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Produced by Chris Thomas and Badfinger, except Todd Rundgren. All tracks mixed by Chris Thomas and Badfinger. Recorded at Apple Studios, Olympic Studios and Morgan Studios, in London and The Manor in Oxford. 1973 Apple original recording. SIDE ONE: Apple Of My Eye, Get Away, Icicles, The Winner, Blind Owl. SIDE TWO: Constitution, When I Say, Cowboy, I Can Love You, Timeless.

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  • Vinyl
  • Original Release Date: 1973
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording
  • Label: Apple
  • ASIN: B000HDLUBS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,817 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By William J. Eichelberger on July 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
While Badfinger's Straight Up and No Dice albums are widely and deservedly considered classics, their Apple swan song, "Ass" gets so little attention that it's never even been released domestically. Few people outside the core of die-hard fans even know it exists. Too bad, because they're missing some stellar moments. While power-pop was the buzzword that surrounded much of the rest of the band's catalog, "Ass" doesn't come off quite as sweet and is all the better for it. "Ass" was Badfinger stretching out and showing that they were more than recycled Beatle hooks and harmonies. While "Apple Of My Eye", Ham's achingly appropriate tip of the hat to the band's soon to be ex-label, captures the band's sound of old, several of the other songs seem to come from a harder edged, refreshingly different vein. "Timeless" is quite possibly Pete Ham's finest recorded moment with it's slow-building intensity, harrowing guitar and fade to infinity ending, and if nothing else shows just how huge a talent the world lost a short time later. Pete was not only a gifted songwriter, but as this song also shows, a brilliant guitarist. These two songs along with "Constitution", "Icicles", "Blind Owl" and "I Can Love You" are the albums undoubted highlights, but only Mike Gibbins' "Cowboy" seems out of place on the album. Despite it's thrown together, admittedly rushed feel, Ass is a great Badfinger album that has never recieved a fair shake. It's nice to see this import only re-release for those who missed it the first time around, but I have my doubts as to whether this will wake people up to what they've been missing. Again, too bad.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Morten Vindberg on May 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Additional comments to the 2010 remastered release:

"Ass" is undoubtedly the Badfinger album that has benefitted most from the new remastering. On the first CD release from 1996 the sound was very muddy and certainly not on par with the other Apple reissues. This is now thankfully corrected with this new 2010 release.

Also disappointing was it that the 1996 version contained only one single bonus track. This has also improved with this release, which now includes five bonus tracks, several of which are really exciting additions.

"Do You Mind" was the lone bonus number on the first release. On the new edition is the number again to find, but in a different version, which unfortunately is not better. I am missing Tom Evans fine harmony vocals on the chorus, a little frustrating since Molland himself is no great singer.

Pete Ham's "Apple of My Eye" is found in an earlier edition produced by the group themselves, good, but not as good as the final version which Chris Thomas helped to produce.

Tom Evans's "Blind Owl" is also found in an earlier version which "Apple of My Eye" is interesting, but not quite as good as the final version.

"Regular" is an unpretentious Joey Molland song that has never before been released. The song appear finished, but has probably originally not been found good enough to get on the album. Another outtake from "Ass" is Pete Ham's "Piano Red", which unfortunately is only available as a digital download, unless you want to invest in then Apple Box set. A shame, as the album generally lacks Pete Ham songs - it must be said that "Piano Red" is a somewhat atypical Ham song which may also have been deselected by being too different.

The last number is a different mix of Pete Ham's magnificent "Timeless".
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Long unavailable, ASS was Badfinger's fourth and final album for the Apple label. Their self-titled debut for Warner Bros. would be released a mere three months after ASS. That, coupled with the fact that Apple did little to promote the album, resulted in an album that failed to chart. Despite the album's poor chart showing, it is not without it's highlights.

The album is bookended by two first-rate efforts from Pete Ham. The opening track is a kiss off to their former label. [Badfinger left Apple on acrimonious terms.] The closing track is the majestic "Timeless." [At nearly eight minutes it is the longest song in the Badfinger canon.]

Co-founder Tom Evans also turns in two equally fine songs. First, the uptempo "Blind Owl" and the lovely "When I Say." Mike Gibbins lone contribution is the country-flavored "Cowboy."

The remaining five tracks (along with the bonus track "Do You Mind") were penned by Joey Molland. The rockers like "Get Away," "Winner" and "Constitution" are serviceable, but the highlights are the love songs "Icicles" and "I Can Love You."

While not up to the high standards of their previous LP STRAIGHT UP, this is still a necessary purchase for Badfinger fans. RECOMMENDED
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael n on November 11, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The final non-Beatle release on Apple Records, Badfinger's "Ass" signaled the end of the Fab Four's label. While not one of my favorite Badfinger releases, the history behind the recording is interesting. Badfinger began recording the album in January 1972 with Todd Rundgren. The sessions lasted one week before a falling out between the band and Rundgren occurred. Badfinger then convinced the executives at Apple to allow them to produce themselves. They delivered a complete album to the label in late 1972 and Apple Records promptly rejected it (as they had done with the first version of Badfinger's classic "Straight Up" album in 1971). In order to complete the album, producer Chris Thomas was brought in. Most of the songs on the album were written by guitarist Joey Molland. Guitarist Pete Ham, who wrote Badfinger's most well-known songs ("No Matter What,""Day After Day," and "Baby Blue") contributed only two songs on this outing, "Apple of My Eye" which was released as the single, and "Timeless," a song that showed off Ham's incredible lead guitar skills. Bassist Tom Evans contributed one of my favorite Badfinger songs, "When I Say." While the album was completed in early 1973, it was not released until November 1973 in the US and March 1974 in the UK, long after the band had left Apple Records. The band had moved to Warner Brothers Records and released a new album on that label in February 1974. With two albums out on two different labels, the listening public was over-saturated with Badfinger and neither album sold well. The remastering of "Ass" was completed by the same team that remastered the entire Beatles catalog (released last year) and thir skills are evident even during my first listening.Read more ›
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