New Blood is the fifth album by the band Blood, Sweat and Tears, released in 1972. The album reached the top-40 charts (the last BS&T LP to do so) and spawned a single, "So Long Dixie", which peaked at number 44. The album's cover, painted by Bob Schulenberg and Dean Torrence of Jan & Dean, portrays two male peacocks sitting on a garden wall - a common Indian peacock and a white peacock. Review by Ross Boissoneau
The first Blood, Sweat and Tears 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 Kat'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 on sax.