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[eBay] Badfinger Reel to Reel Tape of Last Album Head First

[eBay][eBay][eBay] Badfinger Reel to Reel Tape of Last Album Head First 
Badfinger Demo Reel to Reel Tape Head First
Badfinger Demo Reel to Reel Tape Head First t

Badfinger Demo Reel to Reel Tape of Last Album "Head First"  Extremely Rare 
Very, very rare copy of Badfinger's last album “Head First” on a reel to reel half-track demo tape given to management and band members only in 1975, recorded at 3 Savile Row Apple Studio in December 1974, in London, England.  I do not own copyrights and it should not be bootlegged. 

It was mixed at the Record Plant in California by Kiss producers Kerner and Wise, and only a handful of copies were made.  I have never seen another one, much less one for sale. 

The tape was given to me in late June, 1977. I was already in England for a family reunion, and traveled to Swansea to search out them out, they were one of my favorite groups.  I got to meet Pete Ham’s brother, John, who introduced me to Mike Gibbins, and we got together several times at his flat and other places in Swansea. 

This tape has nine songs on it, and though Mike wrote down ten titles on the cover, one of his own songs is missing from the lineup. It is a Sony brand tape, or at least the reel says so, in a Record Plant box, and contains one of several mixes of their last album, “Head First.”  Joining Pete Ham, Tom Evans, and Mike Gibbins to make this recording was English musician and songwriter, Bob Jackson, who had just replaced Joey Molland, and contributed songs for the recording session.  It was rush-recorded from December 1-14, in 1974.

Mike said he liked this mix better than some of the others he had heard, and told me to share it, because it would likely never come out, due to the legal complications. But he also joked also not to bootleg it, of course, and as instructed, I did make copies from time to time to give to Badfinger fans I ran into. 

He was right about the release being problematic, it was star-crossed with a complicated history, and it would be advisable to consult Wikipedia for the complete story.  Most of the songs did come out later at various times in various guises in limited releases, and always under a legal cloud.

The box is a bit banged up, but it has only been played a couple of times. I wrote A.I.R. on the box for some reason, because Mike Gibbins mentioned A.I.R Studio when he gave it to me, that is the famous London studio owned by George Martin at the time.  But it was not recorded there or mixed there, according to research, and I don’t know why I put it on the box.

The masters were sent out to the San Francisco location of Record Plant to be mixed down. But then Warner Brothers rejected the album because there were missing funds, due to fraud by Badfinger manager, Stan Polley.  To add insult to injury, the master tapes were lost over time. 

Rolling Stone magazine called it one of the greatest lost rock masterpieces of all time, and the evidence is in the extraordinary and haunting music, excellent songwriting, and harmonies unequaled in music history.  
 

 [お便りコーナー 4] スウォンジー、1977年6月 

[Magazine] Ugly Things #40 (Fall/Winter 2015)

Ugly Things #40 (Fall/Winter 2015) 
Ugly Things #40 FallWinter 2015

Replacement drummer for Mike Gibbins (Spring 1972) 
Stu Boy King (The Dictators 1973-75) was interviewed by Ugly Things magazine in in 2015.
He somehow got acquainted with Stan Polley. Polley hooked him up with Badfinger. Stu Boy was living in Bandfinger's recording studio for a period of time and the band seemed interested in hiring him as a drummer. They backed off because of potential visa/travel complications. 
Ugly Things #40 Stu Boy King
 
 
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Punk magazine #11 (October/November 1977) by John Holmstrom 
Punk #11 1977
(1973) The Dictators put out ads and auditioned drummers and chose Stu Boy King, mostly because he had a nice set of drums and a rich millionaire detective father. 
 
 
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Martin H. Samuel 
4度目のUSツアーの開始1ヶ月前、Mike Gibbins が一時 Badfinger を抜けた時(May - Jul 1972)、オーディションを受けたひとり。 
 
When Badfinger were auditioning for a Mike Gibbins replacement, Martin H. Samuel managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by failing to own up to being a songwriter. He'd been conditioned into believing bands didn't want song-writing drummers so, when asked by Pete Ham, he denied he was skilled in such ways not knowing that they wanted an all-writing band. 
 

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Mike Gibbins gif

Michael George 'Mike' Gibbins (March 12, 1949 – October 4, 2005) 






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Owen Gibbins / Reunited with my late fathers guitar after a lifetime

Reunited with my late fathers guitar after a lifetime. 

My first jaunt to the USA was in my mothers belly. So I met Tommy Walker months before I was born. He was a friend of my dad during his early 70s touring/recording in the states. I got to meet Tommy in person over the years and it was great to see him again recently. This time he brought an amazing surprise. When my dad flew back to Wales in the 70's, he gave Tom his guitar... And he just gave it back to me. A 1957 Fender Musicmaster. I can't believe it. Well I can, because Tom is an absolute gem. Thank you Tommy! To have my dads writing guitar 40+ years later is...can't even explain it. 
 
Owen Mike
 
My dad never talked about his writing process. Once I turned 20 I saw him write constantly. So I never though to ask him about the 70's process as I was enjoying listening to him at the present. He was very humble. He never blew his own horn about the old days. He would always surprise me with a rare story if he caught me listening to The Who or something. Joe Cocker came on the radio and we were hanging out on the porch. "The first time I ever smoked weed, it was handed to me by Joe Cocker" he said. I was blown away. I never knew their paths crossed, let alone hung out etc.
 

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Did Harry Styles of One Direction rip off my dad's band Badfinger?

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Circle of Tone/tOCK‏ @tOCK_USA  
 Did Harry Styles of One Direction rip off my dad's band Badfinger?:  
 

 

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Mike Gibbins (March 12, 1949 - October 4, 2005)

Mike Gibbins 
by Mike Gibbins
 
Not everyone was impressed by his technique. Rolling Stone likened his drumming to "basketballs landing in a vat of oatmeal". 
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Mike Gibbins (Badfinger)
No Matter What Joey Mike
 
1982 USA Tour
 
 
 
Aug 18, 2003  the current edition of Orlando Magazine 
"We threw that one away", smiles Gibbins. "It was filler. 
Harry took it to number 1. Mariah Carey did it not too long ago. 
She got to number 1 as well. She just bought me a swimming pool" 
Orlando Magazine July 2003
 
 
different kind of girl; 10-15-2007 at 04:27 PM. 
 
My husband was friends with Mike Gibbins and his band (FBM) used to practice at Gibbin's house often. 

My husband is not only a musician, he's a funeral director/embalmer too. (gotta make a living!) 
Long story short, my husband embalmed Mike Gibbins. 
 
 
different kind of girl; 10-16-2007 at 09:44 AM. 
My husband can't go into any details of how he died, etc. so I can't say. I think that all has to stay private. 
 
But he did tell me it was VERY odd to embalm a friend, he's done a few. I do know that he didn't even realize it was Mike Gibbins until he started cleaning him. He did a double take and read the ankle tag again and saw Michael G. At first he just read Gibbins and he didn't make the connection. 
 
That was in Orlando, over a year ago. 
 
 
 
Tragedy-hit group's drummer dies 
Mike Gibbins, Welsh drummer with Badfinger, the first band signed by the Beatles' Apple Records, has died at 56. 
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/4319352.stm (Friday 7 October 2005)

Mike Gibbins 
Drummer with Badfinger, heirs to the Beatles 
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/mike-gibbins-317759.html (Friday 7 October 2005) 
 
Mike Gibbins 
Drummer for Badfinger, a Beatles discovery
http://www.theguardian.com/news/2005/oct/15/guardianobituaries.mainsection1 (Saturday 15 October 2005)
 

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