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Saturday, February 9, 2013

No Dice - No Dice (1978 uk, tough hard 'n' roll, us Vinyl edition)



In 1975, from the ashes of a band you’ve never heard of (March Hare) Gary Strange and Dzal Martin added Roger Ferris and Chris Wyles to themselves and formed the fledgling No Dice, a blues/rock band in Stones/Faces style but with room to manoeuvre into more adventurous musical seas if the urge took them. 

Roger Ferris,(who was compared to Joe Cocker),had been in a 60s band called the Konrads who were in the news recently after the discovery of tapes which included the period David Bowie was also a member. 

After some demos and one single release ‘I need someone’ on DJM records they sat out a not very beneficial contract. When finally released they signed with Pink Floyd’s management company Emka Productions whose considerable influence - and the band’s talent - nabbed them a deal with EMI/Capitol records.

After some club gigs and an opening stint for UFO, in the year Elvis succumbed to one hamburger too many, they lock themselves away in Abbey Road and Island studios ‘til all hours making ‘No Dice’ their imaginatively titled debut album

There are 2 versions of this album with different cover art and slightly different track listing. This copy is the EMI Capitol Hollywood, CA US edition.


Tracks
1. Why Sugar - 3:52
2. Crystal Clear - 3:51
3. Foolin' - 3:21
4. Silly Girl - 3:45
5. Down N' Dry - 3:55
6. Happy In The Skoolyard - 4:24
7. Spacey Romance - 3:47
8. Salt In The Wound - 5:39
9. Someone Else's Gold - 5:08
All songs written by Gary Strange

No Dice
*Roger Ferris - Vocals
*Dave Martin - Guitars
*Gary Strange - Bass
*Chris Wyles - Drums
Additional Musicians
*Dave Moore - Keyboards
*Stevie Smith - Harmonica

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3 comments:

adamus67 said...

No Dice released two albums on both sides of the Atlantic, one by EMI harder to find LP http://www.discogs.com/No-Dice-No-Dice/release/2461558 on an independent label matched by a brace of non-LP singles. The British version of the debut which contains eleven tracks, six of which are not found on the U.S. issue (Capitol). With its very 'punk' looking graphics the American version featured four cuts not found on the UK plate edit. Why do record companies do these things?

@Lamz633: Thanks for sharing your vinyl plates collection

Sergey said...

thanks a lot!

chico said...

Hi,
Another one who needs some new links.Fantastic band.Thanks.