Badger – One Live Badger – CD Review16th May 2016
On May 27th the Badger – One Live Badger get’s its 1st EVER official UK cd release. Completely remastered from the original Atlantic Mastertapes, with the original Roger Dean artwork & produced by Jon Anderson. The booklet cotains a brand new essay written by the one & only, Malcolm Dome.
This has been considered to be the holy grail for YES officianados as the band cosisted of Tony Kaye (ex YES keyboard player), David Foster (Co-writer of Time and a Word & Sweet Dreams for YES as well as being in The Warriors with Jon Anderson of YES)
This was recorded live back in December of 1972 at the Rainbow Theater in London when Badger opened for YES for 2 shows which were filmed for eventual release of the Yessongs concert film.
A great sounding recording with the sound of Tony Kayes hammond organ driving such tunes as Wind Of Change & On The Way Home
Having only heard this on a low quality cassette back in the tape trade days, it’s amazing how vibrant this recording is. It really is as fresh as a daisy.
No autotune, overdubs or general studio fixes the harmonies are flawless. This is ’70s live prog at it’s best.
It doesn’t get much better than this.
Well done Esoteric Records for getting this done & out to the YES fans finally.
1. WHEEL OF FORTUNE
3. WIND OF CHANGE
5. THE PREACHER
6. ON THE WAY HOME
Brian Parrish / electric guitar, lead vocals (1, 4 – 6)
Tony Kaye / keyboards, Mellotron
Dave Foster / bass, lead vocals (2, 3)
Roy Dyke / drums
Score – 9.5/10