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The Best of Bread Best of, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (June 26 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00005JGA4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #770 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Make It With You
2. Everything I Own
3. Diary
4. Baby I'm-A Want You
5. It Don't Matter To Me
6. If
7. Mother Freedom
8. Down On My Knees
9. Too Much Love
10. Let Your Love Go
11. Look What You've Done
12. Truckin'
13. The Guitar Man
14. Aubrey
15. The Last Time
16. Sweet Surrender
17. He's A Good Lad
18. Daughter
19. Friends And Lovers
20. Lost Without Your Love

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Here are all their soft rock classics, finally on one CD: Make It with You; Baby I'm-A Want You; If; Everything I Own; Lost Without Your Love; It Don't Matter to Me; The Guitar Man , and 13 more!

If they are to believed, David Gates and the other members of Bread never intended to become the enduring icons of a subgenre they virtually invented: soft rock. Indeed, scattered throughout this expanded edition of a perennial bestselling catalog album are tuneful evidence of their original intent, as one band mate said, "to make the '60s last a little longer." But it's the familiar, largely Gates-penned and -sung hit singles that remain the band's legacy, from "Make It with You" through the reunited band's last hurrah, "Lost Without Your Love." Though they've become oft-mocked clichés, these are singles informed with a rare, often complex melodic sense, delivered with a deceptively breezy tone by one of pop's purest tenors. Gates and Bread clearly colored artists as diverse as '80s MOR icon Christopher Cross and nouveau singer-songwriter David Mead. --Jerry McCulley

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 14 2003
Format: Audio CD
Evidently Awful, from Texas reviewer is hanging
with the younger hip hop crowd. As classic rock
goes this (album) not CD was played before hip hop
was born. This is top shelf stuff from the 1970's.
If you grew up in high school around those years
you will love these tunes. New classification:
mellow classic rock. Try playing a hip hop song
at one of my parties and watch people cover their ears
and exit the room from a bass headache.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cle acklin on June 24 2004
Format: Audio CD
well, i was a little baby when these guys were playing, but i do remember their songs. It just so happens that i love their music. Guitar Man is a very inspriational song for any musician (which i am one). Lost without Your Love is amazing love song. Pretty much all the songs on this are really nice and sweet. As for the guy who wrote a review for this, "Da Peace Dawg"... yo man, i listen to AC/DC, Metallica, Iron Maiden as well...and i love these guys...everyone has a SOFT SPOT...yours is Dokken, obviously..(i am laughing)...everyone else...all love..peace
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By Hugo on June 2 2004
Format: Audio CD
Rhino's remastered "BEST OF BREAD" is, above and beyond, the ultimate single disc hits collection of the group's endearing hit singles that also includes some of their lesser known "45's" and notable "B" sides. To give BREAD credit for "inventing the soft rock sound" is a zealous huge mistake...that honor belongs to the quintessential soft rock 1960's pop band, The ASSOCIATION, and their chart companions The Turtles, who quite remarkably, effortlessly, unknowingly and undeniably pioneered the genre, set the groundwork and created the market for such stellar hit recording pop bands such as the Carpenters, ABBA, Bread, Tony Orlando & Dawn, Culture Club, Bangles, and solo artists such as Whitney Houston, Madonna, Phil Collins, and Anne Murray, and amongst many others, who all went on to sell millions upon millions of records with their respective soft rock hit singles and albums. BREAD is a genuine pop rock band that deserves its credit for their enduring and originally composed hit singles, but, they were not the pioneering band they have been unfairly acclaimed and credited to be. BEST OF BREAD remains an ESSENTIAL collection for every Top 40 music lover's library.
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Format: Audio CD
But for hardcore fans, this single disc containing twenty of thier best songs is all the Bread you need. I'm a fan of "hard rock", "Jam rock" and "soft rock". Bread was a good band no matter how you slice it. I had the "best of" Lp in the seventies. True, they are a bit sappy, but so are the Beatles. The main thing that struck me about their music was the impeccable quality of production (Bruce Botnick, of Doors fame, worked on their first album)- all of them are also very good studio musicians and Gates is an excellent vocalist/songwriter/producer. They were among the first of the so called "soft rock" artists- Bread, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Simon & Garfunkel,Carol king, Carpenters, and certain Eagles songs comprise 90% of the radio format today. If you like those artists, you'll like this. I'd like to hear what some of these songs would sound like without the strings, which were a bit overdone at times. Other than that quibble, this is a great collection. And for you stereo nuts out there, the song "IF" is of demonstration quality.
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Format: Audio CD
I originally bought this album in late summer of 1973 as I had been a devoted Bread fan since the release of their first album in 1969. Although David Gates is my favorite artist and preferred member of this group, James Griffin's influence on Gates and Bread's compilation of music cannot be underestimated. I eagarly awaited the release of this album on CD format only to realize it is an expanded version of the 1973 original. The CD has all the songs on "The Best of Bread" album and seven selections (of the twelve songs) from "The Best of Bread- Volume 2", which was released in Spring 1974. The final cut on this CD is the title track on Bread's 1977 reunion album, "Lost Without Your Love." The selection of songs on "The Best of Bread" CD is similar, but not duplicate, to the "Anthology" CD released in 1985. My disappointment is that I assume that "The Best of Bread- Volume 2" will never be released on CD in its entirity. Any Bread devotee or recent fans just beginning to appreciate their music, however, will find this to be an enjoyable CD in the selecton of tracks and how they are interwoven together between Gates, Griffin, and Royer's songs to meld into the varying sound that makes Bread so popular. This CD proves the talent and genius of these artists, especially of David Gates, has withstood the test of time. This album certainly deserved CD format so that long time fans and new ones can appreciate the genre of soft rock that Bread helped create in the early '70's music. Some devoted fans might find the song order on this CD to be a bit "disjointed." The "Anthology" selection of songs more closely follows Bread's music in a cronological fashion. I say this to make a point that one should appreciate about their music.Read more ›
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