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Magic Christian Music (Deluxe Edition / Remastered 2010)

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If Badfinger's debut album Magic Christian Music sounds patchy, there's a reason why: It was assembled from three different sources. Although the title suggests that the record is a soundtrack to The Magic Christian it isn't. It's a hodgepodge, containing the group's three contributions to the film, six highlights from the band's pre-Badfinger album Maybe Tomorrow (released when they were known as the Iveys), an alternate take from Maybe Tomorrow, and four new songs. It's little wonder that it doesn't hold together, winding up as a document of Badfinger's unharnessed potential. Since their breakthrough hit "Come and Get It" was written by Paul McCartney, Badfinger was dogged by comparisons to the Beatles but they were hardly copyists. Elements of the Hollies, the Kinks, and very mild psychedelia are discernable throughout Magic Christian Music, all part of the band's search for their own voice. Apart from the lovely pop tune "Dear Angie" and Tom Evans' stately, yearning "Maybe Tomorrow," the Iveys numbers aren't particularly distinguished pop but they are, by and large, pleasant period pieces. On the newer material, Badfinger sounds stronger and their craftsmanship surfaces. Pete Ham emerges as a fine songsmith, with the convincing rocker "Midnight Sun" and the gentle "Walk Out in the Rain." Still, the true standouts among the newer songs are "Crimson Ship" and "Carry on Till Tomorrow," both co-written by Ham and Evans. They're two sides of the same coin - dreamy post-psych pop tunes driven by strong hooks and harmonies. They might not always deliver on that promise on Magic Christian Music, but with its appealing melodies, lite psychedelic flourishes and, yes, Beatlesque harmonies, it's an enjoyable artifact of its time.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Come And Get It (Remastered 2010)
00:02:22

Paul Mccartney, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Badfinger, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

2
Crimson Ship (Remastered 2010)
00:03:42

Pete Ham, ComposerLyricist - Mike Gibbins, ComposerLyricist - Badfinger, MainArtist - Tom Evans, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Producer

℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

3
Dear Angie (Remastered 2010)
00:02:40

Badfinger, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer - Ron Griffiths, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

4
Fisherman (Remastered 2010)
00:02:24

MAL EVANS, Producer - Badfinger, MainArtist - Tom Evans, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

5
Midnight Sun (Remastered 2010)
00:02:45

Pete Ham, ComposerLyricist - MAL EVANS, Producer - Badfinger, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

6
Beautiful And Blue (Remastered 2010)
00:02:39

MAL EVANS, Producer - Badfinger, MainArtist - Tom Evans, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

7
Rock Of All Ages (Remastered 2010)
00:03:16

Pete Ham, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Producer - Mike Gibbins, ComposerLyricist - Badfinger, MainArtist - Tom Evans, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

8
Carry On Till Tomorrow (Remastered 2010)
00:04:47

Pete Ham, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Producer - Badfinger, MainArtist - Tom Evans, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

9
I'm In Love (Remastered 2010)
00:02:25

Pete Ham, ComposerLyricist - Badfinger, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer

℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

10
Walk Out In The Rain (Remastered 2010)
00:03:26

Pete Ham, ComposerLyricist - MAL EVANS, Producer - Badfinger, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

11
Angelique (Remastered 2010)
00:02:27

Badfinger, MainArtist - Tom Evans, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Producer

℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

12
Knocking Down Our Home (Remastered 2010)
00:03:40

Pete Ham, ComposerLyricist - MAL EVANS, Producer - Badfinger, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

13
Give It A Try (Remastered 2010)
00:02:30

Pete Ham, ComposerLyricist - Mike Gibbins, ComposerLyricist - Badfinger, MainArtist - Tom Evans, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Producer - Ron Griffiths, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

14
Maybe Tomorrow (Remastered 2010)
00:02:59

Badfinger, MainArtist - Tom Evans, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Producer, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

15
And Her Daddy's A Millionaire (Alternative Version / Bonus Track)
00:02:24

Pete Ham, ComposerLyricist - Badfinger, MainArtist - Tom Evans, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Producer

℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

16
Mrs. Jones (Remix / Bonus Track)
00:02:19

Pete Ham, ComposerLyricist - MAL EVANS, Producer - Badfinger, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

17
Sali Bloo (Mono Mix / Bonus Track)
00:02:45

Pete Ham, ComposerLyricist - Badfinger, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer

℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

18
See-Saw Granpa (Mono Mix / Bonus Track)
00:03:33

Pete Ham, ComposerLyricist - MAL EVANS, Producer - Badfinger, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

19
I've Been Waiting (Unedited Remix / Bonus Track)
00:05:57

Pete Ham, ComposerLyricist - Badfinger, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer

℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

DISC 2

1
Dear Angie (Mono Mix / Remastered 2010 / Bonus Track)
00:02:35

Badfinger, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer - Ron Griffiths, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

2
Think About The Good Times (Mono Mix / Remastered 2010 / Bonus Track)
00:02:21

Mike Gibbins, ComposerLyricist - Badfinger, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer

℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

3
No Escaping Your Love (Mono Mix / Remastered 2010 / Bonus Track)
00:02:00

Badfinger, MainArtist - Tom Evans, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Producer

℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

4
Arthur (Remix / Remastered 2010 / Bonus Track)
00:03:14

MAL EVANS, Producer - Badfinger, MainArtist - Tom Evans, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

5
Storm In A Tea Cup (Mono Mix / Remastered 2010 / Bonus Track)
00:02:30

MAL EVANS, Producer - Badfinger, MainArtist - Tom Evans, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

6
Yesterday Ain't Coming Back (Mono Mix / Remastered 2010 / Bonus Track)
00:02:54

Pete Ham, ComposerLyricist - Badfinger, MainArtist - Tom Evans, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Producer

℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

Album Description

If Badfinger's debut album Magic Christian Music sounds patchy, there's a reason why: It was assembled from three different sources. Although the title suggests that the record is a soundtrack to The Magic Christian it isn't. It's a hodgepodge, containing the group's three contributions to the film, six highlights from the band's pre-Badfinger album Maybe Tomorrow (released when they were known as the Iveys), an alternate take from Maybe Tomorrow, and four new songs. It's little wonder that it doesn't hold together, winding up as a document of Badfinger's unharnessed potential. Since their breakthrough hit "Come and Get It" was written by Paul McCartney, Badfinger was dogged by comparisons to the Beatles but they were hardly copyists. Elements of the Hollies, the Kinks, and very mild psychedelia are discernable throughout Magic Christian Music, all part of the band's search for their own voice. Apart from the lovely pop tune "Dear Angie" and Tom Evans' stately, yearning "Maybe Tomorrow," the Iveys numbers aren't particularly distinguished pop but they are, by and large, pleasant period pieces. On the newer material, Badfinger sounds stronger and their craftsmanship surfaces. Pete Ham emerges as a fine songsmith, with the convincing rocker "Midnight Sun" and the gentle "Walk Out in the Rain." Still, the true standouts among the newer songs are "Crimson Ship" and "Carry on Till Tomorrow," both co-written by Ham and Evans. They're two sides of the same coin - dreamy post-psych pop tunes driven by strong hooks and harmonies. They might not always deliver on that promise on Magic Christian Music, but with its appealing melodies, lite psychedelic flourishes and, yes, Beatlesque harmonies, it's an enjoyable artifact of its time.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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