This was of course very raw sounding and I would've like to hear the studio versions, but alas this never came to be as some of the members left after this and the following album sounds nothing like this , especially with Lomax singing. Give it a try , but I tell you there are better bands still to be discovered before this one. Worth a spin. For their first album, Badger's unusually decided on a live release. Interest in the band was fuelled by the presence of former Yes keyboard player Tony Kaye.
The pair also wrote two of the tracks on "Time and a word" together and Jon Anderson co-produced this album. Badger were supporting Yes on this part of the tour which also produced the "Yessongs" album. As the equipment had been set up for recording Yes at the Rainbow for that album, Atlantic records, to whom both Yes and Badger were signed, decided to record Badger's performance.
Thus the album was recorded in front on a much larger yet sympathetic audience than they might otherwise have attracted. Kaye also slips in a fine Hammond solo. The vocals, which are generally the weak point of the album, have similarities to Peter Frampton on his "Frampton comes alive" album. By the time "The river" appears at the start of side 2, the limited repertoire of the band is starting to show quite clearly.
It's not that's it's bad, anonymous is probably a good word. It could be any of a thousand bands which played in pubs week in week out, in the hope of being spotted. The album consists of six tracks in total, all of which are of similar length, and unfortunately all of a similar sound. A bit of variety would have helped enormously. I can't help feeling that if they had released this as a studio album, the results would have been a whole lot better.
There are firm indications that Badger had potential, the guitar and keyboard work for example is very good. The vocals are average to poor, and in desperate need of a studio producer to work his magic over them. The overall sound is rather raw and unbalanced. From a presentation perspective, "One live Badger" benefited from a fine Roger Dean gatefold cover, with a popup section inside. Despite their credentials, significant success eluded Badger, and after a further studio album with a revised line up, they disbanded.
Sadly, Badger need to go down as a missed opportunity. Tony Kaye was not very vindictive about his sacking from "Yes" since Jon Anderson co-produced this album and it was even recorded during a Yes concert for which "Badger" was the opening act! I only remind me their performance as being a good one, which is not frequent for a supporting band. In those remote days of rock music, a live appearance was the occasion of solo efforts which were kind of invading each song. To a certain extent, this feature is also valid here.
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Give it a try , but I tell you there are better bands still to be discovered before this one. Worth a spin.
It sounded much better in the car. I still really like this album, obviously, or I wouldn't have tracked it down. Sort by. Top reviews Most recent Top reviews. Filter by. All reviewers Verified purchase only All reviewers. All stars 5 star only 4 star only 3 star only 2 star only 1 star only All positive All critical All stars. Text, image, video Image and video reviews only Text, image, video. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.
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