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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

This is a great album but one song must be replaced

The "It don't matter to me" version on this itunes Best of Bread is not the one that is on the orignal album version, of "The Best of Bread" this tinny piece of crap does an injustice to the band. It is like a B side cut of a B grade album but the version contained on the other Bread collection is so full and beautiful it brings back sympathetic memories. So download this whole album and replace the sad version contained therein with the other version of "It don't matter to me", the same song on the Bread anthology me!

This is it...

I may be too young to have heard bread on the radio...but my dad made up for it. Bread's simple melodies, and great story-telling make every song slip into a mood. There are so many classics, for a good story listen to "Diary" about a man who finds out the truth; or "Guitar Man" about a man who must keep traveling to tell his stories. If you want classic love songs, "Make it with you", "Everything i own", and Baby-Im-A-want you" easily fit the bill. You can't go wrong with this collection.

Buttered Bread

A great overview of their career, expanded from the original release back in '73 (which had only the first 12 tracks). But it gets docked a star for having an alternate version of "It Don't Matter To Me" (the original is on RETROSPECTIVE). Otherwise, a wonderful peek into the '70s mellow rock scene.


Formed: 1968 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '90s

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...
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  • $12.99
  • Genres: Soft Rock, Music, Pop, Pop/Rock
  • Released: Jul 05, 2001

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