November 9 – Badfinger’s Third

11/9/70: Badfinger – No Dice

Power pop progenitors Badfinger released their third album, No Dice, on this day in 1970. It was their second under the Badfinger moniker, their first album being under their original name The Iveys. It was also their first album to include guitarist Joey Molland.

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No Dice is the work of a band with enormous promise, and shows them on the verge of a breakthrough if in fact this wasn’t good enough to be the one to put them over the top. The album featured one single, the standout No Matter What, and another track that would become one of the biggest hits of all time when covered by Harry Nilsson, Without You. The group was really beginning to establish itself as a musical force with great songwriting and lead and harmony vocals spread amongst the quartet. As with their patrons from Liverpool, they also showed versatility in music styles, from crunchy rockers like the opener, I Can’t Take It, to ballads such as Without You, and catchy singalongs including Blodwyn.

Badfinger - No Dice Lyrics and Tracklist | Genius

The story of Badfinger is a sad and cautionary tale, but for a period of three or four years they created some great music which stands on its own merit. With their follow up to No Dice a year later they would punch their ticket to rock immortality.

Tracklist

Side One:

  1. I Can’t Take It
  2. I Don’t Mind
  3. Love Me Do
  4. Midnight Caller
  5. No Matter What
  6. Without You

Side Two:

  1. Blodwyn
  2. Better Days
  3. It Had to Be
  4. Watford John
  5. Believe Me
  6. We’re for the Dark

-Stephen

https://ultimateclassicrock.com/badfinger-no-dice/

https://www.allmusic.com/album/no-dice-mw0000270661

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Dice

4 thoughts on “November 9 – Badfinger’s Third”

  1. I like this album a lot. Their masterpiece to me was Straight Up but this is my second favorite Badfinger album. I had “Straight Up” written up for the island draft but I ran out of picks. Midnight Caller may be my favorite on this album.

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