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Badfinger - 1981 Say No More



ARTIST: Badfinger
ALBUM: Say No More
LABEL: Radio Records
SERIAL: RR 16030
YEAR: 1981

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Joey Molland - vocals, guitars * Tom Evans - vocals, bass * Tony Kaye - keyboards * Richard Bryans - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Got You * 02 Come On * 03 Hold On * 04 Because I Love You * 05 Rock N Contract * 06 Passin' Time * 07 Three Time Loser * 08 Too Hung Up On You * 09 Crocadillo * 10 No More


Background
From the same label thought brought you Love Affair, Glass Moon and RCR, Florida based Radio Records had high hopes for Badfinger. After all, this was the classic British band dogged by notoriously bad luck with the 1975 suicide of chief song writer Pete Ham and mounting financial issues. Badfinger were the poster boys for everything that could possibly go wrong in a rock band, but the music they created was pure magic. Produced by Jack Richardson (The Guess Who, Alice Cooper, Poco) with cover art by famed 60's artist Peter Max, 'Say No More' would be Badfinger's final album, but stands as one of their best in a catalog of outstanding pop music.


The Songs
In typical Badfinger style, the opening 'I Got You' is a classic rock n' roll tune and became the second single off the album while the first single 'Hold On' is one of catchiest songs on the record and really should have been a hit. 'Rock N' Roll Contract' an obvious jab at some of the issues the band were dealing with at the time is a strange but effective song that moves from honky tonk to a near progressive rock styled chorus similar to early REO Speedwagon. Really, there isn't a bad song to be found on 'Say No More' and is a marked improvement over the previous album 'Airwaves'.


In Summary
Unfortunately, Badfinger wouldn't tour behind the album much to the dismay of the label. The band wanted to headline larger shows and not play club dates, which flew in the face of Radio Records who were putting a good deal of money into the project and eventually stopped all promotion, in favor of their rising single 'Stars on 45' which became one of the biggest hits of the year. A few months later guitarist/ vocalist Tom Evans would find himself in the female fronted Aussie group Cheetah (remember the 'Rock N' Roll Women' LP?) playing a few dates, before being kicked off the tour for not fitting in. After several starts and stops trying to revive past glories, in 1983 Evans would commit suicide, adding yet another sad chapter to the Badfinger story.


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#1 | trillion1999 on October 15 2011 14:33:50
Better than Airwaves for sure.A solid album and a fitting swan-song for the last real Badfinger line-up.Only Joey Molland left now?I have to say Dan Matovina has shaped my opinion about him.With Tom Evans gone they are Badfinger in name only.Always will hold the highest opinion of the rest of the guys though.*blushing*
 
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