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First & Never Let Her Go & Goodbye Girl & Falling In Love Again Double CD

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  • Audio CD (30 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Demon Music Group
  • ASIN: B00CY5XTB6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,466 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sail Around The World
  2. Sunday Rider
  3. Soap (I Use The)
  4. Suite: Clouds, Rain
  5. Help Is On The Way
  6. Ann
  7. Do You Believe He's Comin'
  8. Sight & Sound
  9. Lorilee
  10. Never Let Her Go
  11. Angel
  12. Playin' On My Guitar
  13. Watch Out
  14. Part Time Love
  15. Chain Me
  16. Light Of My Life
  17. Someday
  18. Greener Days
  19. Strangers

Disc: 2

  1. Goodbye Girl
  2. Took The Last Train
  3. Overnight Sensation
  4. California Lady
  5. Drifter
  6. He Don't Know How To Love You
  7. Can I Call You
  8. Where Does The Loving Go
  9. 20th Century Man
  10. She Was So Young
  11. Silky
  12. Falling In Love Again
  13. Starship Ride
  14. Chingo
  15. Sweet Desire
  16. The Rainbow Song

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A founder member of Bread, David Gates was responsible writing and singing all of their hits. When Bread broke up in 1973 after five hugely successful albums, Gates immediately embarked on a solo career, although he was accompanied by former band-mates Mike Botts and Larry Knechtel, as well as the cream of LA’s session musicians. This slipcased package contains the four solo albums that Gates recorded during the 70s, along with all the lyrics and annotation by Alan Robinson. “First” includes the sumptuous “Suite: Clouds, Rain”, while the title track of “Never Let Her Go” was a hit. After Bread reunited for a final album in 1976, Gates resumed his solo career with the hit “Goodbye Girl” from Neil Simon’s film of the same name (recently covered by Rumer), and fourth album “Falling In Love Again” in 1980.

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I must clear up the most common misconception again shown here about David Gates. He was NOT the lead singer for bread. He was joint lead singer with James Griffin. People only believe he is the lead singer, as all the hits were by him.
With regards to this collection, looking online, these albums are hard to come by, and to be able to collect all four for less than a tenner, is an absolute bargain. Shame that 'take me now' wasn't included, as this is generally unavailable on CD, and is a lovely album.
The album 'first' is definitely the strongest, with Gates's magnum opus 'suite: clouds/rain' one of the best songs of his career by a country mile. A beautiful piano motif with some nice moog synthesiser and gorgeous singing. The whole album though, is fantastic with the gorgeous ballads aplenty, and a couple of more upbeat tracks.
Never let her go is Gates's second album, and clearly not as strong. It has much shorter, less developed songs, and less ballads than is usual for a Gates release. Still, there are many joys here, namely 'part time love', 'someday', the title track and the sumptuous ballad 'playin on my guitar'. I think the whole album just needed one more track, a really well thought out orchestrated ballad to give the album a bit of weight.
'Goodbye girl' plays more like an EP with six new tracks and a few rehashed songs from the aforementioned two albums. Goodbye girl itself is an amazing song, along with its sister piece 'overnight sensation'. Both gorgeous piano based ballads. There is the pop masterpiece 'took the last train' and the country tinged 'drifter' which is also good. There are two more upbeat rock songs, both ok, but not outstanding.
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This is a straight reissue of David Gates' four solo albums for Elektra: First, Never Let Her Go, Goodbye Girl and Falling in Love Again.

Gates, the songwriter, singer and arranger of all of Bread's most famous songs, started out very strongly with his debut solo album, First. Great songs, great arrangements, excellent singing. The songs on his followup, Never Let Her Go, are somewhat weaker, but this is still a generally strong entry. The third album, Goodbye Girl, features his only actual hit as a solo artist (the title track), and mixes it with a combination of decent new material and some songs recycled from earlier releases. At this point, Gates seemed to be running out of steam somewhat, which was probably due in part to using some of his material for the Bread reunion album (Lost Without Your Love) around the same period. The recycled songs that originally appeared on Goodbye Girl are not presented again in this collection. Finally, Gates closed out his Elektra tenure with Falling in Love Again. This album is appreciably weaker than any that appeared before. Gates sounds tired and uninspired here, and in interviews years later has admitted that he had lost the muse when it came time to record this record. To my ears, there's only one really good song on this album, Where Does the Loving Go.

After the Elektra period, Gates would record one more solo album, for Arista, and then go into a more than decade long retirement. (The Arista album is better than Falling in Love Again, but it's not great).

I'm giving this collection four stars on the basis of how I'd rate the individual albums:

First: 4.5*
Never Let Her Go: 3.5*
Goodbye Girl: 3*
Falling in Love Again: 2*

and rounding up the result to reflect the discount one-stop-shopping available here. In truth, this collection is about a 3.5* set, if Amazon allowed partial rankings.
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This series of multiple original discs is definitely the way to go to revisit your favourites from the past. Wow - Bread and David Gates was always my favourite group from that era, and the quality of his music is so timeless I'm sure if the major singles were re-released they'd be hits today.
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I like this 4 CD box set of 4 albums. The outstanding track for me is Suite: Clouds and rain. This has to be the most spectacular songs to ever be penned by David and often gets airplay from Ken Bruce on his BBC Radio 2 show(when Ken needs a toilet break!), ha ha. It is long, thoughtful and takes you on a journey if you just close your mind when listening to it. As for the other songs, they are as one would expect from David and you can see how he influenced other band members of Bread. The CD arrived well packaged and promptly, 5 stars for vendor.
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Along with James Griffin's recent cd release, David's double offering offers great value at an unbeatable price. All the Bread members learnt their craft in the 50's and 60's - no overnight X Factor type of stardom for them - and it really shows. Each song on this cd is a superbly crafted slice of pure pop and if one or two are not quite "on the money" as other reviewers have suggested, no matter, they are still way above what most other artistes turn out these days! The tracks also sound as fresh today as they did when first released. Congratulations to all concerned.
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As the principal songwriter and voice of BREAD - singer DAVID GATES won legions of fans with his beautifully melodic tunes. This cool-looking British 2CD reissue gives us his first four Solo albums for Elektra Records between 1973 and 1980 - and as you can imagine - it's a mixed bag of the inspired and insipid. Here are the singer-songwriter details...

UK released September 2013 (October in the USA) - the 2CD Edsel EDSK 7034 (Barcode 740155703431) breaks down as follows...

Disc 1 (62:38 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 9 are his debut solo album "First" - released October 1973 in the USA on Elektra EKS-75066 and K 42150 in the UK
Tracks 10 to 19 are his 2nd album "Never Let Her Go" - released February 1975 on Elektra 7E-1028 in the USA and May 1975 on Elektra K 52012 in the UK

Disc 2 (58:30 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 6 are the album "Goodbye Girl" - released July 1978 on Elektra 6E-148 in the USA and K 52091 in the UK
Tracks 7 to 16 are the album "Falling In Love Again" - released June 1980 on Elektra 6E-251 in the USA and K 52206 in the UK

The generic card wraps that Edsel now uses on their reissues are lovely - classy looking too. The chunky 36-page booklet inside is jam-packed with details - album sleeves, 7" singles, Quad album labels, lyrics to the songs and informative liner notes by noted writer Alan Robinson. It's beautifully done.

Sound - these albums were remastered by Rhino initially and Phil Kinrade at Alchemy has clearly used those versions because this is sonically brilliant stuff. The audio is amazing - well produced - not overdone - muscle and clarity on every track.
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