Head First Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, March 7, 2011
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I highly recommend that you buy Golder's Green and 7 Park Avenue, the two posthomous collections of band leader Pete Ham's home recordings. Ham, apparently, was strongly committed to the band and its democratic structure, but when one compares Ham's output to the rest of the band, it seems they both made a big mistake thinking Ham was anything other than a superior talent who should have had at least half of each album reserved for his songs. Ham's work is more melodic, more rhythmic, better lyrically, and he flat out sings circles around his mates. Badfinger soared in direct proportion to the number of Ham compositions on each album, in my opinion. Apparently, Ham was often frustrated when his mates rejected numerous of his songs. Hard to figure.
Head First's Ham compositions (especially Lay Me Down, Smokin' Gun, Nothing To Show, and Keep Your Country Tidy) are the main highlights. although "Rockin' Machine" on the first CD is charming, and some of the demos on the second CD are actually better unfinished--sometimes the band overwhelmed the gentler material by going a little too heavy. I really think that the other members besides Ham were bottoming out creatively when this was made, a trend that one could see through the band's history.Read more ›
The ten tracks that make up disc one clocks in at 33:38; the demo disc is a mere 26:53. But for any serious Badfinger fan, you need this if only to confirm what Badfinger was still capable of doing musically.
The four strongest tracks on disc one are the four that Rhino was able to get from Warner Brothers when they released Badfinger's Best Of, Vol. II in 1990 featuring their WB catalog. [That album is still worth getting if only to hear the master tape versions of these songs, instead of Mike Gibbins' tape copy.]
"Lay Me Down" - This is Pete Ham at his power pop best. This could have been a huge single for them. [The solo demo at the end of disc two is a very early version where Ham hasn't worked out all the lyrics yet.]
"Keep Believing" - This is Ham's message to recently departed bandmate Joey Molland and shows the cynicism that was creeping into Ham's lyrics. Ham had tried to maintain his optimism, but certainly was realizing how the band had been manipulated.
"Passed Fast" - Co-written by Tom Evans and new member Bob Jackson. A mid-tempo rocker that features a nice guitar part by Ham on the coda.Read more ›
The recordings for Badfinger's third Warner album began at the end of November 1974. You would expect the members of the band at this point to be totally exhausted from touring, financial worries and the departure of Molland; and of course they were. Never the less they were still convinced that they could/had to work their way out of their crisis. For their latest British tour they had recruited Bob Jackson (keyb.), because of a short departure of Pete Ham. This tour had been as a 5-piece and by the end of the tour Molland had left the band. Two you producers were found for the new album; Kenny Kerner and Ritchie Wise - before Badfinger they had produced The Stories.
New songs did not come easily to Pete Ham at this point; he was losing faith in the the whole thing, but he worked hard to come up with more quality material. Of his three contributions for Head First the two of them are among his best ever. The opener "Lay Me Down" is a very catchy and powerful rocker with great commercial potential. "Keep Believing" is a typical Ham ballad; a very beautiful melody. Pete's third track is a short instrumental called "Saville Row". Tom Evans is back as a very important songwriter on the album. He'd written two songs alone and two songs in collaboration with with Mike and Mike/Bob. The first two are angry comments to the music business; both of them very intense; especially Mr. Manager is bound to become an all-time Badfinger favourite. Rock'n Roll Contract was rerecorded for Say No More, but this version is much better - I love the middle part.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For an album to be put together in two weeks, and at the end of a brilliant career. None of these songs were mixed, what you hear is their first attempts. Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by beverly mean
The receipt of the order was confirmed immediately, the ship date was communicated and the disc arrived sooner than anticipated and in excellent condition. Read morePublished on April 21, 2009 by Music fan
I recently purchased the last Badfinger collection with Pete Ham. For a bunch of rough mixes all I can say is wow. It didn't disappoint. My favorite track on the disc is Moonshine. Read morePublished on March 22, 2009 by Timothy A. Grant
This CD bids a sad farewell to guitarist and founding member Pete Ham. Keyboardist Bob Jackson fills in for the departed guitarist Joey Molland, and does a magnificent job,... Read morePublished on October 13, 2007 by Z. Laas
Head First was the last Badfinger album by the orginal group. Joey Molland had left the group prior to its recording and because of the conflict with their manager and Warner... Read morePublished on October 16, 2006 by D. L. Blair
Give the band a few more months of rest and this album would have blown away anything in its day. PERIOD. Great album anyways. Read morePublished on December 18, 2005 by C66Master
The final Badfinger album with Pete Ham is very good. Trying to keep the Wish You Were Here (or as Mike Gibbins called it in the Gary Katz documentary "Wish You Were... Read morePublished on March 23, 2004 by CJ Costa Rica
This was supposed to be Badfinger's 3rd album, but several reasons it was not released until year 2000. But well worth waiting for. Read morePublished on February 9, 2004 by Morten Vindberg
The First Thing You Need To Know about this album Is.......
it's not a real album. It's bunch of raw DEMO recordings that were to have been the next Badfinger album, had not... Read more