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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Blood, Sweat & Tears

Man, do I love me a horn band! There’s nothing that can compare to the sounds of trumpets, saxophones and trombones depth charging your blood and straightening your spine!

The feeling of an outright bloody musical scream of ‘Charge!’ right from the beginning of a track has no comparison and indeed, stands ‘loud and proud’ all on its own merit.

BS&T certainly perches on that distinguished mantle of being able to starburst right in your face with their blend of jazz-rock led by the tight horn section and a cast of musicians that can almost make you grovel in awe.

Originally formed with the extraordinary Al Kooper, Al left the band and was replaced by David Clayton-Thomas after the first album. They achieved success on the second album with the tracks ‘And When I Die’, ‘Spinning Wheel’ and ‘You’ve Made Me So Very Happy’, but for me, no individual tracks that they spawned compared in musical might to the following that I’m highlighting off of “Blood Sweat & Tears 3”.

Lucretia MacEvil
What a tour de force that you are to be enveloped by! The crunching, pounding, pulverizing thrust of the opening sequence is as commanding a lead-in as you’re ever going to be subjected to. The voice of David Clayton-Thomas is the perfect repost to the band’s parry and at 1’20 I cannot imagine that another voice devoid of the growl and contempt for Lucretia would ever be able to pull this off.

Devil got you Lucy
Under lock and key,
Ain't about to set you free.
Sign sealed and witnessed
Since the day you were born.
No use tryin' to fake him out,
No use tryin' to make him out,
Soon, he'll be takin' out his due.
What-cha goin' to do?

Ooh, Lucy MacEvil
Honey, where have ya been all night?
Your hair's all messed up girl,
And the clothes you're wearin'
Just don't fit ya right!

Lucretia’s Reprise
This is the follow-up track that you will never, ever hear on the radio. And, be aware – you simply cannot have the above track without having this, the sister track and listening to them one after the other. David once more is the maniacal, screaming accuser with the mad-dog trumpet nipping and ensuing at his heels.

I can almost picture David leaning against a rod iron gate post watching the audacious Lucretia strutting and flashing herself for all to see. But, David will have none of it! Listen to him wail 'stop lying!' and feel the heat from his blistering anger and denial. The horns taunt and scorn her to lowly damnation, but Lucretia, well, she just keeps walking – mighty, confident and thrusting her nose skyward.

Ah here she comes – trucking
Well, Lucy walking down main street, looking down!
Looks like – Waaaaaaa! Talk about it!

Where you been girl?
Stop lying, stop lying, stop lying Lucille!
Ahhh – tell the truth girl!

Blood Sweat & Tears: Lucretia MacEvil [122]
Blood Sweat & Tears: Lucretia’s Reprise [87]
From: Blood Sweat & Tears 3 [1970]


  • This was a great post. I stand in the dark when it comes to BS&T after their second LP...but you're description of songs off #3 easily peeks my interest to hear more.

    Thanks for the sample...and have a great blog that I visit regularly.

    By Blogger Casey, at 11:40 AM  

  • Blood,sweat and Tears are some of the best expression of the human, so I think that we have some feelings that we cannot hide.

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