Badfinger

Baby Blue

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Though "Baby Blue" wasn't as big a hit as its immediate predecessor, "Day After Day" -- in fact, it never even came out as a single in the UK, its planned release cancelled thanks to Apple Records' increasing aimlessness and fragmentation -- it's possibly the better song of the two, and certainly one of the band's finest singles. As on "Day After Day," an undeniable melancholy suffuses this lost love song; it's not just hindsight following composer Pete Ham's 1975 suicide that makes Badfinger the least party-oriented of the great '70s power pop bands. This time, however, the sadness is couched in one of Ham's sweetest and catchiest melodies, giving "Baby Blue" a smiling-through-the-tears quality, particularly in the way the tune modulates upward at the chorus. This has made the song a favorite of power pop revivalists and the likes of moody singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, who recorded a fine version of the song in the mid-'90s and claims that the original was the very first single she ever bought.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Badfinger 1974 Collectors' Choice Music 0:00
Come and Get It: The Best of Badfinger 1995 Capitol / EMI Records 3:35
The Best of Badfinger 1997 Prime Kutz / Prime Cuts 3:36
Greatest Hits from the 70's 1997
Various Artists
Prime Cuts 3:37
Hit Songs from the 70's [Deuce] 1997
Various Artists
Deuce 3:37
Global Rock, Vol. 2: From London to L.A. 1997
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
The Seventies Generation: 1972 1997
Various Artists
St. Clair / Sixties / Seventies 3:35
Global Rock, Vol. 1-3: From London to L.A. 1997
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
1972 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:37
Best of the 70's: Hits of 1972 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:36
Rock Frenzy 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:37
The Seventies Generation: A Decade of Fun 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:35
Best of the Seventies 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:36
The Best of the 70's, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:37
Best of the 70's [Direct Source 6 CD Box] 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:36
The Very Best of Badfinger 2000 Capitol / EMI Records 3:37
Best of the 70's [Direct Source 5 CD Box] 2001
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:37
The Departed [Original Soundtrack] 2006
Original Soundtrack
Warner Bros. / Warner Sunset 3:36
Apple Box Set 2010
Various Artists
Apple Records / Capitol / EMI / EMI Music Distribution 3:37
Timeless...The Musical Legacy 2014 Capitol 3:35