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Blood, Sweat & Tears

Blood, Sweat & Tears

1968

Blood, Sweat & Tears
Album Summary

Blood, Sweat & Tears is the second album by the band Blood, Sweat & Tears, released on December 11, 1968. It was commercially successful, rising to the top of the U.S. charts for a collective seven weeks and yielding three successive Top 5 singles. It received a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1970 and has been certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA with sales of more than four million units in the U.S. In Canada; it enjoyed four runs and altogether eight weeks at No. 1 on the RPM national album chart.

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Fri Mar 10 2023
3

This one's a bit of a mess but enjoyable overall, I think. It sure seems like the band wasn't sure what kind of band they wanted to be so the album bounces from genre to genre, never settling into a groove. Is it rock? Is it proto-disco? Is it pre-funk? Is it big band? Is it lounge-lizard soft pop? I really couldn't tell you. There are a few bright spots. Jim Fielder, the bassist does some serious work on this whole album. That fella is a BEAST and single-handedly carries several of these tracks. And, obviously, "Spinning Wheel" is a jam. But it's also the single most coherent track on the album. Which is saying something because that song is kinda wild. Unfortunately, there aren't enough bright spots to tip the scales into a positive score. I have to dock the album a star for the weird instrumental tracks that really don't fit. Had "Variations on a Theme" and "Blues, Pt. 2" been omitted from the album, it would have felt so much more cohesive. But they're there. And they're awful. And so "Blood, Sweat, & Tears" earns a middle-of-the-road 3 stars.

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Wed Jul 12 2023
5

Wow dude. This is what I'm fucking talking ABOUT. Any hint of cheese that this might possess is instantly negated by the unflagging tightness prevalent across every single track. What an absolute ripper.

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Tue Mar 28 2023
4

Extremely unfocused, but when they decide to have fun, it's a blast. Best track: You've Made Me So Very Happy

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Tue Aug 29 2023
2

There's a track that shows they know how to play the piano and jam but the music is very AM sounding psychedelic that didn't age well. This sounds like the soundtrack from an Austin Powers movie.

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Thu Feb 23 2023
5

Much needed vibrs after all the rock albums

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Fri May 19 2023
5

TRes bon, je ne connaissais que de nom et j'ai été époustouflé surtout pour l'année. Je réécoute certainement. un 5

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Mon Jun 19 2023
5

In 1969, I turned 19 &, still living at home, also held the first backyard party where I invited everyone I knew. I seem to remember that this album was a large part of the soundtrack to that bash. I’s copped a lot of criticism over the years for being too mainstream, particularly when compared to the band’s debut album. I just played them back-to-back & the fact is they are both great but totally different. The debut album was half written by Al Kooper, who was essentially the band’s creator, but also highlighted a bunch of songwriters who had yet to make their mark as performers - Nillson, Randy Newman, Tim Buckley. Then Al left the band & his somewhat weak vocal was replaced by David Clayton-Thomas. You could not get 2 more different voices. But the thing I’m forever grateful for are the song choices the band took on the second lp. They introduced me to such great music - I had never heard of Erik Satie. The opening cover of a Satie variation is a piece of music I’ve heard so often over the years, but this was where I heard it first. I had never heard Billie Holiday, let alone God Bless The Child. I’d never heard Laura Nyro’s And When I Die. I’d never heard the Motown classic, You’ve Made Me So Very Happy. Not to say that there wasn’t great original material here as well - especially Spinning Wheel - covered by so many artists over the years. Anyone whose ever had a child in a school choir in the last 50 years knows that song. You can hear the band’s live set from Woodstock (1969) on youtube. I do love this record.

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Thu Aug 03 2023
5

Rock organ and horns? Sign me up! What I like is that it sounds natural/folk and experimental/progressive all at the same time.

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Mon Aug 14 2023
5

Well that was an absolute belter. Never heard of this band before and had no idea what we were in for but this was great. Blues, funky, rocky , it's got it all!

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Mon Aug 14 2023
5

I am a big fan of the Jazz/Rock bands of this era and BST is one of the best

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Fri Sep 08 2023
5

The first time I listened to this album must have caught me on a bad day, because I feel like I've fallen in love this time. I can do without the Variation tracks, but understand their inclusion. But the energy, swing, and soul on all the other ones are fantastic. Favorite track: Blues, Pt. 2

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Mon Sep 25 2023
5

Never heard a band like this that fuses jazz and rock so well. Liked almost every single track. Thank you to this list for showing me this album. Rating: 4.8

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Fri Sep 29 2023
5

Lot of fun on this album. I'm surprised the genre only says rock because the content feels very prog to me. Definitely will re-listen to this album later.

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Fri Oct 27 2023
5

well this is a new all-time favorite too good to rate

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Fri Nov 10 2023
5

Rollicking bass and organ with jazzy horns, the perfect friend to David Clayton-Thomas’ incredible voice. This is my favourite iteration of BS&T and this one is a perfect album, simple as that.

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Wed Feb 15 2023
4

Nice 60s jazz and r&b and folk rock.

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Fri Mar 03 2023
4

Really varied album, lot of jazz elements, good lyrics, bluesy, great fills. A surprisingly great listen. It’s my kind of all over the place.

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Wed Mar 29 2023
4

This is such a weird album. Wikipedia categorizes it as jazz-rock but I feel most songs aren’t the intersection of the two genres but instead different sections that alternate between classic rock and jazzy horn solos. More jazz and rock than jazz-rock. And the album is bookended by variations on a classical piece. In the end, a decently fun listen. 7/10

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Wed Feb 15 2023
3

Pretty good. Some radio rock staples but overall it's just not something I could find myself reqply getting into.

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Mon Apr 15 2024
3

So I have commented numerous times, that most bands have their good tracks spread out over a number of albums, so it is much rarer when you come across one that is loaded up with goodness… The “Blood Sweat & Tears” album is just one of those, as it seems like their most well-known tracks are on this album… First off, the quality of the recording for 1968 is exceptional, as I have listened a number of albums from the late 60’s – and many of them just don’t have a solid audio quality to them at all – but this one was excellent… As for the songs themselves – not sure what the purpose was for the opening and closing “Variations” tracks, but they kinda felt out of place to be honest… Best songs on the album IMO were the run of – “And When I Die “ – 6-stars out of 7 “God Bless The Child” – 5-stars out of 7 “Spinning Wheel” – 5-stars out of 7 “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” – 5-stars out of 7 “Blues – Part II” is also a very interesting track with multiple sections – 0:00-3:00 – The organ intro section reminded me of early ELP (i.e. maybe something off of Tarkus?) 3:00-4:30 – The obligatory bass and drum solos – ugh… 4:30-8:00 – Was a great sax-led jam, and the best part of the song… 8:00-8:50 – Was a reprise of Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love” – not sure why that was on here… 8:50- End – Was the only blues singing on this track – which was fine, but suddenly ends – very odd… Wish this had been more of a 6-8 minute song of that great sax-led instrumental – or perhaps the organ opening, followed by the sax-led jam – but the rest really didn’t fit – but that’s just me… This is better than a 3, but not quite a 4 – but if I could, I’d give it a 3.50 for sure - but I can't, so it's a 3…

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Thu Mar 30 2023
2

This one was all over the place, I think I liked 2 songs maybe? 3 tops? The fact that I can't remember sums up my opinion. I'd give it a 1 but thanks to M.I.A. my standard for a one has plummeted.

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Sat Sep 09 2023
5

Blood, Sweat & Tears is one of the best bands of this productive age of music that combined so many influences. Their debut is also one of their best albums. While you don't really need the Satie variations (so many did them before and after it), the original tracks are amazing. 'Spinning Wheel' is just full of energy and 'You Make Me So Very Happy' too. These songs just want to makes the biggest loner have a big party with his family and friends on a long summer evening.

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Fri Nov 10 2023
5

This album is quite interesting. Sort of a jazzy feel mixed with 70s. Instrumentals include horns, which is a big plus for me. Some of the instrumentals even give me the feels of Christmas instrumentals, but that might just be because of the jazz sound in it 😁 They even got a jazz flute!! 😃 Hey what do you know?! I know some of their songs (Spinning Wheel & You've Made Me So Very Happy) 🥰

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Wed Nov 29 2023
5

Those horns! This is fantastic! Great example of how well Jazz and Rock go together so well! Standouts: And When I Die, Spinning Wheel, You've Made Me So Very Happy, Smiling Phases, God Bless The Child, Blues Part II, 4.5

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Fri Dec 01 2023
5

Groovy and fun. Really loved this listen!

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Sun Jan 07 2024
5

Búin að hlusta þrisvar í gegn í dag og var farin að skæla af fullkomnuninni í lokin. Þetta ættu öll að hlusta á, og virkilega *hlusta á*. Ég meina það.

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Sat Jan 13 2024
5

Blood, Sweat & Tears isn’t a group I know outside of the hits, but I always love their groovy intensity. This album is no exception. I dig the horns and organ, and those deeply urgent vocals. And When I Die, Spinning Wheel and You’ve Made Me So Very Happy deserve their hit status and are brilliant! But I also loved songs like Sometimes In Winter, More and More that showed some other sides to this band. Great stuff!

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Sat Jan 13 2024
5

Thoroughly enjoyed this one even though I was sometimes flummoxed by unexpected changes in tone. (A salsa break in the middle of God Bless the Child? OK...) BS&T has a unique sound and interesting takes on other folks' stuff.

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Sat Jan 13 2024
5

Excellent!! No question that I will listen to this one again.

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Sat Jan 13 2024
5

Another interesting, eclectic album. I quite enjoyed this mix, both the music that was new to me and the wonderful classic hits.

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Thu Jan 18 2024
5

Thanks for reminding me about this great album

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Wed Jan 24 2024
5

Oh, this opens with one of my favorite musical pieces ever. Okay. (I wake up to Satie's Gymnopedies every morning and haven't gotten sick of it.) I've never thought of myself as a jazz rock person, but I can dig this. It's fun and a bit campy, almost dramatic in moments. It reminded me of musical theatre a bit, in moments. And the horns sound great. I'm honestly a little surprised by how much I like this album. Highlights: Smiling Phases, Sometimes in Winter, More and More, And When I Die, Spinning Wheel, You've Made Me So Very Happy

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Fri Jan 26 2024
5

Version of Smiling Faces too long but other than that it is a great album

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Sat Feb 03 2024
5

This one really hit the spot for me. I love this era of music. I love how passionate each song sounds. I love the structure of the album, with the instrumental intro and outro, really giving it a sense of completeness.

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Fri Feb 23 2024
5

Genre: Rock, jazz rock 1968 What a sound! Standouts: And When I Die, Spinning Wheel, You've Made Me So Very Happy, God Bless the Child, Smiling Phases, Blues Part II 4.5/5

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Wed Feb 28 2024
5

Groovy. The Erik Satie cover is cool

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Wed Mar 06 2024
5

I don't know what I was expecting but it wasn't this. This was amazing.

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Sun Mar 10 2024
5

Loved it, loved it all. Great blend of rock and jazz elements. The Satie bookends are beautiful, can’t go wrong there. 4.8/5

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Mon Apr 08 2024
5

That first track is just the tip of the iceberg. Great album.

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Mon Apr 15 2024
5

When I Die, Spinning Wheel &’You Made Me So Very Happy are favorites of mine- going way back.

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Thu Apr 18 2024
5

Not perfect, but really good. I'd rate it 4.5-stars if I could. Jazzy. I love the horns. Grew up playing trumpet, so makes sense.

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Tue Feb 14 2023
4

Good mix of jazz and proper 60s r&B. Heavy on the horn section.

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Wed Mar 08 2023
4

Jazz rock. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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Thu Mar 09 2023
4

The time in the late 60's where the jazz audience, the cool soul frogs, the blues birds and the hippies all came together and listened to a very stoned David Clayton-Thomas. Because there are so many styles on this album and it jumps from compact jumpy songs to long experimental instrumentals, the album does have a somewhat ambivalent character. But there's something for everyone to be found on this album.

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Sun Mar 19 2023
4

really good and cool with the mix of genres

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Wed Mar 29 2023
4

7/10. Kinda jazzy, kinda rocky, kinda enjoyable. Played an obscure Donald Fagen song I hadn't heard on the Spotify mix afterwards, so that's a plus.

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Thu Mar 30 2023
4

Another band I never knew existed until this album popped up on my screen, but I'm happy they do exist. There's some real crap in here, I'll be real with you. But if you ignore the 12 minutes of Blues, Pt. 2 then it's a very solid album. You've Made Me So Very Happy is one of my new favorite songs, the vocals are actually a very interesting gravelly sound that fits with the jazzy orchestra sound behind. The surprise factor always helps with the rating in these cases, and I'm eager to come back to the album at a later time.

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Sat Apr 01 2023
4

verta ja hikeä ja kyyneliä ja pissaa ja paskaa ja räkää ja mutaa ja kuraa ja spermaa ja sylkeä ja liejua ja mömmöä ja sohjoa ja hyytelöä ja mätää ja mömmöä ja visvaa ja smegmaa ja likaa ja tököttiä ja limaa ja tahmaa ja mönjää ja loskaa ja blues pt 2

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Fri Apr 14 2023
4

Klinkt origineel en vernieuwend, goed geproduceerd, totaal onverwacht deze. Niet alle nummers waren even sterk.

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Wed Apr 26 2023
4

I have listened to this twice because I can’t decide if it’s brilliant or awful. It’s so so strange. I am going to give it a 4 because I’ve thought more about this than most things we have listened to.

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Wed Apr 26 2023
4

Pretty insane. This was definitely the most interesting record we’ve had in a while. I wouldn’t necessarily come back to this record but it’s so well done I feel like it deserves a high score. The conception, arrangements and production are top tier and the band and singer all sound great.

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Wed Apr 26 2023
4

Great band, good rhythm section and horn arrangements. I really like the singers voice- reminds me of something but I can’t place it. The music has a lot of cool transitions and was not predictable. Kind of theatrical, and proggy but soulful too. I feel like they succeeded in recording something different.

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Wed May 03 2023
4

Lovely atmosphere, sounded great listening to it in the morning. Just the right balance of technicality and emotion

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Thu May 04 2023
4

I forgot about this album! I do really enjoy it. But the secret they won’t tell you is that they are a jazz group masquerading as a 60s rock act.

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Wed May 31 2023
4

The compositions - really, the whole composition - has a thrown-together quality that is hard to shake, even with the deft early piano and late fades. It also works, in the way good live jazz recordings can. This isn't that, near as can tell: Plenty of artifice. But it's Canadian artifice in service of something compelling.

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Mon Jun 05 2023
4

Good mix of sounds coming together as one.

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Sat Jun 17 2023
4

I was familiar with the song "Spinning Wheel" before this album came up on my list. I enjoyed the varied styles that this band devised for the album. Pretty cool.

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Mon Jun 19 2023
4

An incredible group. I’m deeply familiar with two of the singles, the incredible spinning wheel and if I die, which is a song you don’t expect them to do but it’s magnificent. The rest of the album is a strong album. Liked side one in particular. Side two is pretty great though.

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Tue Jun 20 2023
4

varied and interesting, doesn't always hit the mark, but does often enough. 3.7

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Thu Jun 29 2023
4

Never heard of these guys but oooo this first song is pretty jazzy towards the end. Just realized the first side is all covers besides one song. Jazzy muufuggin covers. Ok I know Spinning Wheel this song fucks. You Make Me So Very Happy is also a jam that I've heard before. WHERE IS BLUES PT. I???? Should be the anthem for Blues games. If jazz and psychedelic music met and had a baby, and meanwhile rock and r&b met and had a baby. By some miracle if those two babies met and fucked, this would be the shit they birthed.

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Thu Jun 29 2023
4

Crazy unique album that I had no idea where it was going to go after the first song. Really like the jazzy symphony beginning that then turned into sounding like Deep Purple. Then finished off with the absolute banger of Blues pt2. The drum solo and jazz mix was awesome and I think there was even a Cream sample thrown in

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Thu Jun 29 2023
4

I was not expecting peaceful, orchestral music from the get go. Definitely settles more into a jaunty big-room style of music that I love. Some parts remind me of Final Fantasy. This was a very unique album. I really love the genres that it covered. I want to give this one a 4.5, but will settle for a 4.

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Sun Jul 02 2023
4

Oh hell to the yes. Can't fault this album for variety, energy, or virtuosity. Starts with that cool Gymnopedie cover, then the rock kicks in. Fun fact: the band toured with Jason Paige as their lead singer; he's best known for singing the theme song to Pokémon.

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Sun Jul 09 2023
4

Well this is an utterly bonkers album, moving from some awesome funk to I don't know what, passing through rock opera just for funsies in the middle. While I don't particularly object to any one of these genres, the album is just way too much of a mish-mash... As I type we've just launched into some Latin merengue which then dissolves into an organ lament. On first listen it is just tiring. The funk is beautiful. The jazzy stuff is beautiful. Blues part 2 is beautiful. There's so much to love here, but it just doesn't seem to hang together properly as an album. I don't know. Do I want to look past the oversaturation of styles? Lordy, it's a tough choice.

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Thu Jul 13 2023
4

Album 103 of 1001 Blood, Sweat & Tears - Blood, Sweat & Tears Rating : 4 / 5 Favorite Track : Spinning Wheel A personal favorite. I really wanted to put a 5 on it, but there are some weaker moments. If I were producing, I would have probably put the songs in a different order so as to grab the listener a little quicker and also cut back on the 12 minute "Blues" track. It could have started and ended a bit stronger. Fun album. Little rock, little jazz. Is it this or is it that? Some good tunes.

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Mon Jul 24 2023
4

Realized as I started listening to this that it was one of these bands I had in my head as a thing with no clear or examined idea of what they were actually about. Just a disconnected name. If you'd played me the two well-known songs off this LP blind I couldn't have told you who they were by. Anyway pretty odd, maybe. Little too show-tuney quite often for my tastes, but I generally liked it, and an extra point for unabashed wierdness.

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Wed Jul 26 2023
4

A fun weird one that kept me on my toes.

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Wed Jul 26 2023
4

A firm entry into the Dad Classics genre. Rock and jazz together, you say? I'm there! Literally my only complaint is that Lucretia Macevil isn't on here.

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Thu Jul 27 2023
4

Good album with some great tracks. Did feel they were trying to find their sound

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Tue Aug 01 2023
4

Awesome horn section; always loved the trombone/bass trombone sound on Spinning Wheel. Variations on a Theme by Erick Satie is so great too. Love the vibe of this early BS&T album.

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Mon Aug 14 2023
4

I loved this! So varied. Know nothing about this band but it was delightful. A fun mix of jazz and blues and weirdly orchestral themes? I'm a sucker for brass instruments so I was well up for this

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Mon Aug 14 2023
4

I'm new to Blood, Sweat & Tears and I enjoyed this intro quite a lot! It made for great Monday morning work music. I recognise Spinning Wheel from a few places. I read that they have quite a wild story of shooting to fame and crashing quite hard after about 3 albums. I'd like to listen to those other albums but I can see why this was in the middle of the 3. SUCH a 60s sound, I really enjoy his voice it's lovely. I found this album so inventive and creative, found myself dancing a lot which is great. I also felt like listening went by so quickly which is another great sign, I couldn't find anything but the extended version but didn't even find it too long! Was about to list some highlights but then I'd end up writing the whole thing. Blues Pt. 2 was maybe my fave though. Loved the beginning and ending too. Loved the mix of jazz, blues and rock. The only thing I don't really understand and can't be bothered to figure it out, is the mix of what they've written themselves and what is covered. It seems like there was a lot of changes in the group...

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Thu Aug 24 2023
4

Great album! Great vocals and accompaniment!

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Tue Aug 29 2023
4

You wonder who had the idea to create an LP featuring Erik Satie movements with the bluesy, burly voice of David-Clayton Thomas, not to mention the combo of jazz horns and rock, the jazz-worthy piano solo in “Smiling Phases”, the alto solo in “Blues Part 2” and a handful of pop-radio hits. I guess that was one of the great things about the late sixties: you could get a record contract for thinking outside of the box. There is only one original cut on the album and it’s the best one, IMO, David Clayton Thomas’ “Spinning Wheel” but his stellar voice brings life to many of the covers. A 5 all the way but I don’t like the interpolations of other peoples' hits in the lengthy Blues Part 2.

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Wed Aug 30 2023
4

August 31, 2023 HL: "Spinning Wheel", "...Happy", "Sometimes in Winter", "God Bless the Child"

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Wed Sep 06 2023
4

This was pretty nice. Liked all the crossovers with classical music and that Sunshine of Your Love part. + Variations on a Theme by Erik Satie + Sometimes In Winter + And When I Die + God Bless The Child + Spinning Wheel + You've Made Me So Very Happy + Blues, Pt. 2

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Thu Sep 07 2023
4

Genre is completely meaningless. Is this funk? Yes. Is it prog rock? Yes. Is it folk? Yes. Blues? Yes. Jazz? Yes. Ska? Also yes. I really don't know what to think about this album - I'd need to listen a few times. There were parts that I really enjoyed (the vocals were great), and parts that I didn't enjoy. I think overall it was pretty good. I'd give it 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4.

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Thu Sep 07 2023
4

honestly, really enjoyable. "variations on a theme song" bored me highly, but the rest of the album was great! thank you for giving me some albums that are upbeat and not droning too much, website

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Sat Sep 09 2023
4

Only knew the debut album of BST. This is the follow-up and feels more accessible. I thought it was a pretty strong records, vocals are not top but I liked most of the songs and in particular the trumpets.

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Thu Sep 14 2023
4

G e i l Spaßiger Genremix, super produziert Nix für den Hintergrund aber megafun zum aktiv hören

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Thu Sep 14 2023
4

Sehr viel Spaß, wer so vibed muss nicht kohärent sein.

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Thu Sep 14 2023
4

Cool - Spinning wheel einfach classic. Der Sound generell liegt einfach gut im Ohr. Hübsche Platte. 3,5!

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Thu Sep 14 2023
4

Unglaublich schmissig und abwechslungsreich, ein Banger nach dem anderen. Up Beat Musik, die nicht langweilig wird. Besonders die Bläser werten die Tracks auf.

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Sat Sep 16 2023
4

This album was a solid three stars, until Spinning Wheel and You've Made Me So Very Happy, both of which slap in different ways. Also, covering Satie is a move. For a fairly traditional band, they have so much variety, depth and groove. If they ever formed the super group Blood, Sweat, Tears, Earth, Wind and Fire (and Water) it'd be the greatest thing ever.

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Mon Sep 18 2023
4

Good funky pop jazz. A shame it's mostly covers, but I liked it!.

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Sat Sep 23 2023
4

Vrolijk jazz-plaatje. Wist niet echt wat te verwachten, maar positief verrast

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Sun Oct 08 2023
4

Very cool old school album. Would love the vinyl for dad's house

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