Greatest Hits (Blood, Sweat & Tears album)

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Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by Blood, Sweat & Tears
Released February 1972
Genre Rock
Length 40:50 (original)
Label Columbia PC 31170
Producer Bobby Colomby, James William Guercio, Roy Halee, John Simon
Blood, Sweat & Tears chronology
Blood, Sweat & Tears 4
(1971)
Greatest Hits
(1972)
New Blood
(1972)

Greatest Hits is a compilation album by the band Blood, Sweat & Tears, initially released in 1972.

Although Blood, Sweat & Tears continued to record and tour for several more years, the band's lineup changed dramatically after Blood, Sweat & Tears 4. This compilation album includes all of the group's best-known material, and it was their last album to go gold. Columbia initially chose to incorporate the single edits of the radio hits, a decision which was poorly received by some fans; later CD releases extended the singles to full-length album versions.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (C) [2]

Writing for Allmusic, critic William Ruhlman wrote the album "captures the band's peak in 11 selections—seven singles chart entries, plus two album tracks from the celebrated debut album when Al Kooper helmed the group, and two more from the Grammy-winning multi-platinum second album... For the millions who learned to love BS&T in 1969 when they were all over AM radio, this is the ideal selection of their most accessible material."[1] Music critic Robert Christgau's commented "their pop success does them more good in Vegas than on the radio, and only four of these eleven cuts made top twenty."[2]

Track listing[edit]

The original LP release included the following tracks:

Side 1[edit]

  1. "You've Made Me So Very Happy" (Berry Gordy Jr., Brenda Holloway, Patrice Holloway, Frank Wilson) – 4:26
  2. "I Can't Quit Her" - (Al Kooper, Irwin Levine) – 3:38
  3. "Go Down Gamblin'" (David Clayton-Thomas) – 4:26
  4. "Hi-De-Ho" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) – 4:05
  5. "Sometimes In Winter" (Steve Katz) – 3:09
  6. "And When I Die" (Laura Nyro) – 3:26

Side 2[edit]

  1. "Spinning Wheel" (Clayton-Thomas) – 2:39
  2. "Lisa, Listen To Me" (Dick Halligan, Clayton-Thomas) – 2:58
  3. "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" (Kooper) – 5:58
  4. "Lucretia Mac Evil" (Clayton-Thomas) – 3:04
  5. "God Bless the Child" (Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog Jr.) – 5:57

In 1999 the album was remastered and re-released on CD with two bonus tracks - "So Long Dixie" and "More And More".

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1972 Pop Albums 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ruhlman, William. "Greatest Hits > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Greatest Hits > Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved July 9, 2011.