Title - Child is Father to the Man: Numbered Lmtd Ed. SACD
Artist - Blood Sweat & Tears
Man, if you enjoy Blood, Sweat & Tears, or any horn bands from back in the day, you will enjoy this recording. In 2003, this album, Child is Father to the Man was ranked number 266 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
For those not in the know, or simply wondering aloud, yes, Al Cooper was still part of the band then, but when he left BST degenerated into pap music, in my humble opinion! That said, in this music and for its time, they broke some rock rules as being one of the originals to use brass instruments in the rock genre.
This album still sounds so contemporary, all these decades later. It's truly amazing. It begins oddly with insane laughter, growing into something almost operatic while the music on the album builds and builds to this crescendo that is so, well, ... beautiful.
I could think of some good bands today who could cover almost any one of these songs and have a hit. From rock to blues, combined with hot guitar and brass, and melodies you instantly love after the first time you hear them, Child is Father to the Man is great music to play on a lazy sunny morning.
Steve Hoffman, working at Marsh Mastering, achieved a spectacular sound on the re-mastered 2-channel and DSD. Al Kooper mixed the multichannel 5.1 and the result is the exciting sound experience that you've come to expect from the music master. Bob Ludwig was the mastering engineer on the 5.1 at Gateway Mastering.
• Original 2-track stereo and DSD mastering by Steve Hoffman at Marsh Mastering
• 5.1 Surround Sound mix produced by Al Kooper
• 5.1 Surround Sound mastering by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering