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Badfinger Legend Joey Molland Releases ‘Demos Old And New’ and ‘This Way Up’ CDs On Gonzo MultiMedia

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Badfinger Legend Joey Molland Releases ‘Demos Old And New’ and ‘This Way Up’ CDs On Gonzo MultiMedia

London, UK – On the heels of his critically acclaimed new solo album ‘Return To Memphis’, Bandfinger legend Joey Molland has released two hard to find, sought after albums on UK’s Gonzo Multimedia – ‘Demos Old And New’ and ‘This Way Up’! Signed to the Beatles’ Apple label in 1968 as The Iveys, the band quickly changed their name to Badfinger by 1969. The group 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. Though the band suffered major tragedies throughout its career, surviving member Joey Molland has continued to keep the Badfinger flame alight through concerts and recordings over the past 30 years. And now he is back with a fantastic new album ‘Return To Memphis’, which was produced by Carl ‘Blue’ Wise and recorded at Willie Mitchell’s Royal Studios in Memphis.

Joey Molland – Demos Old And New (CD)

This collection of demos from various parts of his long career only proves to confirm what an extraordinary songwriter Joey Molland is.

Tracks:
1. I Said It’s Alright ’92
2. Borderline ’84
3. Birdsong ’92
4. Cadillac Blues ’88
5. Can’t Stop ’84
6. Clouds of Love ’80
7. Isn’t That A Dream ’95
8. It’s True ’88
9. Mirrors ’95
10. Miss Misunderstood ’72
11. Moonlight
12. Panning Gold ’82
13. Sometimes
14. Walkin’ The Floor ’83
15. What You’re Doin ’73
16. When ’80
17. Miss Misunderstood

http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15679/Joey_Molland-Demos_Old_And_New.html

Joey Molland – This Way Up (CD)

In 2001, Joey Molland released the critically acclaimed album ‘This Way Up’ independently. CD Universe describes the album as: “…one of the best solo discs that ex-members of the Beatles never made. It bears repeating – ‘This Way Up’ contains the essence of what was great about those early solo Beatles albums, not surprising because Molland played on some of them. The surprise is that a sideman from those sessions has created a mini-masterpiece rivaling, and on some songs equaling, those classic and important recordings. 13 perfectly constructed songs by Molland do more than just carry on a tradition – they combine to give proof that this style of music is still so very vital.”

Tracks:
1. Mirrors
2. Happy
3. A Way To Be
4. The Bust
5. This Must Be Love
6. Moonlight
7. Another Honeymoon
8. When I Was A Boy
9. Angels Like Us
10. What Else (Nothing)
11. Tell Me
12. 2 Minute Warning
13. Isn’t That A Dream
http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15576/Joey_Molland-This_Way_Up.html

Joey’s latest CD ‘Return To Memphis’ has been garnering major press worldwide and follows the major buzz surrounding the Badfinger track “Baby Blue” being played during the finale of A&E’s hit TV series ‘Breaking Bad’.

Says Joey, “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.”

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 Moland’s official facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OriginalBadfinger

To purchase Joey Molland ‘Return To Memphis’ CD: http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15625/Joey_Molland-Return_To_Memphis.html

For more information: http://www.badfingersite.com/
https://twitter.com/BadfingerJoey

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com
Joey Molland is available for interviews – contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR

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Zachary Mule Interview with Joey Molland

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PART ONE: INTRODUCTION

Joey Molland has known the highs and lows that comes from a life in music. He’s experienced those same highs and lows in his personal life, as well. Born in 1947, by the early 1960s, a teenage Molland was performing in bands around his hometown of Liverpool. Playing with the Assassins and the Profiles led to Joey joining a group called the Masterminds in 1965. Members of the Rolling Stones and their manager/producer, Andrew Loog Oldham, heard the group play at a club. Oldham was impressed enough to produce and release a single on his Immediate label. From the Masterminds, Joey became part of a backing band for the Merseys (Tony Crane and Bill Kinsley, formerly of the Merseybeats) called the Fruit Eating Bears. A stint in the Cryin’ Shames led to an opportunity for Molland to show off his songwriting abilities with Gary Wilson and the Rain.

When the Rain washed away, he was offered a spot with a group called the Iveys. The band had been recording music for a movie soundtrack, to be released on the Beatles’ Apple Records. Before the album MAGIC CHRISTIAN MUSIC was released, the Iveys became Badfinger and, though Joey’s name appears in the album credits, he didn’t appear on any of the tracks. The band, including Molland, however, had already begun working on the follow-up, a more proper album from Badfinger. Guitarist/singer Pete Ham, bassist Tome Evans and Joey played on various sessions for solo Beatles projects aside from their work in Badfinger. However, the guitarist/songwriter’s time in Badfinger was, to say the least, tumultuous. Things finally came to head in 1974 when, after the release of WISH YOU WERE HERE, their third album in 12 months, Joey walked away from the band. The decision was based on problems with management. These problems continued and were a factor in Pete Ham’s suicide in April, 1975.

After an album and successful tours with his new band, Natural Gas, Joey reconnected with bassist Tom Evans in 1979 for a couple of albums under the Badfinger banner (AIRWAVES and the hugely under-rated SAY NO MORE). That relationship fell apart, leading to both musicians touring their own versions of Badfinger. Evans, unable to shake the lingering effects of the gross mismanagement of the band’s early ’70s career, hung himself in September 1983. Drummer Mike Gibbins died in October, 2005, leaving Molland as the only surviving member of the once promising Badfinger. Though he still tours with a version of the band, called Joey Molland’s Badfinger, his recorded output since 1981′s SAY NO MORE have been released under his own name. The Molland discography is short: Before the release of RETURN TO MEMPHIS, Joey released his debut solo outing, AFTER THE PEARL, in 1983 with THE PILGRIM following hot on the heels… in 1993. THIS WAY UP, released in 2001, has been called “one of the best solo discs that ex-members of the Beatles never made.” An album of demos called BASIL was offered on Joey’s web-site in 1999.

For the rest of the bio and the interview, please visit the Zachary Mule website!


Front Row Features Interview with Joey Molland

Joey Molland Return To Memphis

By ANGELA DAWSON

Front Row Features

HOLLYWOOD—Joey Molland, best known for his work with the legendary English band Badfinger, has released his fourth solo album “Return To Memphis” on UK’s Gonzo Multimedia! The CD features 10 new tracks the singer-songwriter recorded at the world famous Royal Studios in Memphis.

Signed to the Beatles’ Apple label in the late ’60s, Badfinger went 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,” which recently became top downloaded song when it was used in the final scene of the finale of AMC’s “Breaking Bad.” The song’s resurgence has put Molland, the last surviving member of the Badfinger, back in the spotlight.

Other acts have scored success with Badfinger songs over the years. In 1971, a cover of the Badfinger song “Without You” by Harry Nilsson, became a number one hit on the Billboard charts. Molland, now 66, widowed and living in Minnesota, has continued to keep the Badfinger flame alight through concerts and recordings over the past 30 years. “Return To Memphis,” a mix of rock, blues, country and progressive rock was produced by Carl “Blue” Wise.

For the rest of the article and the interview, please visit the Front Row Features website!


Badfinger Legend Joey Molland To Release Highly Anticipated New Solo Album ‘Return To Memphis’

Joey Molland Return To Memphis

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Badfinger Legend Joey Molland To Release Highly Anticipated New Solo Album ‘Return To Memphis’

London, UK – Much to the excitement of music fans worldwide, Joey Molland, best known for his work with the now legendary English band Badfinger, will be releasing his highly anticipated 4th solo album ‘Return To Memphis’ on December 2, 2013 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, 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 on hit on the Billboard charts. Surviving member Joey Molland has continued to keep the Badfinger flame alight through concerts and recordings over the past 30 years. And now he is back with a fantastic new album ‘Return To Memphis’, which was produced by Carl ‘Blue’ Wise.

Says Joey, “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. 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 at https://www.facebook.com/OriginalBadfinger

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: http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15625/Joey_Molland-Return_To_Memphis.html

For more information: http://www.badfingersite.com/
https://twitter.com/BadfingerJoey

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com
Joey Molland is available for interviews – contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR


ABC News Radio Interview with Joey Molland

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Badfinger’s Joey Molland Says He Was “Astounded” by “Baby Blue” Appearing in “Breaking Bad” Finale

Badfinger is enjoying a sudden resurgence in popularity thanks to the final episode of the massively popular TV series Breaking Bad, which featured the veteran power-pop group’s 1972 hit “Baby Blue” in its very last scene. The song reportedly sold close to 5,000 digital copies on Sunday, when the Breaking Bad finale aired, catapulting the tune to the top of the iTunes Store’s Top Rock Songs chart.

All this came as a big surprise to the sole surviving member of Badfinger’s classic lineup, guitarist Joey Molland, who tells ABC News Radio he had no idea that “Baby Blue” was going to appear in the now historic episode.

“One of my friends got in touch with me and told me about it,” the Liverpool native reveals. “As it happened, I was taping the show for my son Shaun…I went back and watched it afterwards. I’ve only seen bits of the show. I don’t watch a lot of telly, [to] tell you the truth, but I was astounded when I found out.”

For the rest of the article, please visit the ABC News Radio website!


Examiner.com Interview with Joey Molland

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In 1969, British rock band Badfinger and Apple Records launched what should have become … one of the most successful unions in rock history.

THE IVEYS (Pete Ham, Tom Evans, Ron Griffiths and Mike Gibbins) signed onto The Beatles label (Apple Records) in 1968. The following year, longtime Beatles road manager and compatriot Neil Aspinall, suggested the band change their name to Badfinger.

Paul McCartney generously presented one of his unreleased compositions to the band under his strict supervision. The song entitled, “Come and Get It” would be spotlighted in a motion picture called The Magic Christian starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr. In 1970, “Come and Get It” became a hit single for Badfinger peaking at #7 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart and selling over a million copies.

After the release of “Come and Get It,” bassist Ron Griffiths left the band. Badfinger replaced Griffiths with guitarist Joey Molland while moving singer/songwriter Tom Evans to bass guitar.

For the rest of the biography and the interview, please visit Examiner.com!