If you were a Free fan back in the days then this is a natural progression. It carries on in the same musical traditions but there is a more "rock" defined direction to the album with the exception of "Seagull". This track is so different and surprising that it was one of the reasons that I purchased the cassette many years ago and the reason for updating to CD now The title track is as memorable as All Right Now was
Following the death of Paul Kossoff and the disintegration of Free, possibly one of Britain's greatest blues rock bands, singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke of Free recruited guitarist Mick Ralphs from Mott the Hoople and bassist Boz Burrell from King Crimson to form Bad Company, which I consider to be one of the better `supergroups' from the seventies.
Debuting in 1973 with this self titled album, the group pretty much set out the eganda for where they wanted to go. Paul Rodgers built on his reputation as a powerful voice, belting out track after track of powerhouse blues rock. The band provide the perfect backing, with driving rhythms, inventive bass lines and restrained yet impassioned guitar licks and hooks.
There is track after track of classic rock here - tune into any rock radio station for an hour and the chances are that you will hear a track of this album. And there is a reason for this, it is superbly done, well crafted rock that really uplifts you and leaves you wanting more. An absolutely classic album.
Way back in the 1970s, a friend persuaded me that the best Bad Company album was 'Straight Shooter,' so that was the first of their albums I listened to. It was fair, but not overwhelming. It was many years before I heard this, their debut, and I listened to it for weeks. 'Bad Company' has a big sound, hard guitars, a great drum performance from Simon Kirke and, of course, Paul Rodgers lives up to his reputation for being the best British rock singer. 'Can't Get Enough' features an almost moronic, cliche-ridden lyric, but Rodgers puts it over so well it doesn't matter. Only 'Movin' On' has the same uplifting swagger. Most of the songs are bluesy and plaintive, though Rodgers' 'Seagull' closes the album in a softer, acoustic style. Comparisons with Free are inevitable, but guitarists Mick Ralphs and Paul Kossoff are so different in style, that such considerations are irrelevant. This is undeniably a hard rock album by a band suited to stadium gigs as opposed to the club and college-oriented kids who made great British blues. Whatever the arguments,'Bad Company' is one of the great rock albums.
Bad Company's albums were often rather uneven, but this their 1974 debut album is strong almost all the way through, and the group's best offering, alongside "Straight Shooter". Many of their best and best-known songs are here ("Can't Get Enough", "Ready For Love", "Bad Company" and the best of the lot, "Movin' On"), and "Bad Company" offers 34½ minutes of classic, stripped-down rock n' roll with a bluesy flavour. It may not be particularly original, but it combines good, solid seventies rock music, good musicianship and a great vocalist in former Free frontman Paul Rodgers. The only "problem" is that the best songs on this album are all on their excellent compilation "10 From 6", but "Bad Company" is still an excellent record and a fine place to start if you're new to the band.
Bad Company's self-titled 1974 debut release was the first album to come out on the Swan Song label other than Led Zeppelin. Fortunately it proved to be one of the better debut albums of the decade representing good old fashioned back to the basics rock 'n' roll. "Can't Get Enough" with its catchy guitar lick was the big hit off of the album, but my fav track is still the moody title track (i.e., "Bad Company" off of Bad Company's "Bad Company" album). Bad Company was a supergroup, with singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke coming from Free, guitarist Mick Ralphs from Mott the Hoople, and Boz Burrell from King Crimson and having more success than all of those groups put together with this first album. Following the Led Zeppelin model, strong vocalist Rodgers and blues-based guitarist Ralphs provide the heart and soul of the music, giving Bad Company its signature sound. Meanwhile, do you think AC/DC got their idea for the cover of "Back in Black" from this one? Unfortunately it was all downhill for the group from this first effort, with "Straight Shooter" being a step down and "Run with the Pack" continuing the slide. If you pick up their hits collection "10 from 6" (which ignores one of the first six albums anyhow) you will get the four best tracks from this one, which is the only album from Bad Company that really stands alone.
Their greatest work, includes rock classics like "Can't Get Enough" and "Bad Company". In my view they are just a bit better and a bit more rockier than Free, Rodgers first band. Heard individually, the songs are excellent but as an album they stand out even more. 'Rodgers' vocals are awesome and some of Mick Ralphs guitar playing is excellent. Also, Simon Kirke is one of the world's greatest ever drummers behind John Bonham, Mitch Mitchell and Ginger Baker. A must buy for the ardent rock lover.