If your appreciation for Blood Sweat & Tears goes beyond just the "hits," then this is the set for you. In addition to the full-length (not edited for radio) versions of such B.S.& T. classics as "Spinning Wheel," "Hi-De-Ho" and "Lucretia McEvil," this collection contains the essential tracks that defined their unique mixture of sounds. From jazz-heavy gems like "Smiling Phases," and "Something's Comin' On," to Rockin' cuts like "Go Down Gamblin'" and "More & More," Blood Sweat & Tears versatility remains truly refreshing. Al Kooper's pre David Clayton Thomas contribution particulary on "I Can't Quit Her," and "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know," make this a true retrospective. Unfortunately, both discs are not created equal. The second disc is a little thin featuring many cuts between David Clayton Thomas' two stints with the group. However as a total package, this is a must for serious Blood Sweat & Tears fans.
From Experimental to Mainstream
April 29, 2000
By Steve Vrana (Aurora, NE)
Blood, Sweat & Tears started out as an experimental group that blended rock and jazz with a collection of serious musicians led by Al Kooper. The result was the critically acclaimed but poor selling Child Is Father to the Man--the album peaked at No. 47. Exit Koooper, enter David Clayton Thomas and the band's second album, Blood Sweat & Tears, sells two million copies and yields three million-selling singles: You've Made Me So Very Happy," "Spinning Wheel" and "And When I Die." It was a situation that reminded me of the old Starkist tuna commercial: "Sorry, Charlie, people don't want tuna with good taste; they want tuna that tastes good." BS&T's debut hit all the right notes and should have been a big hit, but the masses weren't ready to accept it. Instead, they wanted the more radio-friendly hits. This collection compromises and gives you both.
Disc-1 contains four tracks from Child Is Father to the Man and inlcudes most of the hits most fans will recognize. Disc-2 tracks BS&T's decline in popularity. Only "Go Down Gamblin'" reached the Top 40.
While BS&T's Greatest Hits would also give you all the hits on a single disc--and cheaper, too--What Goes Up! will give you a more thorough picture of one of the late-Sixties best ground-breaking bands.