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Blood, Sweat & Tears 4 is the fourth album by the band Blood, Sweat & Tears, released in 1971. It peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Pop albums chart.

Blood, Sweat & Tears 4
BS&T4 cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1971
GenreRock
Length40:26
LabelColumbia
ProducerDon Heckman, Bobby Colomby, Roy Halee
Blood, Sweat & Tears chronology
Blood, Sweat & Tears 3
(1970)
Blood, Sweat & Tears 4
(1971)
Greatest Hits
(1972)

The band invited former member Al Kooper to contribute the song "John the Baptist (Holy John)." Trombonist Dave Bargeron replaced Jerry Hyman.

David Clayton-Thomas left as lead vocalist to pursue a solo career after the release of BS&T 4, as did founding members Dick Halligan and Fred Lipsius. Clayton-Thomas would return to the lineup for New City.

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ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic      [1]
Christgau's Record GuideC–[2]

Writing for Allmusic, critic William Ruhlman wrote "the band's cohesion seemed to be disintegrating. Although the album scraped the Top Ten briefly and went gold, it marked the end of BS&T's period of wide commercial success on records."[1]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Go Down Gamblin'" (David Clayton-Thomas) – 4:14
  2. "Cowboys and Indians" (Dick Halligan, Terry Kirkman) – 3:07
  3. "John the Baptist (Holy John)" (Al Kooper, Phyllis Major) – 3:35
  4. "Redemption" (Halligan, Clayton-Thomas) – 5:11
  5. "Lisa, Listen to Me" (Halligan, Clayton-Thomas) – 2:58
  6. "A Look to My Heart" (Fred Lipsius) – 0:52
  7. "High on a Mountain" (Steve Katz) – 3:13
  8. "Valentine's Day" (Katz) – 3:56
  9. "Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)" (Holland-Dozier-Holland) – 3:27
  10. "For My Lady" (Katz) – 3:23
  11. "Mama Gets High" (Dave Bargeron, Katz) – 4:09
  12. "A Look to My Heart" (Lipsius) – 2:07

PersonnelEdit

Additional musicians

  • Don Heckman - clarinet, bass clarinet ("Valentine's Day" and "For My Lady")
  • Michael Smith - congas ("Redemption")

ProductionEdit

  • Producers: Don Heckman, Bobby Colomby, Roy Halee
  • Engineers: Roy Halee, Lou Waxman
  • Arrangers: Dave Bargeron, David Clayton-Thomas, Jim Fielder, Dick Halligan, Al Kooper, Fred Lipsius
  • Design and Photography: Norman Seeff

ChartsEdit

Album - Billboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1971 Pop Albums 10

Singles - Billboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1971 "Go Down Gamblin'" (2:45 edit) Pop Singles 32
1971 "Lisa, Listen To Me" Pop Singles 73

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Ruhlman, William. "Blood, Sweat & Tears 4 > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: B". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 21, 2019.