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Album Review: The Iveys – Golden Delicious Demos (1966-69)

Badfinger fans (and perhaps a handful of others) know that when that group was signed to The Beatles’ Apple Records, they were still known as the Iveys. Their first single and sole LP were released – albeit just barely released – by Apple bearing The Iveys name. And the group at that point did not

Album Review: Pete Ham – Demos Variety Pack

Anyone with a taste for melodic rock surely appreciates the greatness that was Badfinger. The group led by Welsh-born singer, songwriter and guitarist Pete Ham created a body of work that’s transcendent in its beauty, power and passion. The tragic story that enveloped and consumed the band threatens to overwhelm the music, but thanks to

Five Underrated Classics from Badfinger

Another “Take Five”… June marked the 75th birthdays of two members of Badfinger. Bassist/guitarist/songwriter Tom Evans would have celebrated his birthday on June 5 (he took his life in 1983); guitarist Joey Molland – today the sole surviving member of the band’s best-known lineup – celebrates on June 21. The band wrote several classic songs,

Album Review: Badfinger — No Matter What: Revisiting the Hits

The appearance of this CD in my mailbox elicited a cringe: would it be terrible? A crass attempt to capitalize on the reputation of a band that made some of the best music of its era? An undistinguished, middling effort? Something else? The cover art and packaging did not allay my fears. A Union Jack?

Hundred-word Reviews for November 2020, Part One

Today marks the triumphant return of my hundred-word reviews. My last roundup of new releases in the form of brief critical summaries came way back in February, before the world changed. For awhile there, the steady stream of new releases seemed to slow to a trickle; many planned releases were – quite understandably – put

Come and Get It: Badfinger’s ‘Magic Christian Music’ at 50

With the benefit of a half century’s hindsight, it can be argued that despite massive creativity and talent, Badfinger was star-crossed nearly from its start. Though the British-Welsh band were protégés of the Beatles, that connection only got them so far. The vicissitudes of the record industry and other factors combined to blunt the potential

The ‘It Was Fifty Years Ago Today’ Tour, Part Two

The continuing story of the Beatles’ White Album Continued from Part One… Todd Rundgren readily admits that he views The Beatles as an uneven record. “The album is incoherent,” he says, “and contains stuff that a lot of us found curious, but not essential, like ‘Revolution 9.’” But he acknowledges that for many listeners it

The ‘It Was Fifty Years Ago Today’ Tour, Part One

The continuing story of the Beatles’ White Album Tribute concerts and tours are a fixture of today’s live music experience. Sometimes they’re self-tribute: Legacy acts take advantage of decades of goodwill and embark on victory-lap tours in which they recreate some of their most revered work. Brian Wilson has been touring for years in support

A Conversation with Producer Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas is among the most celebrated and admired record producers of the rock era. Beginning with the Beatles, he went on to work with many of the top acts of the 1970s and beyond. His list of credits includes production work for Procol Harum, Roxy Music, the Sex Pistols, Wings, the Pretenders, Pete Townshend,

Badfinger’s WB Years Revisited, Part Two

Continued from Part One… As brilliant as the original mixes of Badfinger’s two Warners albums are, the 2018 bonus mixes shed additional light on the process of making those records. Matovina says that Badfinger’s guitar work – primarily by Ham and Molland, though all four members played guitar – is underrated. The new mixes highlight