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Greatest Hits

February 23, 1999 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 23, 1999
  • Release Date: February 23, 1999
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 47:54
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  • ASIN: B00138KGN4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 146 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,665 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By Kenneth Walker on September 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
As a fan of BS&T from the original days, but with no LP's of the band in my possession, I had been looking for a "best of" CD compilation when I came across this one on Amazon. The real excellence of the band is, in my opinion, due to the exemplary jazz chops showcased on so many of their songs, so I wanted to make sure this compilation was complete in that respect--in other words, containing full album cuts, rather than the shorter "radio" versions as played in the band's heyday...Two of the band's signature hits, "And When I Die" and "Spinning Wheel" are, alas, the SHORTER versions, missing the outstanding jazz breaks altogether. Not that that's bad, as BS&T's songs are so good that they defy editing; but these shorter versions just don't showcase the band to its fullest extent.
Thankfully, "God Bless The Child" DOES have it's jazzy interlude intact--an extraordinary example of BS&T at its best.
Granted, this is a "greatest hits" CD--hits based on radio play of the shorter versions. But it could have been a MAGNIFICENT collection if it had included the longer, complete versions of all the songs. As it is, it's "merely" better-than-good.
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"What goes up...must come down," so the song says, and with Blood Sweat and Tears an era of jazz-rock fusion did both. These songs were standards in 1969 -- three hit #2 on the charts -- and introduced a new rock and roll style that Chicago softened and rolled into a hit-making machine throughout the 70s.
Lead singer David Clayton-Thomas rips through his material with a preacher's passion, especially Laura Nyro's "And When I Die," his own "Spinning Wheel," "Lucretia McEvil," and "Lisa, Listen to Me." But it's "Sometimes In Winter" and the two songs from the first, non-Clayton-Thomas album, "I Can't Quit Her," and "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know," that show how progressive this music was and could've been under original leader Al Kooper. Even so, this is an excellent sampler from a group which sincerely tried to bridge two generations of music.
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Another reviewer stole my opening line: This album does make me so very happy.
Argue all you wish about whether BS&T was better with or without David Clayton-Thomas. You cannot argue with the fact that this reissue has some really great music, and most of the band's best!
We expect them to rock the house with songs like "Spinning Wheel", and "Lucretia McEvil". The in-your-face horn section does not overplay the band on their gentler hits found here, like "Somethimes in Winter" or "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know".
I must disagree with another reviewer with regard to the jazz interludes which appear here in some songs (as opposed to the A.M. radio versions). They positively make songs like "Spinning Wheel" and without the interlude, "God Bless The Child" would not be half the song it was.
This is a fine fine piece of music.
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By A Customer on August 26, 2002
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One of the greatest horn sections of the seventies was basically raped by the re-issue of this greatest hits compilation. I have the earlier version (with original album cuts), and the songs are just amazing. The horn breakdowns on Lucrecia McEvil, God Bless the Child, and Spinning Wheel are the most impressing parts of the music. My fear is that new fans will miss those important elements of B,S,&T's music.
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This is an excellent sounding reissue of a classic LP and this CD is worth buying for either diehards or the casual fans: The original LP is all mono using the 45 versions, the original CD issue used the stereo LP versions. In 1999, the Greatest Hits LP was reissued again on CD, this time using the 45 versions in stereo that came from the promo 45 stereo single masters and this release became the first time the 45 versions ended up available in stereo for wide release. So collectors, audiophiles and casual fans should buy this CD. If you want a greatest hits collection with the LP versions, buy the "What Goes Up?" 2 CD set or the 1980s CD of this compilation.
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BS&T was one of the finest jazz/rock bands. Personally, I like them better than Chicago (although I am quite fond of them as well).

The selections on this CD are fine if you want only the Top 40 versions rather than the definitive album versions. "Spinning Wheel" for example, fades out just as the end instrumentals start to get interesting.

Although this is a good choice for those seeking an inexpensive introduction to the group, I would recommend the albums. Virtually all of the tracks on the albums (especially "The Child is Father to the Man" and the self-titled "Blood, Sweat & Tears") are excellent and the mastering is (in my opinion) much better.
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Like many CDs that appeared on the market at the beginning of this format, this one simply covered an early 11-track vinyl LP with no additional tracks included. Others of that ilk, however (e.g., Sarah Vaughan, Donovan, and some of the Elvis Presley volumes) have since been re-released after being expanded to upwards of 20 tracks. This is a candidate for that kind of upgrade.

The pop-jazz group formed in 1967 by keyboardist Al Kooper, formerly with the Royal Teens and Blue Project, also included guitarist Steve Katz from The Blues Project, drummer Bobby Colomby, and Jim Fielder on bass. But by the time of their initial hit on Columbia, Kooper had been replaced by vocalist David Clayton-Thomas, and in the spring of 1969 You've Made Me So Very Happy surged to # 2 Billboard Pop Hot 100/# 18 Adult Contemporary (AC)/# 46 R&B, clearly grabbing the attention of audiences right across the spectrum. The flip was Blues - Part II. So, too, did the follow-up Spinning Wheel, which reached # 1 AC/# 2 Hot 100/# 45 R&B in the early summer b/w More And More. For trivia buffs, that melody at the end of Spinning Wheel is the 1815 Austrian tune O Du Lieber Augustin (Did You Ever See A Lassie).

They then closed out a very successful 1969 with a Laura Nyro-penned tune, And When I Die, which became their third straight # 2 Hot 100 and also a # 4 AC b/w Sometimes In Winter. Following a seven-month absence from the charts, they returned in August 1970 with Hi-De-Ho, a # 14 on both the AC and Hot 100 charts b/w The Battle, and in October had Lucretia Mac Evil reach # 29 Hot 100/# 39 AC b/w Lucretia's reprise.

After a nine-month drought, Go Down Gamblin' hit the # 32 Hot 100 spot in August 1971 b/w Valentine's Day.
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