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Rough Diamonds [Original recording remastered]

Bad CompanyAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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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 20, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002JT7
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,685 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DEFINITELY AN EXCELLENT ALBUM BY BAD COMPANY 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The End Is Near 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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars About what I expected 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swan Song Failed To Promote This Gem!! August 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Rough Diamonds was released in a time when "new wave" began to take hold. But in 1982 other styles of music were still viable. Bad Co.'s obvious 70's blues rock zep-light was not going to vanish with the dawm of the new decade. In fact, Paul Rodgers and crew went even further down the R&B road on RD. The tracks are effervesent blues rock ditties. The music is far and away some of BC's best thus far. "Painted Face" was an AOR staple after the messmerizing "Electricland" shorted out. This album has amazing buoyancy and should have been mega platinum. "Untie The Knot", "Nothin On The TV" and "Kickdown" all exhibit that Paul Rodgers cool and some emotional playing by Mick and the boys. This is a bonifide front to back album. A touch of soul, boogie, funk and good ol' rock. Record companies are just a pain in my butt. This CD is another prime example.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Company, RIP...
Rough Diamonds is the beginning of the end for a great band!! It is no suprise that this album only produced one hit, the title track. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. Baer
3.0 out of 5 stars overall good for the price
Jewel case was cracked and in poor shape...liner notes were in good shape...CD was clean and scratch free...overall good for the price
Published 4 months ago by Ed Gallagher
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so good company
Indeed, by this time the magic was almost completely gone. Even while they took their time after the fine Desolation Angels. Read more
Published on June 1, 2012 by E. Hagendoorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Rough Diamonds, Bad Company, is Awesome!!
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. Read more
Published on February 20, 2012 by Blueberry Pi
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent album from Bad company
Rough Diamonds is one of the mosr above average albums from Bad Company and though it may not be as good from other albums it's still a buy.Highly recommended.
Published on April 4, 2011 by Rohit R
4.0 out of 5 stars When I left Las Vegas
I was an Airman stationed at Nellis AFB from 2000-2003. When I was packing up to move to North Dakota I heard 'Electricland' from Bad Co's 10 from 6. I had to get this record. Read more
Published on February 17, 2011 by Francis P
3.0 out of 5 stars bad average co , a great band falls apart.
THis one was a band falling apart, the were barely talking and at odds with each other. It has a few great songs that are as great as this band ever put out. Read more
Published on November 20, 2010 by Michael Dobey
4.0 out of 5 stars Vegas Reality
These tracks seem to explore the darker areas from the 'somewhere outside of Vegas cover art' of Desolation Angels.
Published on November 9, 2010 by James
2.0 out of 5 stars Please excuse me if I don't quite understand... say that this record was unnecessary would be an understatement. `Rough Diamonds' is an exercise in tedium pure and simple by a band that had no business being in... Read more
Published on September 20, 2010 by Mark H.
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!
"rough diamonds"bad Company is classic rock with a 70's groove. it seems to be an underrated cd. the songs are well done and paul rodgers sings straight forward and with... Read more
Published on May 10, 2009 by ac
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