What does it sound like?:
Pub quiz question – which band made their debut with a live album, which subsequently turned out to be their only release?
It was of course Badger, the Yes offshoot featuring keyboardist Tony Kaye and bassist David Foster (co-author of Sweet Dreams and Time and a Word) .
This 1973 release has now been remastered and is officially released on cd in the UK for the first time.
Co-produced by Jon Anderson, the album features highlights from the band’s shows supporting Yes at the Rainbow in December 1972, shows which were filmed for the Yessongs concert film.
Don’t expect Yes type music from this though – instead the band produce a blues based rock sound, jointly led by guitar and keyboards.
The booklet, as well as reproducing Roger Dean’s original artwork, includes a new essay on the band.
Sadly there’s no bonus material on offer, but this is an album that still sounds good over forty years later.
What does it all *mean*?
Alas, the pop up badger, which lived within the original album’s gatefold sleeve, does not make an appearance!
Goes well with…
Other music of that era.
Might suit people who like…
Yes fans will be interested to hear this again of course, but it may appeal to lovers of bluesy jazzy rock – there’s even a bit of a gospel influence in the final track.