Blood, Sweat & Tears
The band—one of the hottest of the early ’70s—last recorded in 1978, then broke up, leaving only lead singer David Clayton-Thomas to regroup for this comeback LP. MCA Records, the label that inherited the band, says B, S&T “became morally and spiritually bankrupt”; Clayton-Thomas says they just didn’t get along anymore. In any case, Clayton-Thomas is not just reconstituting their old commercial, and not uninteresting, brassy style. He has gathered a group of young jazz-rock fusionists and created a more complex sound. Two of these tracks, in fact, are instrumental and one of them is a long, exploratory ensemble composition, Spanish Wine. In it everyone in the eight-man group but Clayton-Thomas gets in some substantial licks. Old fans may prefer the relatively dated title cut, but this is far more than just a nostalgia trip.