180 Gram Vinyl Record
|Coming July 29, 2022|
Mastered by Friday Music's Joe Reagoso
Commercially, this was a disappointment after Blood Sweat And Tears' previous eponymous album, which spawned hit singles galore; here, only a sprightly cover of Goffin-King's "Hi-De-Ho" and lead singer David Clayton-Thomas' own "Lucretia Mac Evil" achieved singles chart success.
On the other hand, this is probably the most musically ambitious of the band's post-Al Kooper albums, and though it occasionally overreaches — the lengthy jazz suite based on the Stones' "Sympathy For the Devil" is an awkward collision of styles — there are some memorable moments. Clayton-Thomas works a little too hard sometimes (the aforementioned "Lucretia Mac Evil" is a tad overwrought), but he also turns in sensitive readings of some fine cover songs, particularly Laura Nyro's "He's a Runner" and Richard Manuel's "Lonesome Suzie."
Meanwhile, the band's instrumental work is at its customary expert level throughout, in particular in a protracted solo section in Joe Cocker's "Something Comin' On."
|2. The Battle|
|3. Lucretia MacEvil|
|4. Lucretia's Reprise|
|5. Fire And Rain|
|6. Lonesome Suzie|
|7. Symphony For The Devil / Sympathy For The Devil|
|8. He's A Runner|
|9. Somethin' Comin' On|
|10. 40,000 Headmen|