Badger - One Live Badger album review
Live debut from Tony Kaye’s first post-Yes band, let loose again.
Something of a second-tier supergroup, Badger were founded by keyboardist Tony Kaye after he left Yes, along with David Foster, who had been in The Warriors with Jon Anderson prior to Yes’ birth. Singer-bassist Foster had also co-written Sweet Dreams and Time And A Word from Yes’ second album, on which he’d guested. Next they brought in drummer Roy Dyke (as in Ashton, Gardner and…), who nominated singer-guitarist Brian Parrish from Parrish & Gurvitz to bolster the line-up. Atlantic Records snapped them up in 1972 – they kept the Yes connection by being managed by Brian Lane – and Parrish was surprised to find the band loved his name suggestion of Badger, even though Kaye had already told the press they’d be called the rather more glamorous Angel Dust.