Things I’ve found enhance the enjoyment of my album-listening experiences:
- forget the last thing on the table was a 45; wonder when the band got a female lead and jazzed up that soul cut;
- don’t have a clue about the band’s preceding album.
Admittedly, I have a pretty marked-up record, and when it comes to critical analysis, I never seem to get out with the obvious truth whomever is in charge desires me to pick up concerning what the originator really means. You know.
How can anyone but the originator possibly know that? I’m taking bets even artists search for the answers (crazy, yes). Well…I caught wind that 3 just wasn’t quite as good as 2, but BS&T managed to get some hits out, despite the album’s slight inferiority to the sound of their better work.
Here is a helpful tip for appreciating art, music, and beauty in life: first pick it up and appreciate the piece, then place the piece into the quilt and appreciate the quilt. Maybe you’ll feel drawn to a particular piece, attach memories to the fabric, and always sleep with it against your cheek; you still appreciate every piece, though, because one little scrap is hardly enough to keep you warm. Chances are, a different piece will stand out to you sometime. That doesn’t lessen your affinity for the spot you were before – now you’re just looking at a different aspect of the same thing, thinking different thoughts, feeling different feelings. And, from what I’ve seen, you don’t have to cut from the same cloth to make a beautiful patchwork. When you’re trying to hold onto fabric that’s all the same color and texture, you’ve probably got sheet on your hands. Personally, I’m not a big fan of sheet.
here’s some pictures:
HI-DE-HO*arranged by Fred Lipsius; harmonica solo – Steve
arranged by Dick Halligan
arranged by Dick Halligan; guitar solo – Steve
arranged by Blood, Sweat and Tears; trumpet solo – Lew
FIRE AND RAIN
arranged by Dick Halligan and Jim Fielder
arranged by Fred Lipsius and David Claytom-Thomas
*Special thanks to:
THE MANHATTAN BORROUGH-WIDE CHORUS FOR THE
FRIENDS OF MUSIC OF NEW YORK CITY –
Ella Spruill; Jean Porter; Angel Ruiz; Beverly Spruill; Essie Brown; Carl Ray; Kathy Spruill; Linda Taft; Timothy Thomas; Susan Barnes; Shirley Principe; Domingo Colon; Andrea Hughes; Nancy Rosario; Jeremiah Harris; Dianne Green; Phillip Montalvo; Leland Smith; Yolanda Valenti; Horace Brown; Ernest Garner; Linda Fallen; Robert Green; Clester Mobley; Tanya Thomas; Anthony Brown; Morris Sylvar; and their director, Bill Smith.
SYMPHONY FOR THE DEVIL/SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL
arranged by Dick Halligan
II. DEVIL’S GAME
B. Satan’s Dance
saxophone solo – Fred
C. The Demand
HE’S A RUNNER
arranged by Dick Halligan – piano solo – Dick
SOMETHIN’ COMIN’ ON
arranged by Dick Halligan; saxophone solo – Fred
organ solo – Dick
arranged by Fred Lipsius and Bobby Colomby; piano solo – Fred
*Themes used in this arrangement are of:
Bartók’s – BALLAD (from HUNGARIAN PEASANT SONGS)
Prokofiev’s – LIEUTENANT KIJE SUITE
Thelonious Monk’s – I MEAN YOU
Fred Lewis’ – ETUDE FOR LEW AND ZOLOFF
OK, what the ever-loving creator is up with THIS madness?? Check it out: remember when I was just talking about Gogol Bordello a hot minute ago? Well. GB was named ‘Hütz and the Béla Bartóks,’ but Hütz changed it because he said, “nobody knows who the hell Béla Bartók is in the United States.” Now, read the above theme attributions for BS&T’s ‘40,000 Headmen,’ and tell me who you see hanging out up there.
Who’s that, you say? The Hungarian folk composer…Béla Bartók?
… … … I DON’T BELIEVE IN COINCIDENCES, PEOPLE.
So that’s sure weird.
I have another BS&T album post in my future, so I’m going to leave off here.
Produced by Bobby Colomby and Roy Halee
Arranged by Blood, Sweat and Tears
Engineered by Roy Halee
Recordist: Lou Waxman
Album design by John Berg
Cover photo by Lee Friedlander
Other photos by Fred Lombardi and Melissa Katz
Exclusively Represented by Larry Goldblatt
Blood, Sweat and Tears Ltd.
120 East 56th Street, New York City
Manufactured by Columbia Records
51 W. 52nd Street
New York, N.Y.