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Although they were the Apple label’s bright British hopes, Badfinger, who were originally signed to the label as The Iveys – the first act to be given the Apple honour – ended up as nearly men. If it was more of a case of what could or should have been Badfinger were victims of circumstances that were often beyond their control. The kudos of the Apple imprint and the benefaction of The Beatles set-up – Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, publicist Derek Taylor and the Fabs right hand man Mal Evans all had a hands-on involvement – was both their making and their undoing. Pioneers in what later became known as power pop, Badfinger had immense talent and weren’t without worldwide success either. The four important singles from 1970-1972 were “Come And Get It” (written and produced by Paul McCartney), “No Matter What”, “Day After Day” and “Baby Blue”. In 1971 a cover of their song “Without You” by Harry Nilsson topped the US Billboard charts and became a stone pop classic. That should have been the starting point for greatness, at the very least, but as the carrot and stick motif on their latter-day album Ass indicated they never quite got to taste the fruits of their labours.

The regrettably early deaths of founding members Pete Ham in 1975 and Tom Evans in 1983 cast a pall over their career, yet there was resilience in between and a strong of great albums to discover. Try Magic Christian Music, No Dice, Straight Up or Ass from the initial Apple era and you’ll find productions from McCartney, Harrison, Todd Rundgren, Tony Visconti and Chris Thomas amongst others, as well as the EMI/Beatles console wizard Geoff Emerick and the ever-loyal Mal Evans (no relation to Tom). These discs are packed with original classics and often feature extras and rarities so that fans, collectors and those anxious to discover this often overlooked but vital cog in the British pop wheel can fill their boots. In recent years the song “Baby Blue” made a brand new chart entry when it was featured in the hit TV classic Breaking Bad. Breaking Badfinger was a different proposition.

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Magic Christian Music
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No Dice
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Ass
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Badfinger
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The Best Of Badfinger, Vol. 2
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