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  • Audio CD (August 23, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B0009RQRLK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,885 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9. My Old Lady
10. Empty Pages
11. Mary Miles
12. Inner Crisis

Editorial Reviews

Available for the first time on CD, 'No Sweat' originally hit the Billboard charts in 1973 where it rose to number 72. This album features Bobby Colomby & Jim Fielder. Wounded Bird. 2005.

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The material is as varied and as interesting.
ND.NY
They will no doubt make diehard fans of the band rejoice.
Shane D. Worden
The playing, singing, arrangements are excellent.
David Mester

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By ND.NY on September 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is one of the most underrated albums in the history of Blood, Sweat & Tears. Finally it was released and I was ecstatic.

Jerry Fisher never got his due. With a voice as powerful as Clayton-Thomas and with as profound a blues influence, Fisher delivers on all the vocal cuts on this recording. Without stance or affectation Fisher delivers the goods.

The personnel in this version of the group is exceptional. Here we have Dave Bargeron, Larry Willis, Georg Wadenius, Tom Malone, Lou Marini, Bobby Colomby, Big Jim Fielder, Jerry Fisher and Lew Soloff. This particular unit melds their varying styles and influences more seamlessly than previous versions of the group.

Georg Wadenius is a remarkable with his unique style on guitar, musical sense and discretion. His vocals and playing definitely helped change the sound of the group toward something new. Years before George Benson, Georg melded vocals with guitar much more elegantly and fluently than Mr. Benson. With Georg it was more the voice as instrument in harmony with his guitar than voice over guitar. Georg can play so many different styles and has a remarkable economy when the piece calls for it. Definitely the best guitarist the band has ever had.

Larry Willis is another one who helped change the sound and tone of things with his modern electric keyboard approach that conjures Herbie Hancock sensibilities (they are both very close in age with similar influences). A strong arranger and marvelous soloist. He can really accompany a soloist well.

Lou Marini Jr. is stronger here than he was in New Blood, playiing tenor and soprano. He shines throughout. Tom Malone is every bit the equal of Lew Soloff on this recording.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Shane D. Worden on August 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Thank goodness somebody finally saw the light of day and decided to release some of the later period B,S and T albums on CD! Wounded Bird Records has released no less than five of them, the last few recorded for the Columbia label, and all sound excellent to my ears! True, the band never was able to recapture the success of "You've Made Me So Very Happy" or "Spinning Wheel", but don't discount these albums either, as they all have something interesting to offer musically. They will no doubt make diehard fans of the band rejoice.

Personally, I am finally happy to have the Jerry Fisher era albums on CD. With the exception of New Blood, that was only previously available as a hard to find overseas import, none of these albums were ever available on CD before...and that's a shame. I am a particular fan of Jerry's voice, and always thought that it was a shame that none of his material with B,S and T ever hit it particularly big.

This album, No Sweat, is my favorite out of Jerry's work with the band. There's a really good mix of music on this...from a rocking version of Steve Winwood's Empty Pages...to the mellow and soulful My Old Lady...to the funky instrumental Inner Crisis, featuring a great guitar and voice solo from George Wadenius. Good stuff!

I recommend all of the Wounded Bird reissues whole heartedly! Hopefully somebody down the road will see the potential in releasing the Brand New Day album, thusly insuring B, S and T fans that their entire catalogue will finally find a lasting place in digital history.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. Heisler on January 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Possibly the best non David Clayton-Thomas record by BS&T. The band remade themselves after Clayton-Thomas left, and on this record they realized their potential. Fans old and new will recognize it as BS&T, but the rock is harder edged and the jazz is more contemporary with less homage to the big band era and more of a reference to funk. Georg Wadenius (guitar}, "Blue" Lou Marini (woodwinds], and Larry Willis (keyboards) are outstanding and worth the price of the CD.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dwight R. Price, Jr. on July 31, 2007
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This was Lew Soloff's last album with the group. His playing (along with Malone's pinch hitter doubling work) is as good a reason as any to buy it! (All the other fine players listed in the liner notes make very substantial runners up!)

Musical Democracy may have proved to be inherently unstable, but when it worked (for whatever it's half-life may have been) some truly genius moments emerged.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Mester on June 4, 2014
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This is one of, if not the best of, all BS&T records. The playing, singing, arrangements are excellent. It's really inventive and fun.
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