Offered for sale is a Japanese SQ quadraphonic pressing of Blood, Sweat & Tears, the second album by Blood, Sweat & Tears.
This LP will play on all stereo equipment, though it will have a different mix from the regular stereo pressings.
About this copy: This copy of Blood, Sweat & Tears is a 1973 pressing on the CBS/Sony label, encoded in SQ quadraphonic sound.
Unlike the original 1969 issue, this pressing does not have a gatefold cover.
The cover is VG++, and close to M-, with a bit of foxing and a small “dent” near the mouth of the cover, but no wear. The obi is M-.
The lyric insert and insert that explains quadraphonic sound (in Japanese) are M-.
The disc is M- with a couple of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl. Clean disc!
A nice copy of a classic LP.
Background: Blood, Sweat & Tears’ first album, with Al Kooper, got a bit of airplay and strong reviews but didn’t sell all that well. After Kooper left the band and was replaced by David Clayton-Thomas, the band became superstars, particularly due to their second album, which included the hits “Spinning Wheel”, “God Bless the Child” and “And When I Die.” This album has also been a favorite with audiophiles, and both Direct Disk Labs and Mobile Fidelity have released half speed mastered versions of the album over the years.
The album reached #1 on the U.S. album chart.
Allmusic.com gave Blood, Sweat & Tears a 4 1/2 star review:
The difference between Blood, Sweat & Tears and the group’s preceding long-player, Child Is Father to the Man, is the difference between a monumental seller and a record that was “merely” a huge critical success. Arguably, the Blood, Sweat & Tears that made this self-titled second album — consisting of five of the eight original members and four newcomers, including singer David Clayton-Thomas — was really a different group from the one that made Child Is Father to the Man, which was done largely under the direction of singer/songwriter/keyboard player/arranger Al Kooper. …Not only did the album contain three songs that neared the top of the charts as singles — “Happy,” “Spinning Wheel,” and “And When I Die” — but the whole album, including an arrangement of “God Bless the Child” and the radical rewrite of Traffic’s “Smiling Phases,” was wonderfully accessible. It was a repertoire to build a career on, and Blood, Sweat & Tears did exactly that, although they never came close to equaling this album.
|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Year of Release:||1973|