BADFINGER Come And Get It: The Best Of Badfinger (1995)

Come And Get It:
Best Of Badfinger
But Just The Apple Years

Most self-respecting record collectors don’t wanna know about best-of compilations. They’re often considered crib sheets to serious students of music. But, old age and an unmanageably large collection has convinced me that best-ofs have their place. For convenience, if nothing else. And, simply stated, some bands are just better served by them. Except for Straight Up (and maybe, No Dice), I’ve never fully embraced many Badfinger albums, though there’s decent material spread among all of them. Come And Get It: The Best Of Badfinger‘s title really means the best of Badfinger on Apple, so it doesn’t go near any of the group’s post-1973 Warners material. Still, when there’s not enough time to cherish the pros and cons of any album, much less Wish You Were Here, this comp will tag the necessary bases, providing a pleasant reminder of everything that was right about Badfinger.

Come And Get It
Maybe Tomorrow
Rock Of All Ages
Dear Angie
Carry On Till Tomorrow
No Matter What
Believe Me
Midnight Caller
Better Days
Without You
Take It All
The Name Of The Game
Day After Day
Baby Blue (U.S. Single Mix)
When I Say
I Can Love You
Apple Of My Eye


  • Reggie
    March 24, 2010 - 15:04 | Permalink

    I definitely agree with your Badfinger assessment. A generally pleasant body of work, but only the pair of albums that really hold up when you want to listen to an entire album.

    Your blog is great and your work is appreciated. Colonel Kurtz would approve.

  • Capt. Willard
    March 24, 2010 - 15:12 | Permalink

    Many thanks Reg. Say hi to your owner for me.

  • Dfactor
    March 24, 2010 - 16:48 | Permalink

    I have a similar Capitol CD release from 2000 called "The Very Best of Badfinger" which does not include 'Dear Angie', 'Flying' and 'Suitcase', but has later optimistic winners like 'It's Over', 'I'd Die Babe' and 'Lonely You'. :-)

  • Capt. Willard
    March 24, 2010 - 13:25 | Permalink


  • ElementaryPenguin
    March 24, 2010 - 17:58 | Permalink

    Joey Molland (front left) looks a lot like Paul McCartney in the cover picture. Coincidence? Probably.

  • drfeelgoed
    March 25, 2010 - 03:05 | Permalink

    Thanks again, good compilations are always welcome.

  • Art Ducko
    March 25, 2010 - 07:17 | Permalink

    The band that should have had it all. Gorgeous melodies & terrific songs, yet cursed from the beginning, it seems. Such a sad history, but the songs will outlive all the bad vibes & sadness. Thanks Cap, I always wax philosophically with these guys.

  • bglobe313
    March 26, 2010 - 00:47 | Permalink

    As a music fan, the saga of Badfinger is tragic.

    As a lawyer who is a music fan, it is even more tragic.

    If straight-world lawyers of the time had been willing to take on hippie-musicians as clients, and if hippie-musicians of the time had been willing to work with straight-world lawyers, Pete Ham and the rest of Badfinger could have been extricated from their management bind, and right now Pete Ham would be making great music.

    Instead he saw no way out and killed himself.

    What a loss!

    Get his demos collections. They are great.

    Ace K.

  • Ken K.
    March 26, 2010 - 02:18 | Permalink

    I agree with the mouthpiece (I kid, I kid) about the two discs of Pete Ham out-takes (Golder's Green and 7 Park Avenue on Rykodisc). They're welcome to any fans of Pete's work.

  • ElementaryPenguin
    March 27, 2010 - 19:48 | Permalink

    Thank you very much. I really appreciate this post, because I've never really had the gumption to pursue Badfinger beyond their most obvious hits. I see that you ripped these @320, but I heard a little bit of digitally/pixelly sounds on tracks like Rock of All Ages (as compared to my own version). Maybe I'm just being an audiophile, but I'm curious if anyone else hears it too. Could be yet another example of Apple's neglect for this wonderful band.

  • Capt. Willard
    March 27, 2010 - 22:05 | Permalink

    Sorry Penguin. My ears' acute dynamics were left behind at a Grand Funk show in 1970.

  • Mike from South Africa
    April 1, 2010 - 19:03 | Permalink

    great group – sad tale – good compilation but missing "sweet tuesday morning".

  • greggery
    March 29, 2013 - 08:18 | Permalink

    Hey Cap’n….

    any chance of a repost please?


    • Willard
      March 29, 2013 - 11:13 | Permalink

      New link up, thanks Greggery.

      • November 3, 2014 - 12:45 | Permalink

        Hey Cap’n,
        Would you possibly have the Badfinger HEAD START CD to post, not the Head First CD but the one on Airwaves Alive Label?

  • greggery
    March 29, 2013 - 12:20 | Permalink

    Muchos gracias kind Sir, and may all your weeds be wildflowers…

    and therein lies a recommendation for any of those who haven’t really discovered how good Tom Petty can be – his Wildflowers album


  • December 12, 2015 - 07:14 | Permalink

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. Yes, Badfinger lit us all up for a while but sadly couldn’t cope with what they’d started so most people know don’t even know what they were capable of. This compilation preserves something of their magic.

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