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The 'Original' Bad Company Anthology [Original recording remastered, Import]

Bad CompanyAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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Biography by Jason Ankeny

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 (March 23, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: March 23, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Elektra/Asylum Records
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000I4FO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,684 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Can't Get Enough
2. Rock Steady
3. Ready For Love
4. Bad Company
5. Movin' On
6. Seagull
7. Superstar Woman
8. Little Miss Fortune
9. Good Lovin' Gone Bad
10. Feel Like Makin' Love
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Honey Child
2. Run With The Pack
3. Silver, Blue And Gold
4. Do Right By Your Woman
5. Burnin' Sky
6. Heartbeat
7. Too Bad
8. Smokin' 45
9. Rock And Roll Fantasy
10. Evil Wind
See all 18 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews


This two-disc set features most of their best songs, plus worthy outtakes. -- Entertainment Weekly

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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Anthology Of The Original Bad Company November 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Bad Company was the band Paul Rodgers formed after the breakup of the highly underrated band Free and his decision to decline the invitation to join Deep Purple. This 2 cd set contains music from only the original line up (not the mid eighties line up without Rodgers) with the addition of four new tracks by the original members. The original line up consisted of Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke from Free, Mick Ralphs on guitar from Mott The Hoople, and Boz Burrell on bass from King Crimson. The band was a supergroup of sorts. The band's music was much more commercial and less blues oriented than that of Free. Bad Company's music also had a more polished, less chaotic feel than that of either Mott The Hoople or King Crimson. Rodgers was in excellent form while Ralph's guitar playing while not flashy was economical. Kirke was always a powerhouse drummer while Burrell's bass playing was solid.
The band gained immmediate acceptance when they hired Peter Grant of Led Zeppelin fame to manage them and released their first and best lp "Bad Company" on Led Zeppelin's own Swan Song label. This lp contained many of Bad Company's best songs such as "Can't Get Enough", "Rock Steady" "Movin' On" "Bad Company" and "Ready For Love" which Ralphs originally wrote while in Mott The Hoople. Other familiar cuts include "Feel Like Makin' Love", "Shooting Star" and "Rock And Roll Fantasy". The set also contains a few rarities such as alternate takes, unissued tracks, and a few non-lp b-sides like "Little Miss Fortune" and "Easy On My Soul" which was originally written by Rodgers while in Free. The four new tracks sound like classic Bad Company with a slightly more updated sound.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compilation September 3, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Unless you're a very devoted fan, this is pretty much all you'll ever need from Bad Company.
"The Original Bad Co. Anthology" collects twenty-three of their best singles and album tracks. It draws from all their records, yet the compilers have wisely chosen to lean heavily towards the group's first two albums, which were also their best.

Their eponymous debut album is represented by no fewer than six tracks (out of eight!), and five are culled from "Straight Shooter". Elektra Records have even managed to find two pretty good songs from the awful "Rough Diamonds" album, and it's actually very hard to find anything to say against the track selection, which is one of the best and most thorough I've ever seen.

Six B-sides and unissued songs are also included, as well as four brand new songs which make their debut here...and believe it or not, they're really good!
Most of this is lean, mid-tempo rock music, bordering on hard rock. Bad Company had the ability to combine cruchy hard-rock riffs with great melodies, and they had a magnficent front man in Paul Rodgers, and a fine lead guitarist in Mick Ralphs.

This music is somewhat less bluesy and more mainstream than Paul Rodgers' previous band, Free, but it has a timeless sound that makes you wonder just why Bad Company ended up being lumped in with all the stale 70s rock dinosaurs, and all but forgotten in later years. They certainly deserve better, as this collection demonstrates.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing SEVERAL gems - could have been MUCH better November 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Where in the heck are some of their other best songs? One of the best (if not THE best) songs they recorded was LIVE FOR THE MUSIC, which is not present on ANTHOLOGY. Some other great missing tracks include: SIMPLE MAN; SWEET LIL' SISTER; CRAZY CIRCLES; GONE, GONE, GONE; LONELY FOR YOUR LOVE; ELECTRIC LAND; PAINTED FACE. With a total running time of less than 138 minutes on ANTHOLOGY, they EASILY could have added just about all of the above tracks, and even left out some that they did put on ANTHOLOGY. Do like I did and copy all the remaining tracks on their first 6 CDs, that are not on ANTHOLOGY to 2 CD-R's and file next to your original of ANTHOLOGY. Now that is a great collection...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A long overdue compilation June 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
There'a warning on the cover: this is a compilation of the "classic" Bad Co. lineup (Burrell/Kirke/Ralphs/Rodgers), dubbed as the "original" band. And to make the point, the cover resembles the one of their very first LP. So, forget to find tracks of the Brian Howe era (1986 and beyond), this only goes from 1974 to 1982, plus 4 new tracks recorded in 1998 (what a hook!).

Anyway, the compilation is by far superior than the 10 FROM 6 edited a long time ago, curiously by the time the band was coming back in the mid-80's with a different lineup. Here you have plenty of the classic tunes and popular album tracks; 3/4 of their self-titled debut album is included; 3 songs from the BURNIN' SKY LP say "present" here (not even one song from that album appeared on the previous compilation); there's an alternate version of "Do Right By Your Woman"; and what's most interesting, a respectable bunch of B-sides and forgotten tracks have been rescued from the vaults to see the light -and the CD player- again. Of these tracks, the one that shines above them all is "Superstar Woman". I don't understand why it hadn't been included in their debut album, being such a strong song with great melodies, straight drumming and intense piano...

About the 4 new tracks, the lead-off single "Hey, Hey", with its hummable chorus and positive vibe, should be a #1 hit in the charts (as it did in some countries). With its energic guitar intro and cowboy feeling, "Hammer Of Love" is the best of the 4.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
CD 1 was outstanding however CD 2 was just basic average stuff 1 cd would have covered it
Published 5 days ago by Mr Craig J Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great cd
Published 1 month ago by Penny L. Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great songs, love this band.
Published 2 months ago by Cynthia Elmore
5.0 out of 5 stars A BAD CO fan MUST HAVE!
Could not be happier with this. Sound is great, and many new tracks I haven't heard before. Worth the price paid. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Debra Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars been looking
I'm glad i found the CD I've been looking and iTunes doesn't have it........that is all that is all all
Published 7 months ago by crystal german
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for what it has, not for what its missing.
After reading J. E FELL'S excellent review I thought it a waist of time to try & write a review. After deep thought I decided that as much as I agree with J. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Leo Hott
1.0 out of 5 stars Product is unusabe.
This used product arrived with a slightly damaged case. I did not have a chance to play the discs until the return time had run out, so it is my own fault I'm stuck with it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by William L Petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
was a little nervous thati wasn't going to recieve it before our vacation but, actually did two weeks before we left. Read more
Published 13 months ago by pam chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection
I had this collection many years ago and wanted it again. Didnt let me down, great collection for Bad Company fans.
Published 16 months ago by ChrisB
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock & Roll Explosion!!!
I have not listened to "Bad Company" for years with the exception of a song here and there on the radio. Read more
Published 17 months ago by jack curry
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