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This review is from: Bad Company: Hard Rock Live (CD+DVD) (Audio CD)
I was one happy camper when Bad Company's first live DVD, "Merchants of Cool" was released. That was, until I watched it. What a huge disappointment, and most of the blame rest squarely on the shoulders of one of the great front man and rock vocalist of all time, Paul Rodgers. He rushed through most of the vocals as if he had somewhere else to be at the moment, and while I do not have a problem with audience participation, he relied way too heavily on it. When you attend a Bad Company concert, you want to hear that voice, sing those songs, and more often than not, that wasn't the case. Case in point, most old school rock 'n roll fans introduction to Paul Rodger's voice, was with Free and the still heavily played on classic rock radio stations, "All Right Now". If he sang the chorus on the Merchants of Cool DVD, I certainly don't recall it.
Hard Rock Live features the return of Mick Ralphs as well as Paul Rodgers not only performing the songs the way they had been written, recorded and performed during their hey day, but also limited reliance on the audience to carry the tunes. Also enhancing the performance is the addition of Howard Leese on guitar as well, (yes, former guitarist for Heart) thereby keeping the full rich rhythm during Ralphs solos, and vice-versa, with a special treat of actually having 2 guitars to perform those occasional guitar duets that Ralphs used to add during the recording process.
There are plenty of great BC songs not on this DVD, as well as the usual Free standards we've come to expect over the years, but it does contain pretty much all of the "hits" that hit only fans want to hear. Bottom line, this DVD reigns supreme over Merchants of Cool. I'm just glad they got it right the 2nd time around.
No true Bad Company fan should be without this. It doesn't disappoint.