Pete Ham - 7 Park Avenue

- First released in 1997 on Ryko - RCD 10349 (US)

Tracks: Written By: Year: Time
1:Catherine Cares (Ham) 1970 3.02
2:Coppertone Blues (Ham) 1970 3.56
3:It Doesn't Really Matter (Ham) 1974 2.58
4:Live Love All Your Days (Ham) 1970 2.16
5:Would You Deny (Ham) 1969? 1.23
6:Dear Father (Ham) 1970 2.04
7:Matted Spam (Ham) 1973 3.24
8:No Matter What (Ham) 1970 2.24
9:Leaving On a Midnight Train (Ham) 1970 2.26
10:Weep Baby (Ham) 1967 2.26
11:Hand In Hand (Ham) 1970 2.38
12:Sille Veb (Ham) 1970 3.38
13:I Know That You Should (Ham) 1970? 3.28
14:Island (Ham) 1968 2.27
15:Just Look Inside The Cover (Ham) 1974 3.29
16:Just How Lucky We Are (Ham) 1974 2.29
17:No More (Ham) 1975 2.55
18:Ringside (Ham) 1975 3.42

Bonus Tracks On Japanese Version

19:Just A Chance (Ham) 1974 2.09
20:The Heart That Can't Be Understood (Ham) 1970 3.25
21:Come, Come Tomorrow (Ham) 1970? 3.10
22:Blessing In Disguise (Ham) 1970 2.51
23:Know One Knows (Ham) 1974 3.02

My Comments:

This collection has become one of my favourite albums. An impressive collection of songs - it's hard to understand that just two of them were recorded by the band.

Catherine Cares is a fine opener - the sound comes close to Badfinger's. Coppertone Blues is a strong acoustic ballad - a highlight on the album It Doesn't Really Matter has been my personal favourite from the very first time I heard it - should have been recorded by the band - could have been a hit - maybe some day it will. Live Love all of Your Days is also a good song - very much like Badfinger - would have fitted nicely into one of the first albums. Would You Deny is a lovely acoustic track - very clean sound. Dear Father is one of the weaker tracks - the melody is ok - I'm not so sure about the lyrics. Matted Spam - I've never liked the version on the Badfinger-album very much - this version have made me like it better. No Matter What - Pete's own version of Badfinger's big hit - surprisingly I don't think it's a stand out song on the album - could some of the other songs have been equally big hits? Leaving On a Midnight Train is a strong rocker with great vocals by Pete Weep Baby is quiet waltz-like song - not one of my favourites. Hand in Hand is another strong track - in a similar style to Perfection from Straight Up. Sille Veb is a fantastic song. Another highlight . Beautiful strings-arrangement. Unfortunately the sound of the original tape is not so good. One of the songs on the album that I really would love to hear in a sort of "Free as a Bird/Over You" production. I Know that You Should - a great intro - the song seems a bit unfinished though. Island A very nice tune, sounds a bit early - Iveys period Just look inside the Cover - another favourite - as always a great melody. Just How Lucky We Are - Yet another highlight - One more song that deserves a full production - could be a classic like Sille Veb and It Doesn't Really Matter. No More and Ringside - two tracks from Pete's very last days - very strong tunes - difficult to listen to regarding the sad circumstances.

The Japanese bonustracks are all very strong - the sound-quality is unfortunately not very good. The best Badfinger-related release so far - Now we wait for Golders Green. Great job by Dan Matovina

My favourites:

Coppertone Blues, It Doesn't Really Matter, Would You Deny, Hand In Hand, Sille Veb, Just How Lucky We Are, No More, Ringside, The Heart That Can't Be Understood and Blessing in Disguise

Other very good songs: The rest of the album

Of 10 possible stars I would give this album: 10

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