Child Is Father to the Man

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This article is about the album by Blood, Sweat & Tears. For the song by the Beach Boys, see Child Is Father of the Man.
Child Is Father to the Man
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Studio album by Blood, Sweat & Tears
Released February 21, 1968
Recorded November 11 - December 20, 1967
Genre Rock
Length 49:18
Label Columbia
Producer John Simon
Blood, Sweat & Tears chronology
Child Is Father to the Man
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Blood, Sweat & Tears
(1968)

Child Is Father to the Man is the debut album by Blood, Sweat & Tears, released in February 1968. It reached number 47 on Billboard's (North America) Pop Albums chart.

History[edit]

A teenaged Al Kooper went to a concert for jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson in 1960.[1] Ferguson's performance served as the catalyst to start a rock band with a horn section.[2] Originally in a band called The Blues Project, Kooper left after the band leader rejected his idea of bringing in a horn section.[3] He then left for the West Coast and found bassist Jim Fielder who believed in the songs that Kooper wrote.[4] Though Kooper had big ideas for his next project, he didn't have the money to bring his ideas to fruition.[5] He then threw a benefit for himself and invited several musicians he previously worked with, such as Judy Collins, Simon & Garfunkel, David Blue, Eric Andersen and Richie Havens.[6] All of the performances were sold out, which led Kooper to believe that the gigs helped him. Unfortunately, the owner of the Au Go Go added numerous expenses to the gross receipts that the net worth after the performance wasn't enough to get a plane ticket or a taxi to the airport.[7]

He later called Fielder and convinced him to come to New York. He also asked Bobby Colomby, Anderson and Steve Katz, who was his bandmate in his former band The Blues Project.[8] Colomby called Fred Lipsius and the band placed an ad in The Village Voice for more horn players.[9] Within a month, the band assembled an eight piece which also contained Randy Brecker, Jerry Weiss and Dick Halligan.[10] Kooper then asked John Simon to produce them, after being fresh off from producing Simon & Garfunkel's album Bookends.[11] The album was recorded in two weeks in December 1967. Simon asked all of the members to record their material in one take so he could study songs and make useful suggestions to the arrangements.[12] After a brief promotional tour, Colomby and Katz ousted Kooper from the band, which led to Child is Father to the Man being the only album Kooper ever appeared on.[13] The band would later have a number one album and several Grammys, although Kooper felt they were playing music that he didn't agree with.[14] Despite being asked to leave Blood, Sweat & Tears, Kooper felt everything worked out well for him and the band.[15]

Commercial performance[edit]

Child Is Father to the Man peaked at #47 on Billboard's (North America) Pop Albums chart. It failed to generate any Top 40 singles in the United States, although "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" and "I Can't Quit Her" found some play on progressive rock radio.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 264 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The title is a quotation from a similarly titled poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, slightly misquoting a poem by William Wordsworth called "My Heart Leaps Up".

The album was re-released in the UK in 1973, entitled "The First Album" on Embassy Records, a subsidiary of Columbia Records (catalogue number EMB 31028) with an identical track listing and the same picture on the front of the sleeve. The rear had new sleeve notes written by English DJ, Noel Edmunds.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars [16]
Rolling Stone Positive [17]

Writing for AllMusic, critic William Ruhlman wrote the album was "Al Kooper's finest work, an album on which he moves the folk-blues-rock amalgamation of the Blues Project into even wider pastures, taking in classical and jazz elements (including strings and horns), all without losing the pop essence that makes the hybrid work. This is one of the great albums of the eclectic post-Sgt. Pepper era of the late '60s, a time when you could borrow styles from Greenwich Village contemporary folk to San Francisco acid rock and mix them into what seemed to have the potential to become a new American musical form... This is the sound of a group of virtuosos enjoying itself in the newly open possibilities of pop music. Maybe it couldn't have lasted; anyway, it didn't."[16]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Overture" (Kooper) – 1:32
  2. "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" (Kooper) – 5:57
  3. "Morning Glory" (Larry Beckett, Tim Buckley) – 4:16
  4. "My Days Are Numbered" (Kooper) – 3:19
  5. "Without Her" (Harry Nilsson) – 2:41
  6. "Just One Smile" (Randy Newman) – 4:38
  7. "I Can't Quit Her" (Kooper, Irwin Levine) – 3:38
  8. "Meagan's Gypsy Eyes" (Steve Katz) – 3:24
  9. "Somethin' Goin' On" (Kooper) – 8:00
  10. "House in the Country" (Kooper) – 3:04
  11. "The Modern Adventures of Plato, Diogenes and Freud" (Kooper) – 4:12
  12. "So Much Love"/"Underture" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) – 4:47

1994 Master Sound edition bonus tracks (Columbia CK 64214)[edit]

  1. "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" [demo version - mono] (Kooper) – (6:10)
  2. "Refugee from Yuhupitz (Instrumental)" [demo version - mono] (Kooper) – (3:44)
  3. "I Can't Quit Her" [demo version - mono] (Kooper, Levine) – (3:00)
  4. "Morning Glory" [demo version - mono] (Beckett, Buckley) – (4:11)
  5. "Somethin' Going On" [demo version - mono] (Kooper) – (5:19)
  6. "The Modern Adventures of Plato, Diogenes and Freud" [demo version - mono] (Kooper) – (5:03)

2000 remastered edition bonus tracks[edit]

[18]

  1. "Refugee from Yuhupitz (Instrumental)" [demo version - mono] (Kooper) – (3:44)
  2. "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" [demo version - mono] (Kooper) – (6:10)
  3. "The Modern Adventures of Plato, Diogenes and Freud" [demo version - mono] (Kooper) – (5:03)

2012 remastered Limited edition 24k gold bonus tracks (IMPEX IMP8306)[edit]

  1. "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" [Demo - mono] (Kooper) (6:13)
  2. "Refugee From Yuhupitz (Instrumental)" [Demo - mono] (Kooper) (3:46)
  3. "I Can't Quit Her" [Demo - mono] (Levine-Kooper) (3:04)
  4. "The Modern Adventures of Plato, Diogenes and Freud" [Demo - mono] (Kooper) (5:25)

Personnel[edit]

Blood, Sweat & Tears

Additional musicians

  • Anahid Ajemian – violin
  • Fred Catero – sound effects
  • Harold Coletta – viola
  • Paul Gershman – violin
  • Al Gorgoni – organ, guitar, vocals
  • Manny Green – violin
  • Julie Held – violin
  • Doug James – shaker
  • Harry Katzman – violin
  • Leo Kruczek – violin
  • Harry Lookofsky – violin
  • Charles McCracken – cello
  • Melba Moorman – choir, chorus
  • Gene Orloff – violin
  • Valerie Simpson – choir, chorus
  • Alan Schulman – cello
  • John Simon – organ, piano, conductor, cowbell
  • The Manny Vardi Strings

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Bob Irwin, John Simon
  • Engineer: Fred Catero
  • Mixing: John Simon
  • Mastering: Vic Anesini
  • Arrangers: Fred Catero, Al Gorgoni, Fred Lipsius, Alan Schulman, John Simon
  • Art direction: Howard Fritzson
  • Photography: Bob Cato, Don Hunstein
  • Packaging: Michael Cimicata

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1968 Pop Albums 47[19]

Later Samples[edit]

Cover[edit]

  • In 2015, "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" performed by Italian singer Luca Ronka in Soul Man Album[20]
  • In 2013, "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" on the album Seesaw by Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blood, Sweat & Tears - Child Is Father To The Man (Legacy Reissue). Columbia/Legacy Recordings. CK 63987.
  2. ^ Blood, Sweat & Tears - Child Is Father To The Man (Legacy Reissue). Columbia/Legacy Recordings. CK 63987.
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  11. ^ Blood, Sweat & Tears - Child Is Father To The Man (Legacy Reissue). Columbia/Legacy Recordings. CK 63987.
  12. ^ Blood, Sweat & Tears - Child Is Father To The Man (Legacy Reissue). Columbia/Legacy Recordings. CK 63987.
  13. ^ Blood, Sweat & Tears - Child Is Father To The Man (Legacy Reissue). Columbia/Legacy Recordings. CK 63987.
  14. ^ Blood, Sweat & Tears - Child Is Father To The Man (Legacy Reissue). Columbia/Legacy Recordings. CK 63987.
  15. ^ Blood, Sweat & Tears - Child Is Father To The Man (Legacy Reissue). Columbia/Legacy Recordings. CK 63987.
  16. ^ a b Ruhlman, William. "Child Is Father to the Man' > Review". AllMusic. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Blood, Sweat & Tears: Child Is Father to the Man : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". 27 April 1968. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  18. ^ Blood, Sweat & Tears - Child Is Father To The Man (Legacy Reissue). Columbia/Legacy Recordings. CK 63987.
  19. ^ "Child Is Father to the Man - Blood, Sweat & Tears | Awards | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  20. ^ "Luca Ronka Album, 'Soul Man', Released In 2015".