February 23, 2015 – 5:15 am

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Cambridge 1974 [no label, 3CD]

Live at The Performance Center, Cambridge, MA; March 31, 1974. Fairly to very good mono audience recording.

Thanks to original uploader shopkin 527 (Steve Hopkins) ; and to Manimal for keeping the show alive at Dime.

Manimal noted:

While this is a mighty fine set on its own (two sets, actually!), I guess that at this point in rock history reconsideration it’s better known as “that time Badfinger ‘closed’ for Big Star’s still-officially-unreleased mighty bitchen March ‘74 show in Cambridge”. Which is fine… The thing is this double Badfinger show deserves to be on the tracker again.

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This is the last (along with the late show) live recordings of classic Badfinger known to exist. They would play one more gig the following Friday in Chicago but Pete Ham would never perform again in America, a country that embraced Badfinger more so than their native lands (Wales and Liverpool, England).

It’s also reported that a March 1974 concert at the Cleveland Agora was recorded on 16-track tape for a possible live album release, even though the performance was deemed unsatisfactory at the time.

Audience Mono FOB
Sony TC-55 with built in condenser mic and auto level control
Nakamichi MR-1 > Tascam DA-20 > Tascam CD-RW900
Master Cassette > DAT > CD > EAC > FLAC
Azimuth aligned; No noise reduction, processing or EQ
Recorded and transferred by Steve Hopkins

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1 (Early Show)
Track 101. [tuning and intro] 1:16 (2.0MB)
Track 102. Day After Day 3:25 (5.4MB)
Track 103. Constitution 5:24 (8.6MB)
Track 104. Baby Blue 4:18 (6.8MB)
Track 105. I Don’t Mind 3:45 (6.0MB)
Track 106. Perfection 6:31 (10.4MB)
Track 107. Timeless 9:39 (15.4MB)
Track 108. Love Is Easy 5:45 (9.2MB)
Track 109. Blind Owl 7:05 (11.3MB)
Track 110. Suitcase/jam 10:22 (16.6MB)
Track 111. I Can’t Take It [cut] 5:48 (9.3MB)
63 mins

Disc 2 (Early Show contd)
Track 201. Give It Up 6:14 (9.9MB)
Track 202. No Matter What 2:35 (4.1MB)
Track 203. Only You Know And I Know 9:18 (14.9MB)
Track 204. Interview, Part I 7:07 (11.4MB)
Track 205. Interview, Part II 7:39 (12.2MB)
Track 206. Interview, Part III 4:08 (6.6MB)
Between-sets interview with Mike Gibbins and Joey Molland by Doug Ehrlich

36 mins

Disc 3 (Late Show)
Track 301. [tuning and talk] 1:21 (2.1MB)
Track 302. Day After Day 3:25 (5.4MB)
Track 303. Constitution 5:23 (8.6MB)
Track 304. Baby Blue 3:55 (6.2MB)
Track 305. I Don’t Mind 4:37 (7.3MB)
Track 306. Perfection 6:47 (10.8MB)
Track 307. Timeless 8:22 (13.4MB)
Track 308. Love Is Easy 5:36 (8.9MB)
Track 309. Blind Owl 6:40 (10.6MB)
Track 310. Suitcase/jam 8:17 (13.2MB)
Track 311. I Can’t Take It 8:16 (13.2MB)
Track 312. Give It Up 8:13 (13.1MB)
70 mins

Tom Evans - bass
Mike Gibbins - drums
Pete Ham - guitar, vocals
Joey Molland - guitar, vocals

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  1. 23 Responses to “BADFINGER - CAMBRIDGE, MA 1974”

  2. You’re good people, Big O. Can’t ever get enough Badfinger. Thank you for sharing this.

    By mackdaddyg on Feb 23, 2015

  3. …day after day…
    baby blue
    chilliwack weeps

    By yoga willy on Feb 24, 2015

  4. i believe portions of that 3-4-74 agora show have leaked out in their original form… however 10 songs from the show have been released in 1990 albeit with horrible overdubs and remixing. it would be nice if someone were able to find that show pre doctoring. if people dont care and still want it.. u can get it from $1.59 for a used copy on cd up to $35 for a new copy on vinyl. there are some on cd for $6 too. all on amazon.

    By darth on Feb 24, 2015

  5. how many darths are there?

    By yoga willy on Feb 25, 2015

  6. one too many.

    By barth on Feb 25, 2015

  7. theres one but there are a few who impersonate. one was using a capital D for a week or two. i had his posts removed but one or two were left up. then he started using a variation of the name saying Darth not darth or something equally stupid. for a few yrs a couple of idiots have used similar names with different first letters to mock or harass me but how many of me are there?? ha.. just one. u cant duplicate perfection. hehe.

    By darth on Feb 25, 2015

  8. “Darth not darth or something equally stupid.”

    You got that right…..

    By Richard M Darthgate on Feb 25, 2015

  9. case in point. see?

    By darth on Feb 25, 2015

  10. btw -

    By darth on Feb 25, 2015

  11. You don’t even get the simplest of jokes, do you….”darth or something equally stupid”

    By Richard M Darthgate on Feb 25, 2015

  12. we like ourself don`t we darf?

    By braut dartigan on Feb 25, 2015

  13. yes it’s me. u can’t impersonate me. i am perfection.

    By darth the dickhead on Feb 26, 2015

  14. jesus christ people, get a fucking life. bunch of fucking losers, got nothing better to do than rag rag rag.
    back to what’s important: the music.
    pete ham died way too young, too much strsss after getting ripped off for far too long. very sad.

    By rick on Feb 26, 2015

  15. rick the loser says yeah!

    By rick the loser on Feb 26, 2015

  16. yeah I will die way to soon as well if I don’t lighten up, have a sense of humor & let pranksters be pranksters while enjoying the great music. hehe.

    By rick the dick on Feb 26, 2015

  17. Thanks for sharing. I think I have some/most of this somewhere already, but never consolidated in one nice, neat little package. A great summation of a career cut too short.

    By MisterManiac on Feb 28, 2015

  18. i thought some paul mccartney fans might appreciate these 3 rare unreleased songs -

    its about 13.5 mins worth of music u didnt have. enjoy.

    By darth on Mar 6, 2015

  19. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THX AGAIN BIG O….

    By TONY IN SHERWOOD OREGON on Nov 11, 2016

  20. People used to complain about darth ‘ now look at the comments . darth was a saint compared to these nut jobs today

    By George on Dec 5, 2018

  21. Would you kind folks please re-up this!


    By leesa on Sep 13, 2019

  22. WaitWaitWaitWaitWaitWaitWaitWaitWaitWaitWaitWait!

    I found it! Thanx anyway! You folks are the Cat’s Meow!

    By leesa on Sep 13, 2019

  23. I believe Big Star was the opening act here

    By Bill on Sep 13, 2019

  24. A reup would be appreciated.

    By Bill on Sep 13, 2019

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