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Blood Sweat & Tears

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1990

Songs / Tracks Listing

Side 1:
1. Variations On A theme By Eric Satie (1st And 2nd Movements) (2:33)
2. Smiling Phases (5:08)
3. Sometimes In winter (3:08)
4. Go Down Gamblin' (2:46)
5. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know (5:58)
6. Hi-De-Ho (4:05)
7. More and More (3:03)
8. Morning Glory (4:14)

Side 2:
1. Spinning Wheel (4:06)
2. and When I Die (4:04)
3. You've made Me So Very Happy (4:18)
4. God Bless The Child (5:57)
5. Lisa, Listen To Me (2:58)
6. Lucretia Mac Evil (3:07)
7. My Days Are Numbered (3:19)
8. Without Her (2:40)

Line-up / Musicians

- not specified in this release.

Releases information

CBS Schallplatten GmbH, Germany (Mc Cat. Code 465707-4) (Memory POP Shop serie)

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Review by Easy Livin
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3 stars Making you so very happy?

Pick up any Blood Sweat and Tears compilation, and you can guarantee that about 10 of their songs will appear on every one. The band enjoyed a limited amount of singles success in the 1970's with songs such as "You've made me so very happy", "Spinning wheel", "More and more", "Lisa Listen to me" and "Hi-di-ho". Those who are new to the band are more likely to recognise such songs, hence their place on compilations is secured.

Unlike other BS&T collections, this album focuses only on their first four albums. The tracks are not however in chronological order, the album ending with two tracks from the first album. That album, "Child is the father to man" was noticeably different to what followed, since it featured band leader Al Kooper, who would be asked to leave before the second album was recorded. The second album was also the first to feature the unique voice of David Clayton-Thomas, making the selections from "Child.." sound rather different to their peers.

The band's second (eponymous) album contributes no less than six tracks reflecting its significance in their history. While this allows space for more interesting jazz rock pieces such as "Variations on a theme" the selections are still generally safe and predictable.

Now superseded by more comprehensive CD compilations, this is nonetheless a decent summary of the band's early recordings.

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