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Airwaves Airwaves
Badfinger
Elektra 6E-175

by Joel Vance
Stereo Review, June 1979, page 88

Two of the original members of Badfinger - Joey Molland and Tom Evans - are here backed by studio musicians on what is less a comeback album than an attempt to capitalize on whatever value is left in the Badfinger name. The original Badfinger had such an arresting sound that for a time it was thought they might possibly be the new Beatles, not imitators but successors. They recorded for Apple and were produced by Mal Evans, once the Beatles' road manager, their debut single was Come and Get It, written by McCartney, but soon they were writing hits of their own, such as No Matter What, Baby Blue, and Day After Day. The collapse of Apple and the lawsuits and squabbles between the former Beatles and their managers hurt Badfinger a lot, and when Pete Ham died (he had been responsible for their material and sound) this very promising group disintegrated. "Airwaves" has some good material, Molland's Love Is Gonna Come At Last and Joe Tansin's Sympathy-and some good performances, but I think the name "Badfinger" ought to be permanently retired. While this is not entirely a case of false advertising, it is hardly in the best of taste.


Airwaves Airwaves
Badfinger
Elektra 6E-175

by M.L.
Vinyl (?), 1979

Tom Evans and Joey Molland have managed to pull of a fine comeback effort which shows them in fine voice and with more than one good tune up their sleeves. The pop production is somewhat slicker than the Apple albums that established the group, but the instrumental work, greatly helped by new member Joe Tansin, recalls the approach of their early hits "No Matter What" and "Day After Day". Encouragingly, the two most Beatlesish songs are the work of Tansin ("Sympathy" and "The Winner") with Evans and Molland handling the vocals, a perfect compromise. This kind of soft rock sound is with us quite a bit right now, but there's no group more deserving of a hit than Badfinger, who helped define the field years ago and are still the experts.


Airwaves Airwaves
Badfinger
Elektra 6E-175

by David M. Gots
Record Review, August 1979

Little on this album identifies this as the Badfinger of old, even though it's one half of the original group. Successful at times, but too close to too many others.


Airwaves Airwaves
Badfinger
Elektra 6E-175

by J.S.
Guitar Player, November 1979, page 161

Badfinger's pop-rock is well-integrated vocals and uncluttered instrumentals. Guitarists Joey Molland and Joe Tansin combine with bassist Tom Evans to create songs that are fresh in approach and delivery. Some tunes will make you want to dance: others will compel you to sit and listen. Airwaves represent a newly reorganized Badfinger that aims to please.


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