More Than Ever (Blood, Sweat & Tears album)

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More Than Ever
Studio album by Blood, Sweat & Tears
Released July 1976
Genre Rock, jazz
Label Columbia
Producer Bob James
Blood, Sweat & Tears chronology
In Concert
(1976)
More Than Ever
(1976)
Brand New Day
(1977)

More Than Ever is an album by the band Blood, Sweat & Tears, released in July 1976. This was the band's ninth studio album and their last for Columbia Records. This album peaked at Number 165 on the Billboard album charts.

The personnel changes in the band continued with Mike Stern replacing George Wadenius on electric guitar, Danny Trifan replacing Ron McClure on bass, and Forest Buchtell replacing Joe Giorgianni on trumpet. Don Alias left the band (percussion) and Mike Corbett was added on background vocals.

More Than Ever was produced by Bob James who brought in such legendary session players as Steve Khan on guitar, Richard Tee on keyboards, Eric Gale on guitar, Hugh McKracken on guitar, and Eric Weissberg on banjo and dobro along with vocalist Patti Austin on background vocals to complement the regular BS&T lineup.

More Than Ever was re-released on CD in 2003 on the Wounded Bird label along with Sony Music.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

The Allmusic review by Bruce Eder says it all: "For the first time since its second album, the group -- with only drummer Bobby Colomby left from the original lineup and Bob James producing -- sounds bold, enthused, and fully positive in its approach. The sound is a little more R&B oriented and less rocking than the older lineup, which actually makes a better fit overall -- Thomas' singing style is a bit dated, from a tradition of '60s blue-eyed soul that seems fine, but which was really out-of-place amid the disco boom of the second half of the '70s."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "They" (David Clayton-Thomas, William Daniel Smith) - 6:26
  2. "I Love You More Than Ever" (Allan Langdon, Douglas Lenier) - 5:27
  3. "Katy Bell" (Stephen C. Foster, Bob James) - 4:27
  4. "Sweet Sadie The Savior" (Patti Austin) - 4:22
  5. "Hollywood" (David Clayton-Thomas, William Daniel Smith) - 3:34
  6. "You're The One" (David Clayton-Thomas, William Daniel Smith) - 4:54
  7. "Heavy Blue" (Larry Willis) - 5:23
  8. "Saved By the Grace Of Your Love" (William Daniel Smith, David Palmer) - 4:18

Personnel[edit]

Guest Musicians[edit]

Singers[edit]

  • Patti Austin, Vivian Cherry, Lani Groves, Gwendolyn Guthrie, Yolanda McCullough, Frank Lloyd, William Eaton, Zachery Sanders

Production notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. "'More Than Ever > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved November 11, 2011.