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

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

Track Listings

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
  11. Shooting Star
  12. Deal With The Preacher
  13. Wild Fire Woman
  14. Easy On My Soul
  15. Whiskey Bottle

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
  11. Oh Atlanta
  12. Rhythm Machine
  13. Untie The Knot
  14. Downhill Ryder
  15. Tracking Down A Runaway
  16. Ain't It Good
  17. Hammer Of Love
  18. Hey, Hey


Product Details

  • 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 (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,372 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. E FELL on 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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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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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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Over all a pretty good selection of tunes here, but they are missing some essentials in my book. It is nice to hear some of the 'previously unreleased' songs, but do you ever wonder why they didn't release them at the time they wrote the songs - because typically they weren't all that strong. There are one or two pretty good 'unreleased' songs here ("Hey Hey" and "Superstar Woman"), but the rest are below average. Classic songs missing are: "Live for the Music", "Simple Man", "Sweet Lil Sister", "Crazy Cirlces" and "Morning Sun" (a gem from their weakest album 'Burning Sky'). They hit all the good tunes from their first two releases on 'Anthology', but disc 2 is wildly inconsistent. If you are just getting into this 1970-80's classic rock band, this is a good place to start. If you want their best album or two, start with their first, "Bad Co", or second "Straight Shooter".
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