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On the Waters
Genres: Pop, Rock
CD reissue of the sophomore album from California soft rockers Bread, led by the skilled songwriting of main man David Gates and masterful guitar playing of James Griffin. Originally released in 1970, On The Waters reached... more »
CD reissue of the sophomore album from California soft rockers Bread, led by the skilled songwriting of main man David Gates and masterful guitar playing of James Griffin. Originally released in 1970, On The Waters reached #12 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart and contains their first massive hit single 'Make It With You'.
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ANOTHER BREAD WINNER
T. Baker | Kent, England. | 03/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I must defend James Griffin from the vicious & (in my opinion) undeserved attack by the reviewer known as Dave 'Missing Person'.
James brought a heck of a lot to the group - guts, raunchiness, flair, an occasional tender touch &, most of all, a great, soulful, hugely underrated VOICE (just listen to 'Today's the first day', 'Fancy dancer' or 'The last time').
I cannot agree with his criticisms of Griffin/Royer's contribution to this album, either. In fact, I think, for the only time on a Bread album, their efforts match David Gates'.
I love their two uptempo numbers, 'Why do you keep me waiting' & 'Easy love', while 'I am that I am' has some great effects & a wonderful, dominant bass line.
I would have to concede that David Gates wrote the three best tracks on the album - 'Make it with you', 'Been too long on the road' & 'The other side of life', but this is balanced by the fact that he also wrote the three worst - 'Blue satin pillow', 'In the afterglow' & the utterly tuneless 'I want you with me', possibly the worst Bread track ever (O.K., James Griffin co-wrote it, but he'd already fulfilled his half-dozen quota).
To sum up, then, another excellent offering from a group who maintained high standards throughout their career, & then disbanded before mediocrity set in, to their eternal credit."
W. Reeves | 01/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Play this one a couple of times and you will be glad you did...a great balance between Griffin and Gates....Gates could write a beautiful ballot, ala McCartney, but you must have Griffin, ala Lennon (hope you all don't mind the comparison) to make a complete band...don't forget Royers, Botts and Knechtel who are probably the most underated musicians of our time. Some 30 years later, BREAD still rules."