It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Customer images. See all customer images. Top reviews Most recent Top reviews. Top reviews from the United States. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. First of all, this is a fantastic compilation of Bread's early hits; and the fact it's a multi-platinum compilation proves that.
I'm not really here to talk about the album in general; we know how good it is. No, I'm here to talk about this release specifically. I've heard three main releases of this over the years, the original LP, the first CD issue, and the remaster. To me, the thing always had a slight quality of "radio-ready" to it; it sounded like the album had been compressed and limited already. It still sounded fine, and I always somewhat assumed that was just part of their sound. Having gotten back on to the SACD boat after finding out it didn't completely sink; it was only natural I grab this iconic collection.
This release blows every other release out of it's respective player; my first instinct was to think I was listening to the original master. The clarity is far beyond what I've heard before, which often borderlined being too bright.
The mix sounded more natural and full of life; the bass was richer and the high end was just perfectly balanced, resulting in a nicer sound stage. The dynamic range sounded much less stressed and more true to the original mix. I'm not going to say this is a collection of recordings that set out to be an audiophile spectacular; it is very much a product of mixing of the era.
But with this release, that's all you hear; and in great detail. Hoffman's mastering of the original stereo mix is fantastic, as it should be; I seem to recall reading about his method and he takes almost every detail in to consideration. I'm not set-up for quad, so I can't listen to the 4. Both were taken from original masters. I first got "The Best of Bread" on vinyl soon after it came out in when I was 17 and I still have it!!!. All these years I've been listening to Bread and never realized what treasures the songs not on the greatest hit package were.
This album is very, very good and I am looking forward to filling my music library with their other studio releases. Excellent if you were a 70s child.
Just to be able to hear this again was well worth the price! Great music for a long road trip! The music is excellent, reminiscent of a time when radio friendly rock music was softening, record production and sound quality was ameliorating at an incredible rate, and artist competition made for excellent song-writing. That's the s to me in a nutshell. Largely unnoticed even back then, Bread released solid hits that remain timeless.
Finding Bread's debut album on CD at a decent price is near impossible. The compressed lossy files available for download don't do the album justice. One needs to hear it in lossless quality, because the nuances and softness of the production is half the fun. The other half is the songwriting. I can honestly say that there isn't a song by Bread that I skip. The debut is what got the ball rolling, and while critics back then didn't care for it much, it is an exquisite listening experience today.
While not directly sold on amazon, if you're like me and you're frustrated with all the compilations and greatest hits offerings but want to hear the albums as they were, I recommend procuring the UK pressing "Original Album Series" by Source Interlink UK. It contains Bread's entire studio discography first five albums , and is an immersive exposure to Bread, not some greatest hits compilation that ignores songs that never made it to radio airplay.
The only issue with the Original Album Series is the lack of individual CD jewel cases for each album, as the set comes in a slim cardboard box, and each album is in its own cardboard vinyl LP replica "sleeve.
Anyway, pick up this gem. It failed to get up stairs! But the flip suggests another Georgie Fame. Later, Pete, OK? Our packing guy Richard is certainly not a fan as he helped assemble sleeves for our reissue of this early hard rocking and folky classic. Easy to see why they only made 99 in ! Lightning scrapped this release and it was thought all copies were destroyed. This finished copy in a pic sleeve turned up in Elton used them as Xmas gifts.
Cut by Jagger and Richards as part of a budding song-writing partnership in September with the intention unfulfilled of Mark Wynter recording it. This first pressing has the 2. Decca planned this grim 2-LP set of B-sides but pulled it. This punk rarity emerged just as RRPG went to press but has been added to our online version. Ringo sends a personal message to the sales team plugging his single, Only You. Sold the rest were junked.
There are only 50 copies of this brown vinyl mispressing in existence for U2 fans to dream of. CBS Ireland milked their slim catalogue. This white vinyl presentation pack of their four singles is the most limited variant.
These 50 sets have Red Hill Mining Town pressed on both sides. Hideously rare. Flight case of goodies including a CD and cassette of the album, which many hacks swiftly sold. One hundred of these special boxes were made. Containing LP, CD, cassette, video and etching curated by designer Vaughan Oliver, complete sets retain their price as most have items missing. Zep placing themselves on the event horizon of a black hole where reggae hits doo-wop. Mike Botts, drums and percussion and Larry Knechtel played keyboards, guitar, bass and harmonica.
As described by seller the vinyl was in like new condition and looked lightly played. Every song on this album is outstanding and brings back many memories of my younger years listening to this album at a friends house.
A classic and must have for any collector. The cover was in very good shape with one thing I don't remember from my youth, the cover has gold glitter all over it, front back and inside? Maybe this was the way it was made? Great album if you are a fan of Bread.
One person found this helpful. One of the very first vinyl albums my husband and I purchased together and one of our favorites. However, with the advent of CD's our vinyls went by the wayside. So happy to have this album again on CD. It is absolutely one of our all time favorites. Sound quality is exceptional. Have never liked purchasing an entire album for only one or two favorite songs.
MP3's make it possible to avoid making such a purchase. However, throughout the years we have found that the "BEST OF" albums by our favorite groups and artists include all or most of our favorite songs.
This album was no exception. If you love the group "Bread" you will love this album. Great CD, brings back memories. If you're thinking of buying this CD, I am sure you already know the songs and know that you like them, so I don't have much to say about the songs.
I love them, but that's personal taste. I will say the quality of the CD is great, nice and clear. Package arrived in perfect condition. Buy and enjoy :. This music takes me back to a time when the magic of the fairytale was so real--then Life got real complicated. No one--especially the children--wins, when sex is the primary equation of love, for Roseanne Barr said it best when she said years ago, that America's refugees are it's children!
I like this four channel cd. The sound is crisp and clean. Condition: Used: Very Good. Comment: All Discs are inspected and guaranteed. All dispatched with 1 - 3 working days from the UK. Add to Cart. Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon. Image Unavailable Image not available for Color:. Bread Format: Audio CD. Bread "Please retry". MP3 Music, January 1, "Please retry". Audio CD "Please retry". Vinyl "Please retry".
Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Best of Bread. Best of Bread. Anthology of Bread. Only 3 left in stock - order soon. While not intended as limited edition items per se, picture sleeves were designed to spur sales and were often discontinued once sales of the record began to pick up. For various reasons, some picture sleeves are harder to find than others, and there are a number of records, some by famous artists, where certain picture sleeves are rare to the point where only a few copies are known to exist.
Others are rare, but not to that degree. This is one of the factors that pretty much has no exceptions; a record with a picture sleeve is always more valuable than the same record without one. While the majority of records are standard issues that were manufactured with the intention that they be sold in stores, some are pre-production versions that were made for in-house use at the record companies prior to making the stock pressings. Acetates, or lacquers, as they are more properly known, are records that are individually cut on a lathe by a recording engineer.
The recordings are cut on metal plates that are coated with soft lacquer. Acetates are the first step in the process of making a record, as they can be plated with metal and used to make stampers for production of the copies sold in stores. They can also be played on a turntable and are often used to evaluate the sound of a song or an album prior to putting it into formal production. On rare occasions, acetates have been sent to radio stations as promotional items when regular pressings were not yet available.
As acetates are cut one at a time, they are understandably rare, and command a high value in the market place as they are both rare and unusual. Test pressings are a bit more common than acetates, and are made to test stampers prior to mass produced production runs.
They are usually the first pressings made from a set of stampers, and can be distinguished by their labels, which will differ from those used on stock pressings. Test pressings may have blank white labels or they may have special labels that indicate that they are test pressings. These custom labels usually have blank lines printed on them so that the people working with them can write the title and artist on the labels by hand. As with acetates, test pressings are usually used for evaluation purposes by record company personnel, though they are occasionally sent out as promotional items.
As they are rather unusual and limited in production to just a handful of copies, test pressings are highly regarded and sought out by collectors. Sometimes, test pressings may contain different versions of one or more songs from the commercially released albums. This can also add to their value. We have written a more in-depth article about test pressings and acetates. You can read it here. Records pressed in foreign countries are often of interest to record collectors.
While most collectors are interested in records from the country where they live, a lot of them are interested in owning anything unusual by the artists that interest them. Most record albums are designed by record companies in either the United States or Great Britain, and most releases from either country are nearly identical.
Other countries, however, have been known to create dramatically different versions of records from the U. Sometimes, foreign pressings may have different titles, or different covers from the more common versions from the U. On other occasions, record companies in other countries may choose to press albums on colored vinyl. Many albums from Japan from the late s through the early s were pressed on dark red vinyl.
These pressings are highly regarded by collectors for both their unusual appearance and their sound quality. While many American Beatles records are worth a lot of money, so are those from Great Britain, as the band released records there prior to releasing them in the U. Prices for foreign non-U. In general, collectors in the United States will always be interested, to some degree, in any foreign record by artists whose records they collect.Product Description. Bread were one of the finest pop rock bands of all time. Led by the unforgettable voice and songs of guitarist/keyboardist David Gates, alongside the vocals and superlative writings of guitarist James Griffin, Bread scored several number one and top five singles and albums, which made them one of the most popular groups of the seventies/5(1).