My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Blood, Sweat & Tears is is the band’s second album. It was recorded an released in 1968. It was among the first albums to use a sixteen track recorder, thus allowing for easier overdubbing than any album before it.
What I think: Although, this album gets put into a jazz rock genre, I think that for the most part, it has too much bombast to be what I would consider jazz. It has a lot more in common with Memphis soul and a soulful jazz rock would probably be a better title for it. My favorite tracks on this album are the three that were released as singles, being “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”, “And When I Die” and “Spinning Wheel” (These all remind me of the local oldies station KOOL108 when it was at its peak). Also, of note is the extended, mostly instrumental, “Blues Pt. 2”, which ironically has a mostly jazz sound making it the least blues number on the album -that is until the end when they throw in a pretty cool chunk of “Sunshine of Your Love“.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I have no problem with this being on the list. It sold a ton of albums when it came out and still holds up today as a really great and fun listen.
Rating (Out of 5): 4
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album?Yes (113/147)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%