On Rediscovering Old Friends

I went through a box of CDs the other day, one I hadn’t opened since the move. And in the box…

Badfinger CDs!

I don’t know the last time I listened to these. Badfinger is one of those bands whose songs, when you hear them on the radio, you know instantly. But they’re a band who never were as successful as their talent and pedigree would have suggested.

Badfinger was an early 70s British band who worked with the Beatles individually. Paul McCartney wrote and produced their first hit song, “Come and Get It.” Later they played with Ringo, George, and John on various solo projects, and George Harrison produced songs on their third album, Straight Up. Much of their music has a Beatles-like quality.

Their most famous song is probably “Without You,” a song that Harry Nilsson made famous in a cover version. That song actually sounds more like Procol Harum to my ears.

Ah, Procol Harum and “A Whiter Shade of Pale.”

I digress.

In college I had a larger Badfinger collection than I have now. Then I had all of their early studio albums, plus two Best Of compilations. At some point I got rid of the individual albums, kept only the Best Ofs.

I’m not sure when I last listened to either of these Best Of albums. “Baby Blue”–what a song! I’d forgotten how much I liked Badfinger’s music. It’s not hard-edged, it’s not psychedelic. It’s just easy-to-listen, hummable, even memorable. Old friends, come for a visit.

I should do this more often. ;)

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