Blood, Sweat & Tears (Blood, Sweat & Tears album)

Blood, Sweat & Tears is the second album by the band Blood, Sweat & Tears, released on December 11, 1968. It was commercially successful, rising to the top of the U.S. charts for a collective seven weeks and yielding three successive Top 5 singles. It received a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1970 and has been certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA with sales of more than four million units in the U.S. In Canada; it enjoyed four runs and altogether eight weeks at No. 1 on the RPM national album chart.

Blood, Sweat & Tears
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Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 11, 1968
RecordedOctober 7–22, 1968
StudioCBS Studios, New York City using a 16-track recording facility
Length45:36 (Original)
ProducerJames William Guercio
Blood, Sweat & Tears chronology
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Singles from Blood, Sweat & Tears
  1. "You've Made Me So Very Happy"
    Released: February 5, 1969
  2. "Spinning Wheel"
    Released: May 20, 1969
  3. "And When I Die"
    Released: September 30, 1969


Al Kooper, Randy Brecker and Jerry Weiss had left BS&T after the first album. Bobby Colomby and Steve Katz searched for a replacement singer and selected David Clayton-Thomas. Three more musicians joined to bring the band to nine members. Columbia assigned James William Guercio (who was simultaneously working with new band Chicago) to produce a new album.

"More and More", "Smiling Phases", and "You've Made Me So Very Happy" were among the songs that Kooper had helped to arrange before leaving the group. The song selection was much more pop oriented than the first album, with more compositions from outside the band. It was recorded at the then state-of-the-art CBS Studios in New York City. The studio had just taken delivery of one of the first of the model MM-1000 16-track tape recorders, built by Ampex. The new technology allowed for far more flexibility in overdubbing and mixing than the four- and eight-track tape recorders which were standard in 1968. The album was among the first 16-track recordings released to the public.[citation needed]

An additional song, "Children of the Wind", was recorded for the album but was not included. It later appeared on the compilation The Very Best of Blood, Sweat and Tears: What Goes Up!


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [1]
Rolling Stone(negative)[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [3]

In his Allmusic retrospective review, music critic William Ruhlmann called the players a "less adventurous unit" than on the debut album, but called the album "more 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."[1] In his lengthy contemporary review, Jon Landau of Rolling Stone dismissed the album, writing; "The listener responds to the illusion that he is hearing something new when in fact he is hearing mediocre rock, OK jazz, etc., thrown together in a contrived and purposeless way."[2]

The album was voted number 660 in the third edition of Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000).[4] It was selected for the 2006 book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[5]

Track listingEdit

Side one
1."Variations on a Theme by Erik Satie" (1st and 2nd Movements)adapted from Trois Gymnopédies; arranged by Dick HalliganOctober 9, 19682:35
2."Smiling Phases"Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris WoodOctober 15, 19685:11
3."Sometimes in Winter"Steve KatzOctober 8, 19683:09
4."More and More"Vee Pee Smith, Don JuanOctober 15, 19683:04
5."And When I Die"Laura NyroOctober 22, 19684:06
6."God Bless the Child"Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog Jr.[6]October 7, 19685:55
Total length:20:56
Side two
7."Spinning Wheel"David Clayton-ThomasOctober 9, 19684:08
8."You've Made Me So Very Happy"Berry Gordy Jr., Brenda Holloway, Patrice Holloway, Frank Wilson[7]October 16, 19684:19
9."Blues – Part II"Blood, Sweat & Tears; interpolating "Sunshine of Your Love" (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown, Eric Clapton), "Spoonful" (Willie Dixon) and "Somethin' Goin' On" (Al Kooper)October 22, 196811:44
10."Variations on a Theme by Erik Satie" (1st Movement)adapted from Trois Gymnopédies; arranged by Dick HalliganOctober 9, 19681:49
Total length:22:00

2000 CD bonus tracksEdit

Side one
11."More and More" (Live at the Cafe Au Go Go)Vee Pee Smith, Don JuanAugust 2, 19684:38
12."Smiling Phases" (Live at the Cafe Au Go Go)Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris WoodAugust 2, 196818:44




AlbumUK Albums Chart (United Kingdom)

Year Chart Position
1969 Top 40 Albums 15[8]


  1. ^ a b "Blood, Sweat & Tears > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Landau, Jon (March 1, 1969). "Records". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0857125958.
  4. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (2006). All Time Top 1000 Albums (3rd ed.). Virgin Books. p. 215. ISBN 0-7535-0493-6.
  5. ^ "1001 Official Website". Archived from the original on January 10, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  6. ^ David Clayton-Thomas interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1970)
  7. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 25 - The Soul Reformation: Phase two, the Motown story. [Part 4] : UNT Digital Library" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.
  8. ^ "Every". Retrieved August 7, 2011.