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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 ... Read more in Amazon's Bread Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 19, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: 1972
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002I2P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,844 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I had this "album" when I was about twelve and played it "until it was worn out".
Pam
If you already have one of the many BEST OF Bread albums, and want to hear some more, this is as good a place as any to start.
Androo
It is also excellent and catchy, and I don't really like this sort of music, so that is saying something!
D. Moses

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Androo on July 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you already have one of the many BEST OF Bread albums, and want to hear some more, this is as good a place as any to start. Bread's original studio albums are all equally excellent. The difference from the BEST OF albums is that you get to hear more James Griffin songs, because most of the "hits" were penned (and sung) by David Gates. Songs like "Down on My Knees" and "Just Like Yesterday" have the unmistakable Griffin signature. They're not classics like "Baby I'm a Want You" or "Everything I Own", but very good nonetheless. Lets you see the other side of Bread.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Okay you have to buy "Baby I Want You" by Bread. All of the songs on it are great, especially "Everything I own"(my fav song). If you are a soft-rock fan then you can not live without this album for another day! All of the music on the album has a certain quality to it that just kind of calms you almost. Their music isn't too hardcore or heavy, it's just right for taking it easy. I strongly suggest you buy this album. You won't regret it! So go and buy it! Now!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Leonard Snerdley on February 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Perhaps one of the purest pieces of pop perfection ever poured onto a plastic disc for the pleasure of professional fans, "Baby I'm-A Want You" could be the pop equivalent of Picasso or Dali - that is, the first time that soft rock made a true, unabashed masterpiece which can be held up as a standard for time immemorial. Previous "acclaimed" groups, like the Beatles or the Stones, can really just be seen as footnotes leading up to Bread, an inspired group who merged heart, beauty, tunefulness and perfection to create heavenly music of a type never heard before or since. Everything since has been a comedown, really.

Somehow, though, this album is not mentioned in the same breath as other musical classics, like the overrated "Sgt. Pepper" and "Pet Sounds". Anti-Bread bias among music's elite? Possibly. But that's splitting hairs. My question for the growing legion of Bread-heads out there is this: why is this not an album that is in everyone's music collection? Why is it, as I write this, number 20,432 on Amazon's sales list? Are we so possessive of classic songs like "Everything I Own" and "Diary" that we feel no need to share them with others who might also see the light? It's time for everyone to love this album like we love this album and be freed from the oppression of no-talents like Coldplay and Dave Matthews! Let's make this thing number one on the sales chart (or at least in the top 100)!

Bread-heads, it's time to let the world hear what they've been missing. They'll be hearing the greatest music ever - and baby, I'm-a want that.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Moses on May 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album brings together some of Bread's best ballads and a few strong rock songs too. They often seem to start an album with a rocky song, and 'Mother freedom' is arguably the heaviest song they have ever done. It is also excellent and catchy, and I don't really like this sort of music, so that is saying something! 'Down on my knees' is also fairly upbeat and catchy, but not as good.

The ballads again stand out, and Griffin writes some of his best. 'Dream lady' has an infectious melody, and nice backing vocals, with the gutiar plucking away. 'Just like yesterday' is one of his best piano ballads ever, and I love 'Games of magic' for its melody. Another ballad, without any drums.

GAtes is also on form. 'Diary' is his 'Aubrey' of the album, with a beautiful set of lyrics, definitely my favourite by Bread, and a gorgeous string arrangement, with subtle backing vocals by James. 'Baby I'm a want you' is really well known and desrvedly so, for it is beautiful. I love 'everything I own' also, particularly the middle eight, where I am still not sure if a guitar is being played, or it is actually a harp.

Only one song is noticeably weaker for me, the substandard 'this isn't what the governmeant'. Apart from the clear pun this is an irritating dirge of a number, that should have been left off and replaced with something else.

Still highly highly recommended!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Kelly on October 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
In 1972 I bought this, at that time, eight track tape. I wore it out. It was one of mine and my girlfriend's (now wife) favorite tapes. So many memories come flooding back when I listen to this recording. Sometimes music transports us to a place and time from long ago and we can relive wonderful times. This tape does this for me.
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Format: Audio CD
Robb Royer departed the group and Larry Knechtel came on board for "Baby I'm A Want You." This was Bread's first album where I didn't think of Bread so much as a collection of David Gates' songs, James Griffin's songs, or Robb Royer's songs thrown together... not that I'm complaining. The members seemed to sound more like a band to me. The tunes seemed to flow together better, the orchestrations developed more depth and flavor, and the members sing more back-up for each other.
Although Gates wrote six of the twelve songs (and co-wrote on two), it seems he and Griffin were at their colaborative best on this album. "Down On my Knees," co-written by both Gates and Griffin remains one of Bread's memorable tunes to me. This album spawned four of their top 40 hits and has, I think, Griffin's best work.... "Just Like Yesterday" (my favorite James Griffin song!- a haunting, infectious ballad you can't help but sing along to) and "Dream Lady" and "Games of Magic" that he both co-wrote with Robb Royer.
It's an album for the times (1971-1972) with Gates' penned tune "This Isn't What the Government" and a bit against the times with "Daughter," but still one of my favorites- even in 1972! I like this album because of the members singing together and backing each other up more. Overall, this album has a nice balance and more variance between the ballads, rockers, and in-between songs than their prior album, "Manna." It does go out with a punch- "I Don't Love You," which you either like Griffin's "throaty" singing style or you don't! "Baby I'm A Want You" is just a very good, creative, and satisifying collection of tunes.
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