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"Magic Christian Music"

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track listing
  • Come And Get It
  • Crimson Ship
  • Dear Angie
  • Fisherman
  • Midnight Sun
  • Beautiful And Blue
  • Rock Of All Ages
  • Carry On Till Tomorrow
  • I'm In Love
  • Walk Out In The Rain
  • Angelique
  • Knocking Down Our Home
  • Give It A Try
  • Maybe Tomorrow
  • Storm In A Teacup
  • Arthur

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    "Magic Christian Music"

    Badfinger returns to WSVNRadio this week, with one of their albums that achieved only one major hit from this release, Magic Christian Music (1969). The big hit from this album was Paul McCartney's "Come And Get It," which The Beatles had recorded, but was never released. (It was released on Anthology 3.) Definitely Paul McCartney-inspired, there is some similiarities of how Badfinger's main songwriters Pete Ham & Tom Evans may have been the next Lennon & McCartney. With the pressures of that, and being on The Beatles' label, Apple, the comparisons got to both gentlemen, when they both tragically ended their lives to suicide.

    Magic Christian Music would be the band's second album. It's easy to listen to some of the songs from this album, where it compares to the later years of Paul McCartney's songs with The Beatles. These songs are "Crimson Ship," "Dear Angie." Most specifically, "Come And Get It" and the rocker "Rock Of All Ages" were produced by McCartney. Even another song has the Paul-ish feel, and it is another great song -- "Walk Out In The Rain." The ballad "Carry On Till Tomorrow" is another song to enjoy. Likewise, "Maybe Tomorrow" as this song does sound familiar to me, it was from their first album, and the B-side to one of its hits.

    As for others, there is definitely a 1970s Pop/Rock feel from the writings of Ham & Evans: "Midnight Sun," "Beautiful And Blue," "I'm In Love," "Give It A Try." Somehow, Crosby, Still Nash & (or) Young comes to mind on "Fisherman." However, two songs get the least favorites from my ears: "Angelique" (sounds a bit moody), and "Knocking Down Our Home."

    This particular CD reissue contains two bonus tracks, where they are both classified as 1970s Pop/Rock: "Storm In A Teacup," and "Arthur" (Later reissues would contain these songs, plus songs recorded by this band, then known as The Iveys, which was their name before they changed it to Badfinger.

    We can only imagine how Pete Ham & Tom Evans could have been as songwriters. They were heading in the right direction, yet the comparisons to the fab four most likely got the best of them. Discovered by The Beatles, recorded for their label (Apple), and comparing their songwriting to Lennon & McCartney might just have been their three strikes. Yet we can still enjoy their first two albums, as they achieved the biggest hits of their career. Magic Christian Music may just have had only one major hit ("Come And Get It", yet the rest of the album easily shows how talented Pete Ham & Tom Evans really were.

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