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The Complete Columbia Singles 2CD Set

Blood Sweat & Tears
The Complete Columbia Singles 2CD Set

They were a pioneering jazz-rock outfit and a hit singles band (which shows how
progressive pop music got in the late ‘60s/early ‘70s) that wowed fans and critics alike.
They were Blood, Sweat & Tears—and this two-CD, 32-track set offers not only the most
comprehensive collection ever compiled of their work, but also the most appropriate lens
through which to view their long and often chaotic career. Very few bands experienced
the kind of turnover that Blood, Sweat & Tears
did and lived to tell the tale—the group began
with the Blues Project’s Steve Katz and Al
Kooper as their visionary leaders, but Kooper
left after their first album, to be replaced by
David Clayton-Thomas as lead singer, thus
launching the band’s “classic” period
punctuated with such hits as “You’ve Made
Me So Very Happy,” “And When I Die” and
“Spinning Wheel” (here in their rare mono
single mixes) After their fourth album, B.
S. & T: 4, Clayton-Thomas and original
members Fred Lipsius and Dick Halligan
left en masse, yet the band soldiered on,
winding up with only one original
member—drummer Bobby Colomby—by
the time they called it quits with
Columbia. Yet, through it all, Blood,
Sweat & Tears maintained a
remarkably high level of musicianship
and material throughout their stint
with the label, and their innovative use of jazzy
horn arrangements in a rock context paved the way for such
bands as Chicago, Cold Blood, Chase and If. Along the way, they also integrated
elements of psychedelia, R&B, folk and classical music into their jazz-rock framework to
produce an eclectic mix of recordings unlike that of any other band of the era. Blood,
Sweat & Tears: The Complete Columbia Singles follows the band through every phase and
configuration, and features five single versions/mixes making their first appearance on
CD. Producer Ed Osborne’s notes include fresh quotes from Steve Katz, and the entire set
is beautifully remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in NYC. The ultimate look at an
underrated band.

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They were a pioneering jazz-rock outfit and a hit singles band (which shows how
progressive pop music got in the late ‘60s/early ‘70s) that wowed fans and critics alike.
They were Blood, Sweat & Tears—and this two-CD, 32-track set offers not only the most
comprehensive collection ever compiled of their work, but also the most appropriate lens
through which to view their long and often chaotic career. Very few bands experienced
the kind of turnover that Blood, Sweat & Tears
did and lived to tell the tale—the group began
with the Blues Project’s Steve Katz and Al
Kooper as their visionary leaders, but Kooper
left after their first album, to be replaced by
David Clayton-Thomas as lead singer, thus
launching the band’s “classic” period
punctuated with such hits as “You’ve Made
Me So Very Happy,” “And When I Die” and
“Spinning Wheel” (here in their rare mono
single mixes) After their fourth album, B.
S. & T: 4, Clayton-Thomas and original
members Fred Lipsius and Dick Halligan
left en masse, yet the band soldiered on,
winding up with only one original
member—drummer Bobby Colomby—by
the time they called it quits with
Columbia. Yet, through it all, Blood,
Sweat & Tears maintained a
remarkably high level of musicianship
and material throughout their stint
with the label, and their innovative use of jazzy
horn arrangements in a rock context paved the way for such
bands as Chicago, Cold Blood, Chase and If. Along the way, they also integrated
elements of psychedelia, R&B, folk and classical music into their jazz-rock framework to
produce an eclectic mix of recordings unlike that of any other band of the era. Blood,
Sweat & Tears: The Complete Columbia Singles follows the band through every phase and
configuration, and features five single versions/mixes making their first appearance on
CD. Producer Ed Osborne’s notes include fresh quotes from Steve Katz, and the entire set
is beautifully remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in NYC. The ultimate look at an
underrated band.

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DISC ONE
1. I Can’t Quit Her
2. House in the Country
3. You’ve Made Me So Very Happy
4. Blues—Part II
5. Spinning Wheel
6. More and More
7. And When I Die
8. Sometimes in Winter
9. Hi-De-Ho
10. The Battle
11. Lucretia Mac Evil
12. Lucretia’s Reprise
13. Go Down Gamblin’
14. Valentine’s Day
15. Lisa, Listen to Me
16. Cowboys and Indians
DISC TWO
1. So Long Dixie
2. Alone
3. I Can’t Move No Mountains
4. Velvet
5. Roller Coaster
6. Inner Crisis
7. Save Our Ship
8. Song for John
9. Tell Me That I’m Wrong
10. Rock Reprise
11. Got to Get You into My Life
12. Naked Man
13. No Show
14. Yesterday’s Music
15. You’re the One
16. Heavy Blue