Blood, Sweat & Tears

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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. The next two albums, Blood, Sweat & Tears 3 and 4, generated more hits, but the band was gradually running out of creative steam by 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. This set tells that side of the story, and it includes the big hit singles "Spinning Wheel," "God Bless the Child," "And When I Die," and "Go Down Gamblin'," along with other key and essential sides from this horn-driven pop band with jazz aspirations. It's really too bad that they burned out so quickly as a band, but there's a pretty nice singles legacy presented here.

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