Saturday, 21 September 2019
Blood, Sweat & Tears - Brand New Day (1977)
The 11th album from this US band.
The band was a ten man piece big band with a lineup of woodwinds, bass, drums, keyboards, percussion, flute, guitars and vocals.
The band had help from numerous other musicians who provided harmonica, organs, strings, musette and vocals.
The band were at the end of their life. Only another album followed in 1980 and then the band were disbanded.
The very good vocalist David Clayton-Thomas was the vocalist here and he had help from Chaka Kahn on female vocals.
The woodwinds is everywhere on this album who sees the band give us a mix of jazz and soul.
The vocals is the saving grace on an album who delivers mountains of woodwinds, vocals and guitars. The sound is big, big, big. Just as big as USA itself.
The songs is not the best and is severely lacking in quality.
Most of all, this album sounds like 1977 before the punk swept brass and prog rock away. Music like this is now only consigned to Las Vegas and other casino town where glitter and show is everything.
Today...... It is not a bad album and the vocals are really good. But....