BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS - BOSTON 1968

August 7, 2020 – 3:47 am

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BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS
with Al Kooper
Boston 1968 [no label, 1CD]

Live at The Psychedelic Supermarket, Kenmore Square, Boston, MA; February 23, 1968. Fairly to very good audience recording.Transferred from master reel to CD-R by Eddie Kramer.

Thanks to hanwaker for sharing the show at Dime.

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Original uploader notes, 2006:

This is the only known recording of the original BS&T lineup, and was recorded on their first tour just a week after their debut album was released. This is a great sounding audience recording of BS&T opening for Big Brother and the Holding Company (you can hear Janis wailing in the backround during the interview). Al Kooper himself told me that no live recordings of the original lineup exist, and he that he doesn’t even have any. But… I have found this gem and this is first time it has ever been released anywhere.

A friend of mine had told me that he had interviewed and recorded numerous acts in Boston during the late ’60s, and he had a bunch of ¼ tapes stored in a chest. From what he remembered, he had a Jimi Hendrix interview and a Rolling Stones concert, but hadn’t heard the tapes in 37 years so he was unsure of what was on them, if anything at all. We found three tapes one labeled “Jimi Hendrix interview” and the two others labeled “Rolling Stones, Terry Reid & BB King, Boston Garden 1968”. Of course the Hendrix interview was what I wanted to hear, so we loaded the tape and Jimi starts talking for 20 minutes, then Mitch and Noel.

Anyway, we let the tape roll and find this rare BS&T concert and interview on the same tape.

I contacted the Hendrix family, we came to an agreement about the tape and they took it to LA so Eddie Kramer could transfer and archive it. I told them that there also was a very rare BS&T recording on the tape, and Mr. Kramer was kind enough to transfer it for me before it went into the Hendrix Vaults.

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Blood Sweat & Tears has set the high water mark for the worlds greatest musicians which is still true in the latest version of BS&T.  It has now been 50 years since founding member (drummer) Bobby Colomby with an amazing Jazz background had a vision of fusing Jazz, Rock and Blues into one band. Over the years more than 175 musicians have flowed through the ranks of the various iterations of the BS&T.  The most commercially successful version of the band was in fact, our second line-up. The current line up with Bo Bice at the helm on vocals is the most popular in recent years. As many promoters have said “it’s a show not to me missed.”

Colomby maintains ownership of the “Blood, Sweat & Tears” band name and, although he no longer plays with the band, he still oversees the musical direction of the band.

“I think of this band like baseball’s Yankees. When you’re at a Yankee game you’re not going to see Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle or Lou Gehrig. What you do come to expect is a team of top-notch players upholding a tradition of winning. That’s the Yankee legacy. It’s what people expect from BS&T as well… brilliant musicians, singers, songs and arrangements.” - Bobby Colomby

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Lineage:
unknown mono reel recorder/mike > ¼” master reel ? transferred to CD-R by Eddie Kramer (almost certainly with processing) > WAV > flacs
Remastering 2020-05-xx: master flacs > Audacity [normalisation to remove DC offset, fades, manual one-at-a-time glitch, bump, clap, pop, click, dropout & dullspot repairs, volume adjustments, -1.3% single averaged pitch (speed) fix after frequency analysis & with pitchpipe verification. WITH differential equalisation, plus whatever was done with original Kramer reel transfer, plus additional EQ on some split second mike bumps & on 7sec of distortion at start & ClipFix applied to restore clipped peaks to entire recording to combat brickwalled sound. NO noise reduction] > CD Wave (track splits) > flac (Trader’s Little Helper). (Levels manipulated extensively in interview to balance things somewhat). Freed 2020-05-xx.

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Track 01. More & More 4:16
Track 02. applause, tuning, song intro 0:25
Track 03. You’ve Made Me So Very Happy 3:50
Track 04. I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know 6:15
Track 05. applause, tuning, song intro 0:57
Track 06. Morning Glory 4:34
Track 07. applause, tuning, song intro 0:43
Track 08. Camille 2:33
Track 09. applause, tuning, song intro 0:44
Track 10. Smiling Phases 4:29
Track 11. Somethin’ Goin’ On 18:24
48 mins

Track 12. Interview (backstage with bassist Jim Fielder) 19:55

Lineup:
Al Kooper - organ, vocals
Steve Katz - guitar, vocals
Jim Fielder - bass
Bobby Colomby - drums, percussion
Fred Lipsius - alto sax
Dick Halligan - trombone
Jerry Weiss - 1st trumpet
Randy Brecker - 2nd trumpet

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  1. 37 Responses to “BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS - BOSTON 1968”

  2. Mark open your mouth wide…I wanna defecate on your face

    By Derrick on Aug 7, 2020

  3. Marky Mark..I wants to DIC K you

    By Derrick on Aug 7, 2020

  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tb6bjS5Tmjo

    Derrick/HHH check out video. Jimmy Page greatest guitarist ever

    By David Duke on Aug 7, 2020

  5. Jimmy page playing lead on its so hard to be a nigger.
    And it’s so hard (It’s hard work, baby)
    Yeah (I just lost a 100 pounds, I’m tryin’ to live, I ain’t goin’ nowhere)
    Niggas wanna be like Pun (I’m stayin’ alive baby)
    But they don’t bust they guns
    And it’s so hard (That’s my wife, I paid for them titties)
    (Get your own, your own, ya heard?)
    Niggas wanna fuck my wife
    Niggas wanna take my life
    But it’s so hard

    By David Duke on Aug 7, 2020

  6. I love sucking man bone, not my comments above. I’m the one who eats jizz and poo and gets peed on and butt fucked and slapped around and beat up and kicked in the balls insulted and treated like shit and peed on some more.

    By Derrick on Aug 7, 2020

  7. From the THREE WEEK HERO, album PJ sings WON’T BE LONG, written by McFarland, and backed by a young to be LED ZEPPELIN, Album info’ P.J. Proby - Vocals
    Jimmy Page - Acoustic guitar, electric guitar
    John Paul Jones - Bass guitar, keyboards, arrangements
    John Bonham - Drums, conga
    Robert Plant - Harmonica

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTP8_W-Hoe4

    By David Duke on Aug 7, 2020

  8. Shut the FUCK up Dookie. You fucking piece of shit.

    By HHH on Aug 7, 2020

  9. LED ZEPPELIN - The Controversial ‘68 Medley (AUDIO)
    P.J. Proby and Led Zeppelin! WARNING: You are forewarned that the ‘N’ word is used in this song!!!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Z7aA359KOo

    By David Duke on Aug 7, 2020

  10. page comes in at 1:40. sounds like you shook me. robert plant on harmonica

    By David Duke on Aug 7, 2020

  11. None of this crap was mine . Name stealers

    By Derrick on Aug 7, 2020

  12. Derrick, pretty good shit huh. fuckin led zep playin b4 they were the new yardbirds and later the zeppelin

    By David Duke on Aug 7, 2020

  13. I don’t know , DD . It kind of sucks compared to regular Zep .But if you like it I like it too

    By Derrick on Aug 7, 2020

  14. Not me above DD , asshole Jew bastard name hijackers again . Page was the man dude . Much thanks for the links .

    By Derrick on Aug 7, 2020

  15. DD , did you see that video of that coon monkey bitch throwin that handicaped white woman to the floor in that store in jersey? She told the coon bitch to cover her monkey face wit a mask and was attacked. Fuckin animal

    By Derrick on Aug 7, 2020

  16. That shit would have never happened back in the day . Not to a white woman by a black coon monkey bitch . The men in the white sheets would have taken care of that situation real fast

    By Derrick on Aug 7, 2020

  17. Derrick, back in those days the nigger woman wouldn’t have been in that store to begin with . Whites only . Remember those great days . Niggers had their own parts of the cities . We used to call them niggertown when I was a little kid .

    By Nelson on Aug 7, 2020

  18. I thought David Clayton Thomas was the lead singer for BSa T

    By CJ on Aug 7, 2020

  19. No CJ, he had left them by then

    By Derrick on Aug 7, 2020

  20. Not me above . More name stealin assholes

    By Derrick on Aug 7, 2020

  21. https://www.yahoo.com/news/canadian-shopper-explodes-racist-rant-234133939.html

    Derrick/Nelson/HHH check this video. good shit

    By David Duke on Aug 7, 2020

  22. we used to call them nappy city when i was a kid nelse

    By David Duke on Aug 7, 2020

  23. CJ & Derrick, you’re both stupid, ignorant muthafuckers. DCT didn’t join BS&T until after this tour, when Al Kooper left. Dumbshits don’t even know nothing about music. You turds couldn’t even find your dicks without help…

    By Cynical Idealist on Aug 7, 2020

  24. Track 12 was backstage, of course…

    By James Simon on Aug 7, 2020

  25. As much as I love heavier music like Sabbath I do like Pink Floyd but I have a hard time with horns and prominent keyboards in rock. With that I never got into Springsteen, Elton John, and even the more pop stuff from Aerosmith. I don’t like Chicago, the Doobie Brothers, or most prog rock like Yes or ELP and I never thought I’d say it out loud but for some reason Blood Sweat & Tears kicks my ass!

    Even Bo Bice fits the sound in the latest incarnation!

    Thanks BigO

    By Sumdh Umfuq on Aug 7, 2020

  26. I call them good ass to eat now. I LOVE eating ass!!

    By David Duke on Aug 7, 2020

  27. Sucking man bone is all I know, not me CJ.

    By Derrick on Aug 7, 2020

  28. Sumdh Umfuq, You and I differ on some of the ones you mention, but I agree with you on Blood, Sweat & Tears, I get it. You might like Rare Earth. Not the same sound, but the fact that almost all of their stuff is consistently good, like The Rascals.

    By ScarRad on Aug 8, 2020

  29. Derrick, I know that’s not you. You know other things.

    By HHH on Aug 8, 2020

  30. I’m not sure what those other things are tho

    By HHH on Aug 8, 2020

  31. Oh goody! I shit my pants again!

    By HHH on Aug 8, 2020

  32. Whoopsie! I’m wearing someone else’s pants that they shit it! Hee hee hee!

    By HHH on Aug 8, 2020

  33. hey triple h youre mental

    By Derrick on Aug 9, 2020

  34. I have a much worse quality download of this show from a few years ago. The improvement is dramatic. Thank you for this rarity!

    By Britinvdon on Aug 9, 2020

  35. Thanks indeed for this rarity — to sound is acceptable for the era. But the notes. Bobby Colomby ran BS&T from its second album on, but while he drummed in this band, this was very much Al Kooper’s outfit. That’s why Kooper’s photo is on the back cover. Kooper formed BS&T when his earlier band — The Blues Project — was unwilling to add the horn section he needed for several of the songs heard here. Colomby was that man behind their hits and their fifty year run — as a charity for jazz musicians looking for a payday essentially… but credit where credit is due. Al Kooper’s vision, music and band here.

    By Frederick Miller on Aug 9, 2020

  36. You name stealers don’t know jack . Triple H has a colostomy bag . He don’t even shit out of his ass . make an apology or I’ll report you

    By Derrick on Aug 9, 2020

  37. I didn’t tell any one that I had a bag.

    By HHH on Aug 10, 2020

  38. Thanks Frederick Miller and I agree. I read Al Kooper’s Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards too…

    By Dan on Sep 16, 2020

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