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The Very Best of Badfinger [Original recording remastered]

BadfingerAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 12, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00004X0Q5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,125 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. No Matter What
2. Day After Day
3. Baby Blue
4. Name Of The Game
5. Maybe Tomorrow
6. Come And Get It
7. Rock Of All Ages
8. Carry On Til Tomorrow
9. Midnight Caller
10. We're For The Dark
11. I'll Be The One
12. Without You
13. I'd Die Babe
14. It's Over
15. When I Say
16. Dennis
17. Lonely You
18. Love Time
19. Meanwhile Back At The Ranch/Should I Smoke

Editorial Reviews

Capitol has put together the first collection to combine their best songs for Apple and Warner Bros.: No Matter What; Come and Get It; Day After Day; Baby Blue ; their version of the Nilsson hit Without You; Name of the Game; Maybe Tomorrow; Rock of All the Ages; Carry On 'Til Tomorrow; Midnight Caller; We're for the Dark; I'll Be the One; I'd Die Babe; It's Over; When I Say; Dennis; Lonely You; Love Time , and Meanwhile Back at the Ranch/Should I Smoke . 67 minutes.

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104 of 112 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Okay. September 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I'll begin by saying that I have very mixed feelings about this collection. As a single-disc compilation, it is obviously not as comprehensive as the two previous volume of "The Best of Badfinger". On the other hand, it does condense their Apple and Warner Brother years onto one tidy disc for the first time ever. For anybody who's never really experienced Badfinger, this collection is probably a good place to start. Yes, many people have heard several of the hits before, but they don't know who sang them. Play this at any gathering and I guarantee that everybody will know at least two or three of these songs (you may even create some new Badfinger fans).
Now for the critique...
The compilers pretty much culled all of the essential tracks from their album as the Iveys and from their first album as Badfinger (except for maybe "Crimson Ship" from _Magic Christian Music_) The same goes for the tracks from their second album, _No Dice_. One can never tire of the likes of "No Matter What" or "We're for the Dark". The inclusion of the "rare" "I'll Be the One" is a nice surprise.
The selections from _Straight Up_ and _Ass_ are, however, highly suspect. Yes, we have "Day After Day", "Baby Blue" (simply the best power-pop song ever recorded by anyone), and "When I Say". But what possessed the producers to replace the majestic piano-driven _Straight Up_ take of "Name of the Game" with a highly inferior guitar-based recording from the same sessions? This is NOT the way for the casual listener to be introduced to such a great song!
As for _Ass_, why does Capitol insist on mistreating this highly underrated album so much?! First, they choose not to reissue it in the U.S.
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful
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Badfinger - The Very Best of Badfinger (2000) Apple Records
Eaten alive by the music industry, Badfinger's story stands as a testament about the dangers in the music biz. It's taken a long time for the band to get the recognition they deserved and this great collection will hopefully increase that recognition. This compilation sounds better than the previous one (The Best of Badfinger which is still available) and the sound quality is a huge improvement on the band's albums that were released by Apple on CD (although the DCC reissues remastered by studio wiz Steve Hoffman are still the "gold" standard against which all CDs should be measured. Dan Matovina in collaboration with former Zombies guitarist (and current Capitol executive) Paul Atkinson and engineer Ron McMasters has done a splendid job with this collection. McMasters does a terrific job of rendering these classic songs in the 24 bit high resolution format.
The positives include a strong selection of the band's best material. Pete Ham's compositions were always a stand out on every Badfinger album. This collection tries to give all the band members their due but Ham's material still shines brightest. The inclusion of a 4 tracks from the band's underrated Warner Brothers album makes this collection the most comprehensive available. The selections from Badfinger and Wish You Were Here are among the best from those albums and two of them haven't been available on any US CD before now.
The booklet notes by Goldmine's Andy Davis manage to both illuminates the band's contributions to popular music and give an accurate thumbnail sketch of their history. If you are interested in reading more I'd suggest Dan Matovina's terrific book Without You (available in trade paperback ...
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want it, here it is, come and get it! June 14, 2005
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Sometimes I wonder that if the Beatles had continued on as a group and evolved throughout the 70's, that they'd sound like Badfinger. Pete Ham did sound Beatle-ish, varying between John and George. The thing is, with the exception of John Lennon's murder, the Beatles didn't end as tragically as Badfinger. Originally an all-Welsh group on the Beatles' label, Apple Records, by the time they hit it with the Magic Christian soundtrack, guitarist Pete Ham and drummer Mike Gibbins were the only two from the original lineup, having added guitarist Joey Molland and bassist Tom Evans.

Three songs from The Magic Christian, the movie starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr, are included. The opening theme, the brisk "Come and Get It" penned and produced by Paul McCartney, was originally going to be sung by McCartney, and indeed it sounds like a Beatles song. Love that rhythm piano. This was their first Top Ten, peaking at #7. The other two songs from MC were the somber "Carry On Til Tomorrow," which is played during the opening credits showing the homeless Ringo down on his luck until Peter Sellers comes with his proposition. And the raucous "Rock Of All Ages" is a nod to Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally."

However, their debut single, produced by Tony Visconti (later of Bowie fame) was "Maybe Tomorrow" back when they were known as the Iveys. This nice ballad has a lush orchestra backing. It made it to #1 in the Netherlands. As for their other Top 40 hits, there was the light rocker "No Matter What," which reached #8, and sounded like something Paul McCartney would do solo. Then, with Leon Russell on piano and George Harrison on guitar solo with Ham and producing, was the reflective love song "Day After Day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars my favorite Beatle, George Harrison produced and played on a ...
They are not just a two hit wonder. If they had proper management, they could have been the next Beatles. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Disc
Very close to a "Beatles" sound and with good reason if you research the group. Disc has good sound quality and is a welcome addition to my collection.
Published 20 days ago by TJ Ohio
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Lots of good music on here.
Published 21 days ago by stoods
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This is a good cd.
Published 23 days ago by paul r shaar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 28 days ago by tom turner
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW. What great music
I really enjoy listening to this on my way home from work. I really didn't know Badfinger sang some of theses songs. If you like the Beatles you will like Badfinger. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Apree
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make music like this anymore
AN excellent album from an excellent band. Thoroughly recommend to any one who enjoys the music of the 60's and 70's
Published 1 month ago by Tony Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this cd!
Absolutely wonderful cd. So many great songs. The awesome show "Breaking Bad" used the song Baby Blue in it's finale and it was perfect!
Published 1 month ago by zzzzzzzz
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you kidding me? These are Classic Songs!
You either like the band or don't like them. What can I say to make you buy this CD? There are a few songs on the CD that I love - that's that.
Published 2 months ago by A. M. Granatelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking Badfinger
I went searching for this album, more precisely the song "Baby Blue," after the finale of Breaking Bad left my mum and I very moved and emotional. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Siobhan Lyons
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