No Sweat were an Irish rock band, active during the late 1980s and early 1990s. They are best remembered for their single, “Heart and Soul” (produced by the Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott), which topped the Irish Singles Chart for two weeks in June 1989. The group had two further Irish hits the following year with “Tear Down the Walls” (#4) and “On the Edge” (#11). 1990 also saw the release of their self-titled debut album and only album, which was produced by Keith Olsen (Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead, Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, Whitesnake, Emerson, Lake & Palmer) for Pogo Logo Corp., and was recorded at the Goodnight L.A. studio in Van Nuys, California, United States.
From their beginnings as an attempt at bold jazz-rock fusion in 1967 through a run as a high-powered R&B/soul-rock singles act with singer David Clayton-Thomas two years later, Blood, Sweat & Tears were always a kind of fascinating experiment, and a commercially successful one at that. The first album from the Clayton-Thomas-fronted band appeared in 1969, spawned four high chart hits, won a Grammy as Album of the Year, and went on to sell some three million units. The next two albums, Blood, Sweat & Tears 3 and 4, generated a few more hits, but the band was gradually running out of creative steam by this point, and when Clayton-Thomas left the group after the fourth album, well, that was the end of the line commercially for Blood, Sweat & Tears. A jazzier, but definitely not as commercial, version of Blood, Sweat & Tears showed up for two of the albums collected in this set, 1972's New Blood and 1973's No Sweat, with the third album here, 1976's More Than Ever, featuring the return of David Clayton-Thomas to the fold.
After watching former singer Brian Johnson strike it rich with AC/DC, '70s relics Geordie speedily re-formed in a blatant but understandable attempt to capitalize. Never mind that nearly a decade had passed since the band's last effort, 1976's Save the World; for most children of the '80s Geordie may as well have been a brand new concern, and 1983's No Sweat gave nothing away by peddling the sort of commercial hard rock that dominated the era…
The second Blood, Sweat & Tears recording without David Clayton-Thomas, No Sweat may be the jazziest BS&T ever. Surprisingly, most of the material comes from outside the band, with the exception of two tracks by Lou Marini, Jr., two co-written by George Wadenius (the featured guitarist in the band following Steve Katz's departure), and the concluding "Inner Crisis" by Larry Willis. Jerry Fisher is more integrated into the band in his role as lead singer, and the band shines throughout on material ranging from Traffic's "Empty Pages" to John Lewis' "Django." The highlight is "Almost Sorry," which features Bobby Colomby's rock-solid drumming, and solos from the entire horn section: Dave Bargeron on trombone, Lew Soloff and Tom "Bones" Malone on electric trumpets, and Marini on alto flute.