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More Than Ever

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
More Than Ever was the last studio effort by the re-formed, reconstituted Blood, Sweat & Tears, with David Clayton-Thomas back in the lineup and the whole group invigorated after coming off of a successful international tour. For the first time since its second album, the group -- with only drummer Bobby Colomby left from the original lineup and Bob James producing -- sounds bold, enthused, and fully positive in its approach. The sound is a little more R&B oriented and less rocking than the older lineup, which actually makes a better fit overall -- Thomas' singing style is a bit dated, from a tradition of '60s blue-eyed soul that seems fine, but which was really ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
More Than Ever was the last studio effort by the re-formed, reconstituted Blood, Sweat & Tears, with David Clayton-Thomas back in the lineup and the whole group invigorated after coming off of a successful international tour. For the first time since its second album, the group -- with only drummer Bobby Colomby left from the original lineup and Bob James producing -- sounds bold, enthused, and fully positive in its approach. The sound is a little more R&B oriented and less rocking than the older lineup, which actually makes a better fit overall -- Thomas' singing style is a bit dated, from a tradition of '60s blue-eyed soul that seems fine, but which was really out-of-place amid the disco boom of the second half of the '70s. The group's obvious enthusiasm -- there's not a lot here that sounds like it wasn't played with joy -- and the smooth mix of R&B, jazz, and gospel influences coupled with the larger-than-life sound of the production the ten-man band is joined by 13 guest musicians and eight backup singers, among them Patti Austin and Gwen Guthrie helps put over some very solid material. "They," "I Love You More Than Ever," "You're the One," and the soaring, haunting "Heavy Blue" are highlights of a pretty strong album. Nothing here is remotely as revelatory as anything on Child Is Father to the Man or as startlingly fresh in a pop vein as the Blood, Sweat & Tears album, but it's a good 40 minutes of listening. The pity is that the Columbia Records art department couldn't muster as much inspiration on its end as the musicians did on theirs -- one can only wonder who got paid for coming up with the "idea" of using an enlarged copy of the album label as the front cover art. But bad art aside, this record is not only one worth finding -- it's one worth keeping. [The Wounded Bird CD reissue offers very good sound, incidentally, far outstripping the clarity of such old Columbia issues as the Blood, Sweat & Tears 3 album, and all but one song is new to CD.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2003
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140423329
  • Catalog Number: 4233

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blood, Sweat & Tears Primary Artist
Patti Austin Vocals
Gwen Guthrie Vocals
Jon Faddis Trumpet
Bob James Keyboards
Steve Khan Guitar
Ron McClure Bass
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
Mike Stern Guitar, Electric Guitar
Larry Willis Keyboards
David Friedman Percussion
David Clayton-Thomas Vocals
David Taylor Trombone
Eric Weissberg Banjo, Dobro, Guitar
Don Alias Percussion
Dave Bargeron Trombone, Tuba
Forrest Batchell Trumpet
Chaka Khan Vocals
Vivian Cherry Vocals
Bobby Colomby Drums
Eric Gale Guitar
Lani Groves Vocals
Gary King Bass
Tony Klatka Trumpet, Saxophone
Arnie Lawrence Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Hugh McCracken Guitar
Ullanda McCullough Vocals
Yolanda McCullough Vocals
Zachary Sanders Vocals
Richard Tee Keyboards
Bill Tillman Flute, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Danny Trifan Bass
Sidney Weinberg Oboe
Dave Friedman Marimbas, Xylophone, Vibes
Frank Floyd Vocals
Bill Eaton Vocals
Dave Taylor Trombone
Technical Credits
Stephen Foster Composer
Patti Austin Composer
John Lennon Composer
Michael Nesmith Composer
Art Neville Composer
Bob James Producer
Larry Willis Composer
David Clayton-Thomas Composer
Yoko Ono Composer
Leo Nocentelli Composer
William D. "Smitty" Smith Composer
Allan Landon Composer
Don Reid Composer
Bob James Composer
George Porter Composer
Joseph Modeliste Composer
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