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No Dice Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (25 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Apple/EMI
  • ASIN: B003XKMS9K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,820 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Can't Take It (2010 - Remaster)
2. I Don't Mind (2010 - Remaster)
3. Love Me Do (2010 - Remaster)
4. Midnight Caller (2010 - Remaster)
5. No Matter What (2010 - Remaster)
6. Without You (2010 - Remaster)
7. Blodwyn (2010 - Remaster)
8. Better Days (2010 - Remaster)
9. It Had To Be (2010 - Remaster)
10. Watford John (2010 - Remaster)
11. Believe Me (2010 - Remaster)
12. We're For The Dark (2010 - Remaster)
13. I Can't Take It (Extended Version)
14. Without You (Studio Demo Version) (Mono)
15. Photograph (aka - Friends Are Hard To Find)
16. Believe Me (Alternative Version)
17. No Matter What (Studio Demo Version) (Mono)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By N. Jones on 29 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD
`Writing about music is like dancing about architecture' Frank Zappa once said, or at least he said something like that, and he had a point. In Badfinger's case he had an especially pertinent point because this was a band capable of coming up with perfectly-crafted pop gems which, thanks to the music writers of the late 1960s / early 1970s became saddled with a debilitating `new Beatles' tag in much the same way as Steve Forbert got landed with the `new Dylan' tag at a time -the late 1970s- when `kids in the know' were signing up for the white riot of punk. As it is, ND originally came out in November of 1970, when perhaps a fair percentage of the known world was pining for the four who were "fab" on their Apple label. Fate plays such funny games...............

But what did those music writers know anyway? Evidently not enough to realise that Badfinger guitarist / vocalist Pete Ham's "Midnight Caller" is so fine because it's free of every contrivance and performed in a manner which lets the song do the talking, as opposed to an overwrought vocal or fussy arrangement.

Admittedly the band had the dubious distinction of getting a hit with McCartney's "Come And Get It" which of course made it a little easier for those small-eared writers, but the perfect riposte is here with Ham's "No Matter What" replete with crunchy guitar intro and harmonies that some bands would have paid an extortionate price to get.

So all in all labelling Badfinger the British Big Star smacks of laziness similar to that displayed by those writers who bandied that `new Beatles' tag around. Oh and the original reading of Ham and bass player Tom Evans's "Without You" is the best, simply because it's so well balanced.

Looking for great, time-honoured song craft? Well it's here in abundance with performances to match, so pay no mind to the lazy comparisons, including this reviewer's.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Oct 2006
Format: Audio CD
While ELO cashed in big-style on the legacy of The Beatles, it was Badfinger who inherited the spirit. ELO had many good tunes but the Apple proteges, Pete Ham in particular, displayed a natural flair for songcraft. 'No Dice' is no imitation, but it does contain recordings with a similar feel to material such as 'Hey Jude' and the 'Abbey Road' album. Certainly, the main strength here is in the songwriting. There are some great performances, but the arrangements are occasionally erratic. Perhaps the best example of this is their original version of the famous 'Without You'. After hearing Harry Nilsson's version (forget Mariah Carey) you're struck by the weakness of the vocal, yet the lengthy fade-out winds up into something memorable.

Ham's compositions would prove to be the band's best but they were a songwriting democracy and, with the exception of 'Love Me Do' (no relation to the Lennon/McCartney song) the material is impeccable. The hit, 'No Matter What' is one highlight, Ham's touching ode to a prostitute, 'Midnight Caller', is another and 'We're For The Dark' is a suitable ending to an atmospherically-intense album. The five bonus songs all have something to commend them, notably 'I'll Be The One', though they don't hit the bullseye.

'No Dice', like all of Badfinger's albums up to 'Wish You Were Here', hasn't been heard by enough people. Buy it and hear for yourself.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rocky Baptiste on 10 Sep 2003
Format: Audio CD
Not as polished and well produced as the later 'wish you were here' album but this has the classic songs on. the sound is so raw, the vocals so tight. It's an album that you want to listen to again and again. 'without you' is superb as is 'no matter what' (someone should cover this) and 'we're for the dark' is amazing. the bonus tracks are superb. This is an album that people should listen to if they wanna know how to write good songs. a skill so sadly lacking in this day and age. the badfinger tale is a sad one but an inspiring one. Listen to them........
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Morten Vindberg on 17 Sep 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
No Dice was Badfinger's first masterpiece ( and my first Badfinger album!). The inspiration from The Beatles can be heard on most of these songs, but this album shows that they're much more than just a Beatles rip off. Some changes had been made since the recording of Magic Christian Music. Geoff Emerick (known from his work with The Beatles) produced most of the album; the rest of it was produced by Mal Evans who also produced some of Magic Christian Music. Ron Griffiths had already left before the release of the previous album so Tom Evans had now taken over the bass. Joey Molland ,who had played with Gary Walker, was chosen for a new guitarist. The material (the songs) on this album is very strong. "Without You" written by Tom and Pete has become an all-time classic - here's the original version - superior to any version I've heard so far. Enjoy Pete's organ line at the end of the song - sounds like something Matthew Fisher of Procol Harum could have done. "No Matter What", "Midnight Caller" and "We're For The Dark" all show what a brilliant songwriter with an unique sense of melody Pete Ham had already become. The album is a perfect blend of ballads, rockers and a bit of country ("Blodwyn"), generally performed with more rocking feeling than their earlier recordings. Though the album is obviously dominated by Pete Ham's songs all other members contribute to it. The bonus-tracks are all very good - 4 of them hail from the never-released follow-up album to "No Dice" recorded early 1971. The strongest of them is the group-composition "I'll Be The One", which at a certain point was considered as a single - I believe it had the hit-single potential.

My favourites: Midnight Caller, Without You, No Matter What, We're For The Dark and I'll Be The One
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