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updated 04/06/1981 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/06/1981 01:00AM

Badfinger

The British-based band has been around since the late '60s, surviving personnel shifts and the death of fine guitarist/lead singer Peter Ham in 1975. After early breakthroughs that included joining in George Harrison's Bangladesh concert and such hits as Baby Blue and Day after Day, Badfinger now is a quintet, and only guitarists/songwriters Tom Evans and Joey Molland remain from the old lineup. The sound is new and bold, a clean, driving pop-rock that's breathless and buoyant. The opening cut, I Got You (not Sonny and Cher's old I Got You Babe), kicks off with a drum roll and rockabilly fervor, and the pace never lets up. There are still fine harmonies—a Badfinger hallmark—and crisp drumming, now by Richard Bryans. One regret: Badfinger has forsaken the acoustic guitar backing that once gave it a distinct folky anchor and a soothing break in the rock.

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