Wish You Were Here

- First released in 1974, on Warner Brothers - WB K56088 (UK) / WB 2827 (US)

Tracks: Written By: Lead Singer: Time
1:Just A Chance (Ham) Pete 2.58
2:You're So Fine (Gibbins) Pete and Joey 3.03
3:Got To Get Out Of Here (Molland) Joey 3.30
4:Know One Knows (Ham) Pete 3.17
5:Dennis (Ham) Pete 5.15
6:In The Meantime (Gibbins) Mike 3.08
7:Some Other Time (Molland) Joey 3.37
8:Love Time (Molland) Joey 2.20
9:King Of The Load (Evans) Tom 3.31
10:Meanwhile Back At The Ranch (Ham) Pete 2.39
11:Should I Smoke (Molland) Joey 2.38
12:Queen of Darkness* (Evans) Tom 2.38

My comments:

Badfinger's second album for Warner Brothers was recording during two sessions - the first took place at The Caribou Ranch, Colorado in April/May 1974; the second at AIR studios, London in June. Though financial worries had begun to have great influence on the 4 members; they all felt that they had to put everything they had into these recordings. And this really shows on the album - another masterpiece - one of the really great albums of the seventies. It has been called "The Sergent Pepper of the 1970's"; personally I feel that it has more in common with "Abbey Road".

Badfinger had grown into an albums-band, and this album really works as a whole, especially the original side 2 which features two very succesful medleys. The album opens with Pete's very powerful Just A Chance and with Mike's light and catchy You're So Fine song by Joey and Pete - once again Mike proves himself as a competent songwriter. Joey's Got To Get Out Of Here really shows how Joey felt about about the music business and being in the band ( as we know he left shortly after the album's release) a very strong song by Joey. Know One Knows is another powerful melodic rocker by Pete - I love the Japanese voice that meddles with leadguitar part. The first side closes with another grand production which characterizes most of the album; Pete's Dennis written to his step-son. Besides the two medleys side two features Tom Evans' King Of The Load ( one of my favourite Tom Evans songs) and Joey's quiet Love Time. No singles were released from the album; this was a period when hit-singles didn't matter much to the progressive/ambitious bands. Just a Chance or Know One Knows might have been able to make the charts with the right promotion, though none of them have immediate hit-potential.

My favourites: You're So Fine, Know One Knows, Dennis, King Of The Load

Other very good songs: Just A Chance, Got To Get Out Of Here, In The Meantime/Some Other Time, Love Time, Meanwhile Back At The Ranch/Should I Smoke

Of 10 possible stars I would give this album: 10

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