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The album is loaded with potent electric-guitar rock and classic songs like the catchy hit single Can't Get Enough and their piano-anchored renegade theme song, Bad Company.
Deserters we are called
Chose a gun
And threw away the sun
Paul Rodgers is one of the most expressive and soulful singers in rock music history, and his gutsy vocal performance here is the guiding force on hard driving R&B-flavored rockers like Rock Steady and Movin' On. The achingly yearning Ready For Love was written by Mick Ralphs and previously recorded by Mott The Hoople (it's on All The Young Dudes). Bad Company made the song an enduring classic with this heartfelt version.
All my dues surely must be paid
Many miles and many tears
Times were hard but now they're changing
You should know that I am not afraid
Bad Company isn't complicated. It's not artsy. This is bluesy and soulful working-class rock n' roll. The album was a historically significant debut and one of the true classics of the 1970s. It quietly closes with the acoustic and somber Seagull.
Seagull you fly across the horizon
Into the misty morning sun
Nobody asks you where you are going
Nobody knows where you are from
Bad Company almost defined stadium rock. Always more highly regarded in the US than in their native England, the band was formed from the remnants of Free, whom many believed had been the greatest British blues-rock band. Their final album, 'Heartbreaker' (1972), was a masterpiece whose qualities have become increasingly clear over the years. I remember my astonishment at the time that the sublime (but dead) Paul Kossoff was effectively being replaced on guitar by Mick Ralphs from the rather lightweight Mott the Hoople. And who was this Boz Burrell on bass? Which King Crimson albums had he actually played on?
It turned out that these niggles didn't matter. What held Bad Company and late Free together was the multi-talented Paul Rodgers. He didn't just have arguably the strongest voice. He also played both piano and a great guitar -- all the guitars and solos on the epic Free single 'Wishing Well', for example, are his. He continued on piano and 2nd guitar for the debut 'Bad Company', which for me is their equal best LP alongside the follow-up 'Straight Shooter'.
The title track is my favourite. It magnificently accentuates the image of outlaw drifters which their manager Peter Grant (of Led Zeppelin fame) worked hard to promote. It would seem to be the ideal soundtrack for an introspective cowboy Western, but I've yet to see the movie.
If this album has any minor flaws, or a song that isn't quite as superb as the rest, the problem can be resolved by playing this loud, or when drunk, or at any time when you want to enjoy rather than be super-critical. The high-quality production values shine through on this good-time rock CD.
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Item received as needed in a timely manner. Highly recommend!Published 1 month ago by Diane Liblick
My kids liked this group when they were growing up in the 80's~ the star of the show from that piece of music is, off course; the song "Bad Company", which if you can watch... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This band was extremely popular back in the day. It's great to hear this music again. Brings back great memories. First boyfriend, first kiss and popcorn.Published 4 months ago by Crystal's Horse Gal