Blood, Sweat & Tears 3

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Blood, Sweat & Tears 3
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Studio album by Blood, Sweat & Tears
Released June 1970
Genre Rock
Length 40:46
Label Columbia
Producer Bobby Colomby, Roy Halee
Blood, Sweat & Tears chronology
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Blood, Sweat & Tears 3
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Blood, Sweat & Tears 4
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Blood, Sweat & Tears 3 is the third album by the band Blood, Sweat & Tears, released in 1970.

History[edit]

After the huge success of their previous album, Blood, Sweat & Tears 3 was highly anticipated and it rose quickly to the top of the US album chart. It also yielded two hit singles: a cover of Carole King's "Hi-De-Ho", and "Lucretia MacEvil." However, the album relied heavily on cover material and it received lukewarm reviews (this may also have been influenced by the band's participation in an unpopular U.S. government-sponsored tour of Eastern Europe[citation needed]).

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
The Village Voice C[2]

In a contemporary review, Robert Christgau of The Village Voice gave the album a "C",[2] indicating "a record of clear professionalism or barely discernible inspiration, but not both."[3] In a 1981 review, he gave it a "C–" and panned David Clayton-Thomas's singing as "belching", while calling "Symphony for the Devil" a "pretty good rock and roll song revealed as a pseudohistorical middlebrow muddle when suite-ened."[4] Allmusic's William Ruhlman called the album "a convincing, if not quite as impressive, companion to their previous hit. David Clayton-Thomas remained an enthusiastic blues shouter, and the band still managed to put together lively arrangements... although their pretentiousness, on the extended "Symphony/Sympathy for the Devil," and their tendency to borrow other artists' better-known material rather than generating more of their own, were warning signs for the future."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hi-De-Ho" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) – 4:27
  2. "The Battle" (Dick Halligan, Steve Katz) – 2:41
  3. "Lucretia MacEvil" (David Clayton-Thomas) – 3:04
  4. "Lucretia's Reprise" (Blood, Sweat & Tears) – 2:35
  5. "Fire and Rain" (James Taylor) – 4:03
  6. "Lonesome Suzie" (Richard Manuel) – 4:36
  7. "Symphony for the Devil" (Dick Halligan) / "Sympathy for the Devil" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 7:49
  8. " He's a Runner" (Laura Nyro) – 4:14
  9. "Somethin' Comin' On" (Joe Cocker, Chris Stainton) – 4:33
  10. "40,000 Headmen" (Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi) – 4:44

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Bobby Colomby, Roy Halee
  • Engineers: Roy Halee, Lou Waxman, Robert Honablue
  • Arrangers: David Clayton-Thomas, Bobby Colomby, Jim Fielder, Dick Halligan, Fred Lipsius
  • Design: John Berg
  • Photography: Lee Friedlander, Melissa Katz, Fred Lombardi

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1970 Pop Albums 1

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1970 "Hi-De-Ho" Pop Singles 14
1970 "Lucretia MacEvil" Pop Singles 29

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ruhlman, William. "Blood, Sweat & Tears 3 > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (July 30, 1970). "Consumer Guide (12)". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1980). "The Grades". Robert Christgau. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. p. 51. ISBN 0899190251. Lay summaryReview was reprinted at Christgau's website (April 14, 2013). 
Preceded by
Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More by Various artists
Billboard Top LPs number-one album
August 8–21, 1970
Succeeded by
Cosmo's Factory by Creedence Clearwater Revival