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Child Is Father to the Man
Anyone who only knows BS&T from their early-'70s incarnation as a middle-of-the-road hit machine needs to hear this 1968 album pronto. It's a masterpiece; probably the best thing the multi-talented Al Kooper has ever done, including his work with the Blues Project, the Rolling Stones, and that famous organ on Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone". Kooper aimed for a band that could do it all, and for an album that would combine the best elements of rock, jazz, folk, classical, soul, R&B, and anything else he could think of, into one powerfully eclectic whole.
Astonishingly, he achieved both ends and it's one of rock's great missed opportunities that internal dissension within the band led to Kooper's dismissal. Fortunately, this document remains, and decades later Kooper's originals such as "I Can't Quit Her" and "House in the Country", and his innovative arrangements of songs by Tim Buckley, Harry Nilsson, and Randy Newman, still sound as impressive and forward-thinking as ever.
This was Blood, Sweat & Tears' apex, and a testimony to the best of the jazz/rock movement. Created by the legendary Al Kooper, the band was one of the major movers in the late-1960s rock scene. Though Kooper had departed after the debut album, this follow-up is bold, brassy, and adventurous, and the arrival of David Clayton-Thomas gave the band a strong singer and focal point. Eclecticism abounds, as an interpretation of an Eric Satie composition is followed by a version of Traffic's "Smiling Phases". Hit singles galore were culled from this record--"Spinning Wheel", "You've Made Me So Very Happy", and "And When I Die",--not to mention a superb rendition of Billie Holiday's "God Bless The Child".
Blood Sweat and Tears The "Definitive Collection".
The "Definitive Collection" is the ultimate Blood Sweat and Tears compilation of great songs from the Jazz Rock/Fusion/Progressive Rock band formed in New York in 1967.
17 songs three of which were written by group member and singer David Clayton-Thomas “Spinning Wheel”, “Lucretia MacEvil” and “Go Down Gamblin'”.
Other tracks include Got to Get You into My Life the Lennon & McCartney composition, the hit singles “And When I Die” and “You've Made Me So Very Happy”, plus many more superb tracks.
Formed in 1967, this New York band created a hybrid of rock, blues, pop, jazz, blues and soul that became known as jazz rock . Founded by Al Kooper, Jim Fielder, Fred Lipsius, Randy Brecker, Jerry Weiss, Dick Halligan, Steve Katz, and Bobby Colomby, the band has been constantly updating its roster musicians, whilst still maintaining its original and unique sound and style. They have released eighteen albums to date and are presently touring around the world with their current line-up, including some who have been around during the past twenty years. This DVD, recorded at the Civic Theatre in Halifax in 1980, features a line up of David Clayton-Thomas, Richard Martinez, David Piltch, Keith Seymour, Robert Economou, Stanley Cassidy and Vernon Dorge as they put all their blood, sweat and tears into this incredible performance. Tracks: Overture Nuclear Blues You're The One God Bless The Child Hi De Ho Spinning Wheel You Made Me So Very Happy Blood, Sweat And Tears Blues Manic Depression.
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