Blood, Sweat & Tears

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This is an unusually generous and attractive release from Sony Music Special Products' budget-priced catalog, and also unusually generous at over 38-minutes' running time. Some of the material, such as "Go Down Gamblin'" and "You're the One," is readily available elsewhere, while other tracks are not. What makes this disc especially attractive to the casual fan of the band -- and unique among Sony's CD issues on Blood, Sweat & Tears -- however, is the presence of the single-edits of "And When I Die," "You've Made Me So Very Happy," and "Spinning Wheel." Even on the CD version of the group's greatest-hits album, which originally contained the single versions; those songs have been replaced by their album versions, which are distinctly longer and more discursive, and the latter attributes were fine, for their album incarnations, but the single-edits had their own virtues, and also are how generations of listeners remember those songs from AM radio. To top it off, the other tracks, including "For My Lady" and "Without Her," showcase the band's pop side exceptionally well, while "Love Looks Good on You (You're Candy Sweet)" captures them doing blue-eyed soul very successfully, and the combined effect is to make this one of the most accessible ways of approaching this extraordinary band -- it's also a good companion piece to the double-CD What Goes Up: The Best Of Blood, Sweat & Tears, despite a couple of overlapping tracks, What's more, the sound is quite good, even on those single-edits -- all are in stereo and the separation is quite effective in this digital incarnation, and their conciseness has a power all its own. As is usual, there are no notes or credits, though this particular release, for the record, is the work of veteran producer Nick Shaffran.

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