Blood, Sweat & Tears
Child Is Father To The Man

  1 x LP   180grs   33⅓rpm   

( 1968 ) 2007 EU Speakers Corner pressing on 180gram vinyl audiophile - Although they would go on to become one of the most commercially successful acts of the 70s most observers agree that Blood Sweat & Tears February 196...

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Release date 08112007(Originally release in 1968)

2007 EU edition Speakers Corner pressing on 180gram vinyl audiophile - Although they would go on to become one of the most commercially successful acts of the 70s most observers agree that Blood Sweat & Tears February 1968 debut Child Is Father To The Man remains the ambitious ensembles finest and most enduring musical statement and only album,  under the leadership of legendary singer/keyboardist Al Kooper, the album stands with such late 60s artpop landmarks as the Zombie's Odessey and Oracle and Loves Forever Changes in capturing the periods seemingly limitless creative possibilities. Presented in sealed & stickered picture sleeve

A1     Overture
A2     I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know
A3     Morning Glory
A4     My Days Are Numbered
A5     Without Her
A6     Just One Smile

B1     I Can't Quit Her
B2     Meagan's Gypsy Eyes
B3     Somethin' Goin' On
B4     House In The Country
B5     The Modern Adventures Of Plato, Diogenes And Freud
B6     So Much Love / Underture

Most people remember Blood Sweat & Tears as the incarnation led by the gravelvoiced white blues of David ClaytonThomas During his tenure as leader the hits Spinning Wheel And When I Die and&nbsp HiDeHo&nbsp helped to bring pop/rock/jazz to mainstream audiences BS&Ts debut Child is Father to the Man didnt feature ClaytonThomas nor did it spawn any hits yet its remarkable influence due primarily to Al Kooper opened the door not only for the latter day BS&T but also for such 70s pop/rock/jazz mavericks as Steely Dan and early Chicago

Producer session organist guitar player and Dylan bandmate Al Kooper put the band together with the idea of incorporating his love of jazz especially Maynard Ferguson into a working jazzoriented rock band Kooper originally wanted to make this happen in Britain but after a few shows with a handful of musicians in New York Kooper formed the original BS&T

As the groups selfappointed leader the former Blues Project member intended to create a sound that utilized horns as much as rock guitar Unlike R&B groups the horns were not used to accent choruses they played complex arrangements that flowed throughout and Kooper and guitarist Steve Katz gave them room to solo What is interesting about this record unlike the more commercially successful followup Blood Sweat and Tears II is that it lacks the sappy commercialism that imbued tracks like You Made Me So Very Happy&nbsp

Child is Father to the Man is not only one of the finest jazz/rock hybrids it is one of the finest records of the late 60s standing up along side the Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet the Beatles White Album the Velvet Underground self titled Van Morrison s Astral Weeks and Dylans John Wesley Harding It boasts many choice cuts from Kooper as well as covers of Tim Buckley Harry Nilsson and Gerry Goffin & Carole King Though the album is enveloped with a great horn sound the drops of Koopers organ recall Jimmy Smith while Katz plays some smokin guitar solos that rival much of San Franciscos acid rock of the period

Interestingly enough Kooper also wanted to bring symphonic composition into the bands sound as well Classical styles appear in the mix but they do not copy the chamber pop of the Beatles the Bee Gees or Left Banke Kooper uses a piano based style of composition that uses elements of 18th Centaury composers rather than arranging a pop piece into a chamber composition as George Martin would do with the Beatles Unlike the rest of the record the opening&nbsp Overture mixes a healthy dose classical composition with pyschedelic grooves of laughter

Then music works into Koopers legendary blues grooves on&nbsp I Love You More Than Youll Ever Know and &nbsp Cant Quit You But tracks such as the Buckley cover Morning Glory&nbsp and the Kooperpenned My Days are Numbered&nbsp feature a blazing jazz sound that works within the pop sound My Days are Numbered&nbsp features a bass and horn interchange that shows off just how brilliant an arranger Kooper could be

Unlike the work of fusion giants who began to appear at this time BS&T started from a rock environment which formed the backbone of the groups music Still this records progressive vibe and sound will be of interest to jazz fans looking for a little something out of the ordinary Child is Father to the Man is one of the most original eclectic and brilliant recordings to come out of late60s rock and 70s fusion

Discs: 1
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 180grs
Speed(33,45): 33
Label: Speakers Corner Record
Originally released: 1968
This release: 2007
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