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Blood, Sweat & Tears

Blood, Sweat & Tears

CD(German Import)

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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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Product Details

Release Date: 10/31/2007
Label: Repertoire
UPC: 4009910232422
catalogNumber: 2324
Rank: 10511


  1. Variations on a Theme by Erik Satie (First and Second Movements)
  2. Smiling Phases
  3. Sometimes in Winter
  4. More and More
  5. And When I Die
  6. God Bless the Child
  7. Spinning Wheel
  8. You've Made Me So Very Happy
  9. Blues, Pt. 2
  10. Variations on a Theme by Erik Satie (First Movement)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blood, Sweat & Tears   Primary Artist
Fred Lipsius   Piano,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Lew Soloff   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
David Clayton-Thomas   Vocals
Bobby Colomby   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jim Fielder   Bass
Dick Halligan   Organ,Flute,Piano,Trombone,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Soloist
Jerry Hyman   Trombone,Recorder,Soloist
Steve Katz   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Soloist
Alan Rubin   Trumpet
Chuck Winfield   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Miss Lucy Angle   Footsteps

Technical Credits

Erik Satie   Composer
Blood, Sweat & Tears   Arranger,Composer
Jim Capaldi   Composer
Kooper   Arranger
Laura Nyro   Composer
Steve Winwood   Composer
Fred Lipsius   Arranger
David Clayton-Thomas   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Fred Catero   Engineer
Berry Gordy   Composer
James William Guercio   Producer
Roy Halee   Engineer
D. Halligan   Arranger
Dick Halligan   Arranger
Patrice Holloway   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Brenda Holloway   Composer
Don Juan   Composer
Steve Katz   Composer
Bob Irwin   Producer
Frank Wilson   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Vic Anesini   Engineer
Pea Vee   Composer
Mike Cimicata   Packaging Manager
Hank Borowitz   Liner Notes
Chris Wood   Composer

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