Billy preston - the apple of their eye

Now, TeamTalk are claiming Cardiff could take Hayes on loan with Patrick Roberts' move to Parkhead from Manchester City apparently scuppering Hayes' first team opportunities in Glasgow. It remains to be seen whether Brendan Rodgers or Hayes would be willing to consider a temporary deal.

This is a toss-up: 1970's No Dice opens with the heavy-Beatles bullet "I Can't Take It," comes with the Top 10 single "No Matter What" (produced by Beatles' road manager Mal Evans) and has the original version of singer-guitarist Peter Ham's magnificently pained ballad, "Without You," a Number One cover for Harry Nilsson in 1971. But Straight Up is Badfinger's power-pop apex, despite its difficult birth: a version produced by the band with Geoff Emerick and rejected by Apple; a half-finished attempt with George Harrison as producer; a near-total overhaul with Todd Rundgren at the board. "Day After Day" (with Harrison and Ham on harmony slide guitars) and "Baby Blue" are knockout jangle and mod-choirboy pining; singer-bassist Tom Evans' closer, "It's Over," is a gnarly white soul with dirty-angel vocal glaze — the Big Star ideal, with a true British accent. Early-Nineties reissues of No Dice and Straight Up included some of the tracks from the rejected LP as bonus material; surely we can get them all this time.

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