What does it sound like?:
When Bad Company rose from the ashes of Free in the early seventies, they seemed a band made in heaven for lovers of classic British blues-rock. Paul Rodgers voice was in its prime, and their first two albums, Bad Company and Straight Shooter, still hold their own today, over forty years later. The band somehow seemed to get distracted though by the lucrative US market and rather lost their focus, and for me the next two releases were of nowhere near the same standard, often resorting to run of the mill, plodding songs that really went nowhere and amounted to nothing. At least Run With The Pack (remember that silver embossed cover anyone) had the title track to redeem it a little, but Burning Sky had very little to offer, sounding totally devoid of inspiration. Indeed, when the band released their first best of set, 10 from 6, tellingly not a single track from that album featured. After a lengthy, by those days, hiatus they returned with 1979’s Desolation Angels, replete with obligatory Hipgnosis cover art. This was something of a return to form, although it still had more than its fair share of filler to be brutally honest. The final recording by this line up appeared in 1982, by which time the band members had pretty much terminally fallen out with each other, not helped by their manager Peter Grant losing interest in the music business after the death of John Bonham, and this is reflected in the very average throwaway songs that make up the vast majority of the record. A sad way for the band to bow out really, very much with a whimper rather than a bang. To sum up then, two good albums, two not bad efforts and two poor ones. All in all, a band that never realised their full potential, promising so much more than they ultimately delivered.
What does it all *mean*?
The first four albums were reissued a few years ago as deluxe 2cd versions, but those bonus tracks have been discarded for this set, which comprises straight reissues of the original albums.
Of course, this wasn’t the end for the band – a few years later they regenerated themselves with Brian Howe, and then Robert Hart, replacing Rodgers on vocals, and went on to have another run of successful albums, particularly in their prime US target market, before the inevitable reunion tour ensued.
Goes well with…
Hot nights in City Halls.
Might suit people who like…