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Badfinger’s third album, from 1971, is one of the greatest in rock ’n’ roll. It’s a tragic anomaly that two band members later committed suicide, and subtle sadness permeates much of the band’s songwriting here. There’s a kind of dark beauty in even the brightest and sweetest songs (especially on “Baby Blue,” “Take It All," and “Money”). The outright ballads (like the soaring “Name of the Game”) are, therefore, real tearjerkers. That said, not everything here is mopey greatness: “I’ll Be the One” and “I’d Die Babe” are classic English R&B workouts with Lennonesque vocals, while the mostly acoustic “Sweet Tuesday Morning” is a bittersweet and reassuring song about renewal. The perfected arrangements and balanced production belie the fact that this album was haphazardly recorded. An early version of Straight Up was produced by Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick and rejected by the band’s label (The Beatles’ own Apple Records), so George Harrison stepped in (his slide on the lovely “Day After Day” is simply majestic). Harrison soon left for other obligations, and Todd Rundgren finished the job.

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Focus, people…the Music

I appreciate Breaking Bad opening up a new audience for Badfinger, but let`s focus on the music. Badfinger`s history reflects all the wrong that can happen to the right band, who in the midst of chaos created some of the most artistically beautiful and timeless music of the 70`s. Listen closely and reflect on an era when the music came first and image was nothing.

great show, better band

Theres no question breaking bad has been the greatest show ever created, thanks vince Gilligan. Seriously invested a lot of time in the show and the last scene with badfinger's baby blue closing out the epic series was quite fitting, all loose ends tied.
Although ya’ll are coming here and just buying baby blue, there are other good songs. Badfinger is the first band the fab four signed to their label. You can really hear Paul in “Come and get it” and “No Matter What" and John in “Rock of all Ages.”

Straight Up

What a great album...it's a shame it's been overlooked all these years later. I'm glad Breaking Bad brought this band some well deserved fame, but people need to realize that this band did more than just the song that was on the show! Even though Baby Blue is my favorite track here, there are some other great ones such as "Take It All", "Day After Day", and "Name of the Game" which you should really give a listen to. Solid album overall. Highly reccomended for fans of classic rock.

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 no reward...
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Straight Up (Remastered), Badfinger
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Pop/Rock, Arena Rock
  • Released: Dec 13, 1971

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