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Oh my lord, how much greater this sounds today than when I was a teen! From the classical "Variations on a Theme" to all the great songs sandwiched between the two takes on that, I was in heaven. BS & T's top 40 songs are some of the few top 40 songs I will listen to, but it is the incredibly suave rendition of God Bless The Child that catapults this band to greatness and makes the CD a must-have.
Singer David Clayton-Thomas was one of the best of his day, and its really too bad that he and his band did not stick around long enough to produce more gems but instead drifted into undeserved obscurity.
Blood, Sweat and Tears was a good album when it was first issued but with its reissue remastered, it is now an album for the ages.
The overall gain of the recording has been raised to the point where the background hiss of the original master tape is far too audible. As a result, the cymbals and horns are also annoyingly harsh and sibilant.
This recording is a masterwork which deserves better. For those who wish to hear this work in proper form, seek out the Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs version. Now that MFSL has re-emerged from bankruptcy, that title is now commercially available again at the original reasonable retail price, right here on Amazon.
I am not an advocate of buying only MFSL titles vs. recently remastered CD's available from the record companies. I have A-B'd dozens of older MFSL titles, most which were mastered in the 80's or mid-90's, against remasters produced in the last five years. In almost all cases, IMHO, the advances of remastering technology in the past five years supercedes much of the older MFSL work. The comparisons were performed on two Sony XA7ES players run digital out thru a Camelot Uther DAC.
However, I've always held the opinion that the MFSL version of this title was one of the best MFSL CD's ever. It certainly is superior to this Columbia/Legacy remastered version.
I feel bad about having to post this, because, by and large, Legacy has done an amazing and laudable job of leading the industry in sonically updating the rich Columbia catalog (the bean counters at wretched Warner Brothers should take note). This is one title, however, where they just missed the target.
The MFSL title is going to cost you 3X of the Legacy version.Read more ›
The pieces are more diverse, though many would begrudge them the success this album garnered. The horns were much more of a factor and the band itself had more of an identity. The band tackles a wide range of pieces from Erik Satie to Stevie Winwood to Brenda Holloway to Laura Nyro to Billie Holiday. One of the key points people miss about this edition of the band and this recording. This recording turned a great many people onto jazz and fusion. In the previous album they were more of a back up and supportive vehicle for Al Kooper. Here we have a group with an identity
While this recording had great commercial success, there are many short sighted (and some self congratulatory) rock critics that want to dismiss this, important recording as being to "pop-oriented". Yet this recording broke new ground and transcended genres. Yes there were gold singles but also it garnered respect and caught the attention of musicians, critics and fans alike. Frankly the band was stronger and the soloing better on this recording. The jazz element was prevalent although meshing quite nicely with Rock. They broke with that horns riffing in the background in support of guitar and organ formula.
True standouts are "God Bless the Child", "More and More", " Blues Part II" "Smiling Phases" and "You've Made Me So Very Happy" (which the rock purist didn't know Kooper wanted to perform and tried). The jazz influence is strong on this recording. Lew Soloff, Dick Halligan, Bobby Colomby and Fred Lipsius shine in their solo spots. There soloing is varied.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Child..." is very different from this album, but they are both very good. Get the two, plus Greatest Hits, and I believe you've got a very good representation of BS&T at... Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Dave from the States
If you like BS&T this is the album to start with. I like the Al Kooper version better but this is where they became huge. Read morePublished 5 days ago by JR
You had to have been around in '68 when this was released. It's a nostalgia thing.Published 3 months ago by Lenton K. Goforth
This is the first LP that anyone ever gave me. That was about 50 years ago. I still enjoy it very much!Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
As I've said before this is another Cd to replace the record's I had to sell.Published 4 months ago by Kurt