Friday, December 11, 2009

Number 363 - Bread


Number 363

Bread

"Make It With You"

(1970)
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................Genre: Soft Rock...............
if..... I stole a jet ski .....
Howdy Folks, here I am again typing at you ‘cause the almighty crowbarred is busy or something. (or something)
Honestly right now I’d love to spill my guts about how I’m feeling but that would go on for days with enough tears to fill an ocean so we won’t go there and we’ll just concentrate on the song eh?
Been a hectic week though I’ll admit, my youngest daughter had a baby, holy crap I’m a grandma again. At this present moment they are at my house. Makes for shitloads of activity. But hey, cest la vie. Anyways.......
Having listened to this song 5 or so times (lots of noise going on here) ... I came to the conclusion it more or less relates to my current situation, heh and here I was trying to get away from it, lol. The boss has been asking me to do this one for over a week probably closer to 2 weeks, I just couldn’t get my head around it until now. I guess anything to keep my mind occupied and not thinking too much!
~ If you believe the things that I do.
And we'll see it through.
Life can be short or long,
Love can be right or wrong,
And if i choose the one
I'd like to help me through,
I'd like to make it with you ~ [Tez]
David Gates
Bread was one of the most popular pop groups of the early '70s, earning a string of well-crafted, melodic soft rock singles, all of which were written by keyboardist/vocalist David Gates. A session musician and producer, Gates met in 1968 guitarist/vocalist James Griffin, who had already released a solo album called Summer Holiday. Griffin hired Gates to produce a new album, and the pair soon became a group, adding guitarist/vocalist Robb Royer from the band Pleasure Fair, who Gates had produced early in its career. The trio soon signed with Elektra Records, becoming one of the label's first pop bands. Naming themselves Bread, the group released its self-titled debut album in late 1968. Although it was filled with accessible, melodic soft rock that became the band's signature sound, the record had no hit singles.
Jimmy Griffin ~ 1943 - 2005
With their second album, On the Waters, Bread established themselves as hitmakers. "Make It With You," the first single released from the album, became a number one hit, which led to "It Don't Matter to Me," a song taken from Bread, becoming a Top Ten hit. With On the Waters becoming a gold record, the group embarked on a tour, adding a full-time drummer, Mike Botts, to the lineup. Manna, released in the spring of 1971, wasn't as big a hit as the previous record, yet it launched another Top Ten hit with "If." Royer left the group after the album and was replaced by Larry Knechtel, a Los Angeles session musician who played on records by the Byrds, the Beach Boys, and the Monkees, among others. The new lineup released its first single, "Mother Freedom," in the summer of 1971; the single scraped the Top 40 at number 37. Bread's next single, "Baby I'm-a Want You," became a number three hit at the end of the year. After "Everything I Own" reached number five in January of 1972, an album called Baby I'm-a Want You was released. Peaking at number three, the record became the group's most successful album. The group's fifth album, Guitar Man, followed in the fall of 1972.
Robb Royer
At the beginning of 1973, Bread disbanded after a dispute between Gates and Griffin. Griffin claimed that, when the group was conceived, the pair agreed that the singles would be divided equally between the two songwriters; Gates wrote most of Bread's hits and wanted to continue to compose the singles. The two parted ways, with each of the musicians pursuing solo careers. Bread reunited in 1976, releasing Lost Without Your Love in early 1977. The title track became their last Top Ten hit, peaking at number nine. The success could not keep the group together as tensions between Gates and Griffin began to escalate again. After Griffin split from the group, Gates assembled a new version of the band and toured under the name Bread. Griffin sued Gates for using the name, which the duo co-owned. A judge ordered the group not to perform, record, or collect royalty payments until the case was resolved; it wasn't resolved until 1984. In the meantime, Gates and Griffin pursued solo careers. Of the two musicians, Gates was more successful, scoring a number 15 hit in 1978 with the title theme to Goodbye Girl. However, his career declined in the '80s; by the '90s, he was running a California ranch. Griffin relocated to Nashville, forming Dreamer with Randy Meisner in the early '90s. ~ [Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide]
For the Byrds see #373
For the Monkees see #504, #608
For the Beach Boys see #368, #517, #560, #576, #641, #714
Make It With You [baby cakes]
Mike Botts ~ 1944 - 2005
"Make It with You" is a song written by David Gates and originally recorded by the pop/rock group, Bread, of which Gates was a member. The song first appeared on Bread's 1970 album On the Waters. Released as a single in June 1970, it would become the group's first top ten and only number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the U.S., spending the week of August 22, 1970, at the top spot. The single reached number five on the UK Singles Chart. It also was certified gold by the RIAA for sales of over one million copies. The song was well-received by easy-listening stations at the beginning of the singer-songwriter driven soft-rock era, reaching number four on the Billboard Easy Listening Top 40. Aretha Franklin, Earth, Wind & Fire, Dusty Springfield, The Originals, The Main Ingredient, Teddy Pendergrass, Don Julian & The Larks, Let Loose and Dennis Brown are amongst those who have recorded cover versions of the song. It has also been recorded in other languages including Spanish as 'Quiero Hacerte El Amor' with a version by Blvd featuring M C Blvd being popular on the West Coast. Ralfi Pagan reached number 32 on the Billboard R&B chart during an eleven week run in the summer of 1971 with a Latin-soul version of the song. ~ [Source: Wikipedia]
For Aretha Franklin see #563
For Earth Wind & Fire see #774
What does Rolling Stone think?
Bread has turned being lukewarm into an art form. Their 98.6 AM anthems are perfect to fall in love to, to skip school by, to make banks bearable, to live your life and make a point of havin' some fun. Doesn't matter how banal it is, because this is all lowest common denominator Malto Meal, which is what makes it unforgettable. "Make It with You" is the Seventies strawsippin' successor to "I Want to Hold Your Hand." by the Beatles It still melts my heart into a puddle of treacle. And that's because I'm treacle, not Bread; they're honchos! ~ [Source - Rolling Stone 1973]
For the Beatles see #489, #587, #894, #947
Rolling Stone magazine deemed their '363rd Song of all Time' was "The Letter" by the Box Tops. the Box Tops have not appeared in The Definitive 1000 of All Time.
Other songs with reference to the Bread ~ #374, #645
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Bread? Are they well cut?) and the Album ranked at [Nope - toasted]
This song has a Definitive 1000 rating of 80.3 out of 108
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