Badfinger/Wish You Were Here/In Concert At The BBC, 1972-73
compiled by Tom Brennan
last update: October 27, 2013

June 8, 1972-July, 1974
Paris Theatre (BBC In Concert), Olympic Studios, Caribou Ranch, and AIR Studios, London
Chris Thomas (WB albums), Jeff Griffin (BBC In Concert)
U.K. release on October 28, 2013 on Rhino/Edsel EDSK 7036
U.S. release on November 5, 2013 on Rhino/Edsel EDSK 7036 (U.K. import)

[booklet pages 4-5 (credits/lyrics) | booklet pages 16-17 (essay)]

Review (by Tom Brennan, October 27, 2013):
With this two-CD set reissue, which includes Badfinger's two Warner Brothers albums, all of the official Badfinger albums with Pete Ham are currently available on CD. (The Apple albums were reissued in 2010).

Disc 1 contains both albums Badfinger released originally in 1974 for Warner Brothers. Disc 2 is a reissue of Strange Fruit's 1997 CD release, "BBC In Concert 1972-3," however, track 15 (Come And Get It) has been omitted.

This reissue doesn't include any of the photos from the Strange Fruit release. Neither are there any rare bonus tracks added. As for the sound quality, these sound no better than previous releases, and sadly lack any new remastering. The packaging is just okay (with a lack of any previously unseen photos of the band). It includes a long, detailed essay by Alan Robinson that is well-written, with several interesting facts and quotes about the recording of the albums from Dan Matovina's book, "Without You: The Tragic Story of Badfinger." Unfortunately, Matovina's name is mis-spelled in the credits and the essay.

A number of typos are in the essay too, and a few grammatical errors additionally spoil it to some degree. The publishing credits are a mess (obviously not well researched) with Tom Evans' songs being credited to different publishers, as one example. The lyrics in the booklet are drastically incomplete and full of errors (especially on Give It Up). The bottom line with this release is unless you already don't own a copy of these on CD, you might want to pass on this one, although the convenience of two albums on one CD is nice.

For accurate Badfinger Lyrics

Disc 1:
01. I Miss You
02. Shine On
03. Love Is Easy [album mix]
04. Song For A Lost Friend
05. Why Don't We Talk?
06. Island
07. Matted Spam
08. Where Do We Go From Here?
09. My Heart Goes Out
10. Lonely You
11. Give It Up
12. Andy Norris
13. Just A Chance
14. You're So Fine
15. Got To Get Out Of Here
16. Know One Knows
17. Dennis
18. In The Meantime/Some Other Time
19. Love Time
20. King Of The Load
21. Meanwhile Back At The Ranch/Should I Smoke

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Disc 2:

JUNE 8, 1972:
01. Better Days
02. Only You Know And I Know
03. We're For The Dark
04. Sweet Tuesday Morning
05. Feelin' Alright
06. Take It All
07. Suitcase
AUGUST 10, 1973:

08. Love Is Easy
09. Blind Owl
10. Constitution
11. Icicles
12. Matted Spam
13. Suitcase
14. I Can't Take It

Project manager: Val Jennings
CD package: Tony Hodsoll at Wildlife
Scans: Keith Phillips, Cover photograph: Getty Images
CD mastering: Phil Kinrade at Alchemy Mastering
Essay: Alan Robinson (with acknowledgements to Dan Matovina)

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