Blood, Sweat & Tears - Greatest Hits (Remastered)
APE (separated tracks), log, no cue | EAC + Monkey´s Audio | 316 MB | No scans
Jazz-Rock fusion | Sony Music 1999. Original release 1972
An expanded, remastered version of the group's original 1972 compilation. With two extra songs and all the familiar hits restored to their original album version lengths (as opposed to the radio-edit single versions), pound for pound, this is probably the best single-disc Blood Sweat & Tears hits package available.
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. This 1999 reissue contains two bonus tracks not included on the original release. Digitally remastered by Chris Athens (Sony Music Studios, New York)