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3.0 out of 5 stars Badfinger's "Come-back" Album, 1 Feb 2008
This review is from: Airwaves (Audio CD)
Airwaves from 1979 was the first Badfinger album to be released without Pete Ham, who tragically committed suicide in 1975. Of course he is sadly missed on this album, which only feaures two members from Badfinger's heyday; Tom Evans and Joey Molland. After Pete's death the group disbanded and both Tom and Joey were in other bands.
In 1978 they felt like reuniting and drummer Mike Gibbins were also invited to a rehearsal before these recordings took place. Unfortunately Mike quickly left again and he is consequently not playing on this album. The line-up is: Tom Evans: bass and vocals; Joey Molland: guitar and vocals; Joe Tansin: lead guitar; Ken Harck: drums; Andy Newmark: drums and Nicky Hopkins: keyboards.

Ken Harck left during the recordings and he was replaced by Andy Newmark who came in to finish the album. Joe Tansin also left soon after the final recordings. Nicky Hopkins only appeared as session musician; he was never a member of the band.

The trends in popular pop/rock music had changed markedly during the 5 years that had passed since the last Badfinger album, so obviously the album had to be different from their earlier albums. Producer David Malloy has often been critizised for poor production on this Badfinger album. "He had not been able to find the real Badfinger-sound". I think that's an unfair and wrong concluson. Actually a lot of the album is really good. Tom Evans' songs like "Lost Inside Your Love" and "Sail Away" are true highlights. Joey's "Love is Gonna Come at Last" is a very commercial number and it was released a single. "The Dreamer", also by Joey, is a nice ballad, and a track you may not discover the first two or three times you listen to the album. Joe Tansin wrote two songs for the album; "Sympathy" and "The Winner". "Sympathy" is too commercial for my taste, almost disco-like; "The Winner" is a rocker similar to many of Joey's songs. Tansin shows on several tracks that he's a fabulous guitarist and some of the weaker tracks are helped a lot from his guitar-playing. The playing time is rather short, so it's a shame that this reisssue version doesn't feature any of the 5 bonus tracks that were added to the 1999 CD version. Especially "Send Me Some Love", "Can You Feel The Rain" and "One More Time" were great additions.
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Initial post: 2 Nov 2010 09:29:03 GMT
E. Harnung says:
Hej Morten.
Ville du anbefale 1999 versionen eller den re-masterede 2006 version? Jeg synes det lyder godt med 5 ekstra sange, men hvis kvaliteten af 1999 cd'en er meget dårligere end 2006 cd'en, tror jeg at jeg snupper 2006'eren. Er der meget stor forskel, eller kan man egentlig ligeså godt købe den fra 1999?

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Emil

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2010 22:50:22 GMT
Hej Emil.

Jeg har faktisk aldrig hørt 2006 versionen; men i mine ører lyder 1999 udgaven meget fint - desuden hører i hvert fald "One More Time" til på albummet. Uforståeligt at dette nummer oprindeligt blev udeladt. Er 1999 versionen i øvrigt ikke blevet svært at finde?
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