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  Blood, Sweat & Tears: Child Is Father To The Man
  Blood, Sweat & Tears
Track listing:
  1. Overture
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/Underture
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Review by rammiepie November 14, 2014 (10 of 10 found this review helpful)
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In 1960, teenager Al Kooper went to see a Maynard Ferguson concert in the Big Apple and was immediately smitten by the power of both the big band and its horn arrangements. The lesson he walked away with was that he wanted to front a band as loud as "this one." After joining the Blues Project he tried in vain to convince guitarist Danny Kalb, also leader of the group, to possibly add horn arrangements so that a Al Kooper based song could be included on their upcoming album.

"This was when I realized I would have to start a new band to play my new songs 'properly,'" mused Al.

Fortuitously, after a false start with Columbia Records, new A&R head, former lawyer Clive Davis signed Kooper. Kooper's friend, (soon to be legendary producer) John Simon, agreed to produce his new album because "he liked the songs."

The Album was NOT a hit...producing no hit singles and only peaked in the 40's on the Billboard top 100 chart but it remains the ONLY Blood, Sweat and Tears album in the Rolling Stone Top 500 albums of all time.

From its controversial cover art (Kooper's version of mini me predated Austin Powers by decades) to its searing use of horn arrangements, BS&T's Child Is father To The Man remains, at least form me, a brilliant pastiche of blues, rock, jazz and pop infused music with wall to wall album that will tug at your musical heartstrings.

Al Kooper's brilliantly super hyper, over the top (and somewhat kitchy) 5.1 remix from the original 8 track analogue masters is nothing short of miraculous and played loudly (if you want to savor the total impact) will certainly reward the listener with 53 minutes of total joy.

IMHO, EVERY song is a winner and while we all contemplate whether the new Pink Floyd Endless River Swan Song disc is relevant, I can absolutely certify that Al's original BS&T concept is the real deal.

And love the way Al prints his name after the liner notes: @l K%per!

And a special thank you to Marshall Blonstein and his wonderful staff at Audio Fidelity for releasing this CLASSIC and a big thumbs up to Bob Ludwig for his super mastering job on the 5.1 remix!


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Review by analogue December 4, 2014 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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I took solace in listening to this disc as it helped me get over some bad Shm sacd sound I was hearing. This is a stereo review. Im am sure the lovers of multi channel are very happy. This music would translate very well on that set up. I admit I am a fan of the next album far more than this one but I still think this is a solid release as far as original music is concerned. Vocals are the weak point for me with this release. The musicianship is solid though............rock with horns...............gotta love it.

Mr. Hoffman did a very good job on this sacd and as Ive mentioned............I put this disc in right away after encountering some bad sound with others helped me sooth my ears. As per the norm with so many well transferred sacds..the more the volume is increased the better the sound. I cant say every single cut sound awesome..........I will say some of them are awesome and virtually lifelike. When the speakers disappear and there is only music........its always a thrilling thing to be part off. Some portions of the original recording are wanting and this shouldn't surprise anyone. These are rather older tapes.

This sacd reminds me of the sound of Hoffmans Super Sessions sacd although I prefer the latter in both content and quality of sound. But there is tape hiss and warmth to be had......and at times a very startling explosion of instrumental sound that is rather thrilling.

As I mentioned not all tracks are as good as others but the ones that work are exceptional. I believe track 9 .the long cut is the true standout.........I heard air, delicate tape hiss and a very three dimensional feel with all members getting in their say on their instruments.

Very much recommended

My actual sound score is 4 and a quarter stars.

Im looking forward to the next album release by Mr. Hoffmans and will compare it to the much vaunted Mofi sacd...............don't know if it can be bettered. But it will be multi channel so that's cool.

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Review by Marpow November 19, 2014 (3 of 7 found this review helpful)
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Blood, Sweat & Tears: Child Is Father To The Man, Hybrid Multichannel SACD 2014

After receiving positive reviews from my friend rammiepie I made purchase. I share some of his enthusiasm but not all. My disc # is 1407.

Pet Sounds in 66, Sgt Peppers in 67, and this disc, Child is Father to Man in 68. Historically they all tie together to the point of this disc becoming # 264 on Rolling Stones 500 list.

The cover art is worth the buy alone, it is just plain weird.

Performance: This is where I wasn't loving it. Had I purchased in 1968 and then relived it again now I might have a different feeling. It has that 60's psychedelic sound where things can go off beat for no reason. Some tracks where very good of course.

Stereo Sonics: Played a couple times in the car to familiarize myself with the performance and sounded great. Played on home stereo and had excellent sonics, well balanced between amazing horns, vocals and bass.

Multichannel sonics: As usual this is the point of purchase. Al Kooper does an absolutely fantastic job with the 5.1 mix. There are breathtaking moments. Like a sax starting three notes in left rear and then finishing in right rear, fun stuff. Vocals are mostly front right. Everything has perfect clarity and nothing sounds out of place.

Packaging: Plastic jewel box with square corners. Great historic liner notes by Al Kooper. Song list as additional separate notes for each track.

I had decided earlier not to purchase the multichannel of Al Kooper's Super Session, but after listening to this mch disc I have jumped on the purchase of mch Supper Session.

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