- You've made me so very happy (P. Gordy Jr./ B. Holloway/ P. Holloway/
- I can't quit her (A. Kooper)
- Go down gamblin'(D. Clayton-Thomas)
- HI-DE-HO (G. Goffin/C. King)
- Sometimes in winter (S. Katz)
- And when I die (L. Nyro)
- Spinning wheel (D. Clayton-Thomas)
- Lisa, listen to me ( D. Clayton-Thomas/ D. Halligan)
- I love you more than you'll ever know(A. Kooper)
- Lucretia mac Evil (D. Clayton-Thomas)
- God bless the child (B. Holiday/A. Herzog Jr.)
Sometimes, a greatest hits set is timed perfectly to gather together
a recording artist's most successful and familiar performances just at
the point when that artist has passed the point of his 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 which
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 suite-like 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.