Badfinger’s Joey Molland Returns w/New Solo LP


And yes, that WAS his erstwhile band’s “Baby Blue” on the soundtrack of the finale of AMC series Breaking Bad…

 Badfinger co-founder Joey Molland just dropped a new solo album this week, To Memphis, on UK’s Gonzo Multimedia. It features 10 new Molland compositions produced by Carl “Blue” Wise and recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis, of which Molland enthused, in a press release, “I was raised on a diet of Memphis music, and it was a thrill for me to record there…. I also made a lot of friends.”

 He adds, “The album is quite a departure for me and the sound is very different, the treatment of the songs, the song content, and Carl’s production and Memphis roots all make for a much simpler approach. I wrote all the songs and they have a lot of meaning to me…I know everybody gets their own feelings out of songs, but you know, I think the songs talk about relevant things and I look forward to peoples’ reaction to them. There are no real Badfinger power chords or anything like that. No real jamming guitars…well…maybe a little bit, and I do play some slide on it… Carl had four girls come in to sing ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ and harmonies which was great, and I played with a three-piece Memphis rhythm section. So it’s a really simple sounding record and I’m just hoping that people will like it.”

Joey Molland CD

 Badfinger, of course, was signed to the Beatles’ Apple label in the late ’60s, subsequently going on  to score four consecutive worldwide hits from 1970 to 1972: “Come And Get It” (written and produced by Paul McCartney), “No Matter What”, “Day After Day” and “Baby Blue”. In 1971, a cover of the Badfinger song “Without You” by Harry Nilsson became a number one hit on the Billboard charts. Molland, originally from Liverpool and the only surviving original member, now resides in the US, where he continues to perform with Joey Molland’s Badfinger. Molland, on guitar and vocals, is joined by Mark Healey (bass/vocals), Steve Wozny (keyboards/vocals), Mike Ricciardi (drums). Updates:

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