Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of Straight Up by Badfinger, including the original obi.
About this copy: This copy of Straight Up is an original 1971 Japanese issue on the Apple label.
The cover is VG+, with slight edge and corner wear.
The obi is VG+, with a couple of wrinkles and a tiny tear on the die-cut part. The insert is VG+, with a bit of foxing.
The black vinyl disc is VG++, with a couple of faint sleeve scuffs on side one and a couple of small inaudible marks on side two. A very clean disc.
A nice copy of a scarce Badfinger LP and only the second copy we’ve ever had with the original obi.
Background: If you look up “bad luck” in the dictionary, you might find a picture of Badfinger. The power pop band showed a lot of promise, but due to bad management and a poor choice of record label, the Beatles’ Apple Records, the band suffered from poor promotion and theft of most of their profits, followed by having their catalog out of print for nearly 20 years due to legal problems with Apple.
Their third Apple album, Straight Up, is generally considered to be their finest effort, and it peaked at #31 on the album charts, helped by the singles “Day After Day” (#4) and “Baby Blue” (#14.) The album soon went out of print when Apple shut down in 1975, and the album is rather scarce today.
Straight Up is also hard to find in good condition, as the dark cover was exceptionally prone to cover wear.
Straight Up winds up somewhat less dynamic than No Dice, largely because that record alternated its rockers, pop tunes, and ballads. Here, everything is at a similar level, as the ballads are made grander and the rockers have their melodic side emphasized. Consequently, the record sounds more unified than No Dice, which had a bit of a split personality…This fine songwriting, combined with sharp performances and exquisite studio craft, make Straight Up one of the cornerstones of power-pop, a record that proved that it was possible to make classic guitar-pop after its golden era had passed.
You can hear “Day After Day” here:
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|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Year of Release:||1971|