Fine though most of its albums were--start with ON THE WATERS or MANNA for further exploration--Bread was first and foremost a singles band. From the time its second album scored the Top Ten hit "Make it With You," David Gates and company ruled the AM soft rock airwaves of the '70s with their folky, gentle love songs.
While rock fans of a certain stripe seem to feel this kind of music is pure evil, most people of a certain age not only don't lunge for the radio dial when "Baby I'm-A Want You," "Everything I Own" or "If" come on; they secretly kinda dig them. Gates was a talented songsmith, having written hits for the Monkees, among others, and even the weakest tracks here are skillfully created. Heavy on the singles, this 20-song compilation includes the band's best album tracks, too.