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Bread: The Best of Bread

Track List

>Make It with You
>Everything I Own
>Baby I'm-a Want You
>It Don't Matter to Me
>Mother Freedom
>Down on My Knees
>Too Much Love
>Let Your Love Go
>Look What You've Done

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (5/24/73, p.56) - "...The album is so perfect, so compact, so endlessly listenable....`Diary' is a real masterpiece..."

Album Notes

Bread includes: David Gates, James Griffin (vocals, guitar); Larry Knechtel (keyboards); Mike Botts (drums).

Compilation producers: Bread, David McLees, Gary Stewart.

Recorded between 1970 & 1976. Includes liner notes by Barry Alfonso.

Digitally remastered by Bill Inglot & Geoff Sykes.

Photographer: Emerson-Loew.

As The Best of Bread unfolds, its 12 tracks begin to tell a tale of two different types of bands. The first half dozen songs, all of which were composed by leader David Gates, are each studies in soft pop perfection. On these two- and three-minute gems, Gates crafts soaring, evocative melodies that can stand against rock's finest. And though these songs' lyrics tend toward sentimentality, the band offers enough tasteful instrumentation to prevent them from slipping into easy listening melodramatics. Though there are no such concerns for the album's second half, Bread's more aggressive approach is not nearly as compelling. Certainly, tunes like "Mother Freedom" are appealing, middle-of-the-road rockers, but they lack the polished, melodic sophistication of their gentler counterparts. ~ Brian Christopher Egan


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