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Badfinger: Airwaves

Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, 28 April 1979

IT'S EASY to acknowledge it in retrospect, but Badfinger were a great band who suffered the classically clichéd fate of being criminally ignored in Britain. Wish You Were Here — never even released in their home country — is a wonderful album which establishes a firm pop/rock character separated from their popular identity as Beatles' surrogates, a blight that plagued them to the death. They were Pete Ham, Joey Molland, Tom Evans and Mike Gibbons, and the tragic suicide of the harassed and depressed Pete Ham led to their demise. Now we have a new Badfinger album, with British release, that summons the ghost of the past.

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