Magic Christian Music

Timeline More from year 1970
UK release date:
Jan 09, 1970
US release date:
Feb 16, 1970
Apple Records
SAPCOR 12 (UK) / ST-3364 (US)

Related sessions

This album has been recorded during the following studio sessions

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Track list

Side 1


Come and Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

2:21 • Studio versionA • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Producer, Tambourine
Tony Clark :
Recording engineer
Pete Ham :
Backing vocals, Piano
Tom Evans :
Lead vocals, Maracas
Mike Gibbins :
Ron Griffiths :
Backing vocals, Bass

Session Recording:
Aug 02, 1969
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Crimson Ship

3:42 • Studio version • Stereo


Dear Angie

2:39 • Studio version • Stereo



2:24 • Studio version • Stereo


Midnight Sun

2:46 • Studio version • Stereo


Beautiful and Blue

2:40 • Studio version • Stereo


Rock of All Ages

Written by Pete Ham, Tom Evans, Mike Gibbins

3:16 • Studio versionA • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Piano, Producer
Mal Evans :

Session Recording:
Sep 18, 1969
Studio :
IBC Studios, London, UK

Side 2


Carry on Till Tomorrow

Written by Pete Ham, Tom Evans

4:47 • Studio versionA • Stereo

Paul McCartney :

Session Recording:
Aug 22, 1969
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


I'm in Love

2:26 • Studio version • Stereo


Walk Out in the Rain

3:27 • Studio version • Stereo



2:28 • Studio version • Stereo


Knocking Down Our Home

3:40 • Studio version • Stereo


Give It a Try

2:31 • Studio version • Stereo


Maybe Tomorrow

2:51 • Studio version • Stereo


From Wikipedia:

Magic Christian Music is the debut album by the British rock band Badfinger, released in early 1970 on Apple Records. Three tracks from the LP are featured in the film The Magic Christian, which also gives the album its title. However, Magic Christian Music is not an official soundtrack album for the film.


The film soundtrack for The Magic Christian featured three new songs by Badfinger that had been commissioned for the film, including their US/UK top-10 hit “Come and Get It“‘, which opened the film, and “Carry on Till Tomorrow”, the title theme. The soundtrack album, which also included incidental music by Ken Thorne, had originally been scheduled for release on Apple Records, but the addition of the Thunderclap Newman song “Something in the Air” to the movie prevented that. Instead, the soundtrack album was released on the little-known label Commonwealth United Records label in the US and on Pye in the UK. As a result, it received little promotion in the US and remained mostly unknown to American record buyers.

To capitalize on this gap, Apple Records released its own “pseudo-soundtrack”. Apple combined the film’s three Badfinger songs with four unreleased songs and seven older tracks (released by the group when they were still known as the Iveys) on the album Maybe Tomorrow, which had been quickly pulled off the market in 1969. The previously released Iveys songs were specially re-mixed for this album, significantly improving their sound quality in the process. One of them, “Fisherman”, was also edited for this release.

The three Badfinger tracks used in the film — “Come and Get It”, “Rock of All Ages” and “Carry on Till Tomorrow” — bear the strongest “Beatle connection”. They were produced by Paul McCartney (the first was also composed by McCartney), and the strings on “Carry on Till Tomorrow” were arranged and conducted by Beatles producer George Martin. The other tracks on the album were produced by Tony Visconti (six songs, including both Iveys singles and the last recording made, “Crimson Ship”) and Mal Evans (five songs).

Badfinger’s line-up on these tracks includes bassist/vocalist Ron Griffiths, but Evans doubled on bass on “Midnight Sun”, “Crimson Ship” and “Rock of All Ages” after Griffiths fell ill during the sessions. Griffiths departed The Iveys at the end of the McCartney sessions in late 1969, prior to the name change from The Iveys to Badfinger, which led to his exclusion from the credits and pictures on the album (although Griffiths does appear on the picture sleeve for “Come and Get It”). Guitarist Joey Molland was eventually added as Griffiths’ replacement, causing Tom Evans to move from guitar to bass, but Molland’s addition came after the album art had been prepared, so only Pete Ham, Tom Evans and Mike Gibbins are pictured on the cover.

The album peaked at number 55 on the US charts. […]

Last updated on November 13, 2021


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