Badfinger/Wish You Were Here/In Concert at the BBC 1972-1973

Badfinger/Wish You Were Here/In Concert at the BBC 1972-1973

by Badfinger
     
 
The saga of British rockers Badfinger is a harrowing tale rife with drama, disappointment, and ultimately tragedy. It's amazing, then, that they were able to produce some of the most focused and buoyant power pop of the 1970s. Finding their fame -- but alas, not their fortune -- with several Top Ten singles and four albums on

Overview

The saga of British rockers Badfinger is a harrowing tale rife with drama, disappointment, and ultimately tragedy. It's amazing, then, that they were able to produce some of the most focused and buoyant power pop of the 1970s. Finding their fame -- but alas, not their fortune -- with several Top Ten singles and four albums on the Beatles' Apple Records label, Badfinger's then-manager Stan Polley negotiated a lucrative multi-album deal for the band with Warner Bros, a move which would result in the final death knell for the struggling Apple Corps. The two studio albums featured on this Rhino/Edsel release -- both from 1974 -- were the group's first and sadly, last for Warner. Enlisting producer Chris Thomas, the group was rushed into the studio to record Badfinger, their debut for the new label. Having completed Ass -- their final record for Apple -- a mere two weeks prior, the group was understandably worn out and lacking in new material. In spite of this, there are some true gems here such as the Tom Evans/Pete Ham collaboration "Shine On" and Ham's "Song for a Lost Friend," but mostly, Badfinger comes across as an uneven effort. The album's commercial potential was further muddled by Apple Corps' delayed release of Ass which came out within a month of Badfinger, confusing fans and drawing interest away from their latest offering. After quickly embarking on another American tour, an emotionally and creatively weary Badfinger was once again rushed into the studio with Chris Thomas to record their Warner follow-up Wish You Were Here. Pulling themselves up by their bootstraps, the group somehow managed to turn a series of half-songs and ideas into a remarkably cohesive and well-written pop album. With songs like "Just a Chance" and "Know One Knows," Wish You Were Here had all the hallmarks of a big-selling rock album and was already receiving rave reviews in the U.S. Sadly, the album had barely been in stores a month before the band's lingering legal and financial issues caused Warner to pull it from the shelves. The growing list of disappointments, combined with Polley's corrupt management, were finally too much for guitarist Pete Ham who took his own life not long after the Wish You Were Here debacle. Adding some perspective to what can now be seen as a tumultuous era for Badfinger, Rhino has included a second disc, In Concert at the BBC 1972-1973, which spans their transition between Apple and Warner and can almost be seen as a prequel to the two included studio albums. The material culled from the two live sets presents a sharp, hard-driving rock band at the peak of their power, still hopeful of future successes that would ultimately evade them.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/2013
Label:
Edsel Records Uk
UPC:
0740155703639
catalogNumber:
5570363
Rank:
12844

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I Miss You
  2. Shine On
  3. Love Is Easy
  4. Song for a Lost Friend
  5. Why Don't We Talk?
  6. Island
  7. Matted Spam
  8. Where Do We Go From Here?
  9. My Heart Goes Out
  10. Lonely You
  11. Give It Up
  12. Andy Norris
  13. Just a Chance
  14. You're So Fine
  15. Got to Get Out of Here
  16. Know One Knows
  17. Dennis
  18. In the Meantime/Some Other Time
  19. Love Time
  20. King of the Load
  21. Meanwhile Back at the Ranch/Should I Smoke

Disc 2

  1. Better Days
  2. Only You Know and I Know
  3. We're for the Dark
  4. Sweet Tuesday Morning
  5. Feelin' Alright
  6. Take It All
  7. Suitcase
  8. Love Is Easy
  9. Blind Owl
  10. Constitution
  11. Icicles
  12. Matted Spam
  13. Suitcase
  14. I Can't Take It

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Badfinger   Primary Artist
Average White Band   Horn
Joey Molland   Guitar,Vocals
Tom Evans   Bass,Vocals
Mike Gibbins   Drums,Vocals
Pete Ham   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Russ & the Flames   Pans
Mika Kato   Spoken Word

Technical Credits

Dave Mason   Composer
Joey Molland   Composer
Roger Ball   Arranger
Tom Evans   Composer
Mike Gibbins   Composer
Jeff Griffin   Producer
Pete Ham   Composer
Jim Horn   Horn Arrangements
Bill Price   Engineer
Alan Robinson   Liner Notes
Que Guercios   Engineer
Chris Thomas   Producer
John Kosh   Cover Layout
Tony Hodsoll   CD Package Design
Phil Chapman   Engineer
Fag & Tergie   Special Effects
Ann O'Dell   Orchestration
Michael Doud   Art Direction
Keith Phillips   Photo Scanning
Gareth Guinness   Engineer
Cathy Molland   Composer

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