Blood, Sweat & Tears 4

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BS&T 4
Studio album by Blood, Sweat & Tears
Released June 1971
Genre Rock
Length 40:26
Label Columbia
Producer Don Heckman, Bobby Colomby, Roy Halee
Blood, Sweat & Tears chronology
Blood, Sweat & Tears 3
(1970)
BS&T 4
(1971)
Greatest Hits
(1972)

BS&T 4 is the fourth album by the band Blood, Sweat & Tears, released in 1971. It peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Pop albums chart.

David Clayton-Thomas left as lead vocalist to pursue a solo career after the release of BS&T 4, as did founding members Dick Halligan and Fred Lipsius. Clayton-Thomas would return to the lineup for New City.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (C-) [2]

Writing for Allmusic, critic William Ruhlman wrote "the band's cohesion seemed to be disintegrating. Although the album scraped the Top Ten briefly and went gold, it marked the end of BS&T's period of wide commercial success on records."[1] Music critic Robert Christgau's only comments were "Aww-shuck! heck."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Go Down Gamblin'" (David Clayton-Thomas) – 4:14
  2. "Cowboys and Indians" (Dick Halligan, Terry Kirkman) – 3:07
  3. "John the Baptist (Holy John)" (Al Kooper, Phyllis Major) – 3:35
  4. "Redemption" (Halligan, Clayton-Thomas) – 5:11
  5. "Lisa, Listen to Me" (Halligan, Clayton-Thomas) – 2:58
  6. "A Look to My Heart" (Fred Lipsius) – 0:52
  7. "High on a Mountain" (Steve Katz) – 3:13
  8. "Valentine's Day" (Katz) – 3:56
  9. "Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)" (Holland-Dozier-Holland) – 3:27
  10. "For My Lady" (Katz) – 3:23
  11. "Mama Gets High" (Dave Bargeron, Katz) – 4:09
  12. "A Look to My Heart" (Lipsius) – 2:07

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians

  • Don Heckman - clarinet, bass clarinet ("Valentine's Day" and "For My Lady")
  • Michael Smith - congas ("Redemption")

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Don Heckman, Bobby Colomby, Roy Halee
  • Engineers: Roy Halee, Lou Waxman, Robert Honablue
  • Arrangers: Dave Bargeron, David Clayton-Thomas, Jim Fielder, Dick Halligan, Al Kooper, Fred Lipsius
  • Design and Photography: Norman Seeff

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1971 Pop Albums 10

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1971 "Go Down Gamblin'" (2:45 edit) Pop Singles 32
1971 "Lisa, Listen To Me" Pop Singles 73

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ruhlman, William. "Blood, Sweat & Tears 4 > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Blood, Sweat & Tears 4 > Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved July 9, 2011.