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Straight Shooter [Original recording remastered]

Bad Company Audio CD
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Formed in 1973, the British hard rock outfit Bad Company was a supergroup comprised of ex-King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell, former Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs, and singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, both previous members of Free. Powered by Rodgers' muscular vocals and Ralphs' blues-based guitar work, Bad Company was the first group ... Read more in Amazon's Bad Company Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Swan Song
  • ASIN: B000002JSH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,778 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, solid 70s rock n' roll 3 Sep 2003
By Docendo Discimus TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Bad Company's second album, 1974's "Straight Shooter", may not be quite as strong as its predecessor, although it does come close. But it's still better than anything than Bad Company put out afterwards, and it stands alongside their self-titled debut LP as the group's strongest effort.
And it features two real 70s rock classics, the ballad "Shooting Star", and the Grammy-winning "Feel Like Makin' Love", a slow tune that opens with a folkish acoustic guitar riff, before evolving into a swaggering, guitar-driven blues-rock workout.
The ballad-slash-slow blues "Weep No More", written by drummer Simon Kirke, is excellent as well, and "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" and "Deal With The Preacher" are good, solid hard rock. Lead guitarist Mick Ralphs is particularly excellent all the way through.
The remaining three songs are slightly less remarkable ("Wild Fire Woman" has a pretty catchy chorus, though), but "Straight Shooter" remains a good, solid collecion of 70s rock, and one of Bad Company's two must-own albums.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Company!! 18 Aug 2006
By 9ftneil VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Ignore the previous reviewer's comments this is Bad Company at their very best and easily compares with their stunning debut. Like that debut this 1975 follow up is chock full of classics from the stomping Good Lovin' Gone Bad, the bump n' grind sweatfest of Feel Like Makin' Love (surely one of Rock's horniest paeans to the horizontal art), raw Blues/Rock of Deal With The Preacher and Mick Ralph's mesmerising slide riffs on the scorching Wild Fire Woman. With Paul Rodgers amazing soulful vocals, Mick Ralph's tasty and economic riffs, Simon Kirke's rock solid drums and Boz Burrel's sinuous bass lines this album cemented Bad Co's position as peerless blues/rock giants who took up that mantle after Led Zep's more experimental forays (Houses of the Holy, Physical Graffiti) saw them moving away into more prog flavoured waters. With Bad Co what you get is no frills, no fuss, no histrionics and no flabby excess just pure stonking blues filled whiskey soaked rock with great melodies and incredible hooks. The albums highlight is undoubtedly Shooting Star an epic tale of a guitar gunslinger who hits the big time only to die tragically - considering Rodgers' old sparring partner in Free Paul Kossoff died less than a year after this album's release it now seems oddly prophetic and would stand as the perfect eulogy on the great Koss's extraordinary talents. The sweet honky tonk of Weep No More with it's acoustic guitar and orchestral strings is simple and emotional with none of that cloying sentimental cheesiness that affects rock bands when they go for a hit ballad (Whitesnake anyone?). Likewise the soulful Anna and Call On Me, with it's tasteful keys, recall the stunning ballads of Rodgers previous band Free and so make this album a perfect package - and a firm fan with female rockers too. Read more ›
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best came second! 19 Nov 2008
By Leftin
Format:Audio CD
Many would agree that this album represents Bad Company at their most confident. Does that translate to quality? I say it does. This is their greatest achievement.

Contrary to popular belief, this was not a copy of the first BC album. SS is sassier, heavier, and more consistent, viz:

Good Lovin' Gone Bad - It may have those Ralphs trademarks, but is certainly not a Can't Get Enough clone. For a start, it was never a Mott the Hoople song! (CGE actually dates from 1970, when MtH were an Island Band.) This is tough hard rock at its most memorable, and crunchy.

Feel Like Making Love - A unique (apart from track 4) mix of acoustic wistfulness and heavy rock fire. Outrageous, in a nice way. And who can argue with THAT guitar solo?

Weep No More - A beautiful song that shows what a romantic Simon Kirke is. The other three make this a sublime moment too. Perfect.

Shooting Star - Structured like track 2, but still its own song. Simple but very effective. The heaviness that brings the song to its climax is again shocking amongst the country-esque charm of the verses.

Deal with the Preacher - Heavy and funky (hear Boz' clever bass-lines), with a great lyric about indecision over commitment. A great fave with the late Tommy Vance, bless him. One of Ralphs' greatest solos, rivalling Blackmore or Santana at the time.

Wildfire Women - The sort of laid-back heaviness that Bad Co excelled at. Slide guitar adds a certain musical menace. This shows Rodgers stretching out more than any other song I can think of. A gem.

Anna - Again Mr Kirke does the heartfelt thing. Possibly the most Free-like moment here. No flash, just feeling.

Call on Me - The perfect way to end an album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you want some classic rock... 21 Nov 2009
By Gheos9
Format:Audio CD
Straight Shooter contains some fantastic music and Paul Rodgers voice is top notch as you would expect. I have always found it difficult however to really enjoy 'Weep no more', 'Anna' and 'Call On Me'...I know that some really like these tracks, but I find I am never drawn to the album because of these tracks - in fact I skip them when loading my MP3 player. The 3 tracks mentioned are interesting as they offer a balance to the album in some ways - but I love the other tracks more. What a start with 'Good lovin' gone bad' and then into 'Feel like making love' - a great opening double act!! 'Shooting Star' is a tale that always gets me singing along with and I love 'Deal with the preacher' and 'Wild Fire Woman' - 2 great rock songs IMHO.
The tracks I love are so good that I feel the album is worth 5 stars overall. There's a great overall sound to the album and Rodgers voice is so good you might enjoy the tracks I don't..!! Certainly worth buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by jamo60
4.0 out of 5 stars Straight Shooter
Its Bad Company, gutsy sometimes and somtimes not, but always with the Bad Company quality. Great musicianship and recording . Read more
Published 3 months ago by lager
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Company but good company for me.
I have just bought this cd from amazon for £2 brand new delivered in under a week. A great cd from the seventies all the classic bad company songs are there, what more can you ask... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Irene Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Can Never decide....
,,,whether I prefer this to Bad Company, or I prefer the Bad Company , because they're both great. But you need both albums for certain, so you can ,ake your own educated... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jill
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing Classic
A band with patchy output IMHO but a must for devotees of the era and definitely one of the better bands of that time (late 60s to mid 70s).
Published 13 months ago by n mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Revisiting an old favourite
I bought the vynl version of 'straight Shooter' shortly after it was released. I loved Free and Bad Company a good combination of solid rock and blues. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2011 by Sean Maguire
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight Shooter, Bad Company - More classic rock from acknowledged...
Following from their self titled debut, this is the second release from seventies supergroup Bad Company. Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2011 by Victor
5.0 out of 5 stars More energetic than their first album
Bad Company had some good tunes but I always felt there was a moody feel to their music bordering almost on being depressive - However, this album unlike the first one has more... Read more
Published on 18 May 2010 by Aquinas
1.0 out of 5 stars Very bad!
Having enjoyed listening to Bad Company's debut album for over 30 years (not continuously, mind), I was looking forward to at last giving the rest of their output a listen. Read more
Published on 16 May 2009 by E. Heel
3.0 out of 5 stars Great band - did they really fulfil their potential ?
I have to agree with most of the comments from all the reviewers here with particular reference to "Shooting Star" and "Feel Like Makin' Love". Read more
Published on 3 July 2008 by SMc
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