The second album by the New York Jazz/Rock sensation Blood Sweat & Tears was every bit as theatrical and soulful as the first. The two big differences was the changing of lead vocalist and founder Al Kooper with David Clayton Thomas, and several hit singles including You’ve Made Me So Very Happy, Spinning Wheel, And When I Die. This album, simply titled Blood Sweat & Tears sold three million copies, and won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1969.
Thomas’ voice is incredibly similar to Chicago’s founder Terry Kath, and this incarnation of the band with its brass, keyboards and guitar could be a twin brother. The album also tips its hat to blues rockers Traffic with Smiling Phases and Cream with the almost 12 minute closer Blues pt2. It is a solid conceptual snapshot of the the time period. However for me the highlight here is Spinning Wheel. “That’s some good Cow Bell!”