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Joey Molland - Return To Memphis (SCD)

Genre: Pop/Rock
Release Date: 5th February 2014

Label: Gonzo
Catalogue Number: HST165CD
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Joey Molland - Return To Memphis
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Poor Badfinger; if ever there was a pop group “born under a bad sign” it was them. 

Things started off quite auspiciously. As The Iveys they signed to The Beatles’ Apple Records and had a hit single. However, they decided that their name and their image were a little old-fashioned and for reasons that remain obscure they switched guitarists. Exit Ron Griffiths and enter Joey Molland. Badfinger  was born.

They had hit singles with the Paul-McCartney-penned Come and Get It (recorded just as Griffiths was leaving the band) and No Matter What, and perhaps their greatest moment was when Harry Nilsson had a massive worldwide hit with their song Without You in 1972. After that it was all downhill. And downhill very, very fast.

The band were the last non-Beatles artists to release an album on Apple and a move to Warner Brothers was not a success.

There were grave management issues (which were so contentious that even now it is probably not safe to put in writing) and – probably as a result of these internal pressures – two members of the band (Pete Ham in 1975 and Tom Evans in 1983) committed suicide by hanging.

Joey Molland, who had written the vast majority of the group’s later output, remains an immensely under-rated and very talented songwriter, whose career has been blighted by the appalling catalogue of disasters that had overtaken his band.

But now he is back with a fantastic new album: “ I did the record in Memphis and so it’s called Return to Memphis. I started out loving Memphis music…Elvis and all that. A lot of great rockers came from there. So I opted to go down there and make a record and it was a great experience.”

He goes on  to say:

“I wrote all the songs myself and they’re quite meaningful, I’d have to say, for me anyway, you know everybody gets what they get out of songs themselves. But I think the songs talk about things that are relevant and I look forward to people’s reactions to it. The sound is very different … there’s no real Badfinger power chords or anything like that. No real jamming guitars … I do play some slide on it. I had four girls come in to sing ‘oohs and aahs’ and harmonies which was nice, and I played with a lot of three piece rhythm section down in Memphis. So it’s a really simple sounding record and I’m just hoping that people will like it.”

Originally from Liverpool, Molland now lives in America where he continues to write and perform some beautiful music. Let’s hope, with arrival of this fantastic record, that his star is finally in the ascendant.

If so, then there really is some justice in the universe.


Tracks:
1. Walk Out In The Rain
2. build a Ship to Mars
3. Only When it Rains
4. Got a feeling
5. Yesterday
6. All I ever Dreamed
7. Hero
8. All I Need Is Love
9. Is it Any Wonder
10.Still I Love You

 



 Review: JOEY MOLLAND: Return to Memphis Review



Return To Memphis
Joey Molland
Gonzo 2013
Review by David Bowling
The Iveys signed a contract with The Beatles Apple label during the late 1960’s. They quickly changed their name to Badfinger and produced such worldwide hits as “Come And Get It,” “Day After Day,” and “No Matter What.” They appeared at the famous Concert For Bangladesh and played on George Harrison’s classic All Things Must Pass. 
Guitarist/pianist Pete Ham, drummer Mike Gibbons, bassist Tom Evans, and guitarist Joey Molland seemed to be sitting on top of the world. Two suicides, Ham (1975), Evans (1983), breakup-ups, competing bands, and a 2005 brain aneurysm (Gibbons) leave Joey Molland as the last original remnant of the band. He has returned with his fourth solo album but first in over 12 years. 
Return To Memphis is very different than the Badfinger sound. It is fairly stripped down with only keyboardist Lester Snell, drummer Steve Potts, and bassist Dave Smith providing instrumental support for his guitar work and vocals. The only other support musicians are a quartet of female background singers. 
His composing skills are first rate but his voice is not as strong as in the past. He was a good lead vocalist at times and was wonderful at harmonizing but now the passage of time has made it difficult for him to carry a whole album by himself. The background singers help at times but are distracting at others. 
Most of the tunes are laid back and mellow, saved somewhat by the personal and at times incisive lyrics. “Got A Feeling” is the catchiest song of the ten originals. Songs such as “Walk Out In The Rain,” “All I Need Is Love,” and “All I Ever Dreamed” are well-written and constructed but lose something in the translation. 
Joey Molland is literally one of rock and rolls ultimate survivors. He may not reach the heights of his Badfinger days but he has at least produced an honest album of rock and roll. At this stage of his life and career, it will have to do. 

 Review: Joey Molland: Return to Memphis US review



Return To Memphis (CD) by Joey Molland

14FridayFeb 2014



Posted by David Bowling in Cashbox Music Reviews

Return To Memphis

Joey Molland

Gonzo 2013

Review by David Bowling



The Iveys signed a contract with The Beatles Apple label during the late 1960’s. They quickly changed their name to Badfinger and produced such worldwide hits as “Come And Get It,” “Day After Day,” and “No Matter What.” They appeared at the famous Concert For Bangladesh and played on George Harrison’s classic All Things Must Pass.

Guitarist/pianist Pete Ham, drummer Mike Gibbons, bassist Tom Evans, and guitarist Joey Molland seemed to be sitting on top of the world. Two suicides, Ham (1975), Evans (1983), breakup-ups, competing bands, and a 2005 brain aneurysm (Gibbons) leave Joey Molland as the last original remnant of the band. He has returned with his fourth solo album but first in over 12 years.

Return To Memphis is very different than the Badfinger sound. It is fairly stripped down with only keyboardist Lester Snell, drummer Steve Potts, and bassist Dave Smith providing instrumental support for his guitar work and vocals. The only other support musicians are a quartet of female background singers.

His composing skills are first rate but his voice is not as strong as in the past. He was a good lead vocalist at times and was wonderful at harmonizing but now the passage of time has made it difficult for him to carry a whole album by himself. The background singers help at times but are distracting at others.

Most of the tunes are laid back and mellow, saved somewhat by the personal and at times incisive lyrics. “Got A Feeling” is the catchiest song of the ten originals. Songs such as “Walk Out In The Rain,” “All I Need Is Love,” and “All I Ever Dreamed” are well-written and constructed but lose something in the translation.

Joey Molland is literally one of rock and rolls ultimate survivors. He may not reach the heights of his Badfinger days but he has at least produced an honest album of rock and roll. At this stage of his life and career, it will have to do.

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 Review: JOEY MOLLAND: US Review




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Badfinger, Beatles and 'Breaking Bad': Joey Molland returns to Memphis

By Miriam Doona , Ents editor
Tuesday 18th February, 09:00
 
   
Miriam reviews one of music's most under-rated songwriters.
Singer and guitarist Joey Molland is a name synonymous with the legendary English rock band Badfinger. The band enjoyed a mass of hits from 1969 to 1974 while on The Beatles' Apple Records Label including the Paul McCartney penned ‘Come and Get It’. Molland, originally from Liverpool, also appeared on albums for both John Lennon and George Harrison.
The 1972 Badfinger hit ‘Baby Blue’ gave the band a recent renaissance and rejuvenation as the song was chosen to feature in the final episode of the much revered crime drama television series Breaking Bad (the song became the number one download in the world the week of the final episode). The song was, interestingly, also chosen to feature in the soundtrack of Martin Scorsese’s 2006 epic crime thriller The Departed.
There a rich musical legacy associated with Molland’s career. However, the band Badfinger has suffered a turbulent and tragic history, enduring grave management issues and suffering the suicides of two band members.
Such a history splattered in such adversity sadly resulted in Molland being under-rated as a singer- songwriter. Molland released his first solo album in 1983 and now with his fifth and latest solo album Return to Memphis, the ill-fated history that plagued Badfinger is definitely corrected.
Joey explains the origin of the album: “I was raised on a diet of Memphis music, and it was a thrill for me to record there". The album was recorded at Royal studios in Memphis, Tennessee and was produced by Stax Records veteran, Carl “Blue” Wise. Royal Studios can proudly boast being one of the oldest continuously operated music studios in the world and is currently managed by Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell, son of owner Willie Mitchell( 1928- 2010), who is also engineer at the establishment. Mitchell, along with Wise, mixed the album. Carl “Blue” Wise is owner of Blueboy Records in Memphis and has worked with music greats like Eddie Floyd, Sir Mack Rice, Rufus Thomas, Bruce Springsteen and The Bar-Kays, to mention a few. This record has every element involved to make it a success and it is overwhelming to contemplate the musical genius associated with its very existence…….and a fantastic album and musical magic was indeed created.
It begins with ‘Walk out in the Rain’, a mellow introduction to the album. ‘A Love Song’ sees an acceleration in tempo with really nice harmonies to boot, which is true of the entire album. The album also showcases Molland's guitar skill. He also plays some slide on the album and interestingly there is an absence of any real and characteristic Badfinger power chords. Molland says of the album “The treatment of the songs, the song content and (producer Carl “Blue” Wise’s) Memphis roots all make for a much simpler approach”. There is also a three piece rhythm section to enhance the fundamental sound. The album evolves effortlessly with the blues anthem (and Beatlesque title) ‘All I Need is Love’ and concludes with the dynamically invigorating ‘Still I Love You’.
Return to Memphis is a very significant album, historically speaking. It is mellow and mature, with poignant and beautiful lyrics, and a must for all serious music collections and all those serious about music.

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 Review: JOEY MOLLAND: Return to Memphis Celebrity Cafe Review


Badfinger's Joey Molland returns with new album 'Return to Memphis'

By Chelsea Lewis 2/19/2014
Author Rating: 
 4.5 Stars
Joey Molland, a former member of the band Badfinger, has been making his own unique mark in the music industry with his solo record, Return to Memphis.
Molland started his musical career back in the 1960s and has been going strong ever since, evening touring with Yes and Peter Frampton. Molland has been around the music world and it is reflected in his latest release.
His style combines all of the classic rock 'n' roll elements of the 60s, while at the same time not being afraid to embrace some more modern instrumental arrangements. It helps to make this more classic rock music feel fresh again.
The album opens with "Walk Out In The Rain," which is a strong first song. It sets the tone for the album and instantly introduces the strong vocal style and backing tracks that can be heard on every track here.
Molland has the ability to make the listener feel like they have gone back in time to an era when instruments and simple vocals took center stage. His music goes back to a time when music videos did not sell records and being a true musician was about playing shows night after night and forming a grassroots following.
Return to Memphis is a return to more classic and formulaic rock 'n' roll but listeners can enjoy the modern guitar influences that help to take this record from the 1960s to 2014. Standout tracks on the album include "Walk Out In The Rain," "Yesterday" and "All I Ever Dreamed."
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 Review: JOEY MOLLAND: Danish Review (translated)


Excessive pop rock from a bad finger
If we are to be honest , it's probably not many people who today remembers British Badfinger , who published a couple of excellent albums on The Beatles' Apple company at the beginning of the seventies. This signature has been achieved at a certain joy of his old vinyl copy of the debut album Magic Christian Music from '70 and was not slow to put ticket into this new album from the group's old frontman when landing on the editorial board .

And there's something a bit cheap and maybe not so tasteful addition to the cover for Return to Memphis, however, there is not many fingers to put in the closet musician here on the 66-year-old veterans fourth album under his own name .

We speak firmly and securely pophåndværk in simple delivery; plate is the fruit of Molland's love for the historic Royal Studios in Memphis, Tennesse and four Memphis musicians (and an equal number of chorus girls ) follows the fine carvings as All I Ever Dreamed , Hero and Walk Out in the Rain through. Habilt crafts, which also hit the stores, while the old Badfinger number Baby Blue enjoying new success as part of the soundtrack for the TV series Breaking Bad.

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 Review: Joey Molland RTM Belgium review translated



JOEY MOLLAND – RETURN TO MEMPHIS 


Joseph "Joey" Charles Molland (b. 1947, Liverpool, UK) for over three decades, a composer and guitarist and rock by rock enthusiasts, the best known of the guitarist of the band "Badfinger". Molland began his musical career with local rock bands like "The Assassins" and "The Profiles".His first recordings (a cover single "She Belongs To Me" by Bob Dylan - B-side: "Taken My Love") date from 1965 and are made with the band "The Master Minds" 

After this adventure goes Molland performance and touring. with the backing band "The Merseyside." "The Merseys" was a British vocal duo, which remained when the pop group "The Merseybeats" in 1966 fell apart. Their name is derived from the "Mersey Beat" (named after the River Mersey , which flows along Liverpool) is a style of music within the rock. Known representatives of this genre are "The Beatles", "The Searchers", "Gerry & the Pacemakers" and "The Mersey Beats." "The Merseys" duo consisted of Tony Crane and Billy Kinsley. Molland's own recordings date back in 1967, when he played with Gary Walker (formerly "The Walker Brothers") and his band "Gary Walker & The Rain." "The Rain" released between 1967 and 1969 several singles , an EP and a CD. 

Four compositions Molland appeared on their album "# 1." In the absence of a breakthrough split the band in 1969. End 1969 is Molland for work knock on "Badfinger" and can start hiring basis. "Badfinger" (formerly "The Iveys") was a band that enjoyed the attention of Apple Records (the label that launched by "The Beatles"), the original line of "Badfinger" consisted of. singer / guitarist Pete Ham (1947-1975), guitarist Tommy Evans (1947-1983), Joey Molland (b. 1947) and drummer Mike Gibbins (1949-2005) Paul McCartney wrote and was the producer of the first single from "Badfinger". "Come And Get It. "with" Badfinger "Molland enjoyed in the early years of luck with the singles and albums they released, and he could do a few guest appearances. Joey Molland & Tommy Evans played acoustic guitar on John Lennon's" Jealous Guy "and" I Don ' t Want To Be A Soldier, Momma "(Album:" Imagine "). Pete Ham and Tommy Evans did the backing vocals on Ringo Starr's" It Do not Come Easy Badfinger "line up worked on George" The whole original. " Harrison's triple LP, "All Things Must Pass" and "The Concert for Bangladesh" (see discography). In 1974, after disagreements about the management, leaving Molland "Badfinger." In 1975 Molland targets with Jerry Shirley (ex "Humble Pie ") the band" Natural Gas ". In 1976 the band released the album" Natural Gas "and they go on tour with Peter Frampton (" The Preachers "," Humble Pie "). split in 1977" Natural Gas ". With Molland are "Badfinger" bandmate Tom Evans takes two albums under the name "Badfinger" on "Airwaves" (1978) and "Say No More" (1981) After wrangling over rights Molland and Evans split after their second album and act. them separately under the name "Badfinger". Pete Ham (1975) Tom Evans commit suicide. (1983) After 1983 Molland occurs (with former drummer of "Badfinger", Mike Gibbins) even as "Badfinger" or " Joey Molland's Badfinger "Top 10 hits." Badfinger "are:" Come & Get It "," No Matter What "(Watch and listen here), "Day After Day", "Baby Blue" and "Without You" (the last song has been covered by Harry Nilsson in 1972 and Mariah Carey in 1994 - in both versions became a # 1 hit) ...! 

After more than thirty years, Joey Molland still do it with or without (the name) "Badfinger". The songs on his fourth solo album deal with everyday useful things and are often musings. It's not old-fashioned "Badfinger" become power album. Only in "Frank and Me" and "All I Need Is Love" is the tempo anything rocking, anno '60-70 upwards.Molland is certainly where the backing vocals are heard, the quieter melodic direction.While listening to Joey Molland, you keep hearing the sixties and get you back to that other great British bands, including "Joey Molland and Badfinger" there certainly was!"Rock will never die ..." 
Eric Schuurmans

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 Review: Joey Molland review



Molland, Joey - Return to Memphis
Review by: Daniel Pavlica

Year: 2014
Produced by: Carl "Blue" Wise
Label: Joekat Music

Tracks:
1. Walk Out in the Rain
2. A Love Song
3. Ship to Mars
4. Frank and Me
5. Got A Felling
6. Hero
7. Is It Any Wonder
8. All I Need Is Love
9. All I Ever Dreamed
10. Still I Love You

Badfinger legend Joey Molland takes a trip to Royal Studios in Memphis and emerges showing of a handful of original numbers that cross moments of beauty with unexpected insipidness. 

One great thing about this album is that it’s been put together with a feel for what makes a quality record, which means it’s not necessarily a collection of strong features, but also has a true flow. And yes as the title suggests, Molland’s musical roots are pretty much evidently planted. Never afraid to leap from the blue eyed soulfulness of “Walk Out in the Rain” to the toughened up roughness of “Still I Love You”, Molland delivers with panache and style. He lover the tone on “All I Ever Dreamed”, calls on the tears with “Hero” in and even indulges in some seriously inspiring guitar work here and there. That’s for the best moments. The trouble with Joey’s return is that for the most part the album is okay, and nothing more. Molland’s voice even sounds tired here and there, but then again similar material would no doubt squeeze the guts out of a singer 20 years younger too. On other hand, “Return to Memphis” isn’t short of hummable melodies, married with skilfully controlled energy and zip that tell of an album of colourful proportions which means no worries for Joey Molland. 

6 out of 10

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 Review: Joey Molland UK Review


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Joey Molland is a name known to many via his links with '60's Apple band Badfinger. "Return To Memphis," as the title implies, is an album of country/US cuts. The songs have lush backing vocals that serve to raise the otherwise pedestrian nature of the songs. Album highlights include 'Hero,' which matches bittersweet lyrics with a nice Hammond-infused backing.
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