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A True Classic, But Who Forgot The Liner Notes ??
on October 27, 2000
This is one of my favorite BS&T albums. (The others being the 2nd album, "Nuclear Blues" and "New Blood"). The musical ideas are pretty diverse and the arrangements are always terrific. Sure, there's great material here (Gerry Goffin & Carol King's "Hi-De-Ho," James Taylor's "Fire & Rain," Laura Nyro's "He's A Runner" and Joe Cocker's "Somethin' Comin' On"), but it's the ARRANGEMENTS which always set BS&T apart and made their work sound so GREAT!! Not a lot of people know, because the arranger credits don't appear on their albums (except for those by members of the group), but BS&T had some MAJOR LEAGUE arranging talent help them. Guys like Bill Holman, who wrote for everyone from the Fifth Dimension to Woody Herman and Stan Kenton. On the subject of CREDITS, I agree with one of the earlier reviewers. Couldn't they have printed BOTH SIDES of the jacket to show the musicians, writers, producers & running times ?? What the hell happened to Columbia Records after Sony, anyway ?? The band is the same group as on the 2nd album: Bobby Colomby,drums/ Jim Fielder,bass/ Dick Halligan,keyboards, trombone & flute/ Steve Katz,guitar/ Jerry Hyman,trombone & vocals/ Fred Lipsius,piano & alto/ Lew Soloff & Chuck Winfield,trumpet/ and of course, David Clayton-Thomas, vocals and front-man.
Some of the best arrangements they ever did are Dick Halligan's adventures with the Stones' "Sympathy For The Devil," which developed into a major work in (9) movements with everyone's help; also David's tune "Lucretia Mac Evil," likewise augmented by the group into "Lucretia's Reprise" and Tony Klatka's amazing juggling act on "40,000 Headmen," which blends a varese by Capaldi with a Steve Winwood song and ties them together with a little Bartok and a riff by Thelonius Monk !! (Try THAT, you music theory students!!). To my ears, this album was the peak of the group before DCT's first departure. If you love BS&T or music of the 70's, this was a LANDMARK album in rock and roll, jazz and pop, just like the self-titled album before it. BUY THIS if you don't have it... (you can borrow the liner notes from some ol' fogey who still has the VINYL, and COPY them). It's WELL WORTH THE INVESTMENT of your money and your listening!!!