segunda-feira, agosto 14, 2006

Badger - One live badger

by Paul Collins
The easier Badger album to find, and the one worth having anyway. As the album's title indicates, the band also took the unusual step of making their first album a live recording of original songs. It has aged very well — with all the energy of live performance, there's none of the usual studio excesses or noodling of the era. The
Yes connection via Tony Kaye is abundantly evident; the album was co-produced by Yes singer Jon Anderson, uses long instrumental breaks and prominent Hammond organ solos, and features the obligatory Roger Dean cover art. Nonetheless, the brooding lyrics and soulful harmonies make comparisons to Traffic and Blind Faith a much closer musical match. The first half of the album is excellent, kicking off with the pleasingly hoarse vocals of Foster on the full-tilt rocker "Wheel of Fortune" and the pensive "Fountain." There's an especially tight rhythm section underlying the restrained guitar work of "Wind of Change," combining to produce the album's best song. But the second half of the album, with rather moping numbers like "The Preacher," doesn't quite keep up this momentum. Reissued as a CD in 1993 by Repertoire Records.

1 Wheel of Fortune Badger 7:53
Fountain Badger 7:22
Wind of Change Badger, Kaye 7:14
River Badger 6:52
The Preacher Parrish 3:59
6 O
n the Way Home Badger 7:36


Anonymous Anônimo said...

Thanks a lot. I've been looking for this.

3:35 PM  

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