Magic Christian Music
album
by Badfinger (The Iveys)
compiled by Tom Brennan
last update: October 23, 2016

Please note that all the songs from the Magic Christian Music album and CD were recorded before Joey Molland joined the band and most of the tracks feature Ron Griffiths on bass and backing vocals.


MAGIC CHRISTIAN MUSIC
Magic Christian Music front cover
recorded April 1-October 1, 1969 (new recordings only)
at Trident, Abbey Road and IBC Studios, London
produced by Mal Evans and Paul McCartney
engineered by: Tony Clark (Abbey Road), others unknown
remixes supervised by Paul McCartney [Paul McCartney's remixing notes]
original sleeve design by David King

released in U.K. on January 9, 1970 on Apple SAPCOR 12 [back cover | side 1 label | side 2 label]

Side One:
Come And Get It produced by Paul McCartney
Crimson Ship produced by Paul McCartney
Dear Angie produced by Tony Visconti
Fisherman [version 2] produced by Mal Evans
Midnight Sun produced by Mal Evans
Beautiful And Blue [version 2] produced by Mal Evans
Rock Of All Ages produced by Paul McCartney
Side Two:
Carry On Till Tomorrow produced by Paul McCartney
I'm In Love [version 2] produced by Mal Evans
Walk Out In The Rain (listed as "Walk In The Rain") produced by Mal Evans
Angelique [version 2] produced by Tony Visconti
Knocking Down Our Home produced by Mal Evans
Give It A Try produced by Mal Evans
Maybe Tomorrow produced by Tony Visconti


Comments (by Tom Brennan):
"Magic Christian Music by Badfinger" was rush-released to tie-in with the release of the Peter Sellers/Ringo Starr film, "The Magic Christian". To make matters worse, at the same time, The Iveys were transforming into Badfinger with Ron Griffiths departing while promotion for the Paul McCartney penned single "Come And Get It" was being distributed to the press.

For the album's release, new member Joey Molland from Liverpool is only mentioned by name on the back sleeve of the album, and credited with playing guitar even though he hadn't played on any of the recordings contained on the album. There was no time for his photo to be taken for the back of the album sleeve. As a result, most of the album's promotion was done with three members pictured. The photos of Pete, Tom & Mike for the back of the album sleeve were taken on November 10, 1969. The first photos as the new band line-up (Badfinger) were taken on December 16, 1969 - too late for the album's release.

Because of the rush job, the album's credits are lacking details and contain errors in the production credits. The three soundtrack songs have no production credits and neither does "Crimson Ship". This is due to the fact that McCartney didn't want to be credited. The 1991 CD reissue doesn't do much better. It correctly credits "Come And Get It as produced & arranged by Paul McCartney" but incorrectly credits Tony Visconti as producing & arranging both "Crimson Ship" and "Rock Of All Ages". Tony departed in the middle of December, 1968 as The Iveys' producer. Paul McCartney produced all three of the soundtrack songs at the request of the film company, Commonwealth United, plus "Crimson Ship" with leftover studio time that was remaining after his obligations were met for the film's soundtrack.

Mal Evans produced the rest of the new recordings for the album ("Midnight Sun", "Walk Out In The Rain"). Mal was also involved in rearranging and remixing some of the older tracks from The Iveys album. "Fisherman" had its sound effects removed, the final verse cut, and a new ending recorded. The other major change made by Mal was to re-record the vocals for "I'm In Love", thereby removing the Ron Griffiths response voices that according to Tom Evans, was criticised by McCartney while observing an Iveys session in 1968. The other Iveys tracks were given fresh stereo remixes to improve their sound ("Dear Angie", "Beautiful And Blue", "Angelique", "Knocking Down Our Home", and "Maybe Tomorrow"). Some of these remixes allowed different (double-tracked) vocal parts to be heard as compared to the original mixes heard on the Iveys' album, "Maybe Tomorrow".
background information from Dan Matovina's Badfinger biography, "Without You-The Tragic Story Of Badfinger" and the 1991 CD reissue of "Magic Christian Music" on Apple.


Edited version (for U.S. market)
promo reel-to-reel:
dated January 30, 1970 [reel box for side 1 | reel box for side 2 | tape reel]
released in U.S. on February 16, 1970
on Apple ST 3364 [front cover with promo sticker for "Come And Get It" | Mal Evans notes & track listings]
commercial 4-track stereo reel-to-reel tape on Apple L-3364 (manufactured by Ampex) [reel box, front]

Side One:
Come And Get It produced by Paul McCartney
Crimson Ship produced by Paul McCartney
Dear Angie produced by Tony Visconti
Midnight Sun produced by Mal Evans
Beautiful And Blue [version 2] produced by Mal Evans
Rock Of All Ages produced by Paul McCartney
Side Two:
Carry On Till Tomorrow produced by Paul McCartney
I'm In Love [version 2] produced by Mal Evans
Walk Out In The Rain (listed as "Walk In The Rain") produced by Mal Evans
Fisherman [version 2] produced by Mal Evans
Knocking Down Our Home produced by Mal Evans
Maybe Tomorrow produced by Tony Visconti


Two special one-sided "limited version" early test pressings (acetates) of the album (still credited to "The Iveys") had a different running order, minus "I'm In Love", as follows...
Disc One:
Come And Get It
Crimson Ship
Dear Angie
Fisherman [version 2]
They're Knocking Down Our Home
Rock Of All Ages
Disc Two:
Carry On Till Tomorrow
Beautiful And Blue [version 2]
Walk Out In The Rain
Midnight Sun
Angelique [version 2]
Give It A Try
Maybe Tomorrow


8-track tape
Apple 8XT-3364
Magic Christian Music 8-track tape
Program 1:
Come And Get It
Carry On Till Tomorrow
Fisherman
Program 2:
Knocking Down Our Home
Midnight Sun
Beautiful And Blue
Program 3:
Rock Of All Ages
I'm In Love
Walk (Out) In The Rain
Program 4:
Crimson Ship
Dear Angie
Maybe Tomorrow



Cassette tape
Apple 4XT-3364
Magic Christian Music cassette release (U.S.)
Note that the sides are reversed on the cassette compared to the LP.


Magic Christian Music 1991 CD booklet back cover
U.S. CD release on November 19, 1991 on Apple SAPCOR 12 (CDP 7 97579 2) [CD label | CD tray card]
Reissue digitally mastered and researched by Ron Furmanek
Digitally remastered at Abbey Road Studios, London, England, February 1991
engineered by: Mike Jarratt
mastered from the original 2-track stereo master mix tapes
"Storm In A Teacup" and "Arthur" are mixed for stereo from the 8-track master session tapes by Ron Furmanek and Mike Jarratt
CD liner notes & discography by Steve Kolanjian

1991 CD Bonus Tracks:
Storm In A Teacup produced by Mal Evans
Arthur produced by Mal Evans



Magic Christian Music 2010 front coverMagic Christian Music 2010 back cover
U.S. CD release on October 25, 2010
on Apple (5099964243825) [CD label]
Remastered by Guy Massey, Steve Rooke, Sam Okell from the original 2-track stereo master mix tapes
Abbey Road Project Coordinator: Allan Rouse
Audio Restoration: Simon Gibson
Album Reissue Producers: Andy Davis, Mike Heatley
EMI Project Manager: Guy Hayden
Tea, sympathy and guidance: Jeff Jones, Jonathan Clyde & Garth Tweedale
Notes by Andy Davis
Special thanks to Ron Griffiths
Album Re-design: Darren Evans
Apple archive management: Aaron Bremner

2010 CD Bonus Tracks:
15. And Her Daddy's A Millionaire [original version] produced by Denny Cordell/Tony Visconti
16. Mrs. Jones [stereo remix] produced by Tony Visconti
17. Sali Bloo [mono] produced by Tony Visconti
18. See-Saw Grandpa [mono] produced by Mal Evans
19. I've Been Waiting [unedited stereo remix] produced by Glyn Johns
Download-only bonus tracks:
Dear Angie [mono] produced by Tony Visconti
Think About The Good Times [mono] produced by Tony Visconti
No Escaping Your Love [mono] produced by Tony Visconti
Arthur [stereo remix] produced by Mal Evans
Storm In A Teacup [mono] produced by Mal Evans
Yesterday Ain't Coming Back [mono]
produced by Tony Visconti


Foreign pressings:

Argentina (1970) on Apple [front cover]
Australia (1970)
on Apple SAPCOR 12 [cover and side 1 label]
Brazil (1970) on Apple APCOR 12 (mono) [side 1 label | side 2 label]
Israel (1970) on Apple [front cover]
Malaysia (1970) on National JMLP-1006 [front cover | back cover | side 1 label | side 2 label]

Korea (1991) on Apple EKPL-0189 R-024 [front cover] [package layout]
Spain (1991) [reissue campaign] thanks to Bastiaan van Kasteel

Japan (February 23, 2005) on Apple TOCP-67562 (CD in mini-LP format) [front cover | back cover]


Album ads
U.S. album ad
U.K. album ad
from Apple to Zapple ad (Europe)

Album reviews:
Melody Maker: January 31, 1970
Record Mirror: January 31, 1970
Rolling Stone: May 14, 1970
High Fidelity: October 1970

thanks to Dan Matovina


Magic Christian Music songbook
Songbook (U.S/U.K.) [front cover]
Photos [see Badfinger promo photos page]

special items

How would you like to join Apple? (Record Mirror ad to replace Ron)
thanks to Dan Matovina
proposed Iveys LP cover design by Paul McCartney (same concept as Soundtrack LP cover) from The Beatles Anthology book
Paul McCartney's remixing notes

features
The "Come And Get It" sessions (analysis by Tom Brennan)

Magic Christian Music trivia:
The hand pictured on the front cover of the album with the nail that is supposed to be going through the finger was the hand of Badfinger's mentor, Bill Collins.
Several songs on the LP & CD were attempts at recording a follow-up single to "Maybe Tomorrow" by The Iveys: "Storm In A Teacup" and "Give It A Try" b/w "Arthur".
An edited version of "Carry On Till Tomorrow" was intended to be the follow-up single to "Come And Get It". It ended up as the B-side to "No Matter What" in some countries including the U.S.A., and was actually an A-side in Japan in 1972 with "Without You" as the B-side.


2010 REVISIONISM

Here's how I would have improved the track listing of the "Magic Christian Music" LP:

01. Come And Get It
02. Crimson Ship
03. Dear Angie
04. See-Saw, Grandpa
05. Midnight Sun
06. Think About The Good Times
07. Rock Of All Ages
08. Carry On Till Tomorrow
09. Sali Bloo
10. Walk Out In The Rain
11. Angelique
12. Give It A Try
13.
Maybe Tomorrow
14. I've Been Waiting

songs dropped: "Fisherman", "Beautiful And Blue", "I'm In Love", "Knocking Down Our Home".

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