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Editorial Reviews

One of the highest-priced LPs on the collectors' market, now re-issued with not only the complete Todd Rundgren-produced album, but also four tracks from their never-released second studio album with Joey Molland, and material produced by George Harrison before Rundgren took over! Includes the hits Day after Day and Baby Blue .

1. Take It All
2. Baby Blue
3. Money
4. Flying
5. I'd Die Babe
6. Name Of The Game
7. Suitcase
8. Sweet Tuesday Morning
9. Day After Day
10. Sometimes
11. Perfection
12. It's Over
13. Bonus Tracks: Money (Original Version)
14. Bonus Tracks: Flying (Original Version)
15. Bonus Tracks: Name Of The Game (Original Version)
16. Bonus Tracks: Suitcase (Original Version)
17. Bonus Tracks: Perfection (Original Version)
18. Bonus Tracks: Baby Blue (Original Version)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 1, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000006MV8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,363 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Pete Ham, was a great song writer.
Roger Escobedo
Give Badfinger a few listens and you'll be hooked - I highly recommend STRAIGHT UP and WISH YOU WERE HERE to start with - 2 awesome albums!
Excellent remastering job, with some different bonus tracks than the earlier expanded edition.
Matt Leeds

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. Seim on July 23, 2002
Format: Audio CD
"Straight Up" may be one of the most underrated albums in rock. From FM radio classics "Baby Blue" and "Day After Day," to the haunting gem "Name of the Game," this is British power pop at its best. There's not a bad song on the disc, and the production talents of George Harrison and Todd Rundgren bring out the best of the band's sound. Pick up a "greatest hits" package if you must, but "Straight Up" is essential listening for any fan of Badfinger, '70s power pop, or British rock. A masterpiece!
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By bass boy on February 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Every track from this rich, warm LP blows you away. Everything from Pete Ham's and George Harrison's slide guitars on "Day After Day" to Ham's hauntingly aching "Take It All." Every rock and pop fan should pick this CD up before it slips out of print. Badfinger initially were on the Beatles' Apple Records label before they moved to Warner Brothers in 1973/74. Every album recorded by this incredibly gifted band is worth it - "Magic Christian Music," "No Dice" (which ties with "Straight Up" as the best LP, "Ass," "Badfinger," "Wish You Were Here" and "Head First." Any fan of the Beatles, The Who, Hendrix, Cream/Clapton and everyone else from the late 1960s/early 1970s should pick up Badfinger's discs. This was the band that Rolling Stone magazine said, in 1970, is the group "to watch for" in the coming years.

It's a shame their manager, S. Polly, was such a thief and robbed the band of royalties and potential fame, which concluded with Ham's suicide in 1975 and bassist Tom Evans' suicide in 1983. Drummer MIke Gibbons, sadly, passed away late last year, leaving only guitarist-vocalist Joey Molland as the band's sole survivor. Rest in peace guys!

P.S. Don't be turned off by The Beatles comparisons - Badfinger had a sound, song structures and style all to their own, which will please both fans of The Beatles and those who don't care for the Fab Four. Power pop-rock was never better than the early 1970s records from Badfinger. (Actually, Badfinger's output was as good as most of the solo Beatles work in the early 1970s.)
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mad Dog on September 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
By the time Badfinger went into the studio to record Straight Up, the band had its act fully together. There was no attempt to hide the huge Beatles influence - and working with Paul and George, what would one expect? The big hits were Baby Blue and Day After Day, but the album as a whole is excellent and has a fluidity uncommon to the era. I wore out three copies of the vinyl back in the day, yet I'm still picking out clues of how some of these tunes were inspired by (or should that be: "derived from"?) Beatles songs.
This album has aged well. The lively spirit of the music still cuts through. The recording quality is typical of the better Rock recordings of the early '70s (this was released in '72), but don't expect an audiophile masterpiece. By working with McCartney, Harrison and Rundgren, the group couldn't help but to learn how to record mucic that has the ability to sound up front, dynamic and clear without being overly cluttered. I personally like some of the alternate cuts better than the originals and find that programming so that I hear no duplication is most satisfying - but that's probably due to hearing the original LP so many times.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on January 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
When I became a huge Badfinger fan, I was 15-years-old and it was 1976. My brother had gotten copies of "Magic Christian Music" and "No Dice" at a used record store, and he played the music for me. I had long heard "Come and Get It" and "No Matter What" on the radio, but I had never known who sang those songs. I was amazed when listening to "No Dice" that Harry Nilsson hadn't written "Without You", and instead it was this obscure Apple band instead. I immediately became hooked. Within months, I had copies of the albums as well, along with "Badfinger", "Ass", and "Wish You Were Here". But the Holy Grail of their music, "Straight Up" could not be found. The album was long out of print by this time, and it could not be ordered through any record store I went to. I then spent two years searching through used record bins and discount record bins, hoping that somehow this magical record had slipped unnoticed into the black hole of forgotten artists in one of those bins. When I was 17, I found two copies, priced at $2 each in a record store downtown. I clutched both of these new, still-in-shrink-wrap prizes and ran with them to the cash register, barely able to contain myself. One copy for me, and one for my brother! When I got the record home, I must have played it 1,000 times before putting it back in its sleeve. Years later, I saw a vinyl copy of "Straight Up" on sale at a Beatlesfest for over $100. At this time, 1992, it was still not available on CD. As a teenager, I had 300 or 400 albums. Through the years, they all have either been given away or discarded. Today I am 44-years-old and my Badfinger collection still remains. The music on this album is timeless. "Take it All" is just as worthy for airplay as "Baby Blue", and catches your attention from the beginning.Read more ›
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Format: Audio CD
REVISED FOR 2010 APPLE/EMI REMASTER: "Straight Up" the band's best known and best selling album receives a strong remaster from the team that did the Beatles/Lennon/McCartney remasters at Abbey Road. This edition sounds a little more detailed than the DCC and has little to no noise reduction used on it (unlike the original Apple release on CD which was awash in noise reduction making it sound like a blanket had been thrown over the speakers). There is some compression applied to this but it doesn't sound as harsh as most modern remasters. Picky fans may or may not like some of the EQ choices by the mastering engineers here and some have complained it is a tad too bright (I don't think so) but I think this edition sounds fine and it is a strong alternate to the expensive DCC, infinitely superior to the original CD.

We get new liner notes with comments about the troubled production of the album (the first edition was rejected, George Harrison came on board to work on the album as producer, had to leave and was replaced by Todd Rundgren who ultimately remixed or mixed the tracks that Harrison and original producer Geoff Emerick worked on)and how it turned into their biggest album producing two top 10 hits ("Baby Blue", "Day After Day" which features George Harrison playing slide with Pete Ham and Leon Russell on piano).

The remaster is recommended. If you have the DCC you also might like this because it includes one previously unreleased song (although it has been available on bootlegs for years) the Tom Evans tune "Sing for the Song" which was originally slated for the first version of "Straight Up". The rest of the bonus tracks are the same as those found on the previous editions.
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Unreleased songs on "Straight Up"
Some of the bonus songs on this new 2010 CD are the same as the 1993 CD remaster, but some of the bonus tracks here are new.
The ones found on the 1993 CD version are the original versions of "Money," "Flying" and "Name of the Game." I love the original version of... Read More
Aug 27, 2010 by bass boy |  See all 11 posts
does anybody remember having to buy used copies of badfinger records?
I got a new copy for Christmas as a high-schooler. My album had a heavy wear ring on the cover and the corner was peeling when I happened to notice a similar condition copy in a used record store in Las Vegas. It was priced at $75. This was late eightyish. A few months later I saw the same album... Read More
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