15 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

When this debut album dropped in 1968, the Al Kooper–led Blood Sweat and Tears came on like cross-genre outlaws. Armed with a brass section, they loaded up on jazz, folk, rock ’n’ roll, soul, blues, and even classical and baroque pop like no one before them. There’s lots of heart, humor (the laughter on “Overture” sounds like self-mockery), and sheer musical acumen. Beautiful sidelong takes on Harry Nilsson’s “Without Her,” Tim Buckley’s “Morning Glory," and Randy Newman’s “Just One Smile” complement trailblazing originals, such as “My Days Are Numbered” and “Megan’s Gypsy Eye.” Kooper left the group after this album's release.

EDITORS’ NOTES

When this debut album dropped in 1968, the Al Kooper–led Blood Sweat and Tears came on like cross-genre outlaws. Armed with a brass section, they loaded up on jazz, folk, rock ’n’ roll, soul, blues, and even classical and baroque pop like no one before them. There’s lots of heart, humor (the laughter on “Overture” sounds like self-mockery), and sheer musical acumen. Beautiful sidelong takes on Harry Nilsson’s “Without Her,” Tim Buckley’s “Morning Glory," and Randy Newman’s “Just One Smile” complement trailblazing originals, such as “My Days Are Numbered” and “Megan’s Gypsy Eye.” Kooper left the group after this album's release.

TITLE TIME

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

decristo50 ,

One of the Very Great Albums

For whatever reason, this album is as vital, alive, fresh and musically brilliant as it was when it was released in 1968 - 45 years ago! "I Can't Quit Her" & "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" are two great highlights. Sure, a few tracks feel very 60's, but the tracks that transcend time. Like those I mentioned, have continued to enthrall me since the first time I heard them. Smart, sometimes jazzy, and often soulful, this first B,S&T album changed album music forever. Hail Al Kooper fir the genius he brought to this project.

Mike and Lizzie ,

One of my desert island disks

Dunno if it was my age or the times, but I remember this as my first favorite album. I still listen to the songs and think they are all brilliant, as I did then.

WatchGuy ,

One of the '60's best LPs

Simply put, this was a brilliant album… way ahead of its time. Al Kooper really got this one right. Steve Katz does a great job on his contributions as well. What a leap from The Blues Project to BS&T! Kooper kept the string running with "I Stand Alone" after he left BS&T or they left him.. not sure. iTunes really needs to get I Stand Alone in the system… a true classic.

More By Blood, Sweat & Tears

You May Also Like