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More southern rock than Bread
on 12 April 2013
It's great to see these 2 albums from the 1970's on CD and remastered. Although the first album (Breakin' up is easy) has been previously released before, it's the first time that 'James Griffin' has been released on that format. I used to own the second album which was only released in Europe(until it was stolen!), and it's great to hear it again.
It's often been said that David Gates was responsible for writing Bread's ballads, and James wrote the more rockier songs, but to be honest I never understood that. David did write a lot of rockier songs for bread, just look at 'Mother Freedom', and James wrote beautiful ballad like 'Just like yesterday' included on this compilation from the 'Old grey whistle test' with just piano accompaniment. 'She knows' is also a lovely ballad from the last Bread sessions before they split in 1973 and includes all Bread members. It's not an album of ballads through as some people seam to keep writing about when speaking of this album, it's a mixture of styles, including some very bluesy numbers, country and southern rock. Free from Bread James does seam to have changed his voice slightly and sounds like a southern rock singer! My favourite song from this album is the beautiful 'Goin' back to Boston'. This would have made a great choice of single but I don't think they knew what to do with James Griffin after Bread split.
It was great to hear 'Laura Lee', 'Hanalei' and the country 'Going back to Tennessee' again from 'James Griffin' as these are all great songs. The album ends with another song from 'the old grey whistle test', the single 'She knows', obviously this was to promote the song in the UK back in 1974.
I must for all James Griffin and Bread fans