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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 /TiVo

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1
Variations on a Theme by Erik Satie (1st and 2nd Movements - Adapted from "Trois Gymnopedies') (Album Version)
Blood Sweat And Tears
00:02:35

Blood, Sweat & Tears, Arranger - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Performer - Dick Halligan, Arranger - Dick Halligan, Composer - James William Guercio, Producer

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Smiling Phases (Album Version)
Blood Sweat And Tears
00:05:11

Al Kooper, Arranger - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Arranger - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Performer - Christopher Wood, Composer - Christopher Wood, Lyricist - Dick Halligan, Arranger - Fred Lipsius, Arranger - Fred Lipsius, Piano - James Capaldi, Composer - James Capaldi, Lyricist - James William Guercio, Producer - Steve Winwood, Composer - Steve Winwood, Lyricist

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Sometimes in Winter (Album Version)
Blood Sweat And Tears
00:03:09

Blood, Sweat & Tears, Arranger - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Performer - Dick Halligan, Arranger - Dick Halligan, Flute - James William Guercio, Producer - Steve Katz, Composer - Steve Katz, Lyricist

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
More and More (Album Version)
Blood Sweat And Tears
00:03:05

Al Kooper, Arranger - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Arranger - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Performer - D. Juan, Composer - D. Juan, Lyricist - Fred Lipsius, Arranger - James William Guercio, Producer - P. Vee, Composer - P. Vee, Lyricist - Steve Katz, Guitar - V.Pea, Composer - V.Pea, Lyricist

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
And When I Die (Album Version)
Blood Sweat And Tears
00:04:06

Blood, Sweat & Tears, Arranger - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Performer - Dick Halligan, Arranger - Dick Halligan, Piano - James William Guercio, Producer - Laura Nyro, Composer - Laura Nyro, Lyricist - Steve Katz, Harmonica

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
God Bless the Child (Album Version)
Blood Sweat And Tears
00:05:54

Arthur Herzog, Jr., Composer - Arthur Herzog, Jr., Lyricist - Billie Holiday, Composer - Billie Holiday, Lyricist - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Arranger - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Performer - Dick Halligan, Arranger - Fred Lipsius, Alto Saxophone - James William Guercio, Producer - Jerry Hyman, Trombone - Lewis Soloff, Trumpet

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Spinning Wheel
Blood Sweat And Tears
00:04:08

Blood, Sweat & Tears, Arranger - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Performer - David Clayton-Thomas, Composer - David Clayton-Thomas, Lyricist - Fred Lipsius, Arranger - James William Guercio, Producer - Lewis Soloff, Trumpet

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
You've Made Me So Very Happy (Album Version)
Blood Sweat And Tears
00:04:20

Al Kooper, Arranger - B.Danis, Composer - B.Danis, Lyricist - Berry Gordy, Composer - Berry Gordy, Lyricist - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Arranger - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Performer - Brenda Holloway, Composer - Brenda Holloway, Lyricist - Frank Wilson, Composer - Frank Wilson, Lyricist - Fred Lipsius, Arranger - James William Guercio, Producer - Patrice Holloway, Composer - Patrice Holloway, Lyricist

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Blues, Pt. 2 (Album Version)
Blood Sweat And Tears
00:11:46

Blood, Sweat & Tears, Arranger - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Composer - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Lyricist - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Performer - Bobby Colomby, Drums - D.C. Thomas, Composer - David Clayton-Thomas, Lyricist - Dick Halligan, Organ - F.Lipsius, Composer - F.Lipsius, Lyricist - Fred Lipsius, Alto Saxophone - James William Guercio, Producer - Jim Fielder, Bass - R.Colomey, Composer - R.Colomey, Lyricist - S.Katz, Composer - S.Katz, Lyricist

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Variation on a Theme by Erik Satie (1st Movement - Adapted from "Trois Gymnopedies") (Album Version)
Blood Sweat And Tears
00:01:48

Blood, Sweat & Tears, Arranger - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Performer - Dick Halligan, Arranger - Erik Satie, Composer - James William Guercio, Producer

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
More and More (live)
Blood Sweat And Tears
00:04:38

Al Kooper, Arranger - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Performer - D. Juan, Composer - D. Juan, Lyricist - Fred Lipsius, Arranger - James William Guercio, Producer - P. Vee, Composer - P. Vee, Lyricist

Originally Recorded 1968 Sony Music Entertainment

12
Smiling Phases (live)
Blood Sweat And Tears
00:18:43

Blood, Sweat & Tears, Performer - Christopher Wood, Composer - Christopher Wood, Lyricist - James Capaldi, Composer - James Capaldi, Lyricist - James William Guercio, Producer - Steve Winwood, Composer - Steve Winwood, Lyricist

Originally Recorded 1968 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

Album Description

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 /TiVo

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