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Retrospective [2 CD SET]

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Media Type: CD
Artist: BREAD
Street Release Date: 07/11/1996

Sometimes soapy ("If"), sometimes heartbreakingly honest ("Everything I Own"), always melodic, early-'70s AM staple Bread are given their 50-cut due on the two CDs of Retrospective. A link between '60s studio pop and the post-Beatles singer/songwriter ethos, the outfit was at its best on songs by David Gates, who came on in a deceptively laidback manner. The set also includes solo work by Gates (including the Goodbye Girl theme) and James Griffin. --Rickey Wright

Disc: 1
1. Dismal Day
2. London Bridge
3. Any Way You Want Me
4. The Last Time
5. Could I
6. Friends And Lovers
7. Look At Me
8. Make It With You
9. Look What You've Done
10. Been Too Long On The Road
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Disc: 2
1. Mother Freedom
2. Baby I'm-A Want You
3. Everything I Own
4. Diary
5. The Guitar Man
6. Aubrey
7. Fancy Dancer
8. Sweet Surrender
9. Yours For Life
10. She Knows
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 16, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Elektra
  • ASIN: B000003477
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,278 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By CWC on May 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
David Gates and Bread have always been my favorite artist and group. Gates' songs/music, in particular, have always helped me through both high and low times in my life as no other singer/songwriter has. (See my reviews of Bread's albums too.) This is the best comprehensive collection of songs that I believe gives an accurate representation of the breadth and scope of any group's musical "career." This 40 song collection not only includes Bread's hits and many lesser hits that I believe deserve to be on this 2-set collection, but a nice sampling from David Gates' five solo albums. I am perplexed as to why Mr. Gates' solo tunes never received the radio play and recognition he and his songs deserved. Many "best of" compilations simply "skim the surface" of a group's or artist's songs. This ensemble gives a true representation of the spectrum and variety of music that was produced by this group, including the extensive 29 page booklet that accompanies the 2 CDs- very informative! David Gates' production abilites have always been recognized and much appreciated by me and Rhino has released an outstanding collection again. Even if you have all Bread's albums, all David Gates' solo albums, James Griffin's solo albums, and all those released on CD as I do, this is still one additional set that stands alone and is worth adding to your Bread collection.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By highway_star on May 23, 2001
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This two cd set from Warner Bros./Rhino takes me back almost 30 years when I was 18 years old. The songs are timeless and Bread put out some of the best soft rock there ever was. The songs on this compilation are from the different Bread L.P.'s plus some extra cuts from David Gate's solo L.P.'s as well (James Griffin has a few solo songs on this disc also). No matter where you lived you were almost certain to hear a Bread song on radio back in the seventies. David Gates still performs and I was lucky enough to hear him several years ago. He still sounds as good as he did years back and in my opinion is one of the best songwriters (not incl. Lennon & McCartney) I've ever heard. I would highly recommend this compilation for those who appreciate the great sounds Bread gave us.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
There's probably no other "rock" band from the 70's that put out such easy listening, yet creative, albums than Bread. Led by singer-songwriter David Gates, the band hit the radio with several great ballads, including "Aubrey," "The Guitar Man," "If," "Make It With You," and "Everything I Own," to name only a few. What makes this collection so enjoyable, however, is the inclusion of several album tracks that demonstrated Bread was more than just a "mushy" group of guys. They take on innovative arrangements, and melodies that you can still hum 30 years later! Also included are some great solo efforts by Gates, including "Never Let Her Go," "Took the Last Train," "Clouds," and others to numerous to mention. When you listen to today's "romantic" music, by such acts as Backstreet Boys, D'Angelo, and N Sync, you can only wish these gentlemen would have listened a little more closely to Bread. No matter what year we're in, there's always room for songs that have melodies and that can be hummed by our grandchildren and great grandchildren in years to come. Listen to Bread; they have quite a musical sojourn to offer you!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Brown on February 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This has to be it!

My Bread collection is extensive. I have everything they released, many CD reissues.

Bread, though often know for the sweetness of lyric and style and their lack of controversial topics, has a lot more to offer. As a young musician, I copped the guitar licks from Bread songs, eventually learning enough guitar, bass and theory to breeze through music college. For me, the musical arrangements and incredible production values of these recordings make them impressive historical documents.

Of course, if you are viewing this title, you are probably looking for all those hits from the '70's. You will see they they are here. What you want to know is about the other content.

It must have been hard to choose additional content for this album. There is a lot of material, and of course, there is the songwriting credits to balance.

Still, good choices were made. I really like the inclusion of "Daughter" (nice Knechtel organ solo on that one) and "Just Like Yesterday."

This compilation is chronological. Bread ended on Disc 2, Track 9 (after the "Guitar Man" album.) They came back together with "Lost Without Your Love" for one album, and have toured seperately and together since. The remaining cuts are from David Gates and James Griffin solo albums, and include some priceless music. "Ann," from David Gates "First," is an incredible song written for his infant daughter. "Part Time Love" from his second solo release is perhaps the best song he's ever written. I really miss another song from "First" called "Lorilee."

James Griffin is represented well, but not completely.
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