Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Pete Ham - 7 Park Avenue (1970-74 uk, wonderful testament of soft pop rock, Rykodisc release)

Only two of these 18 tracks ("No Matter What" and "Matted Spam") were recorded by Badfinger. But the rest of these solo studio demos are quite up to scratch with Badfinger's usual standards: it's not nearly as good as Paul McCartney's late Beatles tracks, for instance, but it's actually better than McCartney's typical early solo material. 

Pete Ham is a thinking listener's rock romantic, offering emotional, wistful words and melodies without sounding sappy. Purists should be aware that, although Ham played most of the instruments here, some overdubs were added in the '90s by other musicians, for the purpose of giving the tracks a fuller, more balanced sound. 

It's difficult to judge whether this decision was justified without hearing the original versions, though one wonders whether die-hard Badfinger fans (the primary audience for this release) would really care that much about any sonic imperfections in the originals. In any case, the end result sounds pretty tasteful, without any obvious concessions to dressing up the essential sounds in modern technology. 
by Richie Unterberger
1. Catherine Cares - 3:01
2. Coppertone Blues - 3:56
3. It Doesn't Really Matter - 2:58
4. Live Love All of Your Days - 2:16
5. Would You Deny - 1:23
6. Dear Father - 2:03
7. Matted Spam - 3:24
8. No Matter What - 2:24
9. Leaving on a Midnight Train - 2:41
10.Weep Baby - 2:26
11.Hand in Hand - 2:38
12.Sille Veb - 3:38
13.I Know That You Should - 3:28
14.Island - 2:27
15.Just Look Inside the Cover - 3:29
16.Just How Lucky We Are - 2:29
17.No More - 2:55
18.Ringside - 2:46
All titles by Pete Ham

*Pete Ham - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Drums, Percussion

Ham's activities 
1968-75 Pete Ham - Golders Green
1969  Iveys - Maybe Tomorrow
1970  Badfinger - Magic Christian Music (Japan issue)
1970  Badfinger - No Dice (24karat Gold disc)
1971  Badfinger - Straight Up (24karat gold disc)

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  1. Awesome album !! Pete Ham was undoubtely a pop genius. I have never had this album in lossless quality. Thanks a lot Marios !!

  2. Great, I didn't know this stuff:) Thx

  3. hello - would it be possible to fix the link? many thanks for your great posts!

  4. it doesn't really matter an O'Sullivan-esque song i hope the album is of the same kind

  5. .....seven park avenue.....to traffic...

  6. many thank for the new link :-) keep up the good work!