"You've Made Me So Very Happy" was Blood Sweat & Tears most famous/popular song, but, "When I Die" is [has?] to be their most technically subperb song by a long shot. Sure, a gadzillion people bought the more popular single of the two, but we all know which is the better song. I am not even going to question that statement because i'm pretty sure i am correct [well, almost].
The difference between Blood, Sweat & Tears and the group's preceding long-player, Child Is Father to the Man, is the difference between a monumental seller and a record that was "merely" a huge critical success. Arguably, the Blood, Sweat & Tears that made this self-titled second album -- consisting of five of the eight original members and four newcomers, including singer David Clayton-Thomas -- was really a different group from the one that made Child Is Father to the Man, which was done largely under the direction of singer/songwriter/keyboard player/arranger Al Kooper. They had certain similarities to the original: the musical mixture of classical, jazz, and rock elements was still apparent, and the interplay between the horns and the keyboards was still occurring, even if those instruments were being played by different people.
Kooper was even still present as an arranger on two tracks, notably the initial hit "You've Made Me So Very Happy." But the second BS&T, under the aegis of producer James William Guercio, was a less adventurous unit, and, as fronted by Clayton-Thomas, a far more commercial one. Not only did the album contain three songs that neared the top of the charts as singles -- "Happy," "Spinning Wheel," and "And When I Die" -- but the whole album, including an arrangement of "God Bless the Child" and the radical rewrite of Traffic's "Smiling Phases," was wonderfully accessible. It was a repertoire to build a career on, and Blood, Sweat & Tears did exactly that, although they never came close to equaling this album. ~ [William Ruhlmann & Bruce Eder, All Music Guide]
The new Blood, Sweat & Tears album is a perfect example of the rock record that "tries harder." While at some points on the record the basic style of the group resembles rock and roll, more often the listener is being bombarded with non-rock arranging devices, non-rock solos, and non-rock material, all of which tells him that "something else" is going. The obvious response is that we are hearing something new: rock being mixed with jazz, rock being mixed with soul, etc. Ultimately, someone at Columbia will come up with a name for it: "jazz-folk-soul-baroque-C&W-latin-show-tune-rock." And for once the hyphenated labeling would be appropriate because B, S & T play hyphenated music: first they play folk, then they play jazz, then they play latin, etc. Styles exist in tangent on their record, but never merge into one. ~ [Source: RS, JON LANDAU Posted: Mar 1, 1969)
Rolling Stone seem to think that BS&T beating the Beatles @ the Grammy's in 1969 is no mean feat.
Rolling Stone magazine deemed their '411th Song of all Time' was "I Feel Love" by Donna Summer. Donna Summer "I Feel Love" has appeared in The Definitive 1000 @#420
Welcome to "The Definitive 1000 Songs of All Time 1955 to 2005" & the Mellow Mix Volumes.This site is merely to question Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 500 Songs. Everyone has songs they
like and everyone has dislikes. Remember music is like clothing.. there are many styles,
so why on earth would all people want to wear jockey "Y" fronts???
Oh, & don't forget to RATE the songs. Ta