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Neglected Apple farewell
on 12 November 2005
Badfinger's history is characterised by tragedy, bad luck, mismanagement, financial controversy and... oh yes, some lovely music that hasn't been widely enough heard. Indeed, this is one of their least heard albums, made when they were in commercial decline. Its main strength is a gorgeous production, dominated by the kind of chunky guitar sound captured on their earlier hit, "No Matter What".
Once again, their democratic songwriting policy restricts the talented Pete Ham to a couple of credits and, as usual, they are the best songs on show. His "Apple Of My Eye", with its descending guitar part and Ham's regretful parting lyric, is unforgettable. "Timeless", which closes the album, is a haunting, seven-minute, guitar-drenched piece.
Between these tracks are several three-minute songs penned mostly by Joey Molland, now the only surviving member of this quartet, with the odd Tom Evans contribution. These songs are generally above average but are boosted by the production and, as usual, it's tempting to make comparisons with certain late-60s Beatles songs. "Constitution", for instance, seems to have borrowed from "Helter Skelter".
Nevertheless, Badfinger show here that they weren't finished... artistically, anyway.