Blood Sweat & Tears – Mirror Image

28 Sep

Release: DS205f

Source: SQ LP

Process: SQ*Final



5 Responses to “Blood Sweat & Tears – Mirror Image”

  1. K August 17, 2015 at 03:33 #

    This record really should have been called “Identity Crisis”. In my opinion, BS&T regrouped pretty well after each instance of losing a front-man (Al Kooper after the first album, David Clayton-Thomas after the fourth, and though he wasn’t a front-man per se, Steve Katz after the fifth)…but then came Mirror Image, an album that really doesn’t seem to know what the hell it wants to be. The first half is essentially an attempt at a Philly Soul record, and while the trio of opening songs aren’t bad, Jerry Fisher really sounds bored on most of this record, which probably wasn’t helped much by the addition of a second lead vocalist, Jerry LaCroix (who I’ve always thought sounded more than a little bit like the high tenor voice of a certain other horn-rock group). Then the second side of the record comes along, and after Are You Satisfied, we get an extended instrumental suite which has some cool moments (particularly Larry Willis’ funky opening movement, although Ron McClure’s movement which follows isn’t bad), but feels rather out of place in contrast to what preceded it. There was apparently always a big pull in the group between the guys who wanted to play pop music and make piles of money and the guys who wanted to play jazz , and the schism was (almost) never larger than it is here.

    What the album really earmarks, though, is a major drop off in musical quality from the band’s previous albums…one from which the band would never fully recover, although like this album, most of the subsequent records had scattered gems.

    As for the quad edition of this album, the stereo mix (as represented on both the vinyl and the Wounded Bird issue) was extremely compressed and muddy at times. The quad mix opens things up nicely, particularly on Tell Me That I’m Wrong, where details like the string parts are actually able to be discerned in the mix.

    It is a pity that, outside of the first two BS&T albums (and Greatest Hits), none of the albums which came in between them and Mirror Image ever made it to quad…actually, given the way their sales were falling off, I’ve always been a bit surprised that *this* one was available in quad.

  2. Owen Smith September 8, 2013 at 14:49 #

    I had no idea what to expect here. In the event I liked it, the harder edge to this is the sort of thing I like. Plenty of use of the rear speakers made me look up from the book I was perusing at the time.

  3. marconiex September 29, 2012 at 11:06 #

    Blood, Sweat & Tears just isn't the same without David Clayton Thomas. The instrumental parts sound pretty good though.

  4. teamster September 29, 2012 at 03:51 #

    A real rarity. I'm interested in hearing the instrumentals. Thank you for your meticulous work.

  5. STLJLC September 28, 2012 at 19:06 #

    And … thank you sir.

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