Bad Company - Bad Company

Double Album 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl Expanded Edition

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Bad Company is the debut studio album by British hard rock band Bad Company, originally released in June 1974 via Island Records in the UK and Swan Song Records in the US.

Way back in 1974, from the wreckage of Free came Bad Company, a group fronted by singer Paul Rodgers and featuring his drummer bandmate Simon Kirke, Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs, and King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell. The latter is something of a ringer, suggesting an undercurrent of adventure in the band, but as the group's eponymous 1974 debut decidedly proves, the band is proudly not progressive.

If anything, Bad Company excise the excesses of Free - there are no winding jams and very little added colour by way of pianos or even air in the production; those two tricks are evident on their title track/rallying call "Bad Company", and the details make a difference, as do the pastoral acoustics of the closing "Seagull" - reducing their rock & roll to a strong, heavy crunch; compare "Ready To 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. Even the quickest songs - the blues boogies of "Can't Get Enough" and "Movin' On" - don't exactly proceed at a rapid clip, a steadiness that makes the quartet seem heavier.

It's hard rock painted in stark black & white: cranked guitars mirrored by a deliberate wallop from the rhythm section, a rock & roll so loud and basic it wound up not aging much at all even though it pretty much defined mid-'70s album rock.

This reissue came on the heels of the band rediscovering the original multi-track tapes, which included previously unreleased tracks and mixes from the sessions. The album was remastered from those tapes under the watchful eye of Paul Rodgers.

The bonus tracks featured here include the demo of “The Way I Choose”, an early take of “Bad Company”, and also an early version of “Superstar Woman”, a song that featured on Rodger’s 1983 solo album Cut Loose.

Check out the tracks: “Can’t Get Enough”; “Movin’ On” and “Bad Company”.

This Deluxe Expanded Edition LP housed in a gatefold sleeve with a bonus LP of alternate versions and bonus tracks is pressed in Europe on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

(081227955526)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

 

LP 1 – Original Album Remastered

 

A1

Can’t Get Enough

4:17

A2

Rock Steady

3:47

A3

Ready For Love

5:03

A4

Don’t Let Me Down

4:22

B1

Bad Company

4:51

B2

The Way I Choose

5:06

B3

Movin’ On

3:24

B4

Seagull

4:04

 

 

 

 

LP 2 – Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks

 

C1

Superstar Woman (Full Length Version)

6:11

C2

Little Miss Fortune (B-Side of “Can’t Get Enough”)

3:58

C3

Easy On My Soul (B-Side of “Movin’ On”)

6:15

C4

Bad Company (Session Reel 2 – Alternate Version)

4:40

D1

Can’t Get Enough (Alternate Version)

4:20

D2

The Way I Choose (Demo Reel 1)

6:39

D3

Little Miss Fortune (Demo Reel 1)

3:58

D4

Bad Company (Session Reel 8)

5:33

SKU 081227955526
Record Label Swan Song Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 081227955526
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 07 April 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 26 June 1974
Barcode # 081227955526
Shipping Weight 0.5850kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks, Remastered Audio, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Hard Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Genre Blues Rock
Format VINYL LP

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