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5.0 out of 5 stars Their second-best album, honest!
I'm sorry to go 'against the flow' here, but I honestly believe this to be the best Bad Co album after Straight Shooter. It's very different from that Hard Rock classic, mind you - probably the mellowest album of the lot. So why the 5 stars? Firstly, the songs are all memorable and full of character. Secondly, there's the further progress of Boz Burrell as a writer. His...
Published on 25 May 2008 by Leftin

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad From Paul And Company
This is not a bad album from Bad Co then again its not a great album either.This is the last of the five albums with the great Paul Rogers on vocals.I find the songs pretty weak by Bad Co standards and nowhere near the quality of the songs on First album.Straight Shooter or Run With The Pack.
The band have adopted a rythemy funky kinda sound for this album and to be...
Published on 17 April 2008 by AJ


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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad From Paul And Company, 17 April 2008
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AJ "Alan" (Joburg, South Africa) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Rough Diamonds (Audio CD)
This is not a bad album from Bad Co then again its not a great album either.This is the last of the five albums with the great Paul Rogers on vocals.I find the songs pretty weak by Bad Co standards and nowhere near the quality of the songs on First album.Straight Shooter or Run With The Pack.
The band have adopted a rythemy funky kinda sound for this album and to be honest it dosent really work,its just too poppy and not the Bad Co one is used to,maybe they were all getting tired or bored with the Bad Co brand.
Miny you the first track and last track on album hold there own as decent enough its the rest of the tracks.If your a die hard fan you will no doubt by this album to complete the Paul Rogers collection of Bad Co albums.
If you want to start listening to Bad Co I suggest the first three albums,Bad Company,Straight Shooter and Run With The Pack this one in my opinion being the best,great songs and great rocky sound.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their second-best album, honest!, 25 May 2008
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This review is from: Rough Diamonds (Audio CD)
I'm sorry to go 'against the flow' here, but I honestly believe this to be the best Bad Co album after Straight Shooter. It's very different from that Hard Rock classic, mind you - probably the mellowest album of the lot. So why the 5 stars? Firstly, the songs are all memorable and full of character. Secondly, there's the further progress of Boz Burrell as a writer. His two compositions here are fabulous. And thirdly, hear Ralphs' guitar-playing. Although Mr Rodgers played lead guitar on 3 tracks, the other 7 feature Ralphs at his melodic best. And Rodgers' vocals are top class. Then there's Simon Kirke, who always had a great feel for funk, and shines on every track. Electricland opens the record in atmospheric style, with a brooding verse and heavy chorus. This is almost an updated form of Bad Company (the song). Untie the Knot is funky and fresh-sounding, with a great solo from Ralphs, fading in haunting fashion. Boz' Nuthin' on the TV is humorous and lazy, but with a lovely blues feel. Painted Face follows, the first piece with Rodgers on lead guitar. It's a pleasing, energetic workout, with great lyrics (Rodgers is unusually adventurous on this record), and his guitar solos are pretty good; not up to Mick's standard, though! And Ralphs' first composition is Kickdown, a soft/heavy tale of surviving on the wits. Ballad of the Band - this is Boz' humour in place again. Two minutes of brisk, hard rock'n'roll, with clever commentary on the early 1980s music scene, and an authentic Ralphs solo. Cross-Country Boy again features Paul on geetar, and he also plays good piano here (as he does throughout the album). This is a carefree song, something the band apparently wasn't at the time. You'd never know it! Ralphs' Old Mexico continues the almost Wild West theme that was a hallmark of this band; here's the story of a brush with the law and a dangerous senorita. The last two compositions are both Rodgers'. Downhill Ryder has more of that jazz-lite piano, and another solo from Paul. Once again, this is a jaunty ditty. Heavier is the last track, Racetrack, with Ralphs re-installed on guitar (sliiiiide). Although there are elements of bands such as The Eagles and The Allmans on this record, the essential Bad Co style and sound are in place. The band had progressed, rather as Zeppelin had with In Through the Out Door, and a few fans were disappointed. What is baffling, though, is the level of angst shown by the press at the time. This is a darn good album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 July 2014
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Another classic from this brilliant band,bad co never fail to deliver the goods.
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5.0 out of 5 stars underated gems, 24 Mar 2013
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R. L. Baldry "Robbie Bee" (cambridge uk) - See all my reviews
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I have never understood why this album has had so much negative comments from the music press and some fans of the band.
From Electric Land right through to Racetrack that closes the album there are 10 really strong songs. Rough Diamonds is not as hard rocking as the first to albums but the quality of the songs are really strong and are a great listen.
Listen to songs such as Painted Face and Downhill Ryder with great melodies and lyrics and doubters will be surprised by the depth and quality here.
The band,s playing and Paul Rodgers singing is excellent right through.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definetely some Diamonds, 14 Sep 2009
but not as easily accessible as the "killer songs" from the first and second album. Give this album some time and you will find a number of great songs, songs you will want to listen to again - songs that will stick in your ear.

And Electric Land is one of the best songs they ever produced.

Give it time and put the player on repeat!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rough Diamonds, Bad Company - Ballad of a band in decline, 23 Mar 2011
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This is the sixth and final album from the classic line up of the 70s supergroup Bad Company. Released in 1982, after a three year recording hiatus, it is definitely the story of a band in decline. Their first three albums were absolute stone cold rock classics, but by now everyone just seems bored, and the songwriting had gone entirely to pot. The addition of synthesisers to the classic sound, and an all round `80s pop feel does nothing to help matters, and this is an album that rarely finds itself on my CD player. One for completists only, I would recommend beginners start with Bad Company, Straight Shooter or Run With The Pack, where the band really shine and show just why they are regarded as one of the premier purveyors of blues rock. Two stars.
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