What does it sound like?:
What was very nearly the name of Free’s second album (taken from Kerouac’s novel) finally surfaced as Bad Co’s 5th album, first released in 1979. This time round there are 19 extra tracks, most of which are alternate takes.
In the 5 years since their debut Bad Company had established themselves as the platinum album global stadium act. Not that you would have expected much else given their Free and Mott credentials along with Peter Grant’s management heft. And whilst they were untroubled by punk, there’s a melancholy weariness here that saw this incarnation of the band manage just one more album. Or as Rolling Stone said at the time, the ballsy rocking was constrained by “a jockstrap of despair”. Now there’s a band name in the making.
The album yielded two strong singles – the well known “Rock N Roll Fantasy” and less familiar (but equally as good) “Gone Gone Gone”. Thereafter pickings were slim. It’s not that there were any real stinkers (although for me the plodding “Early In The Morning” certainly whiffs a bit), it’s just that the rest remain fairly unremarkable. “Crazy Circles” suggests a beefed up “Seagull” from the » Continue Reading.