Thought we'd 'been there, done all of that before'.
Imagine we've been into FAb4 ever since 1962; compiled a collection of far over 130 45s, eps, lp's, cd's and video stuff.
Needless to say, like Mary Hopkin, Billy Preston et all., Badfinger might not have been granted the bite into Abbey Road's Apple if it hadn't been for Sir Macca.
Nevertheless, and in spite of my having had BF's Best of ... on my shelves for a number of years, it is only beginning to dawn on me just how great they were as artists and musicians. Of course everyone will readily admit that a "best of" is what remains after melting away the lesser-known or appreciated stuff.
Anyhow, this "best of" does not contain so much as one single flaw. Way back in the 70s we sang along to such top notch shots as "No matter what", "Baby Blue" and "Day after day", some of which - believe it or not - did not even make it to the European charts. Today one thing is for sure: that these guys really put their utmost, their every heart and soul, into their music, which has stood the test of time, cross my heart.
Nearly 40 years on, Baby Blue remains a song of my heart in its wistfully loving message as much as does Pete Ham's Name of the Game, which, in terms of music, is a synonym of sublime.
To those who should be unfamiliar with Badfinger but who do know John, Paul, George and Ringo, let me admit that at times the former do come across as soundalikes.
But their music, which is their hallmark and their legacy, will remain here for us to cherish.
And, come to think of it, how sad that the gods always seem so wanton and stretch their talons towards the best guys such as John and George and Pete and Tom.
But, and apologies for cashing in on what I honestly think, here is their royal gift of music. Come, get it, but please don't drop... You have a gem in your hands.