Saturday, July 26, 2008

Various Artists - Come and Get It - A Tribute To Badfinger - 1996

Badfinger deserve a tribute album a lot more than most, because few modern rock fans know them. Their four Top 15 singles for the Beatles' Apple label, from March 1970 to April 1972, all rank in anyone's Top Ten of the greatest post-Beatles, heavy power pop songs. Sing the choruses of "Day After Day" (done here by 20/20), "Baby Blue" (Aimee Mann), "No Matter What" (the Knack), and the Paul McCartney-penned "Come and Get It" (Adrian Belew), and the response invariably is, "I know that song! I love that song! That's Badfinger?" Likewise, their four LPs for Apple (before their two so-so Warner Bros. releases) contain many special moments. But a more loving tribute than Come and Get It: A Tribute to Badfinger would be hard to imagine. All 22 artists exhibit the sort of reverence Badfinger once had for the Beatles! The dais is a bit strange: no quibble with Mann, whose "Baby Blue" is really crisp, the Loud Family, the Rooks, the Salteens (Ken Stringfellow from the Posies in disguise), and a few others. And it's nice to see '60s guru and Zombies' champion Al Kooper, who once sat in with Badfinger in the studio (as he'd already done with Bob Dylan and the Who), take a turn. But the Knack? 20/20? Belew? Dwight Twilley? The re-formed Plimsouls (albeit with hot Blondie drummer Clem Burke)? Can you say '70s new wave party? Completely conversely, too many acts here are no-names with the scent of studio project, a common tribute album disease, however (in this case) enthusiastic. Such baby bands are overmatched by Badfinger's talent and soulful interplay. Where is all the cream of indie talent? Still, whatever attention these too-old and too-new fans draw to Badfinger is welcome, and in the end, miraculously, there isn't a single total stinker! -AMG

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Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for another great addition on your excellent blog....much appreciated.
Best Danny.

side3 said...

This is a great CD. I have to quibble with the AMG description of the Warners Bros albums as "so-so". I think "Wish You Were Here" was their best album. The best rack on this CD is Bill Lloyd's "Lonely You"...I think he actually best's Badfinger.

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arob71 said...

Thank you! I didn't even know this existed!

bglobe313 said...

This is a great CD.

I have actually used it to demonstrate to people what great songwriters the guys in Badfinger were.

God, I wish there was some way Pete Ham could have been saved. He should be making music today. But I also know that the artistic mindset that let him make such great music can likewise be the same thing that leads to such an end.

Sorry to be so negative. Enjoy the music and love Pete and the rest.


Anonymous said...

Would you consider reposting this one? The Loud Family cover of "We're for the Dark" is sublime!


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