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BadfingerStraight Up

Label:Apple Records – SAPCOR 19
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Rock, Pop
Style:Power Pop

Tracklist

A1Take It All
A2Baby Blue
A3Money
A4Flying
A5I'd Die, Babe
A6Name Of The Game
B1Suitcase
B2Sweet Tuesday Morning
B3Day After Day
B4Sometimes
B5Perfection
B6It's Over
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Notes

1st UK press
1 (1st mother) G (1st stamper)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label A): SAPCOR. 19A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label B): SAPCOR. 19B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A variant 1): 2 SAPCOR 19A - 1U PORKY GH
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B variant 1): 1 SAPCOR 19B - 1U PECKO 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A variant 2): SAPCOR 19A - 1U PORKY 1 G O
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B variant 2): SAPCOR 19B - 1U PORKY 1 G T

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Straight Up (LP, Album, Stereo)Apple RecordsSAPCOR 19New Zealand1971
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Straight Up (LP, Album, Stereo, Los Angeles Press)Apple Records, Apple RecordsSW-3387, SW 3387US1971
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Straight Up (LP, Album)Apple Records, Apple RecordsSW-3387, SW 3387Canada1971
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Straight Up (LP, Album, Stereo, Winchester Pressing)Apple RecordsSW-3387US1971
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Straight Up (LP, Album)Apple RecordsSAPCOR 19Australia1971

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Reviews

  • immanipper's avatar
    immanipper
    All in all a doable cut by Porky, it’s nowhere near as loud or open as the US LH cut, but it definitely sounds like it’s cut from a cleaner tape, and is less prone to IGD than the LH cut as well. All in all, I recommend both the US Hulko and UK Porky cut.
    • DudleyPerkins's avatar
      DudleyPerkins
      Simply a brilliant album, no weak tracks and each flows perfectly one to the next, and it still stands the test of time in 2022

      The McCartney influence is there throughout but the Badfinger boys shine through

      tragedy struck the band in the worst possible way but their legacy cannot be taken away, and this album sums up perfectly just how talented these boys were

      In my top 10 albums of all time

      • warsperfume's avatar
        warsperfume
        Why the heck hasn’t this been repressed for almost 30 years? I’m really surprised this hasn’t been reissued for the recent vinyl revival…
        • sps179's avatar
          sps179
          From INDEPENDENT AUSTRALIA, 12 December 2021, Badfinger’s ‘Straight Up’ album rocks 50 years later, By Stephen Saunders.

          DESPITE DIFFICULTIES WITH THEIR RECORD COMPANY AND CROOKED MANAGER, POWER-POP PIONEERS BADFINGER BROKE OUT THEIR LANDMARK STRAIGHT UP ALBUM IN DECEMBER 1971:

          Swansea in Wales remembers its star-crossed rockers. In 2013 the city unveiled a plaque for Badfinger leader Pete Ham. Attending was the daughter he never got to meet.

          The four major UK-US hits of the Anglo-Welsh foursome were also staples of Australian AM radio. At the time, in 1972, these songs were gathered into a special Australasian EP release. Two of them grace Straight Up; Ham’s ‘Day After Day’ and ‘Baby Blue’.

          The best-known Ham-Tom Evans composition, ‘Without You’, has attracted nearly 200 recorded cover versions. Including the big ballad of 1993 for Mariah Carey and the soft rock of Australia’s Air Supply.

          There’s also a sinister Down Under connection. The grifter manager who preyed on Badfinger - Ham and later Evans suicided - also swindled motor-racing champ Peter Brock.

          The 2013 finale of TV hit Breaking Bad showcased ‘Baby Blue’, popularising it for a new generation. Here’s a band at the top of their game, unwinding three-minutes-thirty of power-pop exhilaration, with Mike Gibbins blitzing the drum kit.

          And here’s a present-day British guitar-nerd [YouTube, Fil, Wings of Pegasus] with a serious tutorial on the hooks and harmonies that make it memorable.

          “Guess I got what I deserved,” confesses Ham, “kept you waiting there too long my love.” The mood on Straight Up is emotional, bittersweet. “Looking out of my lonely room,” as Ham also has it, “day after day.”

          Alternate tunesmith Joey Molland lightens and brightens the proceedings with ‘Sweet Tuesday Morning’.

          This was Badfinger’s third album for the Beatles’ troubled Apple Records label. The company had bounced them through three different producers. The middle one was Beatle George Harrison. The Evans-Molland ‘Flying’ has a Beatles feel.

          Another Beatle, John Lennon, famously imagined
          “all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer.”

          With his rejoinder, ‘Perfection’, Ham prods the social conscience of the era in another direction.

          More aligned with today’s realpolitik:
          “There’s no good revolution, just power changing hands...
          There is no real perfection, there’ll be no perfect man...
          So listen to my song of life, you don’t need a gun or a knife.”

          Pop music abounds with odd coincidences. A rare cover of ‘Perfection’ comes from another jinxed song-writing great - American folkie Tim Hardin (If I Were A Carpenter),

          While Ham’s epic ballad, ‘Name of the Game’, finds him in ominous confessional mode:
          “Oh comfort me dear brother won’t you tell me what you know
          For somewhere in this painful world is a place where I can go...
          Oh, don’t refuse me, if you choose me you’ll follow my shame.”

          The impassioned opener for the album is Ham’s ‘Take It All’. But Evans closes it off with ‘It’s Over’: “thank you people, but it’s too much to stay”. Yet persevere they did.

          Straight Up was successful upon first release, including in Australia. Worldwide, it has attracted five dozen LP and CD reissues over the years.

          Badfinger’s next and final Apple album was a letdown. Off they shunted to the U.S. Warner Records. British producer Chris Thomas coaxed them back to best form, in the 1974 Wish You Were Here sessions. All four members contributed original songs.

          Though initial sales were promising, Warner abruptly withdrew this album, over a lawsuit. Hence the band’s contractual and financial frustrations deepened. Early 1975, Ham took his life, directly blaming the band manager. The group fell apart.

          We’ll never know how Ham would have responded to the punk-rock music unleashed the following year. We do know that power-pop bands resounded through the 1970s, that their echoes carry down to this day.

          After 1975, Badfinger regrouped on and off. It wasn’t the same magic. The band’s 1970-74 albums capture their essential songs.

          • Dodgerman's avatar
            Dodgerman
            Edited 4 years ago
            So Happy, to have a first UK press, of this lost gem. Porky/Pecko

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