Blood, Sweat & Tears - Child Is Father To The Man - AudioSoundMusic
Blood, Sweat & Tears - Child Is Father To The Man - AudioSoundMusic
Blood, Sweat & Tears - Child Is Father To The Man - AudioSoundMusic
Blood, Sweat & Tears - Child Is Father To The Man - AudioSoundMusic

Blood, Sweat & Tears - Child Is Father To The Man

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Al Kooper (Organ, Piano, Synthesizer, Vocals), Fred Lipsius (Alto Saxophone, Piano), Jim Fielder (Bass), Bobby Colomby (Drums, Percussion, Vocals), Steve Katz (Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Lute, Vocals), Dick Halligan (Trombone), Jerry Weiss (Trumpet, Flugelhorn).

Written by Al Kooper (A1, A2, A4, B3, B4, B5), L. Beckett (A3), T. Buckley (A3), H. Nilsson (A5), R. Newman (A6), I. Levine (B1), S. Katz (B2), G. Goffin (B6), C. King (B6)

 

1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : Pallas

Label : Speakers Corner

Original Label :  Columbia

Recording: November 11, 1967 - December 20, 1967 by Fred Catero

Production : John Simon

Originally released in February 1968

Reissued Jan 2007

 

Tracks :

Side A :

  1. Overture
  2. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know
  3. Morning Glory
  4. My Days Are Numbered
  5. Without Her
  6. Just One Smile

Side B :

  1. I Can't Quit Her
  2. Meagan's Gypsy Eyes
  3. Somethin' Goin' On
  4. House in the Country
  5. The Modern Adventures Of Plato, Diogenes And Freud
  6. So Much Love/ Underture

 

Reviews :

« Child Is Father to the Man is keyboard player/singer/arranger Al Kooper's finest work, an album on which he moves the folk-blues-rock amalgamation of the Blues Project into even wider pastures, taking in classical and jazz elements (including strings and horns), all without losing the pop essence that makes the hybrid work. This is one of the great albums of the eclectic post-Sgt. Pepper era of the late '60s, a time when you could borrow styles from Greenwich Village contemporary folk to San Francisco acid rock and mix them into what seemed to have the potential to become a new American musical form. It's Kooper's bluesy songs, such as "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" and "I Can't Quit Her," and his singing that are the primary focus, but the album is an aural delight; listen to the way the bass guitar interacts with the horns on "My Days Are Numbered" or the charming arrangement and Steve Katz's vocal on Tim Buckley's "Morning Glory." Then Kooper sings Harry Nilsson's "Without Her" over a delicate, jazzy backing with flügelhorn/alto saxophone interplay by Randy Brecker and Fred Lipsius. This is the sound of a group of virtuosos enjoying itself in the newly open possibilities of pop music. Maybe it couldn't have lasted; anyway, it didn't. » AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann

There’ll be disappointment in store for those who expect to hear the voice of David Clayton-Thomas when listening to the present Blood, Sweat And Tears LP, "Child Is Father To The Man". Experts will know however that on the group’s very first album they will get to hear the excellent Al Kooper. The man is far more than a singer, for he not only plays the piano and various other keyboards but has also composed almost all the numbers and made the arrangements for the string ensemble.

Bluesy pieces such as "I Love You More ..." and "I Can’t Quit Her", and the vocals from Al Kooper are the real gems here, although the whole album – held in the tradition of the Beatles’ "Sgt. Pepper" – is a real pleasure from beginning to end. The amalgamation of pop, classic and jazz, which was made so popular in the Sixties by such groups as Chicago Transit Authority, Colosseum and Soft Machine, is here combined by Blood, Sweat And Tears with the acid-folk-rock mix emanating from San Francisco. It even had the potential to become a new American form of music. It is interesting to note that the LP achieved gold status after the release of "B, S&T 2", which brought the earlier album to the attention of the record-buying public.
Just put any prejudices aside! Then jazz and pop fans will then find that they have discovered one of the very best and most enjoyable albums from the late Sixties.

 

Ratings :

Allmusic : 5 / 5 ,   Discogs  4,10 / 5  ,  Rate Your Music :  3,67 / 5

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