Blood, Sweat & Tears
Released: Jan 1969
Along with Chicago and The Electric Flag, New York's Blood, Sweat & Tears contributed major innovations to horn rock in the late 1960s. What separated BS&T from earlier groups like The Buckinghams and The Young Rascals, both of whom also employed brass, was their love for jazzy ensemble interplay, hippie-inspired poetics and extended pieces that were then considered quite progressive. Because of these qualities, their debut became quite the hit with FM audiences at the time. Listening now, this record has a tendency of showing its Aquarian age. Of course, the monster track is "Spinning Wheel."