Revisiting my extensive music collection, one artist at a time
Most artists are lucky if they release one top-to-bottom classic throughout their career, yet Bad Company managed that feat on their first album. With four tracks that have become rock radio staples and four others that are equally as strong, their self-titled 1974 debut is one for the ages. In addition to the songs mentioned (and samples included) below, I strongly suggest checking out album closer “Seagull,” a beautiful acoustic ballad showcasing Paul Rodgers’ soulful voice.
For more information on this series, please read the opening paragraph of the first post, which featured the debut album from Led Zeppelin.
From GREAT OUT OF THE GATE Part 5:
This was my introduction to the amazingly soulful & powerful voice of Paul Rodgers. He had already established himself as a great singer with Free, but he and his Bad Company bandmates (former Free drummer Simon Kirke, former Mott The Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and one-time King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell) struck gold (multi-platinum, actually) immediately with their debut, which was the first release on Led Zeppelin’s newly-formed Swan Song Records. Some of their best-known songs appear here, including rockers “Can’t Get Enough,” “Rock Steady,” “Movin’ On” and “Ready For Love” (the latter previously recorded by Mott The Hoople with Ralphs on vocals) as well as the moody ballad “Don’t Let Me Down” and their dynamic calling card, “Bad Company.” Had they never recorded again, Bad Company still would have been one of the greatest bands of their era thanks to this stellar self-titled debut.
They released several more great albums but general consensus suggests this is the gold standard in their catalog. I enjoy its follow-up, Straight Shooter, as much as this one, and a couple of others are nearly as good, but I want to hear what other Bad Company fans think of the debut and its place in their discography.