Blood, Sweat & Tears

Blood, Sweat & Tears: 3 & 4

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From their beginnings as an attempt at bold jazz-rock fusion in 1967 through a run as a high-powered R&B/soul-rock singles act with singer David Clayton-Thomas two years later, Blood, Sweat & Tears were always a kind of fascinating experiment, and a commercially successful one at that. The first album from the Clayton-Thomas-fronted band appeared in 1969, spawned four high chart hits, won a Grammy as Album of the Year, and went on to sell some three million units. This set picks up the aftermath, combining the band's next two albums, Blood, Sweat & Tears 3 and 4, in a single package. There are still hits here, but the band is obviously and gradually running out of creative steam at this point, and when Clayton-Thomas left the group after the fourth album, well, that was the end of the line commercially for Blood, Sweat & Tears, a band that, looking back, was pretty darn good.

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