Greatest Hits (Blood, Sweat & Tears album)

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Greatest Hits
BS&T GH cover.jpg
Greatest hits album by Blood, Sweat & Tears
Released February 1972
Recorded 1967-1971
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)Blood, Sweat & Tears 41971
Greatest Hits
(1972)
New Blood
(1972)New Blood1972

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 up to that time. This was the group's last album to earn a Gold Record award.

Columbia initially chose to incorporate the edited single versions of many of the songs, a decision which was poorly received by some fans. Some later Compact Disc releases replaced the single versions with the full length album versions.

In 1999 the album was remastered and re-released on CD with two bonus tracks - "So Long Dixie" and "More And More". In 2016, Audio Fidelity released a Super Audio CD version with the single versions as in the original release. This was a numbered limited edition mastered by Steve Hoffman and Stephen Marsh.

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 these tracks:

Side 1[edit]

  1. "You've Made Me So Very Happy" (Berry Gordy Jr., Brenda Holloway, Patrice Holloway, Frank Wilson) – 3:29 (single version)
  2. "I Can't Quit Her" - (Al Kooper, Irwin Levine) – 3:38
  3. "Go Down Gamblin'" (David Clayton-Thomas) – 2:46 (single version)
  4. "Hi-De-Ho" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) – 3:59 (single version)
  5. "Sometimes In Winter" (Steve Katz) – 3:07
  6. "And When I Die" (Laura Nyro) – 3:26 (single version)

Side 2[edit]

  1. "Spinning Wheel" (Clayton-Thomas) – 2:40 (single version)
  2. "Lisa, Listen To Me" (Dick Halligan, Clayton-Thomas) – 2:58
  3. "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" (Kooper) – 5:56
  4. "Lucretia Mac Evil" (Clayton-Thomas) – 3:04
  5. "God Bless the Child" (Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog Jr.) – 5:52

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (United States)

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.