Blood, Sweat & Tears

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1 Variations on A Theme by Erik Satie (1st and 2nd Movements) 2:32 1,624
1 Variations on a Theme by Erik Satie (1st and 2nd Movements - Adapted from "Trois… 2:33 2,405
2 Smiling Phases 5:09 14,073
3 Sometimes In Winter 3:09 17,606
4 More And More 2:40 16,355
5 And When I Die 4:02 33,803
6 God Bless the Child 5:53 19,573
7 Spinning Wheel 4:05 86,124
8 You've Made Me so Very Happy 4:17 50,698
9 Blues, Pt. 2 11:45 1,191
9 Blues-Pt. II 11:44 41
9 Blues-Part II 11:44 2,090
9 Blues - Part II 11:42 2,089
10 Variations on a Theme by Erik Satie (1st Movement) 1:40 1,315
10 Variation on a Theme by Erik Satie (1st Movement - Adapted from "Trois Gymnopedies") 1:39 1,253
11 More and More (live) 4:37 564
12 Smiling Phases (live) 18:43 494

About this album

David Clayton-Thomas - lead vocals except as noted
Lew Soloff - trumpet, flugelhorn
Bobby Colomby - drums, percussion, vocals
Jim Fielder - bass
Dick Halligan - organ, piano, flute, trombone, vocals
Steve Katz - guitar, harmonica, vocals
(lead vocals on “Sometimes In Winter”)
Fred Lipsius - alto saxophone, piano
Chuck Winfield - trumpet, flugelhorn
Jerry Hyman - trombone, recorder
Arrangers: Dick Halligan, Fred Lipsius, Al Kooper
Cover art: Timothy Quay, Bob Cato

Photography: Harrie George
Design: John Berg

Released December 11, 1968
Recorded August 2, 1968 - October 22, 1968
Genre Rock, jazz fusion
Length 45:36 (original)
Label Columbia
Producer James William Guercio

This is their most successful album album. It includes Brenda Holloway’s ”You’ve made me so very happy”, Laura Nyro’s ”And when I die”, Traffic’s ”Smiling phases”, Clayton-Thomas’ ”Spinning Wheel”, 
and many other of their most popular songs. 
If the first album was a loose jazz blending melted together with rock, this album have a more clearer delineation between jazz and rock. Straight ahead rocksongs and a jazzy part in the middle of each song. 
This was the formula that really did catch the fancy of the public.

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  • kaihesse

    this album-another milestone in the history of music

    10 May 2014 Reply
  • bluesmope

    Blood, Sweat & Tears was the first concert ticket I bought - I think it was $4. This album was one of the first four I bought, and I still cherish it - on vinyl!

    17 Jul 2012 Reply
  • jsnruf

    despite all the acclaim this got back in 1968, this album seems to have been all but forgotten by history. a shame, really.

    9 Feb 2010 Reply
  • impactoman

    <3 & mathias, totally

    4 Nov 2009 Reply
  • artaudir

    simply put, one of the greatest, most influential, and most fully realized albums of all time....period.

    6 Jan 2009 Reply
  • MathiasPage

    Blues (Part II) sounds like Cream's Sunshine Of Your Love in some parts:)

    8 Jan 2008 Reply

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