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Bad Company [CD]

Bad CompanyAudio CD
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Formed in 1973, the British hard rock outfit Bad Company was a supergroup comprised of ex-King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell, former Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs, and singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, both previous members of Free. Powered by Rodgers' muscular vocals and Ralphs' blues-based guitar work, Bad Company was the first group ... Read more in Amazon's Bad Company Store

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  • Audio CD (September 6, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002JSL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,529 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Can't Get Enough
2. Rock Steady
3. Ready For Love
4. Don't Let Me Down
5. Bad Company
6. The Way I Choose
7. Movin' On
8. Seagull

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Certified 5 times Platinum by the RIAA (11/93).

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BAD COMPANY (supergroup/super album) May 13, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Bad Company (1974) is the self-titled debut album from the British rock n' roll supergroup that included vocalist Paul Rodgers (Free), guitarist Mick Ralphs (Mott The Hoople), bassist Boz Burrelll (King Crimson) and drummer Simon Kirke (Free). It was the first album ever to be released on Led Zeppelin's Swan Song record label, and was a smashing critical and commercial success; it reached #1 on Billboard's pop album chart that same year.

The album is loaded with potent electric-guitar rock and classic songs like the catchy hit single Can't Get Enough and their piano-anchored renegade theme song, Bad Company.

Rebel souls...
Deserters we are called
Chose a gun
And threw away the sun

Paul Rodgers is one of the most expressive and soulful singers in rock music history, and his gutsy vocal performance here is the guiding force on hard driving R&B-flavored rockers like Rock Steady and Movin' On. The achingly yearning Ready For Love was written by Mick Ralphs and previously recorded by Mott The Hoople (it's on All The Young Dudes). Bad Company made the song an enduring classic with this heartfelt version.

All my dues surely must be paid
Many miles and many tears
Times were hard but now they're changing
You should know that I am not afraid

Bad Company isn't complicated. It's not artsy. This is bluesy and soulful working-class rock n' roll. The album was a historically significant debut and one of the true classics of the 1970s. It quietly closes with the acoustic and somber Seagull.

Seagull you fly across the horizon
Into the misty morning sun
Nobody asks you where you are going
Nobody knows where you are from
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53 of 66 people found the following review helpful
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Bad Company's self-titled 1974 debut release was the first album to come out on the Swan Song label other than Led Zeppelin. Fortunately it proved to be one of the better debut albums of the decade representing good old fashioned back to the basics rock 'n' roll. "Can't Get Enough" with its catchy guitar lick was the big hit off of the album, but my fav track is still the moody title track (i.e., "Bad Company" off of Bad Company's "Bad Company" album). Bad Company was a supergroup, with singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke coming from Free, guitarist Mick Ralphs from Mott the Hoople, and Boz Burrell from King Crimson and having more success than all of those groups put together with this first album. Following the Led Zeppelin model, strong vocalist Rodgers and blues-based guitarist Ralphs provide the heart and soul of the music, giving Bad Company its signature sound. Meanwhile, do you think AC/DC got their idea for the cover of "Back in Black" from this one? Unfortunately it was all downhill for the group from this first effort, with "Straight Shooter" being a step down and "Run with the Pack" continuing the slide. If you pick up their hits collection "10 from 6" (which ignores one of the first six albums anyhow) you will get the four best tracks from this one, which is the only album from Bad Company that really stands alone.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The album that changed rock for the last twenty years. August 15, 1998
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Sets the standard for every rock group of the 70's and 80's. Every track, ROCKS! If you're going to buy any Bad Company album start with this one! Tracks like "Rock Steady", "Ready For Love", "Can't Get Enough" and "Bad Company" say it all.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Liberated, if not Free July 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album has to be played loud! If you have neighbours or family who might complain, play it through headphones or play it in the car. But to do this album justice, don't play it quietly in the background. The drums sound particularly good on this remastered edition.
Bad Company almost defined stadium rock. Always more highly regarded in the US than in their native England, the band was formed from the remnants of Free, whom many believed had been the greatest British blues-rock band. Their final album, 'Heartbreaker' (1972), was a masterpiece whose qualities have become increasingly clear over the years. I remember my astonishment at the time that the sublime (but dead) Paul Kossoff was effectively being replaced on guitar by Mick Ralphs from the rather lightweight Mott the Hoople. And who was this Boz Burrell on bass? Which King Crimson albums had he actually played on?
It turned out that these niggles didn't matter. What held Bad Company and late Free together was the multi-talented Paul Rodgers. He didn't just have arguably the strongest voice. He also played both piano and a great guitar -- all the guitars and solos on the epic Free single 'Wishing Well', for example, are his. He continued on piano and 2nd guitar for the debut 'Bad Company', which for me is their equal best LP alongside the follow-up 'Straight Shooter'.
The title track is my favourite. It magnificently accentuates the image of outlaw drifters which their manager Peter Grant (of Led Zeppelin fame) worked hard to promote. It would seem to be the ideal soundtrack for an introspective cowboy Western, but I've yet to see the movie.
If this album has any minor flaws, or a song that isn't quite as superb as the rest, the problem can be resolved by playing this loud, or when drunk, or at any time when you want to enjoy rather than be super-critical. The high-quality production values shine through on this good-time rock CD.
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