February 22, 2010 – 3:56 am

The elec-trick guitar was rock’s phallus then.

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Paramount Theatre 1972 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Paramount Theatre, Springfield, Massachusetts, Feb 3, 1972. This is the complete first set. Ex- audience recording in mono(?). Tape source is H Montgomery.

In an era of Edison’s Lighthouse, The Hollies and Blue Mink, The Iveys decided to rename themselves as Badfinger. The name was suggested by Neil Aspinall and referred to the working title of The Beatles’ With A Little Help From My Friends, Bad Finger Boogie. It was said John Lennon composed the song’s riff on the piano with one finger, as his forefinger was “hurt”.

But an album of Badfinger’s showed the one-finger salute for its cover art. Those were the days when spin was at its infancy. The music however was too cute and stylish after mentor Beatle Paul McCartney.

If you want chart success, you’ve got to learn how to suck. So live, Badfinger were rocking. You can’t believe this hard rock band were the same that recorded Come And Get It. Here is an uncirculated show from way back in 1972 during their third American tour. If we were not informed this is an audience recording, we might have mistaken this for soundboard. It’s that good. The guitars are really loud and the vocals are captured right there in the centre of the sonic image. The bass and drums rumble nicely too. It was important for street cred back then to be able to play electric guitar like Hendrix. Badfinger chose two Dave Mason numbers to show their metal - Feelin’ Alright and Only You Know And I Know.

Two hits grace this brief concert, No Matter What from the No Dice album and the then-freshly minted single, Day After Day, from Straight Up. The rock ‘n’ roll medley showed how little of their own songs could stand up live in a rock concert.

While much has been written about the group’s tragedy, two members committed suicide, financial shenanigans and a bad business manager, it should be mentioned that Badfinger’s shows were quite lop-sided. Cover songs, an oldies medley and a couple of self-penned hits to carry a show. Their own material was sorely lacking.

Yet there was something about this band that has earned them loyal fans long after the hits had dried up and the Beatles association sundered. Maybe it was the sadness of their song Without You (I can’t live/ I can’t give anymore). That Pete Ham/Tom Evans composition is best remembered by either Nilsson’s or Mariah Carey’s cover. In 1995, ASCAP gave an award to the songwriters of Without You and this time attributed the song not only to Ham and Evans but to Mike Gibbins, Joey Molland and even former manager Bill Collins. How’s that for king-sized tragic?
- Professor Red

Thanks to Ernie Clark for sending us a copy.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Feelin’ Alright [Traffic/ Dave Mason] (12.2MB)
Track 02. Johnny B Goode [C Berry] (7.1MB)
Track 03. Only You Know And I Know [Dave Mason] (10.2MB)
Track 04. I Can’t Take It (5.7MB)
Track 05. Day After Day (4.9MB)
Track 06. No Matter What (3.9MB)
Track 07. Medley: Love Me Do/ Lucille/ Rip It Up/ Long Tall Sally (9.1MB)
Track 08. Roll Over Beethoven (5.1MB)

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

The Very Best Of Badfinger released in 2000 is probably the best collection covering their Apple and Warner Brothers years. Click on the link to order The Very Best Of and other Badfinger albums.

  1. 23 Responses to “1972-YEAR-OLD DISCO STICK”

  2. The reason why the Joey Molland hard rock songs dominated Badfinger’s live shows, is because piano(required for many of Tom Evans’ & Pete Ham’s Beatles-influenced songs) was not brought with the group on tour. At the time, the group explained that they didn’t bring the piano on tour because the group’s sound system was not good enough.

    By Philip Cohen on Feb 22, 2010

  3. How weird! In 1970 or 71 a friend of mine & I put on a benefit concert for a charity in the Poconos. Badfinger was the headliner, and when they heard that the show was to benefit mentally handicapped kids, waived their fee and did the show for free. The weird part is that I moved to Springfield, MA shortly after, and was at this show. The opening act was Pure Prairie League as I remember. Badfinger was so-so in concert, but were really great guys.

    By Russell B on Feb 22, 2010

  4. Great show. This makes my day…thanks for sharing…

    By Dan on Feb 23, 2010

  5. Wow. Thanks for this. Actually saw them on the Steel Pier in Atlantic City way back in the day. My first ever concert.

    By Ken K on Feb 23, 2010

  6. Sounds a bit slow. I think this may need to be speed-corrected….

    By soy salami on Feb 23, 2010

  7. From your notes, you’d think you didn’t like the band. I guess it’s all opinion, but I’d rather hear Badfinger’s originals than refried Dave Mason any day.

    By Stu on Feb 27, 2010

  8. Small thing, but it was Mal Evans who named them Badfinger and who brought them to the attention of the Beatles.

    By Belmo on Mar 2, 2010

  9. Looking forward to hearing this one. I’m more of a fan of the studio recordings but this is worth a listen.

    By Matt on Mar 3, 2010

  10. Great recording, a real treat to hear. Thank you so much for sharing!

    By Jacob M on Mar 8, 2010

  11. Thanks a lot for this.
    Could you please tell me whether you obtained it from a bootleg tracker? I’d really like to ultimately obtain the lossless version.
    Thanks again!

    By Pimienta on Mar 14, 2010

  12. Hi Pimienta

    We received this uncirculated Badfinger show from a snail-mail trade.


    By Admin on Mar 15, 2010

  13. Okay, thanks for the info. Guess the MP3 will have to do for now. Keep the Badfinger material coming! =D

    By Pimienta on Mar 15, 2010

  14. i saw them at stroudsburg high school near mt pocono! with a bunch of local bands-i believe they had the hit “no matter what” high in the charts at the time -was this the charity show philip? if so, the badfinger web site is-or was -looking for info about it. lee [email protected]

    By lee on Nov 20, 2010

  15. Thanks for the great concert!

    By Mark on Jul 14, 2011

  16. I appreciated the music alot better than your lame comments about a good group.

    By eric on Nov 16, 2011

  17. my first concert 6 years old from levittown,Pa.
    and they were late and my dad actually stayed because my brother was 14 and wanted badly to see them.

    By scock on Aug 12, 2012

  18. All I remember is being outside the front door before the show and nearly getting crushed against the glass. Badfinger was a short set and Pure P was great.


    By Doug D'Elia on Sep 5, 2012

  19. The openers for the Springfild gig was indeed the Elves…a local band. BTO were a no show. I worked that show.

    By Harold Montgomery on Mar 2, 2013

  20. This sounds like they had shitty monitors and they couldn’t hear themselves singing.

    By George Martini on Aug 5, 2013

  21. I saw the tour with Pure Prarie League too (in Detroit in an auditorium that was only half full). I was really looking forward to seeing them and was kind of disappointed in the show they put on. BUT I remain a huge fan of (most) their studio recordings. “Wish You Were Here” is really amazing.

    By Jezzer on Aug 8, 2013

  22. Track 7 cannot be downloaded… I tried it two days in a row at different times each day. Too bad… the rest of this sounds really good, especially for an audience recording!

    By J Hand on Sep 15, 2016

  23. Ah, track 7 finally came down 2 days later! Thanks, BigO, for this wonderful site!

    By J Hand on Sep 16, 2016

  24. I don’t know if it is me or what, but I can’t listen to “Day After Day” but the rest of the songs can be heard. Glitch? Tony 11/10/16

    By TONY IN SHERWOOD OREGON on Nov 11, 2016

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