- Audio CD (October 25, 2010)
- Rmst ed. edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
- Label: Apple Records
- ASIN: B003XKMS9A
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,162 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Magic Christian Music Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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Magic Christian Music is a sweet, colorful pop album packed full of early gems from the songwriting powerhouse that began as The Iveys and later became Badfinger. Also featuring the worldwide smash hit 'Come And Get It', written and produced by Paul McCartney for the 1969 Peter Sellers / Ringo Starr movie The Magic Christian.
This Remastered CD includes five Bonus Tracks, all previously unreleased rare recordings by The Iveys:
• ‘And Her Daddy’s A Millionaire’ / alternative version
• ‘Mrs Jones’ / remix of an Iveys single-that-never-was
• ‘Sali Bloo’ / mono mix
• ‘See-Saw Granpa’ / mono mix
• ‘I’ve Been Waiting’ / unedited take of this psychedelic cult classic
Top customer reviews
Badfinger was a great band and I cannot believe I didn't realise this before becoming familiar with George Harrisons' debut album Wonderwall Music of 1968
Badfingers ditto 'Magic Christian Music' was released on the same label i.e Apple in January1970.
Someone sent me a snippet of 'Without You' long ago, and I had seen them perform the smash hit `Come and Get it' blissfully on German television via Youtube, but had not gotten the actual LP until most recently.
I like the mildness and the go on this LP, and it plays like a breeze, the sound is delicate and clean power pop is (in fact a good descripition for this group) but the genuine delicacy is reminiscent of early 70's Cat Stevens era Yusuf Islam (namely `Mona Bone' and Catch A Bull At Four). Another nice feature of the Badfinger sound is the similairity to the playfulness and sense of melody of late 60's Tremeloes, and `Nut Gone Flake' era Small Faces or the harmonic touch of Mid 60's Moody Blues.
The genuine heartfelt nature and delicate sense for snappy details on the uncandid lament named 'Maybe Tomorrow' remind me very much of what Denny Laine came up with on Boulevard de la Madeleine, while still being a part of `The Moodies', or why not put up a parable to their monster hit `Go Now'?
The sincere commitment to musical arrangements on songs like `Carry On Till Tomorrow' plays in the same league as compositions like `Our House', by the phenomenal Crosby Stills, Nash and Young, the swift harmonies by the Badfinger lads especially reminds me of that said super group.
Overall this album there lies a fun loving, laidback go with the flow groovy attitude, which precedes what Wings grew into on ` At The Speed of Sound1976' most notably on Denny's and Jimmy's material on that particular LP.
As many of Wings' initial releases also were released through Apple Corps. It is not completely unlikely these two acts influenced one another in the future as time went.
The cool thing about Badfinger is that judging from the sound picture of this 1970's debut they were kind of like the Supergrass of their day
In stating the above I am of meaning that they had a similar sense for pristine precision and a sense of refinement coupled with a large amount of self distance and an ability to bring all the good bits of other acts, they admired on the same scene with great scrutiny and refinement and thusly create a dynamite sound of their own.
`The Final Say'
Badfinger may not have been the pioneers or standard bareers of their decade (1970) and their sense of arrangement still was far from being as slick, skilled perfection laden and multifaceted as say Electric Light Orchestra but Badfinger compensated this only one flawif you must by remaining committed, to their own cause and in doing their own thing, no matter what was going on around them.
Badfinger had consistency as the foundation of their approach, maintaining substance over style and they surely could deliver.
One of Badfingers finest traits was in their way of not trying to be anything they were not and `The Magic Christian LP' is all the better for it. The fun loving groove is literally infectious, impressive debut indeed. I also get the feeling Noel might have listened to this LP when he got the ideas to some of his songs for albums like Morning gloryBe Here Now, Heathen Chemistry, 'Don't Believe the Truth, compare I'm in Love with the feel of Oasis tracks tracks like 'She's Electric', 'The Girl in The Dirty Shirt' and especially 'She is Love', and 'The Importance of Being Idle'.