy Brecker and Fred Lipsius. This is the sound of a group of virtuosos enjoying itself in the newly open possibilities of pop music. Maybe it couldn't have lasted; anyway, it didn't.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/05/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646398722
catalogNumber:
63987

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blood, Sweat & Tears   Primary Artist
Kooper   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Ondioline
Fred Lipsius   Piano,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
John Simon   Organ,Piano,Conductor,cowbell
Randy Brecker   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Harold Coletta   Viola
Bobby Colomby   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Vocals,Snare Drums
Jim Fielder   Bass,Bass Guitar,Fretless Bass Guitar
Paul Gershman   Violin
Gorgoni   Organ,Guitar,Vocals
Manny Green   Violin
Dick Halligan   Trombone
Harry Lookofsky   Violin
Doug James   Shaker
Steve Katz   Acoustic Guitar,Lute,Vocals
Harry Katzman   Violin
Leo Kruczek   Violin
Charles McCracken   Cello
Gene Orloff   Violin
Manny Vardi Strings   Viola
Jerry Weiss   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals
Anahid Ajemian   Violin
Julie Held   Violin
Melba Moorman   Choir, Chorus
Alan Schulman   Cello

Technical Credits

Tim Buckley   Composer
Kooper   Composer
Fred Lipsius   Arranger
John Simon   Arranger,Producer
Fred Catero   Arranger,Sound Effects,Engineer
Gorgoni   Arranger
Larry Beckett   Composer
Bob Irwin   Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Alan Schulman   Arranger
Mike Cimicata   Packaging

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Child is Father to the Man 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For anyone who wants to know what the late 60's were like this is the perfect album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I guess the problem is that most people these days don't remember this album unless they were there. But as much as Blood Sweat and Tears gradually turned into crap, this album was quite a minor masterpiece of the late '60s. In my opinion, the ultimate brass rock album, even above Chicago Transit Authority. When Al Kooper left the band, he left the majority of the talent with him. It's all a highlight but I will say that I love the circular feel of the album, as you experience with some other great albums. The way it starts and ends with the House in the Country theme, with the song somewhere in the middle. The last second of the album is a cherry on the cake for me. Hahaha.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago