Sing for the Song

Note! This album has never been released and it may never be in this form. Most of the songs can be found among the bonus tracks of No Dice and Straight Up. The album was in 2013 uploaded on youtube by Dan Matovina in a remastered version


Tracks: Written By: Lead Singer: Producer: Release:
1:Suitcase (Molland) Joey Geoff Emerick Bonus on Straight Up
2:I'll Be The One (Ham/Evans/Molland/Gibbins) Tom Geoff Emerick Bonus on No Dice and Straight Up
3:No Good At All (Evans) Tom Geoff Emerick Bonus on Straight Up
4:Sweet Tuesday Morning (Molland) Joey Geoff Emerick Bonus on Straight Up
5:Baby Please (Ham/Gibbins/Molland) Pete Geoff Emerick Bonus on Straight Up
6:Mean, Mean Jemina (Molland) Joey Geoff Emerick Bonus on No Dice
7:Name of The Game (Ham) Pete Geoff Emerick Bonus on Straight Up
8:Loving You (Gibbins) Mike Geoff Emerick Bonus on No Dice and Straight Up
9:Money (Evans) Tom Geoff Emerick Bonus on Straight Up
10:Flying (Molland/Evans) Joey Geoff Emerick Bonus on Straight Up
11:Sing For The Song (Evans) Tom Geoff Emerick Bonus on Straight Up
12:Perfection (Ham) Pete Geoff Emerick Bonus on Straight Up

My comments:

This album was ready for release in spring 1971, but although it seemed/seems a perfect follow-up to No Dice Apple Records did not feel that it was good enough. Half the album was re-recorded with other producers ( Harrison and Rundgren ) ; the rest of it was scapped.

Which version of Straight Up is the better? The released version or this original version. Well, they're both very very good albums. The original version has very much the same feel as No Dice and the sound is pretty much the same.

Most of the re-recorded songs sound better in Geoff Emericks production. Especially Name of the Game and Perfection are superior to the later versions; they're easier, a bit faster and less "produced". It's unbelieveable that the scapped songs should remain unreleased for more than 20 years; they're all much too good for that. I'll Be The One would have been a hit if it had been released as follow up to No Matter What, and Sing For The Song and Baby Please would be among the better tracks on any album.

If you compare this album to the final released version of Straight Up, of course you'll miss Baby Blue, Take it All, I'd Die Babe, Day After Day and It's Over. Well, these songs could have been saved for the Ass, and they would have made that album even better.

My favourites: Name of The Game, I'll Be The One, Perfection, Baby Please, Sing For The Song

Other very good songs: The rest of the songs

Of 10 possible stars I would give this album: 8


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