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Rough Diamonds Import, Original recording remastered

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Rough Diamonds + Burnin' Sky + Desolation Angels
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1. Electricland
2. Untie The Knot
3. Nuthin' On The TV
4. Painted Face
5. Kickdown
6. Ballad Of The Band
7. Cross Country Boy
8. Old Mexico
9. Downhill Ryder
10. Racetrack

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  • Audio CD (September 20, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000002JT7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,809 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on July 27, 2009
Format: Audio CD
in 1982 Bad Company was struggling to stay afloat. Their manager-the late,great Peter Grant was depressed and unvavailable after the shocking death of John Bonham in late 1980. In fact the entire Swan Song team(led by Grant anyway) really was dismayed and going through the motions at this point. I believe this album or Robert Plant's first solo record(Pictures at Eleven) were the last releases on the label before it crashed and burned. After doing a nice job of reviving their career in 1979 with Rock N Roll Fantasy from Desolation Angels the long wait for a follow-up didn't help the band's momentum at all. They tried to add a more 80's friendly keyboard sound but most of the record lacks the hard rock edge of their earlier works. Electricland is a good tune-smooth and atmospheric-Rodgers' voice is on point as usual and there's some real cool bass lines. Untie The Knot has always been a unheralded favorite of mine with it's driving piano, good guitar solo and cowbell(always need more cowbell!). In a different era this song may have been recognized more or even been a hit. Sadly, after those two songs the album declines quickly and i think the blame mostly has to fall on Mick Ralphs. Mick started out as one of the two principal songwriters(Rodgers being the other) in the band and he constructed many of the band's early hits. But after Run With The Pack Mick's writing and playing seemed to decline. Oh Atlanta was the only semi-hit he contributed on the last 3 Bad Co records(though for my money Take The Time could have been a great ballad hit) and by the time we get to Rough Diamonds Paul Rodgers is taking lead solos on three of the 10 songs(while others have no solo at all) and Ralphs only contributed two self penned songs(Old Mexico and Kickdown).Read more ›
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By TIM LUCERO on March 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I remember when I finally got this cd in 1992 after I graduated from high school since it was the only album I did not have at the time I became a huge fan of BAD COMPANY in 1985. When I first listened to it, it consisted of songs built around various keyboards instead of MICK RALPH's guitar riffs throughout the 1970s. However, the revamped sound of his honey surburst GIBSON LES PAUL STANDARD plugged into a 100-watt MARSHALL amp really shines thoughtout this album like on the previous DESOLATION ANGELS, and SIMON KIRKE is still playing excellent drums throughout the album. Furthermore, lead singer PAUL RODGERS plays excellent lead guitar on PAINTED FACE, CROSS COUNTRY BOY, and the synthesizer driven DOWNHILL RYDER (one of my favorite songs with outstanding rhythm guitar riffs) besides the keyboards throughout the album. ELECTRIC LAND that has PAUL still delivering those soulful vocals and piano skills is an excellent opening song for the album. The RODGERS/KIRKE penned UNTIE THE KNOT that features excellent vocals and piano playing is an excellent sequel, and then comes BOZ BURRELL'S NUTHIN' ON THE TV that features ex KING CRIMSON sax player MEL COLLINS. All three of these songs have excellent sounding guitar riffs by MICK RALPHS. BALLAD OF THE BAND is a good fast-paced song with PAUL'S singin', MICK'S guitar riffs, and MEL'S sax playing. OLD MEXICO is a excellent ballad with MICK'S slide guitar playing and PAUL'S singin' and piano playing, and RACETRACK is an excellent closing track with the synthesizer, piano, slide guitar, and vocals by PAUL. Another one of favorite songs is MICK'S KICKDOWN with his guitar riffs, PAUL'S singing, the piano, and the organ.Read more ›
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Working Man on August 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I became a huge Paul Rodgers fan because of Bad Company and I had never owned this CD until now because I was not please with Bad Company's direction. It seemed each album was worse than the previous. I still feel that way but having recently purchased all of Free's catalog and keeping up with Paul's solo career this was the only cd I did not own. Electicland is a great song but all-in-all the album is just okay.

If you're a big Bad Company fan and don't own it yet, go ahead. If you like Bad Company and don't own any Free albums, get them instead. A note about Free, their earlier albums are bluesy and as they progressed you can start to hear the early Bad Company sound coming through.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is by far one the most underated classic rock albums of all time. Songs like Electric Land and Kickdown should be staples of classic rock radio but sadly they are not. Buy it and check it out for yourself and discover a lost gem, it nevers fails to do the job for me!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blueberry Pi on February 20, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Wow, what a fantastic album! Listening to this brings back such good memories. This CD has a bluesy, rock feel. The music is classic rock with soul. It reminds me of when life was simpler. It is loaded with great songs, starting with "Electricland". I don't know why this was not as huge of a hit as some earlier songs, like on their first album (so many)because it is truly great. It includes some great electric guitar jams and modern themes. I love "Painted Face". "Ballad of the Band" is a classic band story. "Racetrack" is very upbeat tempo. Meaningful lyrics throughout. Why doesn't anyone write great music like this anymore? Paul Rodgers' vocals throughout are perfect, as usual, more melodic and lower, less high-range screaming (there is a little of that too, though). Shows off his beautiful voice. More singing ballads. Overall I highly recommend this album, 5 stars, perfect. It's as good as their other albums from the 70's.
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