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Child Is Father To The Man
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Audio CD, Audiobook, CD, 5 September 2000
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 12.7 x 14.27 x 4.45 cm; 95.25 Grams
- Manufacturer : SONY SPECIAL MARKETING
- Item Model Number : 31571515
- Original Release Date : 2000
- Label : SONY SPECIAL MARKETING
- ASIN : B003O3RHXS
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 9,709 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Drawing classical, jazz and R&B into the mix, Blood, Sweat & Tears expanded the boundaries of pop with their 1968 debut. That groundbreaking album-including I Can't Quit Her; Morning Glory; Without Her; My Days Are Numbered , and more-is reissued here with three bonus tracks including two demos!
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Which brings us to this digital delight... With three decent Bonus Tracks and superlative new Audio care of Ace Engineer Vic Anesini (hs handled the catalogues of Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds, Elvis Presley, Santana, Mountain, Nilsson, The Jayhawks, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Mott The Hoople, Janis Joplin, Carole King, Bruce Springsteen and many more) - this September 2000 CD Remaster does that stunning debut proper justice. Here are the paternity details...
1. Overture [Side 1]
2. I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know
3. Morning Glory
4. My Days Are Numbered
5. Without Her
6. Just One Smile
7. I Can’t Quit Her [Side 2]
8. Meegan’s Gypsy Eyes
9. Somethin’ Goin’ On
10. House In The Country
11. The Modern Adventures Of Plato, Diogenes And Freud
Recorded and Produced by JOHN SIMON in late 1967 - the LP “Child Is Father To The Man” first appeared in the USA in February 1968 on Columbia CS 9619 (on their famous 360 Sound label) - while it showed up later in the UK - June 1968 on CBS Records S 63296 (Stereo in both cases).
12. Refugee From Yuhupitz
13. I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know
14. The Modern Adventures Of Plato, Diogenes And Freud
US and UK released September 2000 as an ‘Expanded Edition’ CD - "Child is Father To The Man" by BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS on Columbia/Legacy CK 63987 in the USA (Barcode 074646398722) and Columbia/Legacy 499823 2 in the UK (Barcode 5099749982321) adds on three previously unreleased bonus tracks (63:55 minutes) - the Al Kooper instrumental "Refugee From Yuhupitz" and Mono Demos of "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" and "The Modern Adventures Of Plato, Diogenes And Freud".
I’m thrilled to say that their debut masterpiece has been given a stunning VIC ANESINI remaster – gorgeous sound quality that hammers you – track after superb track. You can hear RANDY BRECKER’s Trumpet, ALAN SCHULMAN’s Cello and the sweetness of Jim Fielder’s Bass –a top job done.
Once you get past the superfluous "Overture" with it's manic giggling - you're hit immediately with Bluesy Rock genius - "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" (lyrics above). It's the kind of great drama love song that lends itself to cover versions. Tina Britt did her take on the 1968 Minit Records LP "Blue All The Way" while one of my fave versions is Donny Hathaway's Soulful variant on his stunning 1973 Atlantic album "Extension Of A Man". Even legendary guitarist Les Paul revisited it in 2005 on his "& Friends" CD project with Mick Hucknell on Vocals and Joe Perry of Aerosmith on Guitar.
You're then hit with a brass/keyboard cover of Tim Buckley's "Morning Glory" sung sweetly by Steve Katz. "My Days Are Numbered" is another superb Kooper original - this time in a funky vein. Things go almost Lounge Lizard with their cover of Nilsson's "Without Her" - another album highlight (Producer John Simon plays Piano on “Without Her” and Organ on “Just One Smile”). The tempo's changed again to something more solemn - Randy Newman's "Just One Smile" which leads it into another gem "I Can't Quit Her". After all that brass and rock - the beautiful acoustic opening of "Meagan's Gypsy Eyes" comes as a welcome surprise (a Steve Katz original) - the remaster really shining here. There are Jazz Rock and Prog elements thrown in there too that add to the whole overall stew of sound. And on it goes to the cover of Goffin/King's "So Much Love". The three bonuses are interesting - especially the simple piano basis to "The Modern Adventures..." - it gives you an idea of how advanced the arrangements on the finished track are.
Kooper left almost immediately after the LP was released - replaced with the superb vocalist DAVID CLAYTON-THOMAS who brought the band proper chart success with their self-titled 2nd album in 1969 - spawning hits like "You've Made Me So Very Happy" and "Spinning Wheel". I'd argue in fact that “Blood, Sweat & Tears” is just as good as the debut – albeit in a slightly different musical way.
But that starter album - “Child Is Father To The Man” - just had something special about it – cool, funky and wonderfully new - and this dinky CD remaster of it recaptures that vibe in spades...
EDIT: 18/08/18. I'm no fan of the one of the people credited with mastering the stereo mix, but having compared the CD layer with an early US vinyl copy I've got to say that it sounds really good. There's better bottom and top end and a nice clarity to it. A pleasant surprise!
This album has a big sound, a bombastic depth from the horn section coupled with the intimate bluesy sound of the keyboards and guitars. The band synthesise soul, jazz, rock and blues with a classical influence that gives a complex and unique sound totally their own. Al Kooper's vocals are probably the weakest aspect, not quite managing to match the power of the music. This does not detract however, and a classic album results.
The opening 'Overture' with it's crazy laugh brought back memories of how I enjoyed this album. Then 'I love you more than you'll ever know' and I was back then and knowing all the words! It was also a timely reminder of just how good a vocalist was Al Kooper - from memory, I recall I was tracking down any album that he had to do with!
To the old goats remembering this from days goen buy, just get it again. To newcomers, buy the album and immerse yourself.