Badfinger released their debut LP “Magic Christian Music” on Feb. 16, 1970. Thre…

Written by on February 16, 2018

Badfinger released their debut LP “Magic Christian Music” on Feb. 16, 1970. Three tracks from the LP are featured in the film “The Magic Christian” which also gives the album its title. However, “Magic Christian Music” is not an official soundtrack album for the film.

The film soundtrack for “The Magic Christian” featured three new songs by Badfinger that had been commissioned for the film, including their US/UK top-10 hit “Come and Get It”‘, which opened the film, and “Carry on Till Tomorrow”, the title theme. The soundtrack album, which also included incidental music by Ken Thorne, had originally been scheduled for release on Apple Records, but the addition of the Thunderclap Newman song “Something in the Air” to the movie prevented that. Instead, the soundtrack album was released on the little-known label Commonwealth United Records label in the US and on Pye in the UK. As a result, it received little promotion in the US and remained mostly unknown to American record buyers.

To capitalize on this gap, Apple Records released its own “pseudo-soundtrack”. Apple combined the film’s three Badfinger songs with four unreleased songs and seven older tracks released by the group when they were still known as the Iveys on the album Maybe Tomorrow, which had been quickly pulled off the market in 1969. The previously released Iveys songs were specially re-mixed for this album, significantly improving their sound quality in the process. One of them, “Fisherman”, was also edited for this release.

The three tracks used in the film, “Come and Get It”, “Rock of All Ages” and “Carry on Till Tomorrow”, bear the strongest “Beatle connection”. They were produced by Paul McCartney (the first was also composed by McCartney), and the strings on “Carry on Till Tomorrow” were arranged and conducted by Beatles producer George Martin. The other tracks on the album were produced by Tony Visconti (six songs, including both Iveys singles and the last recording made, “Crimson Ship”) and Mal Evans (five songs).

The record had a very strong influence by The Beatles. There were those who believed at the time that it was actually a new record by The Beatles. Were you one of those who thought it was a Beatle record?

Happy 48th Birthday to Badfinger’s debut LP “Magic Christian Music”!!!

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