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Bad Company in Concert: Merchants of Cool (2002)

Bad Company , Michael Drumm  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bad Company
  • Directors: Michael Drumm
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sanctuary Records
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2002
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067D3K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,226 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

17 tracks recorded live at the Paramount Theatre in Denver: Feel Like Makin' Love, Burnin' Sky, Can't Get Enough, Rock Steady, Wishing Well, Run with the Pack and more! 2002/color/140 min/NR.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid rock from Paul Rodgers and the boys October 17, 2005
"Merchants Of Cool" is a pretty cool DVD that combines video from two concerts staged by the new look Bad Company during their 2002 tour of the US.

I say new look because the band on this DVD comprises vocalist Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke from the original Bad Co line-up with bassist Jaz Lochrie and guitarist Dave "Bucket" Colwell filling in for original members Boz Burrell and Mick Ralphs.

Lochrie and Colwell are both great musicians but they aren't a patch on Burrell and Ralphs, whose distinctive guitaring style is sorely missed here.

Despite this, this is a rock solid concert video featuring the best known songs from the Bad Co catalogue - you have the hits like "Bad Company", "Ready For Love", "Can't Get Enough" and "Feel Like Makin' Love" mixed up with lesser known cuts like "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" and "Seagull" - plus a few tracks from the band Free like the famous sing along anthem "All Right Now" and "Wishing Well" (for which the band is joined by Slash and Neal Schon). Rounding off things is the video for a new song from Bad Company called "Joe Fabulous".

But it is a bit distracting that the DVD mixes up footage from two separate shows at the Paramount Theatre in Denver and the Grove Of Anaheim at Anaheim that were recorded in January 2002. Rodgers' decision to get the crowd to sing along on a few tracks is a bit annoying too.

On the plus side, Mr Paul Rodgers does possess probably the best blues vocal chords ever, and he is in great form on all the songs. Kirke's drumming can only be described in one word - powerhouse.

The footage is nice and sharp, with no bleeding of colours but the video is non-anamorphic widescreen. On the audio end of things, you get Dolby Digital 2.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simon Kirke and Paul Rodgers ! December 12, 2002
By M. Best
I remember the excellent music of FREE and Bad Company from years ago, but had not heard of anything new since the demise of the FIRM. Then, I saw Simon Kirke on one of Ringo Starr's wonderful shows, and he was every bit as good as he had been in my memories! I searched, and found this DVD of the newly reformed Bad Company, and bought it quickly! Paul Rodgers may be the best rock vocalist to ever grace the airwaves, but I believe he is at his best with Kirke providing the solid, "rock steady" foundation. This is what you get on this DVD! They do "Wishing Well" & "All Right Now" in conjuction to the magnificent Bad Company Hits. Mick Ralphs isn't here, but another guitarist fills in for him well enough. I like the new bassist, and have just played this DVD over, and over, again! The show presented here is wonderful, with Rodgers displaying a marvelous "frontman" skill along with his voice. This type of performance is the kind that really comes across well with DVD technology. The DVD has many special features, including a "hidden" song,(though I have not found it yet), and interviews with "friends" including Tommy Shaw from STYX, the Jabo Stokes Jive Rockets Band, and the Damm Yankees. I hope the hidden song is either "Fire & Water", or "My Brother Jake" from the FREE days, but regardless, this DVD is WELL WORTH the purchase!!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still One of the best ! August 24, 2002
Well I was not sure what to expect from this new version of the band without Mick Ralphs, but I must say they were as good as I have ever heard them here. I have seen the band twice, once in their hayday and once a few years ago.Paul Rodgers was in top form sounding bluesy and soulful as ever. The sound and video production were top flight, really what a concert DVD should be. The song selection could not have been better in my opinion, every single classic song was played in this show, I was as happy with this DVD as I have been in a while with any DVD. If your a BAD COMPANY FAN in any way shape or form get this DVD, even if you never really heard them and you love rock and roll give this one a try!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They are great! May 21, 2002
Well, I'm a little biased--I had the distinct honor of Directing this DVD project. We got the opportunity to go in-depth with the band--lots of cool special features. However the real highlight is the music. Culled from two performances, the band is in incredible form, and Paul Rodgers has never sounded better. And they play ALL THE HITS. On top of all that, everyone says they love the quality of the video coverage, and the audio, both the stereo and 5.1 mixes are great. Finally a longform of a band that truely deserves one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BAD COMPANY - GREAT CONCERT - WOW...WOW... September 21, 2002
By JRinyu
Paul Rodgers should make this concert video a training film for other 70's rockers who want to continue making a possitive influence and impact in the Rock genre today. I've been 'Runnin' with the Pack' since my middle and high school days back in the mid 70's and since this concert I still 'CAN'T GET ENOUGH.' Paul is Magnificaent, Kirke is definately a 'Captain', and Lochrie and Colwell, whoa - what can I say? ABSOLUTELY GREAT! The audience participation alone (in this DVD) should define not only the loyalty and commitment of BAD COMPANY fans, but also the incredible sincerity and leadership of Paul to get this right. If there were ten stars in this rating - this DVD would have gotten it from me.
How this band failed to receive the recognition of the other power bands of the 70's (The Stones, The Who, Aerosmith, Led Zeplin, Pink Floyd, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullett Band, Lynard Skynard and even Genisis) I'll never understand. I suppose Paul Rodgers and BAD COMPANY just decided to methodically cut great tune after great tune for their true fans without worrying about the polls - just remember who won the race between the tortoise and the hare. BC - just like your rainbow in Silver, Blue and Gold - this DVD was overdue - don't let this be the last and don't ever break up.
WOW!!! This is a must buy! This is the best concert in my collection!
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Published 2 months ago by Jeanne Kastler
4.0 out of 5 stars Despite & Question:
Does this dvd have the song Merchants of Cool on it in a video?

The fact that I don't really think that it had enough of stuff on it, it was a good effort
and that... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Bad Company !!!
The DVD Merchants of Cool was an excellent choice for our collection of music DVD's. I knew all the words to every song but the last one and every song brought back ii's own... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great concert!
Very good, enjoyable concert video! Excellent production, video and sound. Started watching it just to check it out when I got it, and couldn't stop until the end.
Published 10 months ago by Ricky Laurent
5.0 out of 5 stars bad company
favorite music to listen to. reminds me of the good old days. i recomend it to everyone who likes bad company
Published 14 months ago by mark johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars a must buy
For the consummate Bad Company fan, this collection is well produced and sounds great. I wish they would come back to town soon cant get enough of these guys and this really brings... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jerry A. Orn
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SHOW
i forgot how many good songs paul rogers wrote in this show. slash sits in on a song & is awesome
Published 20 months ago by kevin stone
3.0 out of 5 stars Still R&R history!
Although it brought back some great days of past listening to Bad Company I thought this was an alright video of different concert performances. Read more
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