Album no. 140/1001
Blood, Sweat, and Tears certainly have some impressive folk playing in their band, and certainly make some …interesting sounds.
Touted as an ‘egalitarian musical collective’, members included fellas who had played with Buffalo Springfield and The Mothers of Invention.
This won Album of the Year at the Grammys INSTEAD OF ABBEY ROAD. That’s a fun fact, and a clear indicator that everything was topsy-turvy in the 1960s.
Have you listened to this album before?
CL: No – I have no idea what to expect from this.
NK: Never heard of em.
CL: Let’s be real. There definitely isn’t one. ‘Spinning Wheel’ is dreadful.
NK: I mean, is ‘not really’ an option? It starts with the weird pseudo-classical thing, and then it’s basically jazzy soft-rock nonsense. I didn’t go for this at all. The opener is the standout, ‘Variations On A Theme by Erik Satie’, but I still don’t recommend it.
When would be the best time to listen to this?
CL: If you feel particularly adventurous and want to test out a fun combination of jazz and rock – jazz-rock. JOCK. JUST LIKE A PAIR OF JOCKS THIS IS GROSS.
NK: Just don’t. Listen to something more interesting. Sorry Blood Sweat and Tears.
Why has this album been included on the list?
CL: I suppose someone was getting a bit antsy that we hadn’t had any proper jazz for a little while, so it got a spot on the list. Personally, I could go forever without hearing any additional jazz, but that’s just me.
NK: This was a massive hit! It was at the top of the US charts for SEVEN WEEKS! It had multiple top 5 singles! WHAT THE HELL WAS GOING ON IN 1969?
Will you be listening again?
CL: Nope. Not for me. None ever thanks.
Listen to Blood, Sweat, and Tears on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.