This is almost as bad as when I wrote a blog post about a Bee Gees album. But I don’t care! Good music is good music. And David Gates knows what he’s doing when he writes a song.
Now I must admit the worst part about this is in the upper right corner of the album cover. It’s a K-Tel album! People of a certain age will associate the name K-Tel with cheap albums only available by mail, usually compilations of various artists. But this album was actually available in a store. I found it by accident in a record store when I was looking at Bread albums, looking for a greatest hits collections. But all the “real” best of Bread albums only had about ten songs and were all missing one or two songs I wanted. So K-Tel to the rescue! This one had all the songs I was looking for, and then some.
Maybe Bread is just too mellow for you. But let’s not forget their one hard rocker, “Mother Freedom”. When that one came out, I could hardly believe it was Bread. And there’s some great drumming on that song. It was probably Mike Botts’ one chance to let loose.
I had a friend who was really into classical music and progressive rock. But Bread was his guilty pleasure. Like I said, good songs are good songs. So if soft rock doesn’t make you puke, try a slice of bread. Besides all their huge hits, don’t forget to check out “Mother Freedom” and “Dismal Day”.