NEW ALBUM!: 20/20: The Best of the Badge - Twenty Years of the Greatest Rock 'n' Roll You've Never Heard
A brand new "best of" from The Badge, featuring twenty tracks from the twenty year history of the band, is available now via iTunes and all other digital download and streaming services
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NEW SINGLE!: "Your Drastic Style" available for Record Store Day
A brand new single from The Badge will be made available for Record Store Day -- Friday, November 29, 2013 -- via iTunes and all other digital download and streaming services
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THE BADGE LIVE: 11.12.13
Only NYC appearance of 2013 at Bowery Electric to celebrate the expanded 15th anniversary Deluxe Edition of debut album Digital Retro and release of Larzarus' Ego by drummer Nelson Pla.
The Badge will make its only live New York City appearance of 2013 at the book launch party for Lazarus' Ego at the Bowery Electric on Tuesday, November 12th at 9 PM. The event will also mark the release of the expanded 15th anniversary Deluxe Edition of the band's debut album Digital Retro on iTunes and all other digital outlets.
The Bowery Electric is located at 327 Bowery on Manhattan's Lower East Side.
COMING SOON!: Digital Retro - 15th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Expanded digital and physical versions set to mark the 15th anniversary of The Badge's debut album. Remastered from the original mixes. Includes nearly 40 minutes of bonus music, including live versions, demos, alternate and new mixes.
"Digital Retro is the moment I struck out artistically. I'm really proud of it," Jeff Slate, the founder of The Badge said of the 15th anniversary deluxe edition of the band's debut, due in late October 2013 on iTunes and all other digital outlets. A CD version will also be available.
The tracklist includes the 10 original tracks that made up the original 1998 version of Digital Retro, plus 8 bonus tracks. All of the tracks were remastered from the orignal mixes by Tom Borthwick, who has mastered releases by The Badge and Jeff Slate since 2002, at SIStudios.
The tracklist for the deluxe, expanded edition of Digital Retro is:
1) Watching Rainbows [2013 Remaster]
2) Mr. Destiny [2013 Remaster]
3) Guthrie Palace [2013 Remaster]
4) Comes A Broken Heart [2013 Remaster]
5) No Matter What [2013 Remaster]
6) Soulmate Everyday [2013 Remaster]
7) Love Is Gone [2013 Remaster]
8) My Dolly [2013 Remaster]
9) What I Want [2013 Remaster]
10) Unfinished Business [2013 Remaster]
11) What I Want [Live In NYC]
12) Love Is Gone [Live In NYC]
13) My Dolly [Live In NYC]
14) What I Want [Early Version]
15) Mr. Destiny [8-Track Demo]
16) Passion's Taking Over ["Watching Rainbows" 8-Track Demo]
17) My Dolly ("Fab 4 Free 4 All" Theme) [Instrumental]
18) Unfinshed Business [Early Rough Mix]
"I hadn't listened to most of the songs in a very long time," Slate confessed recently. "When we did The Best of The Badge a few years ago we didn't have the orignal session masters available, but this time we did. It was really exicting to hear those mixes. And given how much digital technology has improved in the past 15 years, they sound really fresh and alive. I fell in love with the album all over again."
The Badge formed in 1997 and Digital Retro was recorded when Slate was fresh off his experience working with The Who's Pete Townshend. In fact, Simon Townshend and keyboardist Josh Phillips -- who appeared on The Who guitarist's solo album Psychoderelict -- appear on "My Dolly", which Slate co-wrote with Simon Townshend during the sessions for a solo EP later released as The Townshend Tapes.
"It was a fantastic time artistically," Slate recalled of the beginnings of The Badge. "I was writing all the time and playing with great people. It seemed like the sky was the limit. We started recording the album on the day Ronnie Lane (of the Small Faces and Faces) died. I loved Ronnie and it was terribly sad, but it was inspiring and fitting too, in a weird way. Those are all the things I hear when I listen to Digital Retro now.
"I was honored to be there at the beginnings of The Badge and to play on this album," drummer Alex Alexander, who still plays with Slate, said recently. "Making this great music was so much fun."
Along with "My Dolly", which still features in Slate's live set, the album includes "Watching Rainbows", which appeared in the television show One Tree Hill, and "Unfinished Business", a song Slate ranks as one of his best.
"I played 'Unfinished Business' recently at a songwriters' event and it brought the house down," Slate said. "I was taken aback, but it was extremely flattering."
Slate also dug through his personal archive and found nearly 40 minutes of additional material to add to the new, deluxe edition.
"The live tracks were recorded at a show here in New York City back before the album came out," Slate explained. "Those mixes are straight off the board, so they're rough, but they're fun to hear. The early version of 'What I Want' was an almost complete version. Most notably, Alex (Alexander) hadn't laid down his drums. It's got a cool bit where we reversed the drum loop and what's amazing is that when we cut the live drums Alex charted that out and actually played the backwards part! 'Mr. Destiny' and 'Passion's Taking Over' are 8-track demos from a little while before we really started working on the album. At that point 'Watching Rainbows' was a completely different song. The instrumental version of 'My Dolly' was created a few years ago for our friends at the Fab 4 Free 4 All, a Beatles-themed radio show. Finally, we wrap things up with an early session mix 'Unfinshed Business'."
Final release details will be posted here soon.
UK TOUR UPDATE: Video and pictures from Jeff Slate's whirlwind tour
The Badge's founder Jeff Slate recently returned from a whirlwind tour of the UK, having performed in Oxford and London, appeared on the BBC and at two Liverpool events marking the 10th anniversary of George Harrison's passing.
Jeff performed stripped down sets of new solo material, classics from The Badge's catalogue and a few covers. But the highlights were a solo-acoustic set of several numbers from George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass", three Beatles-era Harrison numbers with Liverpool's Mersey Beatles and Bob Dylan's "If Not For You" with the New Rebels at St. George's Hall on the afternoon of November 29th, with encore performances with the Mersey Beatles and the New Rebels that evening at Liverpool's legendary Cavern Club.
JEFF SLATE OF THE BADGE IN THE UK!
The Badge's founder to play Oxford, London and Liverpool.
Liverpool concerts marking the 10th anniversary of George Harrison's passing and BBC Merseyside appearances highlights of visit.
The Badge's founder Jeff Slate will visit the UK this November for several shows and an appearance on the BBC. Along with shows in Oxford and London, Jeff will appear at two concerts marking the 10th anniversary of former Beatle George Harrison's passing on November 29, 2011.
On Saturday, November 26th, Jeff will appear with guitarist Mark Stow and pianist Tim Croston at Oxford's Cafe Tarifa (58-60 Cowley Road, Oxford) for a stripped down set at 5 PM.
On Sunday, November 27th, Jeff will return to London's Filthy MacNasty's (68 Amwell Street, Islington) for an early evening acoustic show with pianist Tim Croston beginning at 7 PM.
On Monday, November 28th, Jeff will make his fourth appearance on Billy Butler's BBC Merseyside radio show, promoting the George Harrison tribute shows and talking about The Badge and his upcoming solo album.
And on Tuesday, November 29th, the 10th anniversary of Harrison's passing, Jeff will perform at a free afternoon concert at Liverpool's St. George's Hall and an evening show at the legendary Cavern Club.
Jeff is set to perform an acoustic tribute to Harrison's landmark "All Things Must Pass" album (afternoon performance only), a set of George's Beatles-era songs with Liverpool's own Mersey Beatles and Bob Dylan's "If Not For You" with The New Rebels, consisting of members of George's first teenage band The Rebels.
In 2009 Jeff's band The Badge released "For George: Live at the BBC - The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7." The 4-song digital EP is being offered as a free download at www.thebadge.com and includes three songs from Jeff's BBC appearances in conjunction with the two George Harrison tribute shows The Badge's founder appeared in at Liverpool's St. George's Hall on August 1, 2009.
The EP includes stripped-down acoustic versions of the Harrison classics "If Not For You", "Any Road" and "This Is Love" as well as a full-band studio recording of "I Don't Want To Do It." The latter track was recorded by Slate, The Badge's former drummer Alex Alexander (who appears on the new single "Dreamtime" as well as Jeff's forthcoming solo album), bassist Marc Grunenfelder, and guitarist John Ellis (who made a guest appearance on the band's 2003 release "Calling Generation Mojo") during demo sessions for the band's second album.
Download "For George: Live at the BBC - The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7" HERE.
Digital-only E.P. now available. Includes 2 new songs, 1 rarity and the single "King Without A Country" b/w "Where You Are".
An E.P. including 2 songs ("Row Along" and "Pressure Of Time"), a rarity (the Small Faces' "Become Like You" from a UK tribute compilation released earlier this year, and the single "King Without A Country" b/w "Where You Are" is out now on iTunes and all other digital outlets.
Jeff Slate solo single "Dreamtime" out now!
Jeff Slate's first solo music in over 15 years is out now. Featuring an all-star band -- Earl Slick (guitar), Carlos Alomar (guitar), Alex Alexander (drums & percussion), Scott Sherratt (bass) and Bethany Weimers and Gail Ann Dorsey (backing vocals) - the track is available via all digital retailers.
OUT NOW: "The Best Of The Badge: 13 Years Of The Greatest Rock 'n' Roll You've Never Heard"
Digital version now available. Includes 21 tracks taken from the band's 13 year history. All songs remastered. Two previously unreleased.
"I'm really proud of what we've done so far," Jeff Slate, the founder of The Badge said of the new greatest hits package released by the band on April 12, 2010 on iTunes and all other digital outlets.
The tracklist includes the 2008 single tracks King Without A Country and Where You Are plus 15 songs spanning The Badge's 3 long-playing releases, 2 previously unreleased tracks and 2 songs exclusive to the digital version of the set.
A physical version of "The Best Of The Badge" -- including a Limited Edition version -- is in the final stages of production. Release details will be posted here soon.
FREE DOWNLOAD: The Badge release "For George: Live at the BBC"
Hot on the heels of several UK acoustic shows and radio appearances The Badge have released the latest entry in the now 7 volume official “Bootleg Series” today with “For George: Live at the BBC - The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7.”
The 4-song digital EP is being offered as a free download at www.thebadge.com and includes three songs from recent BBC appearances in conjunction with the two George Harrison tribute shows The Badge's founder Jeff Slate appeared in, dubbed “For George”, at Liverpool's St. George Hall on August 1st.
Download "For George: Live at the BBC - The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7" HERE.