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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Badger - White Lady (1975 uk, fabulous soulful art rock, 2015 remaster)

By 1974, Badger was reduced to Kaye and Dyke, who reconstructed the group along somewhat different lines with the addition of Paul Pilnick, late of Stealers Wheel, on lead guitar, Kim Gardner (of Ashton, Gardner and Dyke) on bass, and ex-Apple alumnus Jackie Lomax on vocals. In essence, it became Lomax's group, and he pushed the band away from progressive rock and into soul in a serious way; Badger's second album, White Lady, was made up entirely of songs co-authored by Lomax, and produced in New Orleans at Allen Toussaint's studio. The change in direction would have been difficult enough to pull off under the best of conditions, but stability wasn't one of Badger's long suits at this date -- the group had split up before White Lady was even issued, leaving bewildered fans of both the old sound and new to ponder what had just happened.

Pilnick later returned to the orbit of Stealers Wheel's Joe Egan and Parrish went on to cut a solo album, while Lomax signed with Capitol for two solo albums and Dyke passed through bands behind Pat Travers and jazz veteran Chris Barber. Tony Kaye was a member of Detective and later passed through a re-formed version of Badfinger before re-emerging with Yes in the 1980s, and even got to sing a little on the Union album. Finally, a quarter century after it was recorded.
by Bruce Eder

1. A Dream Of You - 4:15
2. Everybody - Nobody - 3:17
3. Listen To Me - 4:56
4. Don't Pull The Trigger - 4:02
5. Just The Way It Goes - 4:45
6. White Lady - 4:47
7. Be With You - 3:37
8. Lord Who Give Me Life - 3:04
9. One More Dream To Hold - 4:01
10.The Hole Thing - 6:09
Music by Jackie Lomax, Lyrics by Robert Ashley

*Jackie Lomax - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
*Paul Pilnick - Lead Guitar
*Tony Kaye - Keyboards, Mellotron, Moog
*Kim Gardner - Bass
*Roy Dyke - Drums
*Bryn Haworth - Slide Guitar
*Barry Bailey - Slide Guitar
*Jeff Beck - Lead Guitar
*Allen Toussaint - Piano, Organ, Congas, Vocals, Horn Arrangements
*Carl Blouin - Baritone Saxophone, Flute
*Alvin Thomas - Tenor Saxophone
*Lester Caliste - Trumpet
*John Lango - Trombone
*Mercedes Davis -Backing Vocals
*Joan Harmon - Backing Vocals
*Teresipa Henry - Backing Vocals
*Bobby Montgomery - Backing Vocals
*Jessie Smith - Backing Vocals

Related Acts
1969  Jackie Lomax - Is This What You Want? (2010 extra tracks reissue) 
1969  Ashton Gardner And Dyke - Ashton Gardner And Dyke 
1970  Ashton, Gardner And Dyke - The Worst Of 
1971  Ashton, Gardner and Dyke - Let It Roll / Live
1972  Ashton Gardner Dyke And Co - What A Bloody Long Day It's Been 

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