In 1970, the band engaged American businessman Stan Polley(big mistake !) to manage their commercial affairs. Over the next five years the band recorded several albums for Apple and toured extensively, before they became embroiled in the chaos of Apple Records' dissolution. The band had four consecutive worldwide hits from 1970 to 1972: "Come and Get It" (written and produced by Paul McCartney), "No Matter What", "Day After Day" (produced by George Harrison) and "Baby Blue".
They signed to Warner Bros., but Polley's financial machinations resulted in a lawsuit by Warner over missing escrow account money. Warner's consequent withdrawal from market of the 1974 album, Wish You Were Here (seven weeks after its release), cut off the band's income. Three days before his 28th birthday, on 24 April 1975, Ham committed suicide by hanging himself, leaving a note that included damning comments about Polley.
Over the next three years, surviving members struggled to rebuild their personal and professional lives against a backdrop of lawsuits. The albums Airwaves (1978) and Say No More (1981) floundered, as Molland and Evans see-sawed between co-operation and struggle in attempts to revive and capitalise on the band's legacy. Having seen Ham's body after Ham's wife had called him, Evans reportedly never got over his friend's suicide, and was quoted as saying in darker moments, "I wanna be where he is." On 19 November 1983, Evans also took his own life by hanging.After he and Molland had an extensive and heated argument on the telephone regarding past income still in escrow from the Apple era, and the "Without You" songwriting royalties Evans was now receiving, which Molland, former manager Collins and Gibbins all wanted a share of...
A tragic story that could have been so much happier if only the band had received what they were due - money-wise, but slightly naive artists are easy pickings for scrupulous managers, recordlabels, lawyers..what have you
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Today's mystery album is the 2nd album by our mystery group, released on 9 November 1970. The album significantly expanded the British group's popularity, especially abroad. It included both the hit single "No Matter What" and the song "Without You", which would become one of the most successful compositions of the rock era. It was the band's first album recorded after new guitarist Joey Molland joined the group, replacing bassist Ron Griffiths. Molland's addition caused Tom Evans to switch from rhythm guitar to bass. Today's mystery band would release five albums, generally their most successful recordings, with this line-up.
The album peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart. Widely praised in music reviews at the time, Rolling Stone magazine opined that it represented what the Beatles would have sounded like had they retained their initial formula. The single from this LP, "No Matter What", peaked in the United States at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1970. Other stand-out tracks are "Better Days", "I Don't Mind" and the closer, "We're for the Dark". The album also contains the original version of "Without You". Although the band did not release the song as a single in Europe or North America, it was taken to number 1 on the Billboard charts in 1972 by Harry Nilsson, and became a hit for Mariah Carey in 1994. "Without You" has been the top money-earner for the band in publishing royalties, having been covered by over 180 artists.
Here to get, it's 97 Gold disc DCC Compact Classics remaster..N'Joy
Goldy Rhox 206 (flac 319mb)
Goldy Rhox 206 (ogg 121mb)
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