BLOOD, SWEAT  &  TEARS


New Blood

(1972)



1. Down In The Flood 4'21
(Bob Dylan)
2. Touch Me 3'32
(Teddy Randazzo / Victoria Pike)
3. Alone 5'29
(Lou Marini Jr.)
4. Velvet 3'33
(Jeff Kent)
5. I Can't Move No Mountains 2'58
(Michael Gately / Robert John)
6. Over The Hill 4'21
(Dave Bargeron)
7. So Long Dixie 4'28
(Barry Mann / Cynthia Weil)
8. Snow Queen 5'21
(Gerry Goffin / Carole King)
9. Maiden Voyage 6'19
(Herbie Hancock)

Total Time: 40:22


The sound of this album is more oriented to the sound of CHICAGO.
Jerry Fisher does a good job as a new leadsinger of the band. Among the more notable songs on the album are "So Long Dixie" and "Snow Queen" which flows into Herbie Hancock s "Maiden Voyage", where George Wadenius do his scat-singing with guitar.

  • Steve Katz - Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, 6-String, Harmonica (Solo) (1), Electric 12-String, Vocals (Lead on "Velvet")
  • George Wadenius - Electric Guitar, Guitar (Solo) (3, 9), Spanish Guitar, Vocals, Voice (Solo) (9)
  • Larry Willis - Keyboards, Piano (8)
  • Bobby Doyle - Piano (2)
  • Dave Bargeron - Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Trombone (Solo) (8), Baritone Horn, Tuba (Solo) (3), Percussion and Vocals
  • Lew Soloff - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Piccolo Trumpet
  • Chuck Winfield - Trumpet, FlugelhornFrench Horn, Baritone Horn
  • Lou Marini, Jr - Soprano, Tenor Sax (Solo) (8), Alto Sax. Alto and Soprano Flute, Piccolo and Vocals
  • Jim Fielder - Fender Bass, Vocals
  • Bobby Colomby - Drums
  • Jerry Fisher - Lead Vocals (Except "Velvet")

    Produced by Bobby Colomby *
    Engineer - Tim Geelan **
    Recordist - Lou Waxman
    Mixer - Tim Geelan
    * Except "Velvet" and "Touch Me"
    Produced by Bill Schnee, Bobby Colomby and Joel Sill
    ** Execpt "Velvet" and "Touch Me"
    Engineered by Bill Schnee and Tim Geelan

    Album Dedicated To The Memory of Leo Katz

    Chart History:

    New Blood was BS&T's last top 40 album. While the band was first regrouping, following the departure of David Clayton-Thomas, COLUMBIA released BS&T's Greatest Hits. The new BS&T led by blind singer Bobby Doyle and featuring legendary Sax-man Joe Henderson, was not getting along very well. Doyle was dropped in favor of Jerry Fisher, delaying the album even further. Finally, COLUMBIA released the single, "So Long Dixie / "Alone" which peaked at #44 on the singles chart. Two months later, in October, the album was released (COLUMBIA CK-31780), eventually hitting #32 before dropping off of the charts. A second single, "I Can't Move No Mountains" / "Velvet" was also released but failed to chart. New Blood isn't in print in the U.S., but there's a Japanese Import CD in print. Numerous importers carry it. Scant few of the tracks appear on the What Goes Up! compilation and on the European compilations.

    Billboard's Oct. 21, 1972 review read:

    New Blood is the well chosen title for this entry in that the package highlights some change in the personnel with lead singer Jerry Fisher, new to the group, showing first-rate quality throughout. The BS&T style is strong on "I Can't Move No Mountains", and "Snow Queen", while "Down In The Flood", "Alone", and "Touch Me", showcase the sound of the new blood. New hit "So Long Dixie" included.

    Ross Boissoneau of the All Music Guide writes:

    The first BS&T disc following the departure of lead singer David Clayton-Thomas and chief arrangers Dick Halligan and Fred Lipsius has its moments. The band vocals on "Touch Me" and the arrangement of Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage" are among the highlights, but then there's Bob Dylan's "Down In the Flood" and Steve Katz's "Velvet", about a horse, for Pete's sake. Gerry Goffin and Carole King's "Snow Queen" almost makes up for it, with sensational solos from Dave Bargeron on trombone and Lou Marini Jr. on sax.

    1996 All Music Guide

    Jeremiah Rickert Writes:

    The guy who wrote the above review just must not get it. He trashed "Down In The Flood" ? That's one of the best tracks on the disc. He makes fun of "Velvet", because it's about a horse ? I mean, tell me that folk singers haven't written about stranger things, water barrels, outhouses, and long johns, for example ? Sheesh! The rock press really can have no clue sometimes, can't it ?





    1. Down In The Flood

      Crash on the levee, mama,
      Water's gonna overflow,
      Swamp's gonna rise,
      No boat's gonna row.
      Now, you can train on down
      To Williams Point,
      You can bust your feet,
      You can rock this joint.
      But oh mama, ain't you gonna miss your best friend now?
      You're gonna have to find yourself
      Another best friend, somehow.

      Now, don't you try an' move me,
      You're just gonna lose.
      There's a crash on the levee
      And, mama, you've been refused.
      Well, it's sugar for sugar
      And salt for salt,
      If you go down in the flood,
      It's gonna be your own fault.
      Oh mama, ain't you gonna miss your best friend now?
      You're gonna have to find yourself
      Another best friend, somehow.

      Well, that high tide's risin',
      Mama, don't you let me down.
      Pack up your suitcase,
      Mama, don't you make a sound.
      Now, it's king for king,
      Queen for queen,
      It's gonna be the meanest flood
      That anybody's seen.
      Oh mama, ain't you gonna miss your best friend now?
      Yes, you're gonna have to find yourself
      Another best friend, somehow.

    2. Touch Me

      When I met you in the meadow
      You were walking like in a dream
      Your head blowing just like the flowers
      Deep within me my heart did weep

      Oh come on and touch me
      Feel the pleasure that I am
      Can't you see I'm only human
      Oh touch me
      Then I know you'll understand
      I was born to be your one and only man

      Ah, we just stayed there for so many hours
      Like the river, you know time moved on
      And we lingered amongst the flowers
      Then I knew my heart was gone

      Oh come on and touch me
      Feel the pleasure that I am
      Can't you see I'm only human
      Oh touch me
      Then I'll know you'll understand
      That I was born to be your one and only man

      You lay softly, yes in the cradle
      But my arms, I'd shield the mourn'
      And I held you just like a baby, little girl
      I could feel my soul reborn

      Oh come on and touch me
      Give me all the love you can
      We were born to be together
      Come on and touch me
      Then I know you'll understand
      That I was born to be your one and only man

    3. Alone

      I'm so alone
      I'm on my own now
      I'm going home

      You've gone away
      Hung up my day now
      I just can't stay

      When I tell you that I love you
      I love you much more
      Than you will ever realize
      I do

      I'm by myself
      Up on the shelf now
      I'm getting off

      When you tell me that you need me
      How can I believe you
      When you're never home to talk
      With me

    4. Velvet

      Velvet was a very handsome mother-mare-to-be
      Grazing by a country road and tied to a very young tree
      We were walking to see her
      Velvet gazed upon me

      Indian Summer - turning colors on me

      Couldn't she have stayed until the first September day
      To foal in the autumn shades
      The family would have shared her pain
      Snake bite deep in the night

      Velvet lost her life twice


      Indian Summer - turning colors on me

      Velvet, now you're gone
      Family carries on
      Children love you so
      They don't even know

      Malamute's howl and seem to know
      Velvet's old friend Tony cried in the morning sun
      She was reaching for someone
      And she broke down to a new friend

      Indian Summer - turning colors on me
      Indian Summer - turning colors on me

    5. I Can't Move No Mountains

      Can't stop the rain or keep the night from falling
      Sometimes I just don't hear you when you're calling
      I'm not a one man band, can't write no songs about you
      Can't even tell you I'd be lost without you
      But I can do things that will keep you smiling
      Keep your face warm baby, make you feel like flying
      Without to have trying

      I can't move no mountain
      No I never said I could
      I can't make you love me
      But I'll make you feel so good
      Or I could now

      Can't cool the sun or make a rock give water
      Sometimes I treat you like a rich man's daughter
      But I can make your heart pound with desire
      Make wonder, baby, how I keep the fire
      Taking you higher

      I can't move no mountain
      No I never said I could
      I can't make you love me
      But I'll make you feel so good

      I can't move no mountain
      I can't move no mountain

    6. Over The Hill


      29 years and it's over the hill at 30
      They got your wheelchair ready
      And your hiking boots are not even dirty

      Lady luck, a-stepping up beside you greet her
      You'll do some climbing together
      But then she runs out for somebody younger

      There's a shining prize from a carefree day
      When the world round was cheering to win
      Now daddy who's chairless lets out his belt
      And music plays and peace is made for someone else

      Over the hill and the bread of the times is yours now
      And most deciding
      A lot of work and little enjoying

      Some along the line get a feeling they have been cheated
      Spirit defeated
      Young is best is always conceded


      There's a shining prize from a carefree day
      When the world round was cheering to win
      Now daddy who's chairless lets out his belt
      And music plays and peace is made for someone else

      39 years and the chair is hard to wheel at 40
      How would you feel
      If you would sit down to roll around at 20

      I submit to you my many friends
      Better out of tune for there to lend
      Good time, everybody in the fold
      Got sunshine for everybody young and old

      Good time for everybody in the fold
      Got sunshine, everybody young and old
      Sunshine for everybody in the fold
      Got good times for everybody in the fold

    7. So Long Dixie

      Lazy moon
      Magnolia bloom perfume
      And Dixie would receive
      A lady fading fast
      Still clinging to the past
      But she had you hating to leave

      So long, Dixie
      Sweet Dixie girl
      You sure had style
      Recalling times we've had
      With all your good and bad
      I'm glad I had you for awhile

      When we get the blues
      We just shine up our shoes
      And head for Dixie's place
      We sit ourselves right down
      And pass the bourbon round
      Let Dixie on the case

      [CHORUS]

      Years go by
      Some memories fade and die
      But, Dixie, you still shine

      Now up here where it's cold
      Folks don't understand your soul
      Dixie, you're still part of mine

      [repeat CHORUS 3x] So long, Dixie Oh, you sure had style Recalling times we've had With all your good and bad I'm glad I had you for awhile

    8. Snow Queen

      High on a snow covered mountain
      From her throne she looks down at the clowns
      Who think youth can be found in a fountain
      High on the wings of her rhythm
      She will smile at the guys who come on with their eyes
      But she'll never dance with them.
      And in smoke filled rooms of electric sound
      A legend is built around the snow queen
      You may believe you're a winner
      But with her you will soon bite the dust
      And discover you're just a beginner
      You may not think you're a loser, but in midair
      You'll be hung while you trip on your tongue
      And it'll only amuse her
      In the morning haze you are frozen there
      Caught in the icy stare of the snow queen
      No my friend, she doesn't want what you're selling
      Go my friend, there must be a place you can hide
      And into the night you'll fade, knowing
      You lost the game and just how she got
      Her name the snow queen

    9. Maiden Voyage

      (Instrumental)