Offered for sale is a scarce original pressing of Blood, Sweat & Tears self-titled second album, released in 1969.
About this copy: The copy offered for sale is a stunning original pressing on the Columbia 360° label, which was discontinued just a few months after the album’s release. This is a first issue, with 1H stampers and it is, without a doubt, the nicest copy of this album that we’ve ever seen.
The cover is VG++, with just a bit of wear on the front on the lower left. The record is M- and appears to have been played only a couple of times.
A gorgeous and great-sounding copy of one of the best sounding rock albums ever recorded.
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.
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.
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