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Blood, Sweat & Tears|Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

Blood, Sweat & Tears

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Sometimes, a greatest-hits set is timed perfectly to gather together a group's most successful and familiar performances just at the point when that group has passed the point of their maximum exposure to the public, but before the public memory has had a chance to fade. That was the case when Columbia Records assembled this compilation for release in early 1972. At that point, Blood, Sweat & Tears had released four albums and scored six Top 40 hits, each of which is heard here. But lead singer David Clayton-Thomas had just quit the group, so that the unit that recorded songs like "You've Made Me So Very Happy" was not working together anymore. And even when Clayton-Thomas returned, the band would continue to decline commercially. As such, BS&T's Greatest Hits 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. Using the short singles edits of songs like "And When I Die" emphasizes their radio-ready punch over the more extended suitelike arrangements on the albums, but this selection gains in focus what it lacks in ambition. 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. (A later CD reissue of Blood, Sweat & Tears' Greatest Hits replaced each singles edit with the original full-length version.)
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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1
You've Made Me So Very Happy (Album Version)
Blood
00:03:28

B. Gordy, Jr., Composer - B. Gordy, Jr., Lyricist - F. Wilson, Composer - F. Wilson, Lyricist - Chris Athens, Re-Mastering Engineer - James William Guercio, Producer - Al Quaglieri, Producer - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Performer - B. Holloway, Composer - B. Holloway, Lyricist - P. Holloway, Composer - P. Holloway, Lyricist

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
I Can't Quit Her (Album Version)
Blood
00:03:38

Al Kooper, Composer - Al Kooper, Lyricist - John Simon, Producer - Chris Athens, Re-Mastering Engineer - Al Quaglieri, Producer - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Performer - I. Levine, Composer - I. Levine, Lyricist

Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Go Down Gamblin' (Single Version) (Album Version)
Blood
00:02:46

Don Heckman, Producer - Chris Athens, Re-Mastering Engineer - Al Quaglieri, Producer - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Performer - David Clayton-Thomas, Composer - David Clayton-Thomas, Lyricist

Originally released 1971. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Hi-De-Ho That Old Sweet Roll (Single Version) (Album Version)
Blood
00:03:58

Bobby Colomby, Producer - C. King, Composer - C. King, Lyricist - G. Goffin, Composer - G. Goffin, Lyricist - Chris Athens, Re-Mastering Engineer - Al Quaglieri, Producer - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Performer - Roy Halee, Producer

Originally released 1970. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Sometimes In Winter (Album Version)
Blood
00:03:06

S. KATZ, Composer - S. KATZ, Lyricist - Chris Athens, Re-Mastering Engineer - James William Guercio, Producer - Al Quaglieri, Producer - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Performer

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
And When I Die (Single Version)
Blood
00:03:25

Dick Halligan, Arranger - Chris Athens, Re-Mastering Engineer - James William Guercio, Producer - Al Quaglieri, Producer - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Performer - Laura Nyro, Composer - Laura Nyro, Lyricist

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Spinning Wheel (Single Version) (Album Version)
Blood
00:02:39

Blood, Sweat & Tears, Performer - In Research, Producer - David Clayton-Thomas, Composer - David Clayton-Thomas, Lyricist

Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Lisa, Listen To Me (Album Version)
Blood
00:02:57

D. Halligan, Composer - D. Halligan, Lyricist - Don Heckman, Producer - Bobby Colomby, Producer - Chris Athens, Re-Mastering Engineer - D. Clayton-Thomas, Composer - D. Clayton-Thomas, Lyricist - Al Quaglieri, Producer - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Performer - Roy Halee, Producer

Originally released 1971. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know (Album Version)
Blood
00:05:56

A. Kooper, Composer - A. Kooper, Lyricist - John Simon, Producer - Chris Athens, Re-Mastering Engineer - Al Quaglieri, Producer - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Performer

Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Lucretia Mac Evil (Album Version)
Blood
00:03:04

Don Heckman, Producer - Bobby Colomby, Producer - Chris Athens, Re-Mastering Engineer - Al Quaglieri, Producer - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Performer - David Clayton-Thomas, Lyricist - David Clayton-Thomas, Composer - Roy Halee, Producer

Originally released 1970. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
God Bless the Child (Album Version)
Blood
00:05:51

A. Herzog, Jr., Composer - A. Herzog, Jr., Lyricist - Chris Athens, Re-Mastering Engineer - James William Guercio, Producer - Al Quaglieri, Producer - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Performer - Billie Holiday, Composer - Billie Holiday, Lyricist

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
So Long Dixie (Album Version)
Blood
00:04:25

C. Weil, Composer - C. Weil, Lyricist - Bobby Colomby, Producer - B. MANN, Lyricist - B. MANN, Composer - Chris Athens, Re-Mastering Engineer - Al Quaglieri, Producer - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Performer

1972 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
More and More (Single Version) (Album Version)
Blood
00:02:39

P. Vee, Composer - P. Vee, Lyricist - D. Juan, Composer - D. Juan, Lyricist - Chris Athens, Re-Mastering Engineer - James William Guercio, Producer - Al Quaglieri, Producer - Blood, Sweat & Tears, Performer

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

Sometimes, a greatest-hits set is timed perfectly to gather together a group's most successful and familiar performances just at the point when that group has passed the point of their maximum exposure to the public, but before the public memory has had a chance to fade. That was the case when Columbia Records assembled this compilation for release in early 1972. At that point, Blood, Sweat & Tears had released four albums and scored six Top 40 hits, each of which is heard here. But lead singer David Clayton-Thomas had just quit the group, so that the unit that recorded songs like "You've Made Me So Very Happy" was not working together anymore. And even when Clayton-Thomas returned, the band would continue to decline commercially. As such, BS&T's Greatest Hits 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. Using the short singles edits of songs like "And When I Die" emphasizes their radio-ready punch over the more extended suitelike arrangements on the albums, but this selection gains in focus what it lacks in ambition. 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. (A later CD reissue of Blood, Sweat & Tears' Greatest Hits replaced each singles edit with the original full-length version.)
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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