Saturday, October 9, 2010

Bread - Retrospective 2CD

RETROSPECTIVE includes classic Bread songs
 as well as tracks from solo projects of former Bread members.

Bread was one of the most popular pop groups of the early '70s, earning a string of well-crafted, melodic soft rock singles, all of which were written by keyboardist/vocalist David Gates. A session musician and producer, Gates met in 1968 guitarist/vocalist James Griffin, who had already released a solo album called Summer Holiday. Griffin hired Gates to produce a new album, and the pair soon became a group, adding guitarist/vocalist Robb Royer from the band Pleasure Fair, who Gates had produced early in its career. The trio soon signed with Elektra Records, becoming one of the label's first pop bands. Naming themselves Bread, the group released its self-titled debut album in late 1968. Although it was filled with accessible, melodic soft rock that became the band's signature sound, the record had no hit singles.

With their second album, On the Waters, Bread established themselves as hitmakers. "Make It With You," the first single released from the album, became a number one hit, which led to "It Don't Matter to Me," a song taken from Bread, becoming a Top Ten hit. With On the Waters becoming a gold record, the group embarked on a tour, adding a full-time drummer, Mike Botts, to the lineup. Manna, released in the spring of 1971, wasn't as big a hit as the previous record, yet it launched another Top Ten hit with "If." Royer left the group after the album and was replaced by Larry Knechtel, a Los Angeles session musician who played on records by the Byrds, the Beach Boys, and the Monkees, among others. The new lineup released its first single, "Mother Freedom," in the summer of 1971; the single scraped the Top 40 at number 37. Bread's next single, "Baby I'm-a Want You," became a number three hit at the end of the year. After "Everything I Own" reached number five in January of 1972, an album called Baby I'm-a Want You was released. Peaking at number three, the record became the group's most successful album. The group's fifth album, Guitar Man, followed in the fall of 1972.
At the beginning of 1973, Bread disbanded after a dispute between Gates and Griffin. Griffin claimed that, when the group was conceived, the pair agreed that the singles would be divided equally between the two songwriters; Gates wrote most of Bread's hits and wanted to continue to compose the singles. The two parted ways, with each of the musicians pursuing solo careers. Bread reunited in 1976, releasing Lost Without Your Love in early 1977. The title track became their last Top Ten hit, peaking at number nine. The success could not keep the group together as tensions between Gates and Griffin began to escalate again. After Griffin split from the group, Gates assembled a new version of the band and toured under the name Bread. Griffin sued Gates for using the name, which the duo co-owned. A judge ordered the group not to perform, record, or collect royalty payments until the case was resolved; it wasn't resolved until 1984. In the meantime, Gates and Griffin pursued solo careers. Of the two musicians, Gates was more successful, scoring a number 15 hit in 1978 with the title theme to Goodbye Girl. However, his career declined in the '80s; by the '90s, he was running a California ranch. Griffin relocated to Nashville, forming Dreamer with Randy Meisner in the early '90s.

CD 1

1. Bread - Dismal Day (2:21)

2. Bread - London Bridge (2:31)

3. Bread - Any Way You Want Me (3:12)

4. Bread - The Last Time (4:10)

5. Bread - Could I (3:33)

6. Bread - Friend and Lovers (3:54)

7. Bread - Look At Me (2:43)

8. Bread - Make It With You (3:15)

9. Bread - Look What You've Done (3:12)

10. Bread - Been Too Long On the Road (4:52)

11. Bread - Why Do You Keep Me Waiting (2:30)

12. Bread - Call On Me (4:01)

13. Bread - It Don't Matter to Me (2:49)

14. Bread - Let Your Love Go (2:25)

15. Bread - He's a Good Lad (2:58)

16. Bread - Live in Your Love (2:47)

17. Bread - She Was My Lady (2:50)

18. Bread - If (2:35)

19. Bread - Too Much Love (2:48)

20. Bread - Take Comfort (3:33)

21. Bread - Truckin' (2:33)

22. Bread - Down on My Knees (2:44)

23. Bread - Daughter (3:23)

24. Bread - Games of Magic (3:10)

25. Bread - Retrospective CD1 - 25 - Just Like Yesterday
CD 2
1. Bread - Mother Freedom (2:36)

2. Bread - Baby I'm-A Want You (2:29)

3. Bread - Everything I Own (3:07)

4. Bread - Diary (3:08)

5. Bread - The Guitar Man (3:47)

6. Bread - Aubrey (3:38)

7. Bread - Fancy Dancer (3:33)

8. Bread - Sweet Surrender (2:35)

9. Bread - Yours For Life (3:21)

10. Bread - James Griffin & Co. / She Knows (2:30)

11. Bread - David Gates / Clouds (Single Edit) (2:50)

12. Bread - David Gates / I Use The Soap (2:27)

13. Bread - David Gates / Sail Around The World (3:17)

14. Bread - David Gates / Ann (3:50)

15. Bread - David Gates / Never Let Her Go (3:07)

16. Bread - David Gates / Part-Time Love (2:26)

17. Bread - Lost Without Your Love (2:55)

18. Bread - She's The Only One (3:01)

19. Bread - Hooked On You (2:20)

20. Bread - The Chosen One (4:38)

21. Bread - David Gates / Goodbye Girl (Title Song From Neil Simon's 'The Goodbye Girl') (2:46)

22. Bread - David Gates / Took The Last Train (4:32)

23. Bread - David Gates / Where Does The Lovin' Go (3:06)

24. Bread - David Gates / Take Me Now (3:20)

25. Bread - James Griffin / For All We Know (1:23)
It may have been the late rock critic Lester Bangs who first applied the tag "wimp rock" to the session men-turned-AM radio stars of Bread. They were an easy target, and the appellation stuck. Even at the band's most impassioned, rocking out wasn't the point; instead, Bread made some of the finest, most enduring soft rock singles ever.

Delicate, acoustic-based love songs such as "Make it With You" and "If" sound like they could have been recorded at any point in the last few decades. This handsomely-packaged two-disc set collects all of Bread's singles, both charting and otherwise, along with significant album tracks, rarities, and a handful of solo recordings made after Bread's late-'70s breakup, including David Gates' hit movie theme "The Goodbye Girl," in excellently remastered sound.

Recorded at Elektra Sound Recorders and DG Studios, Los Angeles, California; Sound Recorders, Id Sound Studios and Wally Heider Studios, Hollywood, California. Includes liner notes by Barry Alfonso.

Bread: David Gates (vocals, guitar, violin, keyboards, bass); James Griffin (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Larry Knechtel (guitar, harmonica, keyboards, bass); Robb Royer (guitar, keyboards, bass); Mike Botts (drums, percussion).

James Griffin personnel: James Griffin (electric guitar); David Gates (12-string guitar, bass); Robb Royer, David Cohen (guitar); Larry Knechtel (keyboards).

David Gates personnel: David Gates (guitar, keyboards, bass); Dan Dugmore (steel guitar); Hadley Hockensmith (guitar, bass); Larry Carlton, Louie Shelton, Dean Parks, Robin Williamson (guitar); David Lindley (fiddle); Jimmy Getzoff (strings); Jim Horn, Tom Scott (alto saxophone); Dick Hyde (bass trumpet); Chuck Findley (flugelhorn); Larry Knechtel (keyboards, bass); David Miner (bass); Mike Botts, Paul Leim (drums, percussion); Jim Gordon, John Guerin, Russ Kunkel (drums); Craig Gates (percussion).

Producers: Bread, David Gates, James Griffin, Robb Royer, James Griffin.
Compilation producers: Bread, David McLees, Bill Inglot.
Engineers include: Bruce Botnick, Armin Steiner, Ed Barton.

Personnel: David Gates (guitar, keyboards); Dean Parks, Hadley Hockensmith, Larry Carlton, Louie Shelton, Robin Williamson (guitar); Dan Dugmore (steel guitar); David Lindley (fiddle); James Getzoff (strings); Jim Horn, Tom Scott (alto saxophone); Dick Hyde (bass trumpet); Chuck Findley (flugelhorn); Larry Knechtel (keyboards); Michael Botts, Paul Leim (drums, percussion); Jim Gordon , John Guerin, Russ Kunkel (drums); Craig Gates (percussion).

Audio Remasterers: Geoff Sykes; Bill Inglot.
Liner Note Author: Barry Alfonso.
Photographers: David Gates; Frank Bez.
Arranger: David Gates.

Additional personnel: Jim Gordon (drums).Rolling Stone (12/26/96, p.189) - "...Writing and singing about the pressures and rewards of monogamy, the group's David Gates sounds like the Uber role model for today's country-radio squires, with one crucial difference--his seductive melodicism....guilty pleasures don't always turn out to be embarrassments."

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