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Badfinger legend Joey Molland releases highly anticipated new solo album
London, UK -- Much to the excitement of music fans worldwide, Joey Molland, best known for his work with the now legendary English band Badfinger, released his highly anticipated 4th solo album "Return To Memphis on December 2 on UK's Gonzo Multimedia. The new CD features 10 new Molland compositions recorded at the world famous Royal Studios in Memphis.
Says Joey, "I was raised on a diet of Memphis music, and it was a thrill for me to record there. I also made a lot of friends."
Signed to the Beatles' Apple label in the late '60s, originally as The Iveys, Badfinger would go on to score four consecutive worldwide hits from 1970 to 1972, "Come And Get It" (written and produced by Paul McCartney), "No Matter What", "Day After Day" and "Baby Blue". In 1971, a cover of the Badfinger song "Without You" by Harry Nilsson became a number one hit on the Billboard charts. They were the last non-Beatles artists to release an album on Apple, but then a move to Warner Brothers was not a success. After personnel and management changes, Badfinger faded into rock and roll history.
Surviving member 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 bad luck which had overtaken his band. He has continued to keep the Badfinger flame alight through concerts and recordings over the past 30 years. Now he is back with a fantastic new album "Return To Memphis", which was produced by Carl "Blue" Wise.
"The album is quite a departure for me and the sound is very different, the treatment of the songs, the song content, and Carl's production and Memphis roots all make for a much simpler approach," Joey said.
"I wrote all the songs and they have a lot of meaning to me. I know everybody gets their own feelings out of songs, but you know, I think the songs talk about relevant things and I look forward to peoples' reaction to them. There are no real Badfinger power chords or anything like that. No real jamming guitars... well... maybe a little bit, and I do play some slide on it. Carl had four girls come in to sing 'oohs' and 'aahs' and harmonies which was great, and I played with a three-piece Memphis rhythm section. So it's a really simple sounding record and I'm just hoping that people will like it."
Originally from Liverpool, Joey now resides in the US, where he continues to perform with Joey Molland's Badfinger. Along with Joey on guitar and vocals, the current lineup features Mark Healey (bass/vocals), Steve Wozny (keyboards/vocals), Mike Ricciardi (drums). For updated tour information check Joey Molland's official Facebook page.
Joey's new CD comes hot on the heels of the major buzz surrounding the Badfinger track "Baby Blue" being played during the finale of A&E's hit TV series "Breaking Bad". The song became the number one download in the world the week of the final episode.
To purchase Joey Molland 'Return To Memphis' CD, visit www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk.
For more information about Badfinger, visit The Original Badfinger Site or follow Badfinger on Twitter.
Published December 14, 2013