Henry Badowski ‎– Life Is A Grand

A&M Records ‎– AMLH 68527
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 My Face 3:20
A2 Henry's In Love 3:09
A3 Swimming With The Fish In The Sea 4:46
A4 The Inside Out 3:27
A5 Life Is A Grand 3:44
B1 Silver Trees 3:34
B2 This Was Meant To Be 3:50
B3 Anywhere Else 3:54
B4 Baby, Sign Here With Me 3:50
B5 Rampant 4:09

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Made in Holland

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  • Rights Society: BIEM/STEMRA
  • Label Code: LC 0485

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AMLH 68527 Henry Badowski Life Is A Grand(LP, Album) A&M Records AMLH 68527 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
SP 70601 Henry Badowski Life Is A Grand(LP) I.R.S. Records SP 70601 US 1981 Sell This Version
AMLH 68527 Henry Badowski Life Is A Grand...(LP, Album) A&M Records AMLH 68527 UK 1981 Sell This Version


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October 13, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
I've always thought this was one of the best and most sublime pop albums. Its simply beautiful in a very simple way, but surprisingly well composed. The lyrics are wry, funny, ironic, self conscious, heart warming. It does as the other reviewer commented have some resemblance to Syd Barrett, and also Captain Sensible, but Henry is his own man. I love every cut on it. I wish there were more Badowski albums. FIVE STARS.


November 27, 2015
edited about 1 year ago

It's a really lovely LP. Badowski has a very distinct voice, which ironically cannot avoid comparisons with Syd Barrett.

This Barrett aesthetic is not just in the sound, but also lyrically. Badowski has a way of telling stories which have a very similar parallel with Barrett, even though the music is very much of the era.

Musically, we are talking early 80's Synth-Pop. Not pure Synth-Pop (there are drums & guitars here), but clearly very distinct from Syd's '67 Psych vibe.

You could almost get away with playing this LP to a Pink Floyd lightweight and make them believe that this was an unreleased Syd electronic LP!

Well, apart from the sax. Yeah, Mr. Badowski plays saxophone on quite a few tracks. To be fair, on the main the playing is restrained and does not overpower the music.

However, the title track (A5) is best avoided. Instrumental (sax), and one listen is enough.

It can't take away from the unique cuteness of this LP, though. It's a sublime album and is most certainly worthy of investigation, for Syd fans and lovers of curious obscure early 80's pop in general.