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Desolation Angels Original recording remastered

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 20, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002JT5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,268 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Desolation Angels" will probably never be mentioned in the list of rock albums in history that bridged the gap between strong hard rock and Southern flavors, and that's a real shame since this record is one of Bad Company's finest releases.
It's not just because the set was propelled by the greatest, most addictive hit the group ever had, 'Rock and Roll Fantasy,' but because it showcases a hard rocking band in a straight, competent state of mind, obviously dying to move their trademark sound into different territories. Which explains the trips into the old West and rural country hills, imagery that appears on great tracks like 'Evil Wind' and, more evidently, 'Oh Atlanta.' Acoustic guitars have an important role, like in the melodic 'Crazy Circles,' but electricity is never forgotten, such as the worthwhile 'Gone Gone Gone.'
Intriguingly titled, "Desolation Angels" is proof that the critics of the 70s were not the only ones who longed for a change in the FM hard rock format, and Bad Company would try their best to stay on this road on their next album, the unjustly ignored "Rough Diamonds" a long three years later.
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Not much here worth...? I beg to differ. The first half of this CD is good solid rock radio get with the beat tunes. "ROCK 'N' ROLL FANTASY", "CRAZY CIRCLES", "GONE, GONE, GONE", "EVIL WIND". If you can't get your feet and hips moving to these songs, then you're obviously dead. The second half of this CD is good solid rhythm & blues filler, if you want to call it that, although I choose not to call it filler. Mindful that Desolation Angels isn't as consistantly solid as either BAD CO. or STRAIGHT SHOOTER, it is a very good recording. Had this been released in 1977, it would have received rave reviews by comparison to RUN WITH THE PACK and BURNING SKY. Unfortunately by 1979, folks were starting to call bands like BAD COMPANY and LED ZEPPELIN dinosaurs. They were into THE CARS, THE RAMONES, and THE SEX PISTOLS. What were we thinking? Well, The Cars never ever did anything as good as Desolation Angels - PERIOD. I don't even own any recordings from the afforementioned CARS, etc.
My recommendation is to give DESOLATION ANGELS a chance, especially now that new GOOD ROCK & ROLL music is so hard to find. BRING BACK THE DINOSAURS, WE MISS THEM, OR AT LEAST I DO.
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Here is where MICK RAPLHS and PAUL RODGERS' new guitar sounds definitely shine on this album, but the synthesizer is probably, if not definitely, unnecessary. A mellotron would have sounded a whole lot better. Meanwhile, PAUL'S ROCK 'N' ROLL FANTASY that says is all is definitely an outstanding opener for the album. PAUL's flangering (an excellent sound effect) guitar intro really gets his ROCK 'N' ROLL FANTASY off the ground, along with SIMON KIRKE'S drum playing, BOZ BURRELL'S bass guitar riffs, the organ, and the harmony vocals by the band. The next song CRAZY CIRCLES that features no electric guitars, except for the bass guitar, is an excellent acoustic ballad. BOZ'S GONE, GONE, GONE that features excellent rhythm and slide guitar and excellent harmony vocals is a great guitar rock song. EVIL WIND, on the other hand, is a excellent rock tune with the guitar riffs, and the tone of MICK'S lead guitar solo really shines on EARLY IN THE MORNING. LONELY FOR YOUR LOVE, despite PAUL'S voice on this song, is a good rhythm and blues song by MICK, but I like his next two songs better. I love how PAUL plays the harmonica and the piano on OH ATLANTA where MICK plays excellent rhythm guitar on a FENDER STRAT and lead guitar on a GIBSON LES PAUL STANDARD through a MARSHALL amplifier. MICK'S acoustical ballad TAKE THE TIME with his slide guitar and the band's harmony vocals is excellent too. The next two songs with MICK and PAUL on guitar are excellent too. MICK plays excellent slide guitar on RHYTHM MACHINE, but I am now wondering if PAUL plays the lead guitar solo on this song too. I think SHE BRINGS ME LOVE would have sound a whole lot better if the rest of the band itself would have sung the harmony vocals instead of the female singers, but it strongly reminds me of their earlier song DON'T LET MY DOWN from their 1974 debut album.
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Bad Company
Desolation Angels (1979)

This may have been the last of Bad Company's best albums, but this is the best of the lot. This one only generated two songs that entered the charts, but it has the best collection of songs of any Bad Company album. It has the hits, "Rock n Roll Fantasy" and "Gone, gone, gone", but the best song on the album is "Evil Wind". Some discount this album, mainly because it `only' has two hits, but do not pass this one up. This is Paul Rodgers' best album since the "Heartbreaker" album he did with the group `Free'. I am very happy to replace my old LP with this great CD even though it lacks a decent booklet (it only has a single folded card for the CD cover).
This album earns a Solid Five Stars.
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DESOLATION ANGELS found Bad Co. playing around with their sound a bit. "Rock & Roll Fantasy" and "Gone, Gone, Gone" are standout rockers, straightforward yet adventurous, and "Evil Wind", "Oh, Atlanta", and a number of others are also excellent. This proved that the group could have remained strong in the 80s, if they had chosen to do so. It's a shame the original four only did one more album after this one.
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