Ian Anderson and Terry Reid join forces on cover of Badfinger's Day After Day

Ian Anderson
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Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson has joined forces with legendary vocalist Terry Reid on a new version of Badfinger's Day After Day, The pair, with Reid on vocals and Anderson supplying flute, are backed by the Manchester String Quartet. You can listen to a stream of the new version below.

“Like many of my contemporaries, I remember ‘The New Beatles,' as Badfinger were unfortunately dubbed by the UK press," says Anderson. "Great songwriting and production by George Harrison. [This version is] brought to life here by the Manchester String Quartet, alumnis of the Northern Royal College Of Music. I tried to find a few harmonies and simple counterpoints to interject into their splendid performance. For me, an elegant and nostalgic experience.” 

“It was great to go back and listen to this song again and get to play guitar on it as I’ve always loved the band and this song," adds Reid. "I got to hang out with Joey back in the day and he’s a really great guy and a fine musician. Playing on this song brought back some great memories of a musical era that will never be forgotten by me and many others.” 

Day After Day, written by the late Badfinger singer and guitarist Pete Ham, featured on the band's 1972 album Straight Up, which was released on the Beatles' Apple label and produced by George Harrison. As a single it reached number 10 in the UK charts.

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.