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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Blood Sweat And Tears - Mirror Image (1974 us, lovely jazzy funky rhythm and blues tunes, 2005 edition with bonus tracks)

In March and April 1974 the band spend most of the time in the studio for their forthcoming album and in July, "Mirror Image" is released. A song called,"Tell Me That I'm Wrong" is released as a single but only reaches #83. The album flops at #149. Jerry LaCroix didn't feel comfortable within the band, and he couldn't' handle Bobby Colomby.

Basically he didn't care for Blood, Sweat and Tears style and he did not like to share lead vocal duties. He was more interested in his solo album "The Second Coming", that he recently had recorded. He once said that one of the reasons for him to join was that they ware going on a world tour and he hadn't seen the world. While they were in Australia he decided to quit.

When they came back, he left the group after a gig in Central Park. Luther Kent, a blues singer from New Orleans was recruited as a new leadsinger, together with Jerry Fisher. Luther Kent had been singing with The Greek Fountains, a busy, popular band in demand regionally, then criss-crossed America with his own, 9-piece r&b band, "Blues, Inc". His voice could be described as powerful, rough and whiskey-drenched. Blood, Sweat and Tears never did any recordings with Luther Kent, who eventually quit to form "Trick Bag" with guitarist Charlie Brent.

Mirror Image is a  pleasant album with catchy jazzy tunes, a late night friend who will give you generously, few moments to escape...

1. Tell Me That I'm Wrong (Patricia Crosby) - 2:27
2. Look Up To The Sky (Anthony Klatka, Jerry LaCroix, Julian LaCroix) - 4:39
3. Love Looks Good On You (You're Candy Sweet) (Sharon Brown, Patricia Cosby) - 3:19
4. Hold On To Me (Dave Bargeron) - 4:10
5. Thinking Of You (Anthony Klatka, Jerry LaCroix) - 4:25
6. Are You Satisfied (Dave Bargeron, Jerry Fisher, Jerry Lacroix, George Wadenius) - 4:01
7. Mirror Image (Larry Willis, Ron McClure, Anthony Klatka, Dave Bargeron, Jerry Lacroix, George Wadenius)- 11:14
8. She's Coming Home (Jerry Fisher, George Wadenius) - 3:11
9. Introduction La Cantina (Bonus, Live) - 2:30
10.(Theme) Spanish Wine (Bonus, Live) - 1:03
11.Latin Fire (Bonus, Live) - 3:34
12.(Theme) Spanish Wine (Bonus, Live) - 0:15
13.The Duel (Bonus, Live) - 0:20
14.The Challenge (Bonus, Live) - 0:53
15.Amor (Bonus, Live) - 1:24
16.(Theme) Spanish Wine (Bonus, Live) - 1:28

Blood Sweat and Tears
*Jerry Fisher -Vocals
*Jerry LaCroix - Vocals, Tenor Sax
*Bobby Colomby - Drums, Percussion
*Dave Bargeron - Trombone, Tuba
*Larry Willis - Piano, Electric Piano, Synthesizer, Organ
*Geroge Wadenius - Guitar, Vocals
*Tony Klatka - Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet, Fleugelhorn
*Bill Tillman - Alto, Tenor, and Bari-Sax, flute
*Ron McClure - Fender Bass, Acoustic Bass
*Arnold Lawrence - Alto Sax on "She's Coming Home", Soprano Sax on "Thinking of You."

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rantrob said...

I have seen them a few times and never disappointed. I admit that I am not overly familiar with this disc. Thanks much!

Bilek said...

Thanks for the BST series, and remastered editions with bonus tracks at that! It willbe nice collection. Keep up the good work.

André Luiz said...

I really like Blood Sweat And Tears, but did not know this album. Thanks for the post.

juan manuel muñoz said...

marios, thanks for this great album. cheers

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