THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: The story of Badfinger is arguably rock’s saddest and most tragic tale. But one thing is for certain: The group that practically invented “power pop” was abundantly filled with great talent.
Three great songwriters in one band was reminiscent of the group’s original label founders, The Beatles. Perhaps the most unheralded of the three in Badfinger was Liverpudlian guitarist Joey Molland. His songwriting talent started to blossom with the group’s finest album, 1971’s Straight Up. Molland contributed five songs to the group’s fourth platter including I’d Die Babe, Sweet Tuesday Morning and Suitcase. Joey continued to play and write as Badfinger motored through the ’70s recording and touring. Great albums like 1974’s Wish You Were Here were met with record company and personal mismanagement and in 1975, the group’s leader, Pete Ham, tragically passed away. Molland eventually left the group, returned, and left again to start his own solo career.
Joey has played in various groups and under the name Joey Molland’s Badfinger since 1983. He has made several solo albums to critical acclaim but nothing could have prepared us for his latest album. Be True To Yourself is a tour de force pop album, co-written with producer Mark Hudson (producer of Losst And Founnd by Harry Nilsson). The album is filled with delicious pop hooks and features musical contributions from Joey’s friends (Julian Lennon, Micky Dolenz, Jason Scheff and Steve Holley). With front and back cover photography by Julian Lennon, this album is a veritable feast for the eyes and ears! So, sit back and “take it all” in from one of the genre’s progenitors.”