The recording brings together for the first time music from all eight of the charted albums Badfinger recorded for both Apple and Warner Bros. Records.
From their incredibly fortunate beginnings when McCartney heard a demo tape and they became the first act signed to The Beatles' Apple Records, to the tragic deaths of two members and the continuation of the group with two survivors, Badfinger's pioneering Brit pop has never been far from the hearts of their fellow musicians and fans of well-crafted pop/rock songs.
Pete Ham, Tom Evans and Mike Gibbins originally called themselves The Iveys when they formed in the mid-60s in England. After a name change and the addition of Joey Molland, it was Come And Get It, written and produced by Paul McCartney, that launched Badfinger's career when it rose to No. 7 on the charts in 1970.
The song was one of several Badfinger songs from the soundtrack of the Ringo Starr-Peter Sellers film, The Magic Christian. It was included on their debut album, Magic Christian Music, along with Rock Of All Ages, Maybe Tomorrow and Carry On `Til Tomorrow, also featured on The Very Best Of Badfinger.
Badfinger quickly racked up another hit before the year was out. Their second album, No Dice, released in September 1970, demonstrated writing skills that helped them shed their reputation as the poor man's Beatles. Nilsson had a No. 1 hit with one of the songs from it, Without You, while Badfinger scored a second top 10 hit when No Matter What peaked at No. 8. Other tracks from No Dice contained on The Very Best of Badfinger include Midnight Caller and We're For The Dark.
George Harrison and Todd Rundgren both produced tracks on Badfinger's third album, Straight Up. It featured two more of their biggest international hits - Day After Day, which reached No. 4, and Baby Blue, a No. 14 hit. Other highlights were Name Of The Game, It's Over and I'd Die Babe.
When they weren't making their own hits, Badfinger frequently backed the ex-Beatles on tours and records, appearing at George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh and on his album, All Things Must Pass, as well as on John Lennon's Imagine and Ringo Starr's It Don't Come Easy.
Ass, Badfinger's fourth and final album for Apple Records, was released in late 1973 and included When I Say, which now appears on The Very Best Of Badfinger.
Although it was well received, Warner Bros. was eager to recapture the momentum of Straight Up and released their self-titled debut for the label just four months later. It contained Lonely You, but failed to set the charts on fire, and the band rushed back into the studio to try again with Wish You Were Here.
The glowing reviews are evidence that some critics believe it is Badfinger's finest work. The Very Best Of Badfinger contains three songs from that recording - Dennis, Love Time and Meanwhile Back At The Ranch/Should I Smoke?
Unfortunately, due to a combination of circumstances, Badfinger was never able to recapture their glory days on the charts, but they had developed a strong, devoted following that remains with them to the present.
Day After Day, No Matter What and Come And Get It have become standards that are heard weekly by more than one million listeners in the top 10 markets, while No Dice, Straight Up and Magic Christian Music remain in print nearly three decades after their release.
THE VERY BEST OF BADFINGER
Running Time: 67:38
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