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Straight Shooter (Deluxe)(2LP 180 Gram Vinyl)
Vinyl + Audio CD | Double Vinyl, 180 gram
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Straight Shooter (Remastered)
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2LP Deluxe Remaster
LP 1 is newly remastered audio of the original album
LP 2 is completely new, recently discovered alternate takes and mixes and new mixes based on recently unearthed original multi-track tapes.
This is the first time this album has been given the deluxe and expanded treatment
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I never had any Bad Co releases before so this was a simple decision for me. If you already do, I would still say it's worth the upgrade. They really do sound good and you will love all the extras. Keep it up Rhino!!!
Audio Fidelity has had some hit-or-misses over the past two years but this one is hit straight out of the park; Steve Hoffman had access to the original mastertapes (the original U.S. release used a third generation copy)and the results are slightly stronger detail but, more importantly, Hoffman focuses on bringing a stronger midrange to his remaster resulting in an album with kick much like the original vinyl incarnation.
The remaster by Ted Jensen sounded quite nice as well although it was louder and compressed compared to the original CD (and this one as well)but this one beats that previous edition by a long mile. I have not heard the recent Japanese edition of this album so can't compare the two of them in terms of sound quality.
My only complaint is that the album is relatively short running under 40 minutes. It would have been nice to have the remake of "Easy on My Soul" (a song that Rodgers wrote and recorded with Kirke for the last Free album) as a bonus track (not unheard of for these gold discs on occasion)as it would have made a nice addition to the album.
The artwork has consistently improved for the Audio Fidelity releases and that is the case here as well. I'm hoping that we'll see an upgrade/remaster of "Desolation Angels" my other favorite Bad Company album.
In Straight Shooter they turn the rock up a notch and do not fill this album up with as much hard commercial rock (made for radio tunes) yet Good Loving Gone Bad, Feel Like Makin' Love and Shooting Star capture that same hard rock ballad story telling that captured us on their initial release: Bad Company. There is not a bad cut on this release - it is all top notch rock music, mainly hard and, perhaps, they turned it up maybe a notch.
Bad Company was my band. They came out about the time I was a senior in high school and I saw them three times as well as getting Straight Shooter - the old 33 LP - autographed by Simon Kirke (drummer) at a radio station. Many will argue whether this was their best or Bad Company was. They both are great and I highly recommend them both. I also think their album Running With The Pack deserves a place in the collection as well. You cannot go wrong by purchasing Straight Shooter - it is a classic rock album of the 1970's and perhaps, maybe, a top 500 or 1,000 of all time.