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Album Review

Blood, Sweat & Tears had a hard act to follow in recording their third album. Nevertheless, BS&T constructed a convincing, if not quite as impressive, companion to their previous hit. David Clayton-Thomas remained an enthusiastic blues shouter, and the band still managed to put together lively arrangements, especially on the Top 40 hits "Hi-De-Ho" and "Lucretia Mac Evil." Elsewhere, they re-created the previous album's jazzing up of Laura Nyro ("He's a Runner") and Traffic ("40,000 Headmen"), although their pretentiousness, on the extended "Symphony/Sympathy for the Devil," and their tendency to borrow other artists' better-known material (James Taylor's "Fire and Rain") rather than generating more of their own, were warning signs for the future. In the meantime, BS&T 3 was another chart-topping gold hit.

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Pre jazz fusion

There will always be purist who insist the only good BS&T album is the debut lead by Al Kooper, and it was good. But truth be told all of the first four albums held a lot of great music. Even though BS&T 3 may not have been their best, there is really no bad track on this album. Even their pretentious version of the Stones Sympathy for the Devil has some of the best small ensemble arrangements found on any pop/rock album. And for many of us of my generation, this was our introduction to jazz, pre dating Herbie Hancock's Head Hunters and Chick Corea's Return to Forever. If not for BS&T we might still be listening to Grand Funk.

B S & T 3

While I agree with a lot about the reviews already written I must add some food for thought. The band has gone through many changes over the years. To this humble listener this album represents the culmination of their best arrangements and musicians.
The energy and vocal stylings of David Clayton Thomas reached it's pinnacle. I can still sing the horn breaks in songs like Hi De Ho to this day. Fred Lipsius's alto solos and especially his piano solo in He's a Runner are superb. (makes me wonder who Donald Fagen was listening to) Their arrangement of Robbie Robertson's Lonesome Susie brings it together. The subtle horn intro with David's voice that crescendos to an unbelievable middle and then fades quietly away when he says "What else can I do". It'll make you cry. I would love this particular version of B S & T to get together for one more CD.

Mmmmm.

I can't rank BST&'s first few albums against each other while I remember the music scene at the time. (Top 40 was king, progressive rock in its infancy as the Marconi Experiment at WMMR). There was nothing comparable available. I was so astounded by the first track I heard (possibly via the Marconi Experiment) that this became the first album I purchased in June 1970. Thus, To this ear, none of the other groups' renditions come close matching these, possibly because I didn't hear them until long after.

Biography

Formed: 1967 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

No American rock group ever started with as much daring or musical promise as Blood, Sweat & Tears, or realized their potential more fully -- and then blew it all as quickly. From their origins as a jazz-rock experiment that wowed critics and listeners, they went on -- in a somewhat more pop vein -- to sell almost six million records in three years, but ended up being dropped by their record label four years after that. Blood, Sweat & Tears started as an idea conceived by Al Kooper in July of 1967....
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