Greatest Hits is a compilation album by the band Blood, Sweat and 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 and Tears 4. This compilation album includes all of the group's best-known material, and it was their last album to go gold. Columbia initially chose to incorporate the single edits of the radio hits, a decision which was poorly received by some fans; later CD releases extended the singles to full-length album versions. Review by William Ruhlmann
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.