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Album Review

Using the magic of overdubbing and a complement of star studio musicians, Tom Evans and Joey Molland take a respectable shot at recreating the three-part harmonies and pop sheen of the early-'70s Badfinger. "I Want to Get Back," Evans sings on the title track, and you would, too, if you had been reduced to manual labor after hobnobbing with the Beatles. Like early Badfinger, much of this evokes their old mentors, especially "Love Is Gonna Come at Last" (number 69), their first singles chart hit in seven years. Often, however, the material is only pedestrian, and although this album actually did a little better commercially than the group's two Warner Bros. albums of 1974, it didn't make for a real comeback.

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Airwaves is a disappointing comeback for Badfinger

Badfinger the band came to an end in April, 1975 when Pete Ham hung himself. The three remaining members went their separate ways but continued to write songs and eventually Joey Molland and Tom Evans reunited in the studio to record Badfinger's first album in 5 years. Considering how good they were as songwriters, the comeback was a big disappointment. It suffers from weak production (David Malloy is no Chris Thomas) and it seems rushed. It is around 31 minutes in length and contains only seven original Molland and Evans songs. They had written more songs but never recorded them for this album. They recruited Joe Tansin, a good songwriter, but his two songs seem out of place. The seven songs from Molland and Evans begin with "Airwaves", a catchy opening but, at 29 seconds in length, the listener wishes it was longer. "Look Out California" shows Tom Evan's enthusiasm for returning to America to record again. Unfortunately, the production and guitar work weaken the song. Evans wrote some of the most famous music and lyrics in history when he wrote and sang, "Can't live...if living is without you..." and on Airwaves he contributes two similarily beautiful ballads, "Lost Inside Your Love" and the outstanding "Sail Away". Joey Molland contributes three good tracks with "Love Is Gonna Come At Last" a single that sounds like it was written to be a single but something is missing to make it a "hit" single. His other two songs, "The Dreamer" and "Come Down Hard" are more interesting. Overall, "Airwaves" is a short album, poorly produced and a disappointment for many Badfinger fans. But, it is worth buying because Molland and Evans are two very talented songwriters and musicians and there is still much to be enjoyed with this short collection of songs.

Biography

Formed: 1968 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

There are few bands in the annals of rock music as star-crossed in their history as Badfinger. Pegged as one of the most promising British groups of the late '60s and the one world-class talent ever signed to the Beatles' Apple Records label that remained with the label, Badfinger enjoyed the kind of success in England and America that most other bands could only envy. Yet a string of memorable hit singles — "Come and Get It," "No Matter What," "Day After Day," and "Baby Blue" — saw almost...
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  • $6.81
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Pop/Rock, Arena Rock
  • Released: Mar 1979

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