Wish You Were Here (Badfinger album)

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Wish You Were Here
Studio album by Badfinger
Released November 1974
Recorded 9 April - 7 May 1974, at Caribou Ranch, Nederland, Colorado, AIR Studios, London, England
Genre Rock, power pop[1]
Length 36:00
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Chris Thomas
Badfinger chronology
Wish You Were Here
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]

Wish You Were Here is the sixth album by rock band Badfinger and their third consecutive album produced by Chris Thomas. It was recorded in the spring of 1974 at Colorado's Caribou Ranch and released in November of that year on Warner Bros. Records. Wish You Were Here was the second and last album the band released on the WB label.


Although the album received positive reviews in music magazine Rolling Stone upon its release and is sometimes considered to be the band's best work, it was pulled out of record stores in 1975,[3] seven weeks after release because of a lawsuit between WB music publishing and Badfinger's management. The album's abbreviated manufacturing run and short tenure on the market has made the original LP relatively rare.

Before being recalled, the album had time enough to chart, peaking at #148 in the US. In the 1990s it was re-released in CD format in Japan and Germany only. The album was eventually released on CD in the US in 2007. Many of the tracks have been released on other Badfinger compilations.

After completing Wish You Were Here, Pete Ham decided to quit Badfinger; he was replaced by keyboardist/guitarist Bob Jackson. However, after Warners indicated that it would drop the band if Ham quit, he decided to return, and the band completed a tour as a five-member group. After the tour, Joey Molland resigned from the band.

Although the next Badfinger album to be released was the Molland/Evans reunion album Airwaves in 1979, Ham, Evans, Gibbins and Jackson recorded an album titled Head First in December 1974, the band's seventh and last album with the original Ham-Evans-Gibbins nucleus that dated back to The Iveys. This album, however, was not released until 2000 because of more lawsuits between WB and Badfinger's management.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Just a Chance" (Ham) - 2:58
  2. "You're So Fine" (Gibbins) - 3:03
  3. "Got to Get Out of Here" (Molland) - 3:31
  4. "Know One Knows" (Ham) - 3:17
  5. "Dennis" (Ham) - 5:15

Side two[edit]

  1. "In the Meantime" (Gibbins)/"Some Other Time" (Molland) - 6:46
  2. "Love Time" (Molland) - 2:20
  3. "King of the Load (T)" (Evans) - 3:32
  4. "Meanwhile Back at the Ranch" (Ham)/"Should I Smoke" (Molland) - 5:18



  • Average White Horns - horns on "Just a Chance" and "Should I Smoke"
  • Mika Kato - Japanese spoken words on "Know One Knows" (uncredited)


  1. ^ "Wish You Were Here" at Allmusic
  2. ^ Wish You Were Here (Badfinger album) at AllMusic
  3. ^ Borack, John M. (2007). Shake Some Action: The Ultimate Power Pop Guide. Fort Collins, CO: Not Lame Recording Co. p. 50. ISBN 9780979771408. 

Dan Matovina, Without You: The Tragic Story Of Badfinger.