Friends and Lovers: Songs of Bread

Friends and Lovers: Songs of Bread


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The soft rock revival reaches its possible peak with the release of Friends and Lovers: Songs of Bread. Badman has gathered some of the main practitioners of the revival and a few other less obvious choices here, giving a shout-out to the songs of David Gates, James Griffin and Robb Royer. A well-deserved nod for sure as Bread were definitely at the top of the soft rock mountain; the bands involved here certainly treat them with respect, turning in mostly reverent versions of some of their biggest songs. Josh Rouse turns in a breathtakingly beautiful and relaxed "It Don't Matter to Me," Erlend Øye's "Friends and Lovers" has a sweetly lilting quality, Ken Stringfellow power pops "Down on My Knees," making it sound like a Badfinger song, Oranger juice up "Make It With You" with some sitar and fuzz bass, and Eric Shea and Bart Davenport drop some absolutely beautiful harmonies on "Goodbye Girl" (which is a David Gates solo track but it is so nicely done you have to give it a pass). A few bands do take liberties with the source material with varying results. Two bands who make it work are Call & Response, whose vocalist Carrie Clough is a dead ringer for Karen Carpenter on "Baby I'm a Want You," the first 30 seconds of which is pure soft rock heaven before heading into a pleasantly bubbling Stereolab-like direction, and Paula Frazer, who imbues "Everything I Own" with a broken grandeur the original didn't have. Those who fail include Rachel Goswell, whose overly somber take on "If" sounds like a failed audition for a This Mortal Coil album; the Holy Sons noodly and vocally overcooked guitar-meets-electronic beats version of "The Last Time," and Emily Sparks' overly earnest and gray "Too Much Love." The rest is pretty decent, especially Dave Derby's sweet "I Use the Soap" and Cake's dorky yet enjoyable "The Guitar Man." Overall the disc is a fitting tribute to a fine band whose time to be rediscovered had come. Coming next -- American Hero: Songs of Joey Scarbury.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/19/2005
Label: Badman Records
UPC: 0655037095125
catalogNumber: 951
Rank: 93565


  1. It Don't Matter to Me
  2. Baby, I'm a Want You
  3. Games of Magic
  4. The Guitar Man
  5. Friends and Lovers
  6. Everything I Own
  7. Down on My Knees
  8. Make It With You
  9. I Use the Soap
  10. The Last Time
  11. Too Much Love
  12. Look at Me
  13. If
  14. Goodbye Girl

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul K.   Keyboards
Jon Auer   Vocals
Mike Drake   Guitar,Vocals
Xan McCurdy   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Vince Di Fiore   Trumpet,Background Vocals
John McCrea   Vocals
Paula Frazer   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Rachel Goswell   Vocals
Pete Finney   Steel Guitar
Matt McCord   Drums
Emily Sparks   Vocals
Patrick Main   Keyboards,Vocals
Dave Derby   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Dylan Magierek   Track Performer
Gabe Nelson   Background Vocals
Carrie Clough   Vocals
Keith Brogdon   Drums
Thom Moore   Vocals
Simone Rubi   Keyboards,Vocals
Dan Judd   Guitar
Terri Loewenthal   Bass,Vocals
Jordan Dalrymple   Percussion,Drums
Jim Lindsay   Trap Kit
Matt Harris   Bass,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Tyler Pope   Guitar
Scott Hirsch   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
James Kim   Drums
Emil Amos   Vocals
Leila Mack   Background Vocals
Greg Moore   Guitar,Piano,Background Vocals
Darius "Take One" Minwalla   Drums

Technical Credits

David Gates   Composer
James Griffin   Composer
Kotch   Producer,Engineer
Paul K.   Engineer
Jon Auer   Engineer,Instrumentation
Brad Jones   Producer
Robb Royer   Composer
Desmond Shea   Engineer
Kip Beelman   Engineer
Emily Sparks   Instrumentation
Dave Auchenbach   Producer,Engineer
Dave Derby   Producer,Engineer
Dylan Magierek   Engineer,Liner Notes
Graig Markel   Engineer
Simone Rubi   Art Direction
Emil Amos   Engineer,Instrumentation
Patrick Olguin   Composer
Velvet Mornings   Engineer

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