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  • Audio CD (October 7, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Spec. Mkt. UK
  • ASIN: B00006IGQI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,688 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Make It With You
2. Find Me
3. Baby Im A Want You
4. I Cant Play The Songs
5. If
6. Love Is Always Seventeen
7. It Dont Matter To Me
8. The Mustang
9. Everything I Own
10. Mirror Mirror
11. Lost Without Your Love
12. This Could Be Forever
13. Aubrey
14. Sail Around The World
15. Part Time Love
16. Sweet Surrender
17. Goodbye Girl
18. Never Let Her Go
19. Diary
20. The Guitar Man

Editorial Reviews

Excellent compilation from Bread's singer/songwriter containing hits from the band, his solo career and more. In the '70s, Gates was the most popular writer and vocalist from Bread so, when that band split up, he was already a familiar voice on radios around the world and his solo career proved to be a great success...until Punk Rock leveled the playing field in 1977. Each cut on this collection was personally selected by Gates himself, bringing together 10 of Bread's greatest hits plus five from David's solo releases 1973-81and five 'new' tracks recorded in 2002. Includes 'Make It With You', 'Baby I'm-A Want You', 'Love Is Always Seventeen', 'Everything I Own', 'Goodbye Girl', 'Diary' and many more. Warner.

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I'll always remember the effect it had on me the first time I listened to the song and it still really gets to me everytime I hear it.
CWC
2008 Update - Bread's album LOST WITHOUT YOUR LOVE and David Gates' 4 ELEKTRA SOLO ALBUMS have all been issued on CD by Wounded Bird Records !
Bill Anthony
So it's an album of great music, undeniably (new songs excepted if we're being honest) but an album that seems to me to be out of balance.
Androo

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Missing Person on September 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This CD, "The David Gates Songbook--A Lifetime Of Music", was released in 2002, and it brings to mind a lot of things.

Of the 20 songs here, 10 of them are original versions of big Bread hits--"Make It With You", "Baby I'm-a Want You", "If", "Lost Without Your Love", etc. There are a pile of other Bread/ David Gates compilations out there containing all 10 of these hits, and if you're a major fan, you probably have all of them in your collection at least twice.

There are also 5 songs from David's pre-'90s solo career, and although Gates' solo career is drastically underrated and hasn't been anthologized to the extent that Bread has, 4 of these 5 songs do also appear on Rhino's 1996 two-disc "Retrospective" release. The one surprising inclusion from this era is a welcome one--the sumptuous "This Could Be Forever" which is a lush, exquisitely-harmonized soft rock ballad from his splendid 1981 album "Take Me Now". Gates has an absolute pile of great songs from his solo career that don't appear to have ever been released officially on CD, at least not in the US, and it's unfortunate that there isn't a CD collection that brings together all of these gems; even if an additional handful could have been included here would have been very nice.

I can't help but see this CD largely as a vehicle for its new songs. That said, this disc also recalls David's 1978 "Goodbye Girl" album which reused songs from his two previous solo albums, seemingly due to Gates' being short on unused compositions at that time.

Despite all the redundancy, I basically forgive the guy. One thing that does set this disc apart from most other Bread compilations is that everything is a David Gates solo composition.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By CWC on May 10, 2003
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... if you like supporting a great deserving artist like David Gates, despite the fact this is the highest priced CD I have ever purchased. It is interesting to know that Mr. Gates hand picked the songs selected for this album- ten of his songs from the six Bread albums; five songs from his five solo albums; and five new penned songs never released on his prior recordings, with the exception of one. The CD, then, gives me a bit of personal connection to my favorite artist. It was interesting and a bit of fun to match David Gates's choice of his chosen 20 favorite songs compared to mine. (Where is "Clouds"?! <smile>) For those not familar with David Gates's total musical career, this CD gives you a small but decent sampling and proves his musical talent as a singer and songwriter did not diminsh after Bread's demise.
Supposedly, there are "five" news songs on this CD... "Find Me," "I Can't Play The Songs" (a classic David Gates unrequited love song), "The Mustang" (one of Mr. Gates' more up-beat tempo songs), "Mirror, Mirror" (a very touching coming of age song Mr. Gates has sung in his concert appearances over the past several years) and "Love Is Always Seventeen." As I have his "Love Is Always Seventeen" CD (which was released in late 1994), the self-titled song was not new to me. It is interesting, though, to hear the new orchestration. The original recording has a country influence as many of the songs on his 1994 album. The new arrangement more aligns with Mr. Gates' classical influences with more prominent string arrangement.
My favorite new song on the CD is "Find Me," which has an underlying spiritual, religious connotation to it. Anyone who knows David Gates' music knows this is not the first time he has written such songs...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert J Banner on January 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
There is music that is timeless and that will be touching hearts forever. David Gates' music is just that! Having been a Bread fan since the first time I heard "Make it with you" in 1969-70, I felt there has never been enough music recorded by Bread, David Gates and James Griffin.
After recently seeing David perform in Utah I wanted more. After hearing "Find Me" I wanted a copy of my own. This song is without a doubt one of the most moving songs that I have ever heard in my life. I found this album on Ebay and purchased it from a European seller. It was worth every penny of the $30 that I paid.
Having not gotten my fill, I traveled a few months later to Arizona to hear David perform again. Again, I was not disappointed! The crowd in Phoenix responded with silent awe and tears to "Find Me" as well as singing along with every word of every song--especially "Everything I Own". It was another great night with one of our generations greatest singer-songwriters.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bill Anthony on June 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Well, I am, I believe, David Gates # 1 Fan - but I know there are thousands more like me out there, even now. The previous reviewers have very nicely discussed the 5 new recordings here - the best being I Can't Play The Songs, although Find Me was the single. So, to get the new songs out there, we get a compilation of 10 key Bread tracks and a measly 5 DG solo classics. There are more new songs available too, like "Love And Bide" that David has done in concert over the last 10 years. It's a wonderful collection, but as others have already said, why can't we get some David Gates solo hits like Clouds and Took the Last Train and Where Does The Lovin Go ? Make it a DAVID GATES album - the Bread tracks (perfect as they are) have been on CD 10 different ways already.

2008 Update - Bread's album LOST WITHOUT YOUR LOVE and David Gates' 4 ELEKTRA SOLO ALBUMS have all been issued on CD by Wounded Bird Records !
They have also re-issued Bread's first 3 albums on CD, which Rhino inexcusably let go out-of-print.

P.S. - I was greatly amused by the punk who complained that we Bread fans were the same ones who later listened to Barry Manilow, Little River Band, etc. - Damn Right ! and proud of it... I also listen to Led Zeppelin, Charlie Parker, Bob Marley, Bonnie Raitt, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Beach Boys.......GOOD MUSIC.
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