Blood, Sweat & Tears Child Is Father To The Man LP
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 266/500!
Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the January 2010 Issue of Stereophile!
Although they would go on to become one of the most commercially successful
acts of the 1970s, most observers agree that Blood, Sweat & Tears' 1968 debut
effort Child Is Father to the Man remains the ambitious ensemble's finest and
most enduring musical statement. The band's only album under the leadership of
legendary singer/keyboardist Al Kooper, Child IS Father... stands with such late
'60s art-pop landmarks as the Zombies' Odessey and Oracle and Love's Forever
Changes in capturing the period's seemingly limitless creative possibilities.
Child Is Father to the Man is a brilliant reflection of the desire of Kooper - a
former member of the seminal Blues Project and a key collaborator in Bob Dylan's
early electric work - to use an expanded instrumental lineup to explore a
broader range of sounds, styles and compositional approaches. Towards that end,
he launched Blood, Sweat & Tears, recruiting a stellar assortment of players
from the worlds of rock and jazz, including ex-Blues Project guitarist Steve
Katz, former Buffalo Springfield/Mothers of Invention bassist Jim Fielder, jazz
drummer Bobby Colomby and noted jazz horn players Randy Brecker, Dick Halligan,
Fred Lipsius and Jerry Weiss.
The resulting album (produced by fables studio genius John Simon) was a
seamlessly eclectic psychedelic-rock-jazz-classical fusion, with such diverse
tracks as Kooper's gritty compositions "I Can't Quit Her" and "I Love You More
Than You'll Ever Know", as well as his playfully arty "House in the Country" and
"The Modern Adventures of Plato, Diogenes and Freud", along with stirring
readings of Tim Buckley's "Morning Glory", Harry Nilsson's "Without Her" and
Randy Newman's "Just One Smile".
Kooper's expansive musical vision may have been a bit too far ahead of its time.
Although it was a favorite of early FM album-rock DJs, Child Is Father... barely
scraped the Billboard Top 50 and failed to produce a hit singles. However, in
the years since, the album has been widely recognized for its expressiveness and
originality, and embraced by successive generations of listeners. For instance,
it received a prominent placement in Rolling Stone's 2003 ranking of the 500
greatest albums of all time.
Now, Child Is Father to the Man is back in its original vinyl format with
Sundazed's definitive new LP edition. With meticulously reproduced original
cover art, this vintage musical landmark has been remastered from the original
analog master tapes and is pressed on high-quality, high-definition vinyl.
"Blood, Sweat and Tears are usually remembered as middle-of-the-road oldies-radio faves. But this album shows the original outfit, headed by organist Al Kooper, to be an eclectic blues-rock collective that recorded hard-bitten gems such as "I Can't Quit Her." - www.rollingstone.com
• High Definition Vinyl
• Remastered from original analog master tapes
2. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know
3. Morning Glory
4. My Days Are Numbered
5. Without Her
6. Just One Smile
7. I Can't Quit Her
8. Meagan's Gypsy Eyes
9. Somethin' Goin' On
10. House In the Country
11. The Modern Adventures of Plato, Diogenes and Freud
12. So Much Love