BREAD - Manna 12" Vinyl LP Album

- "manna" refers to the miraculous sweet bread that God provided to the Israelites

Bread's 1971 album "MANNA" is a hallmark of 1970s rock, blending soft rock and folk influences. The 12" vinyl LP, featuring hits "If" and "Let Your Love Go," showcases the band's musical synergy and timeless craftsmanship. The album's emotive tracks, coupled with its enduring influence, solidify "MANNA" as a classic, offering a nostalgic journey into the heyday of rock music.

This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.

Album Front Cover Photo of BREAD - Manna

BREAD - Manna Essential Information

"Manna" Album Description:

In the world of rock history, 1971 stands out as a year marked by the emergence of iconic albums that would go on to define an era. Among them, the American rock band "Bread" contributed significantly with their third studio album, aptly titled "MANNA." Released in 1971, this 12" vinyl LP remains a cherished relic of the era, featuring timeless tracks that continue to resonate with music enthusiasts.

The album showcases the distinctive sound that Bread had cultivated, blending elements of soft rock and folk, capturing the essence of the early 1970s music scene. The melancholic yet melodic tunes of "MANNA" draw listeners into a sonic landscape where introspection meets musical craftsmanship.

Two standout tracks from the album, "If" and "Let Your Love Go," catapulted Bread into the mainstream, leaving an indelible mark on the music charts. "If," with its emotive lyrics and soulful delivery, became an anthem of its time, striking a chord with audiences and earning its place among the classic ballads of the 1970s. On the other hand, "Let Your Love Go" exudes a more upbeat energy, showcasing Bread's versatility in navigating the spectrum of emotions through their music.

The craftsmanship evident in the arrangement of each track on "MANNA" reflects the band's commitment to creating a cohesive and immersive listening experience. The seamless fusion of David Gates' vocals, James Griffin's guitar work, and the rhythmic foundation provided by the ensemble highlights the musical synergy that defined Bread's signature sound.

As one delves into the grooves of the 12" vinyl LP, the tactile experience adds another layer to the appreciation of the album. The analog warmth and crackles evoke a sense of nostalgia, transporting listeners back to a time when vinyl records were the primary medium for experiencing music.

Music Genre:

Classic Rock

Label & Catalognr:

 Elektra – K 52001

Media Format:

Record Format: 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

Manufactured in the UK 1971

BREAD - Manna Production & Recording Information


David Gates - Producer

James Griffin - Producer

Robb Royer - Producer

Sound & Recording Engineers:

Armin Steiner . Sound Engineer

Recording Location:

Recorded at Sound Recorders, Hollywood/CA

Album Cover Design & Artwork:

Robert L. Heimall - Album Cover Design, Artwork and Photography

Musicians on: BREAD - Manna

Band-members, Musicians:

David Gates - vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica, violin, bass

David Gates, born in 1940, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, emerged as a musical polymath within the iconic band Bread. As the lead vocalist and principal songwriter, Gates wielded his talents across an array of instruments, including guitar, keyboards, harmonica, violin, and bass. His multifaceted contributions played a pivotal role in shaping the band's distinctive sound, establishing him as a luminary in the 1970s rock landscape.

James Griffin - vocals, guitar, keyboards

James Arthur Griffin, born in 1943, in Cincinnati, Ohio, became the soulful voice and musical virtuoso in Bread. A vocalist and instrumentalist proficient in guitar and keyboards, Griffin's melodic prowess and harmonious vocals were integral to the band's success. His collaboration with David Gates formed the core of Bread's songwriting, leaving an indelible mark on the soft rock genre.

Robb Royer - guitar, bass, keyboards, backing vocals

Robb Royer, born in 1942, in Los Angeles, California, served as the sonic architect and harmonic maestro in Bread. With an extensive skill set encompassing guitar, bass, keyboards, and backing vocals, Royer contributed to the band's lush soundscapes. His creative input, both instrumentally and vocally, played a crucial role in defining Bread's signature style and ensuring their enduring musical legacy.

Mike Botts - drums, percussion

Michael Gene Botts, born in 1944, in Oakland, California, stood as the rhythmic dynamo behind the kit in Bread. Renowned for his proficiency in drums and percussion, Botts provided the heartbeat that propelled the band's sound. His nuanced and dynamic drumming style added a layer of complexity to Bread's compositions, contributing to the band's widespread acclaim in the realm of 1970s rock.

Track-listing of: BREAD - Manna

Tracklisting Side One:
  1. Let Your Love Go 2:25
  2. Take Comfort 3:32
  3. Too Much Love 2:45
  4. If 2:33
  5. Be Kind To Me 3:03
  6. He's A Good Lad 2:57
Tracklisting Side Two:
  1. She Was My Lady 2:50
  2. Live In Your Love 2:46
  3. What A Change 3:38
  4. I Say Again 2:52
  5. Come Again 4:01
  6. Truckin' 2:31


Front Cover Photo Of BREAD - Manna


BREAD - Manna  front cover

 Note: The photos on this page are taken from albums in my personal collection. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash. Images can be zoomed in/out ( eg pinch with your fingers on a tablet or smartphone ).

Photo Of The Back Cover BREAD - Manna


BREAD - Manna  back cover

Close up of Side One record's label BREAD - Manna

"Manna by Bread" Record Label Details:  Elektra – K 52001, Screen Gems-Columbia © Copyright & ℗ Sound Copyright 1971

Close up "Manna by Bread" Record Label Details:  Elektra – K 52001, Screen Gems-Columbia © Copyright & ℗ Sound Copyright 1971

Photo Side One Vinyl LP BREAD - Manna


BREAD - Manna  vinyl lp record

Photo Side Two Vinyl LP BREAD - Manna


BREAD - Manna  vinyl lp record