TITLE: No Dice
YEAR RELEASED: 1970
CHART ACTION: #28
SINGLES: No Matter What (#8 US, #5 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Without You
LINEUP: Pete Ham, Tom Evans, Joey Molland, Mike Gibbins
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First non-soundtrack album as Badfinger, and a touchstone for power pop fans.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Adding Joey Molland on guitar and vocals may have been the missing ingredient for Badfinger. Molland was another good songwriter, singer, and player, and had a knack for adding distinct textures into their sound – Harrison-esque as it were.
Beatles comparisons followed them again, of course, thanks to them being on Apple and having their first hit penned by Paul McCartney will do that. And yeah, they had a song here called “Love Me Do” (not a cover). Oh, and “Believe Me” sounded like it was a Paul track on Abbey Road.
Still, this had “Without You”, which Harry Nillson took to the stratosphere, but here it’s more understated and thus brings out the emotion. And “No Matter What” – my goodness that’s an All-Timer!
Still, Harrison stair-steps and Beatle harmonies and melodies aside, this is a strong record without a tossed-off or slack track.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Molland joined after they ditched their old name the Iveys.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A couple floating out with various outtakes.
GRADE A: The worst song on here may be a bit too Beatles derivative, but that’s not always bad. And, damn, “No Matter What”.