This 2 CD set, released by Edsel Records from UK in 2013, contain 4 complete solo albums by David Gates (35 songs). I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album and singles label & number, chart position, year of recording, plus personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World; UK=British Singles Chart):
LP FIRST (Elektra 75066)(Billboard Album Chart 107/1973):
01 Sail Around The World (Elektra EK-45868)(a-side)(BB 50/1973; AC 11/1973; CB 49/1973; RW 60/1973)(October 1973)
02 Sunday Rider (Elektra E-45450)(b-side, December 1977)
03 I Use The Soap (Elektra EK-45857)(b-side, July 1973)
04 Suite: Clouds, Rain (Elektra EK-45857)(a-side)(BB 47/1973; AC 3(1)/1973; CB 36/1973; RW 33/1973)(July 1973)
05 Help Is On The Way (Elektra EK-45868)(b-side, October 1973)
06 Ann (Elektra E-45550)(b-side, July 1978)
07 Do You Believe He’s Comin’
08 Sight & Sound
09 Lorilee (Elektra ELK-12137)(uncharted Netherlands a-side, 1973)
LP NEVER LET HER GO (Elektra 1028)(Billboard Album Chart 102/1975):
10 Never Let Her Go (Elektra E-45223)(a-side)(BB 29/1975; AC3(1)/1975; CB 26/1975; RW 32/1975)(December 1974)
12 Playin’ On My Guitar
13 Watch Out (Elektra E-45223)(b-side, December 1974)
14 Part-Time Love (Elektra E-45245)(a-side)(AC 34/1975; RW 116/1975)(April 1975)
15 Chain Me (Elektra E-45245)(b-side, April 1975)
16 Light Of My Life
18 Greener Days
LP GOODBYE GIRL (Elektra 148)(Billboard Album Chart 165/1978):
01 Goodbye Girl (Elektra E-45450)(a-side)(BB 15/1977; AC 3(1)/1977; CB 9/1977; RW 13/1977)(December 1977)*his biggest solo hit; title song from movie “The Goodbye Girl”
02 Took The Last Train (Elektra E-45550)(a-side)(BB 30/1978; AC 7/1978; CB 30/1978; RW 32/1978; UK 50/1978)(July 1978)
03 Overnight Sensation
04 California Lady
06 He Don’t Know How To Love You
LP FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN (Elektra 251)(1980):
07 Can I Call You? (Elektra E-46646) (uncharted a-side, May 1980)
08 Where Does The Loving Go? (Elektra E-46588)(a-side)(BB 46/1980; AC 9/1980; CB 63/1980; RW 54/1980)(January 1980)
09 20th Century Man
10 She Was So Young
12 Falling In Love Again (Elektra E-47011)(uncharted a-side, July 1980)*his last single for Elektra before moving to Arista
13 Starship Ride (Elektra E-46588)(b-side, January 1980)
14 Chingo (Elektra E-46646)(b-side, May 1980)
15 Sweet Desire (Elektra E-47011)(b-side, July 1980)
16 The Rainbow Song
1 This is the first time 4 solo albums by David Gates are released in one set. To buy them separately will be more expensive, with more inferior sound.
2 The entire singles output on Elektra is included in this set, both a and b-sides, charted and uncharted.
3 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss.
4 There is a great 36-page booklet, with an informative essay by Alan Robinson. Many colourful album front covers, picture sleeves, singles label picures are included. Lyrics are also included.
1 There are no bonus tracks.
2 No label & number, no chart positions are included.
COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:
Although David Gates has 7 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling a Complete Solo Singles Discography, and found that he has actually 28 singles from 1958 to 1981. In his early career, he was under various names, like, David Gates and the Accents, Ronnie Franklin & The Vibes, David and Lee, the Country Boys, Del Ashley and the Manchesters. His labels are: (1) Robbins (1958), (2) Perspective Sound (1958), (3) East West (1959), (4) Mala (1960 – 1961), (5) G.S.P. (1962), (6) Del-Fi (1963 – 1963), (7) Jads (1964), (8) Manchester (1964), (9) Planetary (1965), (10) Perspective (1965), (11) Planetary (1965), (12) Vee-Jay (1965), (13) Elektra (1973 – 1980), and (14) Arista (1981). If you are interested in his earliest solo recordings, you can find it in “Open Up The Gates” with 27 tracks, but the price is very expensive.
David Gates was born on December 11, 1940 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He began his career as a session player, then a songwriter/producer, before becoming the lead singer of Bread. His solo career has outlasted that of Bread. He was also a prolific writer, responsible for the pop classics “Popsicles and Icicles” by the Murmaids. If you are interested in his songs performed by other artists but written by him, I would recommend “David Gates: His Early Years” (He only sang one song in that set). David Gates is the only surviving member of Bread, with Griffin, Knechtel and Botts all having passed away. He owns a 1400 acres ranch, raising cattles.
His voice is oh so pure and the songs are also oh so soothing. The entire set is totally enjoyable with great sound, and is recommended for all music lovers.
Lastly, Edsel Records has also just released a 4 LPs on 2 CDs set, similar to this current one, on England Dan & John Ford Coley, and is also excellent. My review is found elsewhere.