Blood Sweat & Tears (2LP, 45RPM)
Blood Sweat & Tears (2LP, 45RPM)
Blood Sweat & Tears (2LP, 45RPM)
Blood Sweat & Tears (2LP, 45RPM)
Blood Sweat & Tears (2LP, 45RPM)
Blood Sweat & Tears (2LP, 45RPM)

Blood Sweat & Tears (2LP, 45RPM)

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Lead Vocals – David Clayton-Thomas (A1-2, B1 to D2)

Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals – Steve Katz

Alto Saxophone, Piano – Fred Lipsius

Bass – Jim Fielder

Chorus [BS&T Chorus] – Bobby Colomby, Dick Halligan

Drums, Percussion, Vocals – Bobby Colomby

Organ, Piano, Flute, Trombone, Vocals – Dick Halligan

Trombone, Recorder – Jerry Hyman

Trumpet, Flugelhorn [Flügelhorn] – Chuck Winfield, Lew Soloff

Arranged by Al Kooper (A2, B1, C2), Blood, Sweat And Tears, Dick Halligan (A1-3, B2-3, D2), Fred Lipsius (A2, B1, C2)

2 LPs, gatefold sleeve 

Limited numbered edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 45 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : RTI

Label : ORG

Original Label : Columbia

Engineered & mixed by : Fred Catero, Roy Halee

Produced by James William Guercio

Remastered by Bernie Grundman

Originally released in 1968

Reissued in 2013


Side A :

  1. Variations On A Theme By Erik Satie
  2. Smiling Phases
  3. Sometimes in Winter

Side B:

  1. More and More
  2. And When I Die
  3. God Bless The Child

Side C :

  1. Spinning Wheel
  2. You've Made Me So Very Happy

Side D:

  1. Blues - Part II
  2. Variations On A Theme By Erik State



TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Informal

Winner of three Grammy Awards in 1970 : "Album of the Year", Best Arrangment for "Spinning Wheel" and Best Contemporary Instrumental Perfomance for "Variations on a Theme by Erik Satie"

1000 Recordings you must hear before you die - Ranked 140


Reviews :

"Everyone's taken a swing at reissuing this... And in my opinion the ORG double 45 is the best sounding of the lot (and well-pressed by RTI)." - Michael Fremer,

"ORG amazes me with its ability to capture everything from the minutest minutiae to the rich blend of brass and/or flutes. Pressed at RTI and mastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog master tapes, this is the definitive version of a memorable record." - Jeff Wilson, The Absolute Sound, October 2013

"The band hit gold with this 1968 release, with three hits from the LP ruling the airwaves... great arrangements and energy hold up remarkably well [here] almost a half-century down the road. Bernie Grundman's mastering job is equally accomplished and the sound is excellent." - Hi-Fi+ Magazine

"A classical feeling is imparted by the opening and closing tracks, which are adapted from one of Erik Satie’s Trois Gymnopedies by arranger Dick Halligan. They bookend this album—one of the most original in pop music ever—most successfully. This has always seemed to me one of the best-designed and performed of all the ‘60s rock efforts, and it’s great to have it in the ultimate fidelity of this newly-remastered 45 rpm version... In comparison with the Columbia SACD, the vinyl 45s win out. They have much more deep bass end and a warmer overall feeling than the SACD. On the 45s, there is absolutely no surface noise or distortion, except where intended on some of the instruments... ORG has established itself as the Rolls-Royce of the audiophile vinyl reissue genre." - John Henry, Audiophile Audition

"The difference between Blood, Sweat & Tears and the group's preceding long-player, Child Is Father to the Man, is the difference between a monumental seller and a record that was "merely" a huge critical success. Arguably, the Blood, Sweat & Tears that made this self-titled second album -- consisting of five of the eight original members and four newcomers, including singer David Clayton-Thomas -- was really a different group from the one that made Child Is Father to the Man, which was done largely under the direction of singer/songwriter/keyboard player/arranger Al Kooper. They had certain similarities to the original: the musical mixture of classical, jazz, and rock elements was still apparent, and the interplay between the horns and the keyboards was still occurring, even if those instruments were being played by different people. Kooper was even still present as an arranger on two tracks, notably the initial hit "You've Made Me So Very Happy." But the second BS&T, under the aegis of producer James William Guercio, was a less adventurous unit, and, as fronted by Clayton-Thomas, a far more commercial one. Not only did the album contain three songs that neared the top of the charts as singles -- "Happy," "Spinning Wheel," and "And When I Die" -- but the whole album, including an arrangement of "God Bless the Child" and the radical rewrite of Traffic's "Smiling Phases," was wonderfully accessible. It was a repertoire to build a career on, and Blood, Sweat & Tears did exactly that, although they never came close to equaling this album." AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann


Ratings :

AllMusic : 4,5 / 5 , Discogs : 4,06 / 5 , The Absolute Sound, : Music 3.5/5, Sonics 4.5/5 ,  Michael Fremer : 7/11 Music, 10/11 Sound

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