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Badfinger's 1974 debut for Warner Brothers. Features some melodies & vocal harmonies which are reminiscent of the group's mentors, the Beatles. Includes 'Love is Easy', 'Shine On', 'Song for a Lost Friend' & nine others.

1. Shine On
2. I Miss You
3. Love Is Easy
4. Lonely You
5. Give It Up
6. Andy Norris
7. Song For A Lost Friend
8. Why Don't We Talk
9. Island
10. Matted Spam
11. Where Do We Go From Here?
12. My Heart Goes Out

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 2, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros UK
  • ASIN: B000024L01
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 19, 2003
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Nothing like being under the gun to 1) Stress you out 2)Cause writer's block 3)Create enough friction to start a fire and 4)Cause members to leave. That's what happened to Badfinger during their brief tenure with Warner Brothers Records. They recorded three albums (only two of which were initially released. Head First finally appeared about two years ago)none of which received any push from Warner at the time. Why? They were talented, had a couple of hits and bestselling albums. What's more, they managed to help invent power pop and produce two incredible albums all within two years. It all comes down to the size of the pond; they were big fish in a small pond at Apple Records. At Warner, they were out of their element and lost.
Badfinger finds the band casting for direction. Ass, their last album for Apple had been recorded nearly a year before but came out within a couple of months of their latest album. This contributed to the confusion. What's worse, is the writing crisis effecting their most talented songwriter; Pete Ham suddenly thought he could do no right.
A cliched observation about this album is really true; Badfinger is the band's White Album. The production by Chris Thomas is fine for the most part although a number of production gimmicks do distract a bit from the quality of the songs. Still, some of the sonic experiments were interesting. The truth is that the band was exhausted. Their new contract required them to turn out an enormous amount of product within a short span of time (2 albums a year plus 2 singles--not too dissimilar from the early Beatles situation. However, of The Beatles first five albums only one consisted of all original material).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Man On The Flaming Pie on November 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Though it doesn't have the continuity of its predecessor, the underrated Ass, Badfinger's debut on the Warner Bros. label has the one thing that Ass was greatly missing: Pete Ham compositions (he sang lead on only two tracks on Ass)! The sound may be a bit muddy, I believe due to the fact that the master tapes do not exist anymore, but all the instruments can still be clearly heard.
As always, Pete's contributions are the best (and most commercial) and Joey's are the heaviest & roughest. The piano- & organ-laden "I Miss You" seems like a strange choice for an opening track, but it works for this album, as most of the best tracks are the laid-back ones. "Shine On" is an energetic slight rocker with light instrumentation and guitars which seem to leap out of the speakers. "Matted Spam" breaks the mood of the album (without killing it) with its horns and bouncy melody. While a few of the middle tracks may be a bit generic by the band's standards, the album truely takes off about 70% of the way through. Mike breaks out of the drummer's mold and contributes one of the best tracks, "My Heart Goes Out," a song which I find to be indescribably beautiful. Pete's "Lonely You" is possibly the best song on the album, and I think could have been a great hit for someone with a more commercial voice. Joey's "Give It Up" juxtaposes hushed verses with a heavy chorus whose opening guitar chord seems to jump in out of nowhere.
While Badfinger may be an uneven effort, it's certainly a worthy addition to the band's discography. Don't overlook it just because the CD is only available via import--it's worth every cent.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 15, 1998
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The first album resulting from Badfinger's Warner's cotract was quickly recorded after ASS(the band's last Apple record since deleted--although rumor has it that it will be reissued) and, although well produced, suffers for it.
Pete Ham makes two major missteps. "I miss you", although heartfelt, is sweet enough to require insulin. "Matted spam", although a good song(the superior version appears on Ham's posthumous solo album currently available), it's marred by a pop/funk arrangement. The r&b groove of the song and arrangement is strained and inappropriate.
That said, there are some Badfinger classics on this album as well. Ham & Evans "Shine on"(their attempt to write a single)has all the strong elements that make a Badfinger song worth having; strong melody, great riff and vocal arrangements. Joey Molland's "Give it up" is a terrific straight ahead rocker. There are other examples scattered throughout the disc. This album shows the band a little unsure of where to go next, but the ride is welcome and interesting. BADFINGER paved the way for the far superior WISH YOU WERE HERE and the still unreleased(although drummer Mike Gibbins custom label Forbidden will be releasing it later this year) HEAD FIRST.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GDS on November 4, 1998
While not quite a classic on par with their 'No Dice', 'Straight Up', and 'Wish You Were Here' albums, Badfinger's self-titled Warner Brothers debut is nevertheless a solid effort. With its varied music styles it brings to mind the Beatles' 'White Album'.
Joey Molland's "Island" and "Give It Up" are among his finest contributions to Badfinger. Tom Evans scores with "Why Don't We Talk" while Mike Gibbins' "My Heart Goes Out" is a lovely folk ballad.
For me, the highlights are Pete Ham's tunes including "Song For A Lost Friend" and "Shine On" (co-written with Tom Evans). The latter is the definitive country-rock song that the Eagles *WISH* they could have written :-)
My personal favorite is the gorgeous "Lonely You", a Pete Ham classic that would have fit nicely on The Beatles' "Rubber Soul".
The remastering done in Germany is fabulous, providing clear and dynamic listening experience.
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