Monday, April 23, 2007

BADGER - One Live Badger

Recorded 'live' at London's Rainbow theatre in 1973, "One Live Badger" introduces one of the most interesting bands to emerge for some time. Composed of former Yes keyboard man Tony Kaye, guitarist Brian Parrish (ex-Parrish & Gurvitz), former Ashton, Gardner & Dyke drummer Roy Dyke, and bassist David Foster. Badger promise much on the evidence of this first album which is full of fiery, dynamic playing, crisp vocal work (both lead and harmony) and excellent songs, mostly written by the whole group.
The decision to make Badger's first album a 'live' one came about after a series of intensive rehearsals. Scheduled to appear in concert with Yes at the Rainbow, the band's early enthusiasm and vigour could only suitably be captured through a 'live' recording. Produced by 'Yes' Jon Anderson, Badger and Geoffrey Haslam, it's a triumph, combining the raucous, stomping atmosphere induced by Badger's music with precision and technical expertise, qualities possessed in no small measure by the group.
Formed in mid-'72, Badger was the idea of Tony Kaye and David Foster. Tony and David had been acquainted while the former had been a Yes member, David Foster helping to write (with Jon Anderson) two tracks for the bands second album, "Time And A Word". At the same time Tony and David had also got together to make an album of David's other songs. Never released, they began work on re-mixing it following Tony's decision to leave Yes.
It was at this point in time that the decision came to form a group. Within a short time they had recruited Roy Dyke (who first made his name with Brian Epstein's protege Remo Four) who had just split with Ashton, Gardner & Dyke. The search for a guitarist halted soon, too, when Roy recommended Brian Parrish, whose work with Parrish & Gurvitz had attracted much critical acclaim, but little public reaction.

1 Wheel of Fortune 7:50
2 Fountain 7:22
3 Wind of Change 7:17
4 River 6:49
5 The Preacher 3:59
6 On the Way Home 7:39


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Anonymous said...

thanx for this great upload

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Anonymous said...

This one is a MASTERPIECE!!!
I only can recommend it. Some awesome progrock.
A very good choice to post!

Anonymous said...

I don't know Badger at all, but I was attracted by the mention of Tony Kay, who I remember from Detective as well as Yes.

Thanks for the post

Anonymous said...

thanks for the taste i have a friend whos been after these for a while...badger is very good, recored when they supported yes at the rainbow
jay strange

Anonymous said...

This will be my first Badger in the Ear. Thanks so uch!
R. Bruce G

Anonymous said...

great album many thanks

Glosshead said...

Thanks for posting.

rastacrucian said...

Breathtaking music I haven't heard in decades. Muchas gracias!

Anonymous said...

I love the Yes sound of the 70s
Great post
thank you for sharing
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