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Issued on the Beatles ' Apple record label, it includes the hit singles " Day After Day " and " Baby Blue ", and the similarly popular " Name of the Game ", all of which were written by singer and guitarist Pete Ham. The album marked a departure from the more rock-oriented sound of Badfinger's previous releases, partly as a result of intervention by Apple Records regarding the band's musical direction. Although Straight Up received a mixed response from Broke Down Engine - Various - The Early Blues Roots Of Bob Dylan on release, many reviewers now regard it as the band's best album.
Rolling Stone critic David Fricke has referred to it as "Badfinger's power-pop apex". Production on what became Straight Up lasted nine months, at the start of which the group made an album's worth of recordings with producer Geoff Emerickin between their touring commitments. Once Apple had decided to shelve these recordings, George Harrison took over production, only for him to become indisposed with events associated with the Concert for Bangladeshat which Badfinger also performed.
Harrison then handed Provincia - Drupi - Drupi project to American producer Todd Rundgrenwho oversaw recording for most of the album. Badfinger preceded the recording of their third album, Straight Upwith the well-received No Dice and a series of acclaimed shows at Urgano's in New York that helped establish the group Dont Ask - 10cc - Ten Out Of 10 America.
While attractive to American audiences,  the association with the Beatles, partly through Badfinger being an Apple Records act, continued to hinder the band's attempts to forge their own identity. Initial sessions for the new album began in January at London's Abbey Road Studiosunder the direction of Geoff Emerick who had produced the bulk of No Dice.
Twelve tracks from these Emerick-produced sessions were completed by March, with the band rushing to finish the untitled album before reluctantly leaving for a two-month US tour that Polley had booked. Knowing that Harrison rated the band highly, Steckler asked him to work with the group. Harrison was keen to see the band create a more mature work in the style of the Beatles' album Abbey Roada vision that Ham shared.
Molland later recalled that Harrison Make The Love - Johnny Restivo - The Shape Im In "joined the band", by contributing on guitar during these sessions. The band took a break from recording late in June,  Electric - Various - We Want The Airwaves! (Power-Pop Issue Volume#1) as Harrison worked in Los Angeles with Indian musician Ravi Shankarproducing the soundtrack to Raga.
During Septemberwith Harrison embroiled in preparing the Bangladesh live album and concert film for release,   Apple hired Todd Rundgren to finish Badfinger's album. In addition to working with Rundgren in London on some more recent compositions, the band re-recorded two songs from the Emerick sessions: "Money", written by Evans, and Ham's "Perfection".
All these tracks appeared on the released album,  as did the new songs "Take It All", Ham's reflection on performing at the Concert for Bangladesh, and the opening track to Straight Up ; "Sometimes", by Molland; and "It's Over", Evans' tribute to the band's American fans. The other new recording was " Baby Blue ", written by Ham and likewise inspired by the recent US tour. Rundgren worked quickly on the project,  completing the recordings in two weeks. Rundgren did the final mix for the whole album.
He was upset to not receive a co-production credit for any Ken Hensley - Proud Words On A Dusty Shelf the Harrison-produced tracks, later telling author Peter Doggett : "[Harrison] didn't finish any of the songs, though he was perfectly willing to take the credit for the songs that I finished.
A note on the sleeve offered "special thanks" to Geoff Emerick. In America, Straight Up peaked at number 31 during a week run on Billboard ' s Top LPs while it placed inside the top twenty on albums charts in Canada  and Australia. As the follow-up single, "Baby Blue" peaked at number 14 on the Hot and "Name of the Game" became another popular track on US radio.
Among the differences in musical arrangements between the bonus tracks and the issued versions, "Name of the Game" features horns and orchestration not found on Harrison's later production, and "Money" and "Flying" similarly have orchestral parts, arranged by George Martin.
The final bonus track on the reissue was the US single mix of "Baby Blue", the main difference being the addition of extra reverberation on Gibbins' snare drum.
The remaining bonus tracks were all from the January—March sessions with Emerick. The versions of "Suitcase", "Money", "Flying" and "Perfection" from the reissue appeared in the Apple Box Set on a separate bonus disc,  comprising twenty rare Badfinger recordings, and were also Electric - Various - We Want The Airwaves!
(Power-Pop Issue Volume#1) available for digital download. On release inStraight Up was much maligned in Rolling Stone. Saunders derided the songwriting and production, and lamented that the group had abandoned its previous "unabashed rock and roll energy", adding: "With Straight UpBadfinger seem to have already reached the Beatles' Revolver stage: a stultifying self-conscious artiness, a loss of previous essential virtues, and far too much general farting around.
Writing in Disc and Music EchoCaroline Boucher opined: "Badfinger's sound is that of the Beatles in the Rubber Soul era without the Beatles magic exuberance … The album, overall, doesn't have enough light and shade. While admitting his fondness for the group's previous "Beatle rip-offs", Niester opined: "Badfinger would be better off doing twelve of the Beatles' greatest hits and doing them without all this pretension of originality.
Other contemporary reviews compared Straight Up to past works by the Beatles in a more favourable light. In his article on the band in Trouser Trilateral Nation - Trilateral Nation E.P.Take My Breath Away - Various - Best Of Favourites In Originals Matovina bemoaned Harrison's reworking of "Day After Day" into "a distinct copy of his own sound", from the point of view Electric - Various - We Want The Airwaves!
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(Power-Pop Issue Volume#1) the tremendous songs, but one which lacked overall vitality. Also, in the process of the recording, many brilliant tracks were discarded All the [released] songs are top rate, it's a wholly consistent well-done record, only not exactly what the group desired. After its mixed reception on release, Straight Up has come to be recognised by many critics as Badfinger's best album.
AllMusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine writes: "Frankly, the increased production is for the best, since Badfinger sounds best when there's as much craft in the production as there is in the writing. Here, there's absolutely no filler and everybody is in top form. Pete Ham's 'Baby Blue' is textbook power-pop — irresistibly catchy fuzz riffs and sighing melodies — and with its Harrison-esque slide guitars, 'Day After Day' is so gorgeous it practically aches.
Reviewing the reissues of Badfinger's Apple output, Joe Marchese of The Second Disc writes of their third album: " Straight Up might just be Badfinger's masterpiece, and its consistency is remarkable considering the three diverse, and strong-willed, producers involved.
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