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Blood, Sweat & Tears were exceptionally accessible given their penchant for being on the musical vanguard—especially between 1968 and 1972, which this auriferous set covers. They were masters at using the textures of their instruments (particularly the horns) and complex arrangements to maintain a strong sense of narrative in song. The music sometimes feels like sonic alchemy. Here you get the Top 40 hits (“You Make Me So Very Happy,” “Spinning Wheel,” etc.) alongside “underground FM” greats, such the wondrous Al Kooper raver “I Can’t Quit Her” and a bristly cover of Billie Holiday’s ever-sad “God Bless the Child.”

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Beware of 'singles' version

Great music but very disappointed in the 'single' version of some songs. Why put out a greatest hits album and not include the best songs the way they were originally written?

Great, Great Music

I have always loved the sound of these guys.... the brass section accenting a solid bass, drums and guitar. The Vocals are Blood, Sweat & Tears unique! You will love this album and the songs on it!

Good

Good music, great vocals. It's a great jazzy-pop/rock band.

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...
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