Bread – Baby I’m-A Want You (1972) [MFSL 2019]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 34:45 minutes | Scans included | 1,4 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 770 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2205 | Genre: Rock
Baby I’m-a Want You is the fourth album by Bread, released in 1972. Its singles included the title cut (which reached #3 on the Billboard Top 100), “Everything I Own” (#5), “Mother Freedom” (#37), and “Diary” (#15). This was the first Bread album to feature keyboards player Larry Knechtel.
Baby I’m-A Want You is Bread’s best album, showcasing its soft and hard sides (yes, Bread had a hard side) at their respective peaks. “Mother Freedom”, with its crunchy James Griffin guitar solo, and the superb soft rocker “Baby I’m-A Want You” made a brilliant opening which the rest of the album had a hard time matching. The songs range from wistful sentimentality (“Diary”) to spirited protest (“This Isn’t What the Government,” a poor man’s “Taxman” with an anti-war slant). The high points outnumber the flat spots, and the playing is very polished (with unexpected hard rock flourishes on “Dream Lady”), but this is still a ’70s period piece.
01. Mother Freedom
02. Baby I’m-A Want You
03. Down On My Knees
04. Everything I Own
05. Nobody Like You
07. Dream Lady
09. Games Of Magic
10. This Isn’t What The Governmeant
11. Just Like Yesterday
12. I Don’t Love You
David Gates – vocals, guitars, bass, Moog, violin
James Griffin – vocals, guitars, piano
Larry Knechtel – piano, bass, Hammond organ, harmonica, guitars, miscellaneous keyboards
Mike Botts – drums, percussion
Robb Royer – bass on “1”
Mastered by Rob LoVerde at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Sebastopol, CA.