Blood, Sweat & Tears: Blood, Sweat & Tears 3
Blood, Sweat & Tears had a hard act to follow in recording their third
album. Nevertheless, BS&T constructed a convincing, if not quite as impressive, companion
to their previous hit. David Clayton-Thomas remained an enthusiastic blues shouter, and the
band still managed to put together lively arrangements, especially on the Top 40 hits
"Hi-De-Ho" and "Lucretia Mac Evil." Elsewhere, they recreated the previous album's jazzing up
of Laura Nyro ("He's a Runner") and Traffic ("40,000 Headmen"), although their
pretentiousness, on the extended "Symphony/Sympathy for the Devil," and their tendency to
borrow other artists' better-known material (James Taylor's "Fire and Rain") rather than
generating more of their own, were warning signs for the future. In the meantime, BS&T 3
was another chart-topping gold hit.
Includes a cover of Richard Manuel's "Lonesome Suzie", also available on BS&T's compilations.