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On The Waters

Elektra EKS-74076
Released: July 1970
Chart Peak: #12
Weeks Charted: 32
Certified Gold: 12/21/72

Mike BottsRobb RoyerJames GriffinDavid GatesBread bring it home in the soft-rock style of their big "Make It With You" hit, and quality performances are the key that put Bread head and shoulders above other acoustic guitar bands. The group's strong, refined harmonies complement a rich array of tunes, like "Blue Satin Pillow," "Look What You've Done" and "Coming Part." This all-hit package, for AM and FM, is a rarity and Bread will add plenty of gravy to the celebration.

- Billboard, 1970.

Bonus Reviews!

The David Gates-penned singles were some of the the most romantic music around in the early '70s and this album features their only number one single, "Make It with You." In fact, the singles were often reason enough to buy Bread's albums. But Bread was no one-dimensional band. Griffin & Royer were strong writers in their own right and that diversity has helped the Bread records hold up over the years. * * *

- Jim Worbois, The All-Music Guide to Rock, 1995.

On the Waters has many of David Gates's best ballads ("Been Too Long on the Road," "Make it With You," "In the Afterglow," "The Other Side of Life") and the peaks of the James Griffin/Robb Royer collaboration ("Why Do You Keep Me Waiting," "Look What You've Done," "I Am That I Am," "Coming Apart,' "Call On Me"). It's a superb mix of mellow tracks and more intense numbers, with nobody pigeonholed into a role yet and no cloying songs. * * * * 1/2

- Steve Holtje, Musichound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, 1996.

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