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No Dice (Remastered 2010 / Deluxe Edition)

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Badfinger's second album No Dice kicks off with "I Can't Take It," a rocker that signaled even if Badfinger still played pop and sang ballads, they considered themselves a rock band. What gave Badfinger character is they blended their desire to rock with their sensitive side instead of compartmentalizing. Even when they rock on No Dice, it's never earthy, like, say, the Stones. Badfinger's very sensibility and sound is modeled after the early British Invasion, where bands sang catchy, concise love songs. Yet there's a worldliness to their music absent from that of their forefathers, partially because Badfinger styled themselves as classicists, adapting the sound of their idols and striving to create a similar body of work. No Dice bears this out, boasting old-fashioned rockers, catchy pop tunes, and acoustic ballads. On the surface, there's nothing special about such a well-crafted, sharply produced, straight-ahead pop record, but the pleasure of a power pop album is in the craft. No Dice is not without flaws -- a byproduct of an all-writing, all-singing band is that some songs don't measure up -- but it does achieve the right balance of craft, fun, and emotion, due in no small part to Pete Ham's songwriting. Ham dominates the record, providing note-perfect openers and closers, along with the centerpiece singles "No Matter What" and "Without You," the latter a yearning, painful ballad co-written with Tom Evans. Collaborating with new guitarist Joey Molland, Evans wrote two other excellent songs ("I Don't Mind," "Better Days"), while Molland's own "Love Me Do" chugs along with nice momentum. Still, the heart of the album lies in Ham's work.. He proves that songcraft is what separates great power-pop from good, and it's what makes No Dice a superb pop record.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
I Can't Take It (Remastered 2010)
00:02:55

Geoff Emerick, Producer - Badfinger, MainArtist - Peter Ham, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

2
I Don't Mind (Remastered 2010)
00:03:13

Geoff Emerick, Producer - Joey Molland, ComposerLyricist - Badfinger, MainArtist - Tom Evans, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

3
Love Me Do (Remastered 2010)
00:02:58

Geoff Emerick, Producer - Joey Molland, ComposerLyricist - Badfinger, MainArtist

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

4
Midnight Caller (Remastered 2010)
00:02:48

Pete Ham, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Emerick, Producer - Badfinger, MainArtist

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

5
No Matter What (Remastered 2010)
00:02:59

Pete Ham, ComposerLyricist - MAL EVANS, Producer - Badfinger, MainArtist

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

6
Without You (Remastered 2010)
00:04:43

Pete Ham, Composer - Geoff Emerick, Producer - Badfinger, MainArtist - Tom Evans, Author

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

7
Blodwyn (Remastered 2010)
00:03:25

Geoff Emerick, Producer - Badfinger, MainArtist - Peter Ham, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

8
Better Days (Remastered 2010)
00:03:59

Geoff Emerick, Producer - Joey Molland, ComposerLyricist - Badfinger, MainArtist - Tom Evans, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

9
It Had To Be (Remastered 2010)
00:02:27

Geoff Emerick, Producer - Mike Gibbins, ComposerLyricist - Badfinger, MainArtist

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

10
Watford John (Remastered 2010)
00:03:21

Pete Ham, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Emerick, Producer - Joey Molland, ComposerLyricist - Mike Gibbins, ComposerLyricist - Badfinger, MainArtist - Tom Evans, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

11
Believe Me (Remastered 2010)
00:02:59

MAL EVANS, Producer - Badfinger, MainArtist - Tom Evans, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

12
We're For The Dark (Remastered 2010)
00:04:01

Pete Ham, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Emerick, Producer - Badfinger, MainArtist

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

13
I Can't Take It (Extended Version / Bonus Track)
00:04:13

Geoff Emerick, Producer - Badfinger, MainArtist - Peter Ham, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

14
Without You (Mono Studio Demo Version / Bonus Track)
00:03:56

Pete Ham, Composer - MAL EVANS, Producer - Badfinger, MainArtist - Tom Evans, Author

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

15
Photograph (AKA Friends Are Hard To Find) (Bonus Track)
00:03:23

Joey Molland, ComposerLyricist - MAL EVANS, Producer - Badfinger, MainArtist

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

16
Believe Me (Alternative Version / Bonus Track)
00:03:03

MAL EVANS, Producer - Badfinger, MainArtist - Tom Evans, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

17
No Matter What (Mono Studio Demo Version / Bonus Track)
00:02:56

Pete Ham, ComposerLyricist - MAL EVANS, Producer - Badfinger, MainArtist

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Apple Corps Ltd

Album Description

Badfinger's second album No Dice kicks off with "I Can't Take It," a rocker that signaled even if Badfinger still played pop and sang ballads, they considered themselves a rock band. What gave Badfinger character is they blended their desire to rock with their sensitive side instead of compartmentalizing. Even when they rock on No Dice, it's never earthy, like, say, the Stones. Badfinger's very sensibility and sound is modeled after the early British Invasion, where bands sang catchy, concise love songs. Yet there's a worldliness to their music absent from that of their forefathers, partially because Badfinger styled themselves as classicists, adapting the sound of their idols and striving to create a similar body of work. No Dice bears this out, boasting old-fashioned rockers, catchy pop tunes, and acoustic ballads. On the surface, there's nothing special about such a well-crafted, sharply produced, straight-ahead pop record, but the pleasure of a power pop album is in the craft. No Dice is not without flaws -- a byproduct of an all-writing, all-singing band is that some songs don't measure up -- but it does achieve the right balance of craft, fun, and emotion, due in no small part to Pete Ham's songwriting. Ham dominates the record, providing note-perfect openers and closers, along with the centerpiece singles "No Matter What" and "Without You," the latter a yearning, painful ballad co-written with Tom Evans. Collaborating with new guitarist Joey Molland, Evans wrote two other excellent songs ("I Don't Mind," "Better Days"), while Molland's own "Love Me Do" chugs along with nice momentum. Still, the heart of the album lies in Ham's work.. He proves that songcraft is what separates great power-pop from good, and it's what makes No Dice a superb pop record.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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