What did they do next? Part 2a – Tony Kaye – 382

Produced by Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier, Bill Govier and VR Hoisington

This week we begin our two-part episode on the second musician to leave Yes, Tony Kaye. Mark and I set the scene for our exploration of One Live Badger and there’s also news from around the crazy world of Yes.

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17 replies on “What did they do next? Part 2a – Tony Kaye – 382”

Briefly speaking about the later history of Badger. Without going too far ahead of myself. They recruited bassist Kim Gardener on their second record “White Lady”, which was also the name of the short lived “White Lady” band led by Lomax and Gardener.

White Lady has a very different sound to the live album. It sounds like a different band, but then it was, member-wise! Even Tony isn’t very fond of it, he’s told me over the years. But he did enjoy being in New Orleans while it was recorded & put together.

Thanks for the discussion of Tony Kaye and One Live Badger. I bought the CD a year or so ago. I’m not sure where, but I heard this album once way back in the 70s. Since then it was impossible to find (before the Internet era). I’ve always loved the art work and agree with Kevin that it is one of my favorite Roger Dean paintings. I, too, have it on my desktop.
So, I finally bought the CD anxious to reconnect with it. I’ve listened to it a few times, but wasn’t blown away by it. This episode has inspired me to pull it out and give it another spin. I’ll let you know what I think. Just in case anyone wants to know, the CD package is pretty good. It has the same photos and gatefold as shown on Mark’s LP. There’s a nice pull-out booklet with a lengthy piece by Malcolm Dome written in 2015. This is the remastered edition by Cherry Records 2016.

I really must get hold of it on CD and I’d love to read that piece by Dome – thanks for the information!

FYI, Jon has told me he first met Tony in ’64, and Jon introduced Tony to Foster around then when they were in the Warriors together, well before Yes was formed.

Philip Howe, Steve’s brother, was the editor of the Yessongs film at the Rainbow, not a cameraman. And for those who don’t know, Phil is the one who shot the 1 camera film of Yes in concert in Glasgow in ’77, which has been widely bootlegged for decades and is a must see. Phil also was the editor & co-director of Steve’s “Beginnings” promo film in late ’75.

I played One Live Badger on my radio shows in the 70s and always got a phone call from a listener asking who was that? The cover is one of my all-time favorite paintings by Roger, and I have an original 70s poster of it, signed by Roger. It’s one of Roger’s favorites of his works, also.

While it’s not overly progressive, and more American and jam sounding, it’s always been one of my favorites. If you don’t expect a Yes sounding album you can enjoy it more. It’s a great recording of Tony’s wonderful keyboard playing in concert, so I recommend it for Tony’s fans, especially if you haven’t heard it.

Thanks Doug – so glad Roger shares our opinion of that cover! Tony’s playing is revealed in a startling way – and as you say, if you forget the Yes sound and approach, it’s a hugely enjoyable record.

I was at one of those shows at the Rainbow – but I couldn’t tell you which one – and while I do remember Badger opening the gig I don’t remember anything about their set. Naturally I bought One Live Badger when it came out (long gone I’m afraid). As a side note, The Rainbow was a wonderful theater with beautiful moorish style decoration – see the cover of Wishbone Ash’s album Live Dates 2.

Well, you certainly are one of the most experienced of YMP listeners! As usual I’m hugely jealous! Is The Rainbow still there?

According to Wikipedia the building is used by Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, an Evangelical church. I wonder if they left the interior untouched?

Well it’s a listed building so they should have done! It looks amazing from the linked Flickr photos.

I saw Badger supporting Yes at the Manchester Hardrock in 1972. Great band, Parrish was all in red. The album Parrish/Gurvitz is worth a hear.

Thanks Michael. I see Parrish is very much still active so I should indeed check out his later stuff. I think he regrets leaving Badger when he did!

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