Friday, May 13, 2016

Blood Sweat And Tears - Blood Sweat And Tears (1969 us, outstanding jazz rock, 2014 audio fidelity and 2016 SACD)

Blood, Sweat & Tears self-titled second album from 1969 is the latest Hybrid Layer Stereo Super Audio CD release from Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab.

Blood, Sweat & Tears marked the debut of David Clayton-Thomas as the lead singer of the group Blood, Sweat & Tears. “In 1969, faced with both the departure of founding member Al Kooper and the pressure created by the critical acclaim their debut Child Is The Father To Man had garnered, Blood Sweat and Tears stood tall and delivered with their 1969 self-titled sophomore release. Welcoming vocalist David Clayton-Thomas aboard, the band advanced beyond its R&B / Blues Project origins to create what can only be described as a masterpiece, culminating in a Grammy that same year for Album Of The Year.”

Utilizing Erik Satie’s Variations On a Theme to quietly open and close the album, in-between they mixed songs from exciting, contemporary writers; Laura Nyro – “And When I Die” Traffic’s “Smiling Phases” and Barry Gordy – “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”, with original material; “Spinning Wheel” and “Sometime In Winter”, creating virtually ‘greatest hits’ and concert staples with all. Engineered by legendary Columbia staffers Roy Halee and Fred Catero, the blend of jazz-pop arrangements with just a hint of classical, created a breakthrough recording that was constantly featured on radio for years.
1. Variations On A Theme (Erik Satie) - 2:34
2. Smiling Phases (Chris Wood, Jim Capaldi, Stevie Winwood) - 5:09
3. Sometimes In Winter (Steve Katz) - 3:09
4. More and More (Don Juan Mancha, Pee Vee) - 3:05
5. And When I Die (Laura Nyro) - 4:04
6. God Bless The Child (Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog Jr.) - 6:01
7. Spinning Wheel (David Clayton-Thomas) - 4:07
8. You've Made Me So Very Happy (Berry Gordy Jr., Brenda Holloway, Patrice Holloway, Frank Wilson) - 4:17
9. Blues Part II (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown, Eric Clapton, Willie Dixon, Al Kooper) - 11:44
10.Variations On A Theme  (Erik Satie) - 1:39
Tracks 1 and 10, 1st Movement, Adapted from "Trois Gymnopedies

Blood Sweat And Tears
*David Clayton-Thomas -  Vocals
*Steve Katz -  Guitar, Hamonica, Vocals
*Bobby Colomby -  Drums, Percussion, Vocals
*Jim Fielder -  Bass
*Fred Lipsius -  Alto Saxaphone, Piano
*Lew Soloff -  Trumpet, Fluegelhorn
*Chuck Winfield -  Trumpet, Fluegelhorn
*Jerry Hyman -  Trombone
*Dick Halligan -  Organ, Piano, Flute, Trombone, Vocals
*Alan Rubin -  Trumpet
*BS&T Soul Chorus -  Dick Halligan, Bobby Colomby
*Lucy Angle -  Footsteps

The Blood Sweat And Tears
1968  Child Is Father To The Man (2014 SACD)
1972  New Blood
1973  No Sweat
1974  Mirror Image
1975  New City
1976  More Than Ever
1968-76  Blood Sweat And Tears - The Complete Singles
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1972  David Clayton Thomas

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