No Dice

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No Dice
BadfingerNoDice.jpg
Studio album by Badfinger
Released 9 November 1970 (US)
27 November 1970 (UK)
Recorded 18 April–26 August 1970 at Abbey Road Studios and Trident Studios, London
Genre Power pop[1]
Length 40:00
Label Apple
Producer Geoff Emerick
Mal Evans
Badfinger chronology
Magic Christian Music
(1970)Magic Christian Music1970
No Dice
(1970)
Straight Up
(1971)Straight Up1971
Singles from No Dice
  1. "No Matter What"
    Released: 6 November 1970
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauB[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[4]
The Great Rock Discography7/10[5]
Mojo4/5 stars[6]
MusicHound5/5[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[5]
Uncut3/5 stars[8]

No Dice is an album by British rock band Badfinger, issued by Apple Records and released on 9 November 1970. Their second album under the Badfinger name and third album overall, No Dice significantly expanded the British group's popularity, especially abroad. The album included both the hit single "No Matter What" and the song "Without You", which would become one of the most successful compositions of the rock era.

History[edit]

Although this was the band's second album released under the Badfinger name, the previous album, Magic Christian Music, was originally recorded as The Iveys but released as Badfinger. It was the band's first album recorded after new guitarist Joey Molland joined the group, replacing bassist Ron Griffiths, but Molland's addition caused Tom Evans to switch from rhythm guitar to bass. Badfinger would release five albums, generally their most successful recordings, with this line-up.

No Dice peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart. Widely praised in music reviews at the time, Rolling Stone magazine opined that it represented what the Beatles would have sounded like had they retained their initial formula.[9]

The single from this LP, "No Matter What", peaked in the United States at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1970. The song is often regarded[by whom?] as an early offering in the power pop genre. Other stand-out tracks[according to whom?] are "Better Days", "I Don't Mind", and the closer, "We're for the Dark". The album also contains the original version of "Without You". Although Badfinger did not release the song as a single in Europe or North America, it was taken to number 1 on the Billboard charts in 1972 by Harry Nilsson, and became a hit for Mariah Carey in 1994. "Without You" has been the top money-earner for Badfinger in publishing royalties, having been covered by over 180 artists.[citation needed] The song was also picked to provide the title for Dan Matovina's 1997 biography Without You: The Tragic Story Of Badfinger.

No Dice is a slang term meaning "not possible". It was the first of three albums titled by bassist Tom Evans. The term was originally used in dice games: when a throw is out of play or not lying flat, the throw is not valid and is ruled as "no dice".[citation needed]

In October 1991, No Dice was digitally remastered at Abbey Road Studio by Ron Furmanek. The remastered album was released in 1992 by Capitol Records and Apple, with five previously unreleased bonus tracks. Of the bonus tracks, "Friends Are Hard to Find" was an outtake from the same Mal Evans-produced session that saw the recording of "No Matter What" and "Believe Me". "Get Down" was originally attempted with Evans but the version here was recorded with Geoff Emerick. The three remaining tracks, "Mean, Mean Jemima", "Loving You" and "I'll Be the One", were recorded with Emerick between January and March 1971 (after the completion of No Dice) for the intended follow-up album that was never released.[10]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side one
No.TitleLead singerLength
1."I Can't Take It" (Pete Ham)Ham with Evans2:57
2."I Don't Mind" (Tom Evans/Joey Molland)Evans with Molland3:15
3."Love Me Do" (Molland)Molland3:00
4."Midnight Caller" (Ham)Ham with Evans2:50
5."No Matter What" (Ham)Ham3:01
6."Without You" (Ham/Evans)Ham with Evans and Molland4:43
Side two
No.TitleLead singerLength
7."Blodwyn" (Ham)Ham with Evans and Molland3:26
8."Better Days" (Evans/Molland)Molland with Evans4:01
9."It Had to Be" (Mike Gibbins)Ham with Gibbins2:29
10."Watford John" (Evans/Gibbins/Ham/Molland)Ham and Evans3:23
11."Believe Me" (Evans)Evans with Ham3:01
12."We're for the Dark" (Ham)Ham3:55

CD Bonus Tracks[edit]

Bonus Tracks
No.TitleLead singerLength
13."Get Down" (Evans/Gibbins/Ham/Molland)Evans with Molland3:43
14."Friends Are Hard to Find" (Molland)Molland with Evans2:28
15."Mean Mean Jemima" (Molland)Molland with Evans3:41
16."Loving You" (Gibbins)Gibbins2:51
17."I'll Be the One" (Evans/Gibbins/Ham/Molland)Evans with Molland and Ham2:54

CD bonus tracks (2010 remaster; replaces previous bonus tracks)[edit]

  1. "I Can't Take It (Extended Version)" (Ham) – 4:14
  2. "Without You"(Mono Studio Demo Version) (Ham, Evans) – 3:57
  3. "Photograph (Friends are Hard to Find)" (Molland) – 3:24
  4. "Believe Me" (Alternate Version) (Evans) – 3:04
  5. "No Matter What" (Mono Studio Demo Version) (Ham) – 2:57

Digital bonus tracks (2010 remaster)[edit]

  1. "Love Me Do" (Instrumental Version) – 2:57
  2. "Get Down" (Alternate Version) – 5:13

Personnel[edit]

Badfinger
Other contributors
  • Geoff Emerick – producer
  • Mal Evans – producer
  • Mike Jarrett – mixing
  • John Kurlander – engineer
  • Richard Lush – engineer
  • Keith H - Additional Session Musician
  • Steve Kolanijan – liner notes, sleeve notes
  • Mike Jarratt – engineer, mixing
  • Marcia McGovern – pre-production
  • Roberta Ballard – production manager
  • Gene Mahon – design
  • Richard DiLello – design, photography
  • Ron Furmanek – digital mastering, mastering, mixing (CD re-release)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
  2. ^ AllMusic review
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Badfinger". Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th edn), Volume 1. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 358. ISBN 0-19-531373-9. 
  5. ^ a b "Badfinger No Dice". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Harris, John (November 2010). "Strange Fruit: Various, Original Apple albums, 1969–73". Mojo. p. 116. 
  7. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 65. ISBN 1-57859-061-2. 
  8. ^ "Badfinger – No Dice CD Album" > "Product Description". CD Universe/Muze. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Badfinger – No Dice". SuperSeventies.com. Super Seventies RockSite. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  10. ^ No Dice (CD). Badfinger. Capitol Records/Apple Records. 1992. CDP 7 98698 2.