TITLE: Magic Christian Music
YEAR RELEASED: 1970
CHART ACTION: #55
SINGLES: Come and Get It (#7 US, #4 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not on this one
LINEUP: Pete Ham, Tom Evans, Ron Griffiths, Mike Gibbins. A little help from Nicky Hopkins and Paul McCartney.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Semi ‘soundtrack’ to The Magic Christian adds several other tracks, including some older ones from a pulled album, to the three recorded for the movie. It’s as disjointed as it sounds.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The Iveys were one of the first bands singed to Apple, and they released a record in three countries before it was halted. In a few short months, they were commissioned for tracks for Ringo’s new movie, and changed their name to Badfinger. The single from the film, “Come and Get It”, written by Sir Paul McCartney, was a big hit.
Due to some legal shenanigans, the official soundtrack wasn’t readily available, so Apple dug out some Iveys tracks, and some other unreleased songs and, viola, an album was produced.
There’s some good tracks around, such as “Crimson Ship” and “Midnight Sun”. But some tracks are too derivative, or don’t really go anywhere. It does sound like the work of two or three sessions with different motives stuck together. Plus, the songs as the Iveys really are a step behind the others.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Original guitarist Ron Griffiths left after the sessions, but before this was released.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, with a lot of the tracks from the original Iveys album. Nothing earth shaking but a couple tracks could have been swapped out with the official album tracks.
GRADE: B: Not really a great introduction to the band, but there’s some good tracks here.