Goodbye Girl

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
On the heels of the success of the 1977 film The Goodbye Girl and the popularity of the theme song, former Bread vocalist David Gates released this 1978 album. Featuring his hit song, Goodbye Girl included material culled from his previous solo albums, 1973's First and 1975's Never Let Her Go. However, rather than simply an odds-and-sods collection, the album also included several newly recorded songs with "Took the Last Train," "Overnight Sensation," "California Lady," "Drifter," and "He Don't Know How to Love You." While the album certainly fit into Gates' melodic, laid-back soft rock oeuvre, the new songs found him branching out musically. Perhaps inspired by Labelle's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
On the heels of the success of the 1977 film The Goodbye Girl and the popularity of the theme song, former Bread vocalist David Gates released this 1978 album. Featuring his hit song, Goodbye Girl included material culled from his previous solo albums, 1973's First and 1975's Never Let Her Go. However, rather than simply an odds-and-sods collection, the album also included several newly recorded songs with "Took the Last Train," "Overnight Sensation," "California Lady," "Drifter," and "He Don't Know How to Love You." While the album certainly fit into Gates' melodic, laid-back soft rock oeuvre, the new songs found him branching out musically. Perhaps inspired by Labelle's 1974 disco hit "Lady Marmalade," Gates' similarly French-infused, St. Tropez-set "Took the Last Train" was a cutting-edge (for the time) synthesizer and drum machine-driven number featuring the chorus refrain "Viens chez moi/Ce soir va jamais terminer/On va rester toujours ensemble" -- which, loosely translated, means "Come to me/Tonight will never end/We will always be together." The song is a forgotten yacht rock-era anthem that deserves a place next to such classics of the genre as Rupert Holmes' "The PiƱa Colada Song" and Bertie Higgins' "Key Largo." Although Gates was largely responsible for the more mellow end of Bread's output with "California Lady," "Drifter," and "He Don't Know How to Love You," he dug into his Oklahoma roots and displayed his knack for Eagles-style country-rock. Ultimately, Goodbye Girl is a great example of mainstream '70s AOR and still works as a nice single-disc snapshot of Gates' post-Bread work up to that point.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2008
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140061422
  • Catalog Number: 614
  • Sales rank: 14,025

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Goodbye Girl (2:48)
  2. 2 Took the Last Train (4:31)
  3. 3 Overnight Sensation (5:02)
  4. 4 California Lady (3:55)
  5. 5 Ann (3:50)
  6. 6 Drifter (3:41)
  7. 7 He Don't Know How to Love You (2:42)
  8. 8 Clouds Suite (8:55)
  9. 9 Lorilee (4:45)
  10. 10 Part-Time Love (2:25)
  11. 11 Sunday Rider (3:23)
  12. 12 Never Let Her Go (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Gates Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Moog Synthesizer
David Lindley Fiddle
Larry Carlton Guitar, Soloist
Jim Gordon Drums
Michael Botts Drums
Dan Dugmore Steel Guitar
John Guerin Drums
Jim Horn Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Larry Knechtel Organ, Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Soloist, Moog Bass
Russ Kunkel Drums
Dean Parks Guitar, Electric Guitar, Soloist
Mike Botts Conga, Drums
Technical Credits
David Gates Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Larry Knechtel Arranger, Producer
Bruce Morgan Engineer
Roger Mayer Engineer
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