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  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Apple / EMI
  • ASIN: B003XSSR4W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,654 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

2010 digital remaster of the classic Badfinger album, released as part of a celebration of the best output from the Apple Records label.

Badfinger's third album, and many argue, their best, Straight Up was first issued in December 1971. It was mainly produced by Todd Rundgren, apart four tracks which George Harrison produced including the ‘smash' single "Day After Day".

Many of the songs that appeared on this album had been worked on with Geoff Emerick prior to George and Todd Rundgren coming on board. On the previous CD release these were spread between the No Dice and Straight Up albums with three tracks left unissued. This 2010 edition remedies this by including those unreleased songs "Baby Please", "No Good At All", and "Sing For The Song" as bonus songs on this album along with the previously released "I'll Be The One" plus the earlier version of "Name Of The Game" and the US singles mix of "Baby Blue".

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Morten Vindberg on 28 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Additional comments on the 2010 reissue.

It was great news that Apple decided to reissue their four Badfinger albums and give them a remastering. The first CD release of "Straight Up" dates back to 1993, and although the sound on the old release was great, this is a clear improvement.

The number of bonus tracks is the same, but it must be noted that four of them are different. These come from the originally unreleased Geoff Emerick produced follow-up album to "No Dice" from late 1970. This album has never been released in its entirety. But with the previously unreleased bonus-track on this release, along with the digital download only version of "Sweet Tuesday Morning" it is now possible to compile your own version of that album. A great sham that the album was never released, as it would really have been a great album, that might have secured Badfinger even more recognition.

The long period between the releases of "No Dice" and "Straight Up" did not help the band sustain their popularity, so when the group finally did release "Straight Up" around new year 1972, they more or less had to start over again. They did manage to return to the charts with the two great singles from "Straight Up", "Day After Day" and "Baby Blue", but bad management meant that their succes more or less ended there; but that's another story.

Actually among the bonus-tracks you'll find two great singles that never were. Both were stronly considered; "Name of the Game" even was given catalog number in both the U.K. and in the U.S. ( Apple 35 / Apple 1833 ). "Name of the Game" is one of Pete Ham's very best songs, which really deserves recognition as a classic.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Oscillator on 12 Aug. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Despite being released on Apple with contributions from George Harrison, and with nods in the lyrics to the Beatles it would be doing Badfinger a disservice not to see them as artists in their own right. Nevertheless, maybe I'm hard to please, but this album is not as essential as some reviewers and music monthlies (5 stars in an Uncut review) would have you believe. It has its share of beatleesque harmony but it is far from fragile sounding. This is not summery pop songs by any stretch of the imagination, there is some muscular guitar, but it is approachable. 'Day After Day' is the standout track but the album is let down by pedestrian songs such as'Suitcase'. On the whole though it is enjoyable just don't expect to be dazzled.
The bonus tracks contain 4 tracks of the originally planned follow up to No Dice before the group decided to start the songs again from scratch with George Harrison producing. The liner notes explain that as George Harrison left before Straight Up was completed (due to commitments to the Concert For Bangladesh) Todd Rundgren was drafted into complete the album and used material from both the original and the Harrison sessions.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Monday 25 October 2010 in the UK saw 14 of the 'Apple' label Sixties and Seventies albums remastered and reissued (see list below) - alongside a first-time-ever label 'Best Of' compilation CD not surprisingly called "Come And Get It" (named after a huge BADFINGER hit penned by Paul McCartney specifically for the band). This zippy little expanded CD reissue of their 3rd album "Straight Up" is one of them.

October 2010 - Apple 5099964244020 breaks down as follows (61:50 minutes):
1. Take It All
2. Baby Blue
3. Money
4. Flying
5. I'd Die Babe
6. Name Of The Game
7. Suitcase
8. Sweet Tuesday Morning
9. Day After Day
10. Sometimes
11. Perfection
12. It's Over
Tracks 1 to 12 are the Stereo LP "Straight Up" released late December 1971 in the USA on Apple SW-3387 and 4 February 1972 on Apple SAPCOR 19 in the UK (it reached number 31 on the American Billboard Top 100).

Tracks 13 to 18 are bonus tracks exclusive to this 2010 CD reissue:
13. "I'll Be The One" is a band composition that was once muted as a possible UK Apple single (no number allocated), but never released
14. "Name Of The Game" (a Pete Ham song) was also considered for a single (Apple 35), but again never issued
15. "Baby Blue" (a Pete Ham song) was also considered for a UK single (Apple 42), but again withdrawn. It was, however, released in the USA on Apple 1844 in April 1972 and rose to number 14 on the Billboard charts. With added reverb on the drums, it's presented here as the `US Single Mix' - its B-side is the album track "Flying"
16. "Baby Please" (Pete Ham/Joey Molland/Mike Gibbins song) is previously unreleased
17. "No Good At All" (Tom Evans song) is previously unreleased
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Jones on 14 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
By the time this album was originally issued in December of 1971 (in the USA) and February of 1972 (in the UK) Badfinger were the `new Beatles' to the extent that the reviewer in the British Beat Instrumental magazine tagged the album a kind of Badfinger For Sale after the four who were fab's Beatles For Sale which only goes to show how laziness can get to the best of us.

But now (in very few ways happily) it's 2010 and we can assess this little gem on its own merits. Okay so the comparison with the popular beat combo referred to above is pertinent on Joey Molland's "I'd Die, Babe" but there's still a creative energy at work in the midst of a George Harrison production which would of course have had lazy hacks muttering `I told you so'

Every member of the band was a writer, and Pete Ham was the most telling of them. One of his contributions on this one is "Name Of The Game" which is reflective, piano-led and subjected to a criminal fade.

There's a world-weariness about Tom Evans's "It's Over" that's tempered by exultant harmonies and a guitar solo -presumably by Ham- that raises both the spirit and the shoes.

"Flying" was co-written by Molland and Evans and it's a slightly schizophrenic affair given the upbeat nature of Molland's contribution and the downbeat nature of Evans's. Despite this it's another reason for taking into no account the place that history has assigned to Badfinger, especially as they were (this writer asserts) a band whose moment never arrived despite them having hits. They had more than their share of bad luck and trouble (which probably accounts for the suicide of both Evans and Ham) but perhaps this is the moment to celebrate their legacy in a way that Nick Drake's has been. Hindsight is double-edged after all.
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