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Badfinger - 1979 Airwaves

ARTIST: Badfinger
ALBUM: Airwaves
LABEL: Elektra
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 2004, Wounded Bird, WOU-175


LINEUP: Joey Molland - vocals, guitars * Tom Evans - bass * Joe Tansin - guitars, vocals

Guests: Nicky Hopkins - piano * Tony Kaye - keyboards * Andy Newmark - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Airwaves * 02 Look Out California * 03 Lost Inside Your Love * 04 Love Is Gonna Come At Last * 05 Sympathy * 06 The Winner * 07 The Dreamer * 08 Come Down Hard * 09 Sail Away

Badfinger will forever be associated with the Beatles. After all, they signed to Apple Records, Paul McCartney wrote their first 'hit' single 'Come And Get It' which was used in the film 'The Magic Christian' and featured Ringo Starr. Badfinger's music was an infectious cocktail of pure pop bliss and other than The Raspberries and to a lesser extent Big Star, had very few rivals who could deliver such delightful sounds. OK, maybe the Beatles.... Yet, despite everything Badfinger had going for them, the groups history is filled with tales of management greed, substance abuse, and the suicide deaths of the group's main songwriter Pete Ham in 1975, and bassist Tom Evans in 1983. Released in 1979, 'Airwaves' was Badfinger's first album in five years. Solo projects followed the groups previous album 'Wish You Were Here' and Pete Ham's demise, including Joey Molland's Natural Gas releasing one decent album (still waiting for a CD reissue!) in 1976. After Molland left Natural Gas which included ex- Humble Pie's Jerry Shirley, the group mutated into Magnet and released a so-so album 'World Attraction' which not surprisingly, went nowhere. Molland hooked up with Tom Evans once again, signed to Elektra Records and put themselves back on a music scene which had changed dramatically since the bands early days.

The Songs
This album didn't set the world on fire, but it has it's charms. 'Airwaves' is influenced by the sound of The Eagles on 'Look Out California', and at the same time the art rock sounds of Stackridge and Klaatu on 'Lost Inside Your Love' and 'Love Is Gonna Come At Last'. Not a bad album really, although those familar with Badfinger should not expect another 'Straight Up', Badfinger's best album produced by Todd Rundgren.

In Summary
Badfinger would tour to receptive audiences in support of this album with former Yes/ Badger keyboard player Tony Kaye in tow, but were dropped from Elektra due to lack of sales. They would eventually re-locate to Minneapolis, Minnesota and record one more fine album 'Say No More' released on Radio Records and eventually disband. Joey Molland still lives in Minnesota and continues to play the 'classic rock' circuit, releasing the occasional solo disc. Of course, all of this pales in comparison to the original Badfinger, but AOR fans might find more to like in the later version of this classic band.

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#1 | trillion1999 on October 10 2011 16:36:16
My favorite Badfinger-album is Wish You Were Here.I find that album the most consistent.It is the one album from them where I remember all the songs hence that bias.From this one I only remember Lost Inside Your Love and Love Is Gonna Come At Last.Klaatu and Stackridge art rock sounds.Now I understand why I like those two tracks.Smile
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