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Just Like Yesterday: The Solo Anthology 1974-77
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2013
James Griffin has tended to be the unsung (no pun intended!) songwriting member of Bread, living in the shadow of David Gates who was responsible for all of their big hits. But Griffin was a skilled songwriter in his own right and many of his songs added an extra bite to Bread's sometimes saccharine sound. His first solo album, Breakin' Up Is Easy, released in 1974, was a triumph, a gem that went largely - and unfairly - unnoticed; his second eponymous solo effort was only released in Europe and has been long unavailable. So it is a real treat to have the two packaged together and finally released on CD, plus a couple of additional recordings from a 1974 edition of 'The Old Grey Whistle Test'. There is a lot of classy material on offer here - though the material from the 1974 release is generally superior to that on the 1977 release. But chief highlight is 'She Knows', a song that ranks alongside any of the greatest Bread hits.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 2013
James Griffin had a wonderful voice. He never got the credit that was accorded to David Gates, when he was in Bread. James' solo work was as brilliant as the songs he wrote and performed in Bread, and this album captures perfectly that diversity of music, and his remarkable ability to carry different song types.

I didn't know he was on the Old Grey Whistle Test. I wish I'd seen the programme and, if someone has the rest of the session, they should commit that to CD too. His rendition of 'Just Like Yesterday', from that session, is simply beautiful. It's one of my all-time favourite songs. I love the recorded version, but this live version is something else. The rest of this CD, comprising his two solo releases, is fantastic.

All of James' music should be committed to CD and published - even the stuff he recorded and never got round to releasing.

Rest in Peace Jimmy. You were simply brilliant. You left us way too soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2013
I feel so sorry for James Griffin. Anyone who knows and likes Bread, seems to think they are David Gates, who composes and sings the vast majority of the songs, with James singing a couple here and there. In reality, if one collects Bread's albums, rather than just the best of albums, they would realise that both James and David had equal status. While Gates is undoubtebly a genius, James is also brilliant. Many of the songs he recorded with Bread are beautiful, memorable songs.
This album collects together two very rare albums from James. Both are full of memorable and tuneful songs. 'She knows' and 'only now' are achingly touching. A couple of tracks are also songs that are practically Bread songs.
If I had to criticise this releasr - why are the non album b sides of the time not on this album? Think they are called melody maker and beechwood band.
Still, this is highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful set of songs on this CD from a very, very, talented singer/songwriter. I had both the albums on vinyl previously but they got mislaid so to be able to purchase them again is terrific.

Sometimes you buy a re-issue and the sound is very dated but not so with this recording. James was well and truly ahead of his time and the sound on the cd is such that it could have been recorded yesterday.

I've been a BREAD fan since Kenny Everitt played Dismal Day on his radio show one morning and which resulted in me going straight out to buy the album it was from. It's a pity that the group split so early on but they left a fine legacy of music and James and David Gates continued to make a great contribution to the music scene as solo artistes.

In the mid-nineties my wife and I saw BREAD at the Brentwood Centre in Essex when they were undertaking their reunion tour and we've rarely seen an act with such professionalism, talent and charisma. We were in awe of the group and consider ourselves so fortunate to have witnessed what was to be their last time together.

How sad that out of the four members, just David Gates survives and of course Robb Royer who left shortly after they formed but continued a working association with them.

James Griffin was a great artiste and a nice man from all accounts AND this is a great album!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 April 2014
I had his first recording on cassette many years ago and decided it was well worth another listen. I saw the Bread tour some years ago and they sounded even better live,and Jame's voice was incredible!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 July 2013
I had Griffin's second album on vynal first and then aquired the CD format. It's a true gem. I was a bit disappointed with his first album though which had never been released on disc. James Griffin shared the songwriting duties with David Gates when they were members of Bread in the 1970's. To me David Gates always shadowed Griffin but Griffin's second album proved how similar their talents were and how well they complimented each other while members for Bread. If you haven't got Griffin's second album this is a must.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 September 2014
James Griffin. What a fabulous voice! I've always owned these on vinyl, but it is a treat to have his voice on CD too. So sadly missed, with so much more to give. Love it!
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on 30 November 2014
Have always liked Bread and there music. James Griffin was a good foil for David Gates and the melodies always relaxing to listen to and unwind.
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on 18 February 2015
great, twinbrother of david gaets
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