Saturday 20 July 2019

Blood, Sweat & Tears - Blood, Sweat & Tears (1969)

The second album from this US band.

The band was a nine-piece big band on this album with a lineup of drums, guitars, percussion, bass, trombone, trumpet, flugelhorn, piano, alto sax, organ, harmonica and vocals.

The true birth of this band and mega-selling album. Not at least because of the two hits from this album, "Spinning Wheel" and "You Made So Very Happy".

Al Kooper was out of the band and was replaced by the very good vocalist David Clayton-Thomas. His vocals is a big part of this album.

The music on this album is a mix of brass jazz rock, soul, prog, jazz and blues. The album has some cover versions of Traffic, Billie Holiday and other's songs.

There is a lot of brass here, but not overwhelmingly so. I am no fan of brass. There is also a lot of organ and guitars here. Now we are talking..... And "Spinning Wheel" in an infectious song.

There is a strange eleven minutes long piece here called "Blues Part II" which I have heard is a filler. And it is. The album is long enough to justify a purchase of this LP (the original media).

The rest of the album is good to very good. Even the brass is pretty good here and my stance against brass is being softened up.

This is a good and lively album well worth checking out. Not to mention; purchase. Get it.

3 points


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