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Charted: February 1, 1969

Rating: 4.083 (average of 6 ratings)

Genre: pop/rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Variations on a Theme by Erik Satie (First and Second Movements)
  2. Smiling Phases
  3. Sometimes in Winter
  4. More and More
  5. And When I Die
  6. God Bless the Child
  7. Spinning Wheel
  8. You’ve Made Me So Very Happy
  9. Blues, Pt. 2
  10. Variations on a Theme by Erik Satie (First Movement)

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 4.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 4.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 7
peak on U.K. album chart 15

Singles/Hit Songs: *

  • You’ve Made Me So Very Happy (3/1/69) #2 US, #35 UK, #18 AC, #46 RB, sales: 0.5 m, air: 3.0 m
  • Spinning Wheel (5/31/69) #2 US, #1 AC, #45 RB, sales: 0.5 m, air: 3.0 m
  • And When I Die (10/18/69) #2 US, #4 AC, sales: 0.5 m, air: 1.0 m


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Album of the Year Grammy winner. Click to go to awards page.

Blood, Sweat & Tears
Blood, Sweat & Tears
“The difference between Blood, Sweat & Tears and the group’s preceding long-player, Child Is Father to the Man, is the difference between a monumental seller and a record that was ‘merely’ a huge critical success. Arguably, the Blood, Sweat & Tears that made this self-titled second album – consisting of five of the eight original members and four newcomers, including singer David Clayton-Thomas – was really a different group from the one that made Child Is Father to the Man, which was done largely under the direction of singer/ songwriter/ keyboard player/ arranger Al Kooper. They had certain similarities to the original: the musical mixture of classical, jazz, and rock elements was still apparent, and the interplay between the horns and the keyboards was still occurring, even if those instruments were being played by different people. Kooper was even still present as an arranger on two tracks, notably the initial hit You’ve Made Me So Very Happy.” RE

“But the second BS&T, under the aegis of producer James William Guercio, was a less adventurous unit, and, as fronted by Clayton-Thomas, a far more commercial one. Not only did the album contain three songs that neared the top of the charts as singles – ‘Happy,’ Spinning Wheel, and And When I Die – but the whole album, including an arrangement of God Bless the Child and the radical rewrite of Traffic’s Smiling Phases, was wonderfully accessible. It was a repertoire to build a career on, and Blood, Sweat & Tears did exactly that, although they never came close to equaling this album.” RE

Review Source(s):

You’ve Made Me So Very Happy

Spinning Wheel

And When I Die

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Last updated September 13, 2010.