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The Best of Badfinger

Badfinger Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 April 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Apple Corps
  • ASIN: B000002TSD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Come and Get It
2. Maybe Tomorrow
3. Rock of All Ages
4. Dear Angie
5. Carry On Till Tomorrow
6. No Matter What
7. Believe Me
8. Midnight Caller
9. Better Days
10. Without You
11. Take It All
12. Money
13. Flying
14. The Name of the Game
15. Suitcase
16. Day After Day
17. Baby Blue (U.S. Single Mix)
18. When I Say
19. Icicles
20. I Can Love You
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece! 9 Oct 2002
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Badfinger should have had everything going for them. They were privileged to have Paul McCartney's patronage, to be signed to the Apple label and to have their first hit “Come And Get It” courtesy of McCartney. They had other hits, “No Matter What” and “Day After Day” on both sides of the Atlantic. They were a talented band and skilled songwriters in their own right. This album brings together some of their greatest songs and of course the masterpiece which is “Without You”.
Coming out of post-Beatles Liverpool, Badfinger had a unique quality which is encapsulated in this collection. Their unique style brings together ballads with progressive rock in songs such as “Come and Get It”, “Rock of All Ages” and “Carry on till Tomorrow”. Then there is the masterpiece “Without You”, a classic and much covered song which has become one of the most successful songs in British chart history. In 1972, Harry Nillson stayed at the top position for four weeks with the song, had an International hit and today this version is often listed amongst the top singles ever. More recently Mariah Carey covered the song for the album "Music Box".
The sad fact is the Badfinger only ever made four albums, and maybe only today, long after the death of some of the band members is their music being rightly recognised. This is your opportunity to understand why Badfinger have a huge loyal following around the world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars COME & GET IT - YOU WON'T BE DISSAPOINTED 17 Mar 2008
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They had the best of starts - patronage of the Beatles, a big hit single (the Macca penned 'Come & Get It'), and, in Tom Evans and Pete Ham, two exceptional songwriters and musicians. Poor management and terrible record contracts would see the band spilt and both Ham And Evans eventually go on to take their own lives. While it lasted though Badfinger made some exceptional music and, of the late 60's/early 70's groups, there are few who can match their inventiveness and energy. This is powerpop gold just waiting to be discovered.
This 'Best Of collection pulls' together all the key single and album tracks from the Apple years and presents it all in lovely remastered sound. The big hits are all present - The aforementioned 'Come & Get It','No Matter What' and the George Harrison assisted 'Day After Day'.
What is such a joy though is discovering how good Badfinger's lesser known tracks are - 'Apple Of My Eye' is a touching tribute to the Beatles and their record label, 'Baby Blue' a rocking American hit single and 'Maybe Tommorow' released when the band were known as the IVYS is simply gorgeous.
This compilation also includes the original version of Nilson mega hit 'Without You' which sould have been it's composers Ham/Evans retirement fund - but it was not to be.
Badfinger had a winning way with melody, harmonies and fully realised arrangements. They could do smart, uptempo rockers and switch, seemingly efforlessly, to beautifully constructed ballads. It's a great great shame when music is overshadowed by business and tragedy - but the music the band created on the Apple label is well worth a listen. Great stuff from a sadly neglected band.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GLORIOUS LADS 21 Nov 2008
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Badfinger! 12 May 2012
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This cd really grows on you. Wasn't sure at first but now find myself loving the unknown tracks as much as the old favourites!
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Rock Music From A Misunderstood Band 11 Mar 2000
By Ronald J Cashwell - Published on
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This is a very fine compilation of songs that Badfinger recorded for Apple Records from 1969 to 1973. Contrary to popular belief, Badfinger was not a cheap imitation of the Beatles. Their music was undeniably influenced by the Beatles, but it was original and stood on its own merits. The tragic suicides of Pete Ham and Tom Evans have been well documented, so I won't go into them here. The hit singles on this CD are as follows: "Come And Get It","No Matter What","Day After Day", and "Baby Blue". Another song,"Without You", was a #1 single for Harry Nilsson in 1972. The melodies and lyrics on almost every of the 21 songs are top rate, and should not be dismissed as "filler". The last 4 songs on the compilation are from the album "Ass", which has never been released on CD. The last song,"Apple Of My Eye", is Pete Ham's message to Apple Records that it's time for the band to move on to another label. Badfinger was a band that was misunderstood by critics and fans, and never got the credit that it deserved.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost, but not quite 5 Sep 2000
By Chuck Yoakum - Published on
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The song selections here show only the Iveys/Badfinger up to the time of their departure from Apple. And while fans quibble about which songs were included and how they spotlight each of the members as personalities and performers, something everyone seems to agree on is the lack of punch this "remastering" has. Songs that should leap out of the speakers seem to have had a sonic neutering. A couple of good examples are "Rock of All Ages" and "Baby Blue". On vinyl and tape, these two songs literally scorch the grille cloth and pin the listener against the wall with their rocking power. Now they sound as if they've been mixed for a Muzak system. The depth of sound in ballads like "Name of the Game", "Day After Day" and "When I Say" so vibrant and rich previously has been reduced and compressed making these exceptional songs sound thin and hollow. Even the earlier songs like "Carry On Til Tomorrow" and "Maybe Tomorrow" sounded better with pops and crackles on my old vinyl LPs. This collection, though, was a must have for fans until the newest collection is released on September 12. That collection, even with fewer tracks, spans more of their career and hopefully will give the songs and fans better treatment this time. Tell everyone you know to catch the VH-1 "Behind The Music" segment on Badfinger when it premiers.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars goodfinger 4 Mar 2004
By Don Schmittdiel - Published on
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Badfinger was one of the most perplexing bands of the early 1970's. Anointed by The Beatles themselves as one of the first projects for Apple Records (along with James Taylor, Mary Hopkins and Billy Preston), and adopted by Paul McCartney (who slipped them their first hit single, 'Come and Get It' in February of 1970) and George Harrison, who employed them as a back-up band for the monumental 'Concert For Bangladesh' in 1972, Badfinger were either red hot or bland and mediocre throughout their brief tenure. This CD summarizes it all.
Badfinger started out as The Iveys in 1969 and nailed a #67 single with 'Maybe Tomorrow', a quaint song which anyone unfamiliar with the band is unlikely to recall. After some personnel changes, and a name change, the band achieved overnight stardom with the completely McCartneyesque 'Come and Get It', from 'The Magic Christian' soundtrack the following year. Later that same year the band released one of their three most defining tunes, 'No Matter What', which rose to number 8 on the national charts.
In 1971 Badfinger scored their biggest hit when 'Day After Day' rose to number 4. In the following year the band rode the fuzzy power-pop guitar sounds of 'Baby Blue' to number 14, and their hitmaking days were over, but these great songs etched their immortal legacy in rock. All of these aforementioned numbers are included on this disc, and constitute a quintet of exemplary songs that in themselves justify the purchase price of the disc.
There are two other recordings of note on 'Come and Get It: The Best of Badfinger'. The first is the original recording of 'Without You', penned by bandmates Tom Evans and Pete Ham and recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 1970. In 1972 Harry Nillson covered the song, turning it into a hit single. The Nillson version is of course more familiar, and in my opinion better than the Badfinger rendering, which is nonetheless a pleasant listen. The other is a blistering rock number from the band's 'Magic Christian Music' disc called 'Rock of All Ages'. With the capacity to rock out like this, it is easy to see why Badfinger fans frequently proclaim the band had it in 'em, and difficult to see why Badfinger so frequently opted for the safer confines of power-pop.
The remainder of the disc is schlock-pop. The compositions and performances are neither memorable or offensive... perhaps a little better than filler, but not much. So about a third of the disc is remarkable, the other two-thirds replaceable. In fact, the best thing about the disc aside from the 7 remarkable tunes is the great apple logo, which looks just as sweet on a CD as it did on vinyl discs when The Beatles first used it back in the 1960's.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A couple of confused reviews below... 17 Aug 1999
By Wayne Klein - Published on
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If you only buy one Badfinger disc (and that would be a crime...) this is the one to own. A couple of earlier reviewers have confused this with the remake album spearheaded by former Badfinger singer/guitarist Joey Molland. This ain't it.
This is a pretty good compilation of their best tracks, although it does skimp on extras (i.e., previously unreleased tracks or alternative versions) which would have made this essential for Badfinger fans. Still, the song selection is very good and focuses on some of the band's best Apple era songs. Since The Iveys album Maybe Tomorrow isn't available, it would have been nice to have some tracks from that album as well (Badfinger before the name change).
THe sound quality is superior to the previous Apple albums. The sound quality, for example, of the tracks from Straight Up, while not up to the gold disc, improves on the first issue with better clarity and warmth.
This cd, along with the Rhino compilation (Best Bet of Badgfinger Volume 2) will be more than enough for the average fan.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All four hits, and there are other songs on this also 9 Nov 2011
By Phil (San Diego, CA) - Published on
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For so many years we waited for a Badfinger compilation. Finally in the mid-90s this showed up. Badfinger's four hits - "Come and Get It", "No Matter What", "Day After Day", and "Baby Blue" are sterling pop. All are included here in this overview of their four albums for the Beatles' Apple label. Although Badfinger wrote and recorded "Without You", it was Harry Nilsson's cover version that spent a month at the top of the US charts. The Badfinger version included here isn't on a par with Nilsson's knockout single but it's nice to have for historical purposes.

Once you get past those songs though, there's a serious dropoff in appeal. Back in the vinyl days I had the four singles already mentioned and the "Straight Up" album. At the time I wasn't all that enamored of the remainder of that album, though "Rock of All Ages", the b-side of "Come and Get It", was a decent rocker. A few years later I gave a listen to a roommate's copy of "No Dice", Badfinger's second album. Once it got past the delicious "No Matter What" it was all palatable but not particularly distinctive. So with this CD I was secretly hoping that I would discover some hidden gems from a golden era, or that I might find that my youthful taste was merely callow and time would provide a greater appreciation for Badfinger's album cuts.

Alas, no dice. Of the remaining cuts, nothing is bad but nothing particularly stands out. This is the kind of album for which individual mp3 downloads were made. So, once you've grabbed the four hits and maybe "Without You" or "Rock of All Ages", what to consider next? Knowing that "Apple of My Eye" was written as a farewell to their time on the Apple label adds a bit of significance to that song. "The Name of the Game" is a decent enough album cut. "Maybe Tomorrow" might appeal to some who especially like slightly overwrought ballads in the British Invasion tradition.

That said, if you're going to get a Badfinger compilation, might as well make it the one that came out five years later, "The Very Best of Badfinger". It's got two fewer songs, which probably works better, it front loads the playlist with all the best of the Apple years right in a row, and it replaces this set's lesser tracks with songs from a couple of later albums. Both compilations include half of "Straight Up". I realize there are many devotees of anything Beatles-related, but for myself the only Badfinger included on my playlists are the four hits. I wish I could say otherwise; I had high hopes for this Best Of.
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