Child Is Father To The Man was the debut album from jazz-rock group Blood, Sweat & Tears. Released in early 1968, the band had been formed and lead by Al Kooper, who wrote a lot of the material and contributed lead vocals and keyboards. After a short tour supporting this first album, Kooper was booted from the band and they enlisted David Clayton-Thomas, put out a couple of huge hit singles (Spinning Wheel, You’ve Made Me So Very Happy) and had Grammy winning success for awhile. All that was nice, but this first album is the one that interested me. It contained a blend of different styles of music with a killer horn section and just enough psychedelic touches to make it pretty hip for that late ’60’s counterculture vibe. Some of the songs that filled my ear holes with joy included I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know, I Can’t Quit Her, Somethin’ Goin’ On, My Days Are Numbered, House In The Country, Just One Smile, and the truly magnificent (and magnificently titled) The Modern Adventures Of Plato, Diogenes, And Freud. This last one featured a string quartet that just sounds incredible. Baroque music always works for me! Great album by a band that is still around today, but with absolutely no members left from this original lineup.
Written By Braddon S. Williams