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Desolation Angels

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 (May 20, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • ASIN: B0017CW5BW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,294 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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"Desolation Angels" will probably never be mentioned in the list of rock albums in history that bridged the gap between strong hard rock and Southern flavors, and that's a real shame since this record is one of Bad Company's finest releases.
It's not just because the set was propelled by the greatest, most addictive hit the group ever had, 'Rock and Roll Fantasy,' but because it showcases a hard rocking band in a straight, competent state of mind, obviously dying to move their trademark sound into different territories. Which explains the trips into the old West and rural country hills, imagery that appears on great tracks like 'Evil Wind' and, more evidently, 'Oh Atlanta.' Acoustic guitars have an important role, like in the melodic 'Crazy Circles,' but electricity is never forgotten, such as the worthwhile 'Gone Gone Gone.'
Intriguingly titled, "Desolation Angels" is proof that the critics of the 70s were not the only ones who longed for a change in the FM hard rock format, and Bad Company would try their best to stay on this road on their next album, the unjustly ignored "Rough Diamonds" a long three years later.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY UNDER-RATED BAD COMPANY August 5, 2001
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Not much here worth...? I beg to differ. The first half of this CD is good solid rock radio get with the beat tunes. "ROCK 'N' ROLL FANTASY", "CRAZY CIRCLES", "GONE, GONE, GONE", "EVIL WIND". If you can't get your feet and hips moving to these songs, then you're obviously dead. The second half of this CD is good solid rhythm & blues filler, if you want to call it that, although I choose not to call it filler. Mindful that Desolation Angels isn't as consistantly solid as either BAD CO. or STRAIGHT SHOOTER, it is a very good recording. Had this been released in 1977, it would have received rave reviews by comparison to RUN WITH THE PACK and BURNING SKY. Unfortunately by 1979, folks were starting to call bands like BAD COMPANY and LED ZEPPELIN dinosaurs. They were into THE CARS, THE RAMONES, and THE SEX PISTOLS. What were we thinking? Well, The Cars never ever did anything as good as Desolation Angels - PERIOD. I don't even own any recordings from the afforementioned CARS, etc.
My recommendation is to give DESOLATION ANGELS a chance, especially now that new GOOD ROCK & ROLL music is so hard to find. BRING BACK THE DINOSAURS, WE MISS THEM, OR AT LEAST I DO.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Comeback September 11, 2002
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DESOLATION ANGELS found Bad Co. playing around with their sound a bit. "Rock & Roll Fantasy" and "Gone, Gone, Gone" are standout rockers, straightforward yet adventurous, and "Evil Wind", "Oh, Atlanta", and a number of others are also excellent. This proved that the group could have remained strong in the 80s, if they had chosen to do so. It's a shame the original four only did one more album after this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a part, of my rock-n-roll shower November 30, 2001
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Unbelievable album! I haven't heard it in years (15+) yet I found myself replaying the songs in my head, singing the tunes in the shower, and now, finally, purchasing it on Only a truly great peice of work such as Desolation Angels can stick with me that clear, for that long. While "Rock-n-Roll Fantasy" is the most famous commercially (on this album),it is, in my humble opinion, by far, not the best of the album. This is a classic!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PROBABLY THE LAST BEST ALBUM BY BAD COMPANY January 8, 2005
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Here is where MICK RAPLHS and PAUL RODGERS' new guitar sounds definitely shine on this album, but the synthesizer is probably, if not definitely, unnecessary. A mellotron would have sounded a whole lot better. Meanwhile, PAUL'S ROCK 'N' ROLL FANTASY that says is all is definitely an outstanding opener for the album. PAUL's flangering (an excellent sound effect) guitar intro really gets his ROCK 'N' ROLL FANTASY off the ground, along with SIMON KIRKE'S drum playing, BOZ BURRELL'S bass guitar riffs, the organ, and the harmony vocals by the band. The next song CRAZY CIRCLES that features no electric guitars, except for the bass guitar, is an excellent acoustic ballad. BOZ'S GONE, GONE, GONE that features excellent rhythm and slide guitar and excellent harmony vocals is a great guitar rock song. EVIL WIND, on the other hand, is a excellent rock tune with the guitar riffs, and the tone of MICK'S lead guitar solo really shines on EARLY IN THE MORNING. LONELY FOR YOUR LOVE, despite PAUL'S voice on this song, is a good rhythm and blues song by MICK, but I like his next two songs better. I love how PAUL plays the harmonica and the piano on OH ATLANTA where MICK plays excellent rhythm guitar on a FENDER STRAT and lead guitar on a GIBSON LES PAUL STANDARD through a MARSHALL amplifier. MICK'S acoustical ballad TAKE THE TIME with his slide guitar and the band's harmony vocals is excellent too. The next two songs with MICK and PAUL on guitar are excellent too. MICK plays excellent slide guitar on RHYTHM MACHINE, but I am now wondering if PAUL plays the lead guitar solo on this song too. I think SHE BRINGS ME LOVE would have sound a whole lot better if the rest of the band itself would have sung the harmony vocals instead of the female singers, but it strongly reminds me of their earlier song DON'T LET MY DOWN from their 1974 debut album.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The last great 'BAD CO' album June 9, 2000
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THE BAND: Paul Rodgers (guitars, keyboards), Mick Ralphs (guitar), Simon Kirke (drums), Boz Burrell (bass).

THE DISC: Originally released Feb 28, 1979. This digitally remastered version released in 1994. 10 songs clocking in at approximately 41 minutes. 3-page liner notes include song listing and original album artwork/photos (only).

COMMENTS: Rodgers and Bad Company were on a roll. Several great albums ("Bad Co", "Straight Shooter", "Run With The Pack", "Burinin' Sky") with tons of airplay on the FM waves. "Desolation Angels" was a big hit in my book and it yielded one of their most played hits "Rock 'N Roll Fantasy". Some great songs accompanied the monster hit with the acoustic "Crazy Circles" and "Evil Wind" - perhaps two of my all time favorite non-hits of theirs. As much as I like this band and the music they made, half of me wishes sometimes that they went out on a limb and created something bold & different. I feel that much of Bad Co's work is running down the same road or path. They stuck with what worked for them and rarely did they veer to far off the classic rock & roll road. And then again, maybe that's what gave them staying power... you always knew what you were going to get. The 1st half of this album is excellent, and the 2nd half tails off a bit (honestly, the songs are not that memorable). I rank "Desolation Angels" 3rd in their catalog behind "Straight Shooter" and their "Bad Co" debut. I'll always remember one of my favorite drummers (Kirke) and his drum solo on this album's tour - Madison Square Garden (NYC) in 1979 when the album came out - complete with red & green laser drum sticks, strobe lights and dry ice. Great disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Company Desolation Angels
Excellent album from an outstanding lineup! This is one to have for the collectors out there. Not a bad song in the mix!
Published 1 month ago by Sam-Wise
5.0 out of 5 stars Desolation Angels by Bad Company
Desolation Angels by Bad Company is another of the Albumns I listened to when I was in my youth. I recently purchased several Bad Company CDs to add to my collection and am really... Read more
Published 1 month ago by CDP
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for big Bad Compamany fans.
I am waiting for Bad Company's anthology, but after reading the set list I realized that it lacked to much from this classic album. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Leo Hott
3.0 out of 5 stars not the best bad. co.
this was at the end of the original lineup. I really only wanted this for 2 songs. but it rounds out my collection!
Published 3 months ago by richard gallagher
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
Love this album and always have. Some classic Bad Company hits as well as some gems that don't always make the radio.
Published 7 months ago by Jon
2.0 out of 5 stars You've already heard the good tracks about a million times
Really like Bad Company. In fact, I worked my way through their whole catalog, and finally up to this album. Realized they really are a singles band. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Roland Burt
5.0 out of 5 stars classic Bad Company
This was a gift for a friend,who really enjoyed music from a classic group...good service,an overall great experience...glad it was readily available...
Published 9 months ago by Rasta Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars Good to have Bad Company..
I bought this cd as a gift for a friend and she loves it!! My friend is a Paul Rogers fanatic.. lol... Awesome Band and a great CD!!
Published 10 months ago by Gregory C. Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Still Very Good
Not as killer as killer as previous efforts but still s***s on anything around today.
Such a simple perfect formula. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Darwin Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars So incredibly awesome!
Seriously, I have no idea why an LP manufacturer isn't currently reproducing this 1979 album. But since they aren't, "new old stock" was the only way to go. Read more
Published 12 months ago by B. A. Martin
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Top 5 Bad Company Songs
Great choices, I don't disagree with any on your list.

1. Rock Steady
2. Ready for Love
3. Simple Man
4. Leaving You
5. Hammer of Love

There are tons of great Bad Company songs. It's hard to rank them and also hard to ignore the obvious which have been left off the list due to over... Read more
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