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Friday, January 3, 2014

Blood Sweat And Tears - New Blood (1972 us, marvelous jazz progressive rock, 2009 edition)

New Blood is the well chosen title for this entry in that the package highlights some change in the personnel with lead singer Jerry Fisher, new to the group, showing first-rate quality throughout.  The B.S.&T. style is strong on "I Can't Move No Mountains," and "Snow Queen," while "Down In The Flood," "Alone," and "Touch Me," showcase the sound of the new blood.  New hit "So Long Dixie" included. 
B/Bd,  Oct. 21, 1972

New Blood was B.S.&T.'s last top 40 album.  While the band was first regrouping, following the departure of David Clayton-Thomas, Columbia released BS&T's Greatest Hits.  The new BS&T led by blind singer Bobby Doyle and featuring legendary Sax-man Joe Henderson, was not getting along very well.  Doyle was dropped in favor of Jerry Fisher, delaying the album even further.  Finally, Columbia released the single, "So Long Dixie/"Alone" which peaked at #44 on the singles chart.  

Two months later, in October, the album was released (Columbia CK-31780), eventually hitting #32 before dropping off of the charts.  A second single, "I Can't Move No Mountains"/"Velvet" was also released but failed to chart.  New Blood isn't in print in the U.S., but there's a Japanese Import CD in print.  Numerous importers carry it.  Scant few of the tracks appear on the What Goes Up! compilation and on the European compilations.

1. Down In The Flood (Bob Dylan) - 4:21
2. Touch Me (Victoria Pike, Teddy Randazzo) - 3:33
3. Alone (Lou Marini) - 5:29
4. Velvet (Jeff Kent) - 3:31
5. I Can't Move No Mountains (Michael Gately, Robert John) - 2:58
6. Over The Hill (Dave Bargeron) - 4:20
7. So Long Dixie (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil) - 4:28
8. Snow Queen (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) - 5:24
9. Maiden Voyage (Herbie Hancock) - 6:14

Blood Sweat And Tears
*Jerry Fisher - Lead Vocals (Except "Velvet")
*Lew Soloff - Trumpet, Fleugelhorn, Piccolo Trumpet, Vocals
*Chuck Winfield - Trumpet, Flueugelhorn, French Horn, Baritone Horn.
*Lou Marini Jr.- Soprano, Tenor,, Alto Sax.  Alto, Soprano Flute,  Piccolo, Vocals
*Dave Bargeron - Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Baritone Horn, Tuba, Percussion, Vocals.
*George Wadenius - Electric, Spanish Guitar, Vocals.
*Steve Katz - Electric Guitar, , 6-String, Electric 12- String, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica,  Vocals. (Lead On "Velvet")
*Larry Willis - Electric Piano, Hammond Organ,, Vocals.
*Jim Fielder - Fender Bass, Vocals.
*Bobby Colomby - Drums, Percussion,, Vocals.
*Bobby Doyle - Background Vocals On "Touch Me", "Velvet."

The Blood Sweat And Tears
1968  Child Is Father To The Man
1973  No Sweat
1974  Mirror Image
1975  New City
1976  More Than Ever

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