BAD COMPANY – Bad Company
From the wreckage of Free came Bad Company, the English hard rock supergroup fronted by singer Paul Rodgers and featuring his drummer bandmate Simon Kirke, Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs, and King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell.
Peter Grant, who managed the rock band Led Zeppelin, also managed Bad Company until 1982.
The group’s eponymous 1974 album debut decidedly proves the band is proudly not progressive — the details make a difference, as do the pastoral acoustics of the closing “Seagull” — reducing their rock ‘n’ roll to a strong, heavy crunch; compare “Ready for Love,” a tune Ralphs brought over from Mott the Hoople, to the original to see how these quartet members keep their heads down as they do their business.
Appropriately enough given their name, there’s a sense of slow, churning menace to Bad Company, writes AllMusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine.
Their first three albums, Bad Company (1974), Straight Shooter (1975), and Run with the Pack (1976), reached the Top Five in the album charts in both the U.K. and the U.S.. Many of their singles and songs, such as “Bad Company,” “Can’t Get Enough,” “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad,” “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” “Ready for Love,” “Shooting Star,” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy,” remain staples of classic rock radio.
They have sold 20 million RIAA-certified albums in the U.S. and 40 millon worldwide.
The self-titled debut album was recorded at Headley Grange, Hampshire, in Ronnie Lane’s Mobile Studio.
The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S, and No. 3 on the U.K. Albums Chart, spending 25 weeks on the U.K. charts.
The album has been certified five times platinum in the U.S., and became the 46th-best-selling album of the 1970s. The singles “Can’t Get Enough” and “Movin’ On” reached No. 5 and No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 10.
All the hallmarks of a top-notch Analogue Productions reissue are here for your pleasure:
Mastered directly from the original master tape by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound and cut at 45 RPM.
Pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings and RTI, and housed in tip-on old style gatefold double pocket jackets with film lamination by Stoughton Printing.
Track List: BAD COMPANY – Bad Company
1. Can’t Get Enough
2. Rock Steady
3. Ready For Love
4. Don’t Let Me Down
5. Bad Company
6. The Way I Choose
7. Movin’ On