BADFINGER. BBC IN CONCERT 1972-1973.

STRANGE FRUIT SFRSCD031. BBC WORLDWIDE MUSIC. UK. JANUARY 1, 1997





TRACK LIST
Better Days
Only You Know And I Know
We're For The Dark
Sweet Tuesday Morning
Feelin' Alright?
Take It All
Suitcase
Love Is Easy
Blind Owl
Constitution
Icicles
Matted Spam
Suitcase
I Can't Take It
Come And Get It




BADFINGER. BBC IN CONCERT 1972-1973.

CELEBRATION CELCD 070 (PM). BBC WORLDWIDE MUSIC. BLANCO Y NEGRO MUSIC. SPAIN. 2001



TRACK LIST
Better Days
Only You Know And I Know
We're For The Dark
Sweet Tuesday Morning
Feelin' Alright?
Take It All
Suitcase
Love Is Easy
Blind Owl
Constitution
Icicles
Matted Spam
Suitcase
I Can't Take It
Come And Get It


The classic line up of Badfinger was Tom Evans on bass, Mike Gibbins on drums, Pete Ham on guitar, and Joey Molland on guitar. Badfinger began 1970 on top of the world with their international hit single "Come And Get It". The band had been signed to Apple Records as The Iveys in 1968, but their name was changed in committee as an overhaul measure to improve their commercial viability on the charts.

More than 25 years after the original Badfinger split up, the Welsh group has earned universal acclaim as the quintessential power-pop band. But back in the early '70s, its unique brand of melodic, Beatles-inspired rock was generally considered too bubblegum by the music elite. Attempting to fit in with the rock mainstream, Badfinger rarely played its sparkling pop hits during concerts, instead concentrating on a hard-edged rock sound affectionately known at the time as boogie.

BBC IN CONCERT 1972-1973 captures Badfinger at the height of its boogie phase, performing 15 songs live for BBC radio. In the studio, it was leader Pete Ham who created the band's signature hits; however, on stage guitarist Joey Molland was in charge. With the exception of a 1970 BBC version of "Come and Get It," no other hits are performed. Instead, Badfinger jams on extended versions of Joey Molland songs such as "Better Days" and "Suitcase." Presumably to show off the band's instrumental prowess, Badfinger even performs versions of Dave Mason's "Only You Know and I Know" and "Feelin' Alright." While the album features several acoustic interludes, it's basically a hard rock collection that stands as a testament to Badfinger's versatility and timeless appeal.

BBC In Concert 1972 - 1973 presents two performances of Badfinger recorded before a live audience at the Paris Theatre in London. Song selections performed at these two concerts for BBC Radio comprise 1970's No Dice, 1972's Straight Up, 1973's Ass, and 1974's Badfinger albums. The first seven tracks were performed in Paris Theatre, London (June 8, 1972). Tracks 8-14 were performed in Paris Theatre, London (August 10, 1973).
Also included in this historic artifact is a live version of "Come And Get It" (track 15), recorded during a performance on Top Of The Pops from 1970.



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