Over the last year, a series of digital singles pairing Badfinger guitarist Joey Molland with various other well-known musicians on new versions of songs by the famed U.K. power-pop band have been released, and now a full-length album gathering those tracks and additional collaborative covers is on the way.
The album, titled No Matter What — Revisiting the Hits, will be released March 26, and will include previously available tunes featuring Jethro Tull‘s Ian Anderson, ex-Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, pop-rock star Rick Springfield and acclaimed power-pop artist Matthew Sweet, as well as other tracks pairing Molland with Todd Rundgren, Vanilla Fudge singer/keyboardist Mark Stein, Buckinghams guitarist Carl Giammarese and more.
Stein lends his talents to a version of the 1970 Badfinger smash “No Matter What,” while Rundgren contributes to a rendition of the classic song “Without You.” The latter tune, which was co-written by late Badfinger members Pete Ham and Tom Evans and first released by the group in 1970, became a #1 smash for Harry Nilsson in 1972 and a #3 hit for Mariah Carey in 1994.
The No Matter What album, which can be pre-ordered now, will be available on CD, digitally and as a colored-vinyl LP on red, white & blue vinyl.
Here’s the album’s full track list, along with the guest artists featured on each song:
“No Matter What” — featuring Vanilla Fudge’s Mark Stein
“Come and Get It” — featuring ex-Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman
“I Don’t Mind” — featuring The Buckinghams’ Carl Giammarese
“Day After Day” — featuring Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, Terry Reid & Manchester String Quartet
“Love Is Gonna Come at Last” — featuring Rick Springfield
“Baby Blue” — featuring Matthew Sweet
“Midnight Caller” — featuring The Legendary Pink Dots
“Suitcase” — featuring Sonny Landreth
“Sweet Tuesday Morning” — featuring Albert Lee
“Without You” — featuring Todd Rundgren
By Matt Friedlander
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