Bad Company (album)

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Bad Company
Studio album by Bad Company
Released 26 June 1974
Recorded November 1973 at Headley Grange, East Hampshire, England[1]
Genre Hard rock
Length 34:45
Label Island (UK)
Swan Song (NA)
Producer Bad Company
Bad Company chronology
Bad Company
(1974)
Straight Shooter
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone favourable[3]

Bad Company is the debut studio album by British hard rock supergroup Bad Company. The album was recorded at Headley Grange with Ronnie Lane's Mobile Studio in November 1973,[1] and the first release of Led Zeppelin's Swan Song Records.[4]

The album reached the top of the US Billboard 200.[5] Since then, the album has been certified five times platinum by the RIAA, and became the 46th best selling album of the 1970s.[6] The album spent 25 weeks in the UK Albums Chart, entering at No. 10 and reaching its highest position of No. 3 in the second week.[7] Kerrang! magazine listed the album at No. 40 among the "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time".[8]

The singles "Can't Get Enough" and "Movin' On" peaked at No. 5 and No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively.[9] "Rock Steady", "Bad Company" and "Ready for Love" (the last originally recorded by guitarist Mick Ralphs during his tenure with Mott the Hoople on All the Young Dudes) are also "classic rock" radio staples. In 2006 a limited edition CD of 24K gold was released. A previous remaster was released in 1994.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Can't Get Enough" (Mick Ralphs) – 4:16
  2. "Rock Steady" (Paul Rodgers) – 3:46
  3. "Ready for Love" (Ralphs) (Mott the Hoople cover) – 5:01
  4. "Don't Let Me Down" (Rodgers, Ralphs) – 4:22

Side two[edit]

  1. "Bad Company" (Rodgers, Simon Kirke) – 4:50
  2. "The Way I Choose" (Rodgers) – 5:05
  3. "Movin' On" (Ralphs) – 3:21
  4. "Seagull" (Rodgers, Ralphs) – 4:06

Omitted tracks[edit]

  1. "Superstar Woman" (Rodgers) – 5:04
    • This was later re-recorded for the Paul Rodgers 1982 solo studio album Cut Loose.

Non-album tracks[edit]

  1. "Little Miss Fortune" (Rodgers) – 3:53
    • Released as the b-side to the "Can't Get Enough" single.
  2. "Easy on My Soul" (Rodgers) – 4:11
    • Re-recording of an old Free track from their 1973 studio album Heartbreaker, it was released as the b-side to the "Movin' On" single.

Personnel[edit]

Per sleeve notes[1]

  • Paul Rodgers – vocals, rhythm guitar on "Can't Get Enough", piano on "Bad Company" and "Don't Let Me Down", all instruments on "Seagull"
  • Mick Ralphs– guitar, keyboards on "Ready for Love"
  • Simon Kirke – drums
  • Boz Burrell – bass

Additional Personnel[edit]

Per sleeve notes[1]

Charts[edit]

Album
Chart (1974) Peak
position
Canada (RPM)[10] 7
Norway (VG-lista)[11] 17
UK (The Official Charts Company)[12] 3
US Billboard 200[5] 1
Chart (1975) Peak
position
New Zealand (RIANZ)[13] 27
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
1974 "Can't Get Enough" Pop Singles 5
1975 "Movin' On" Pop Singles 19
Preceded by
Fulfillingness' First Finale by Stevie Wonder
Billboard 200 number-one album
28 September – 4 October 1974
Succeeded by
Endless Summer by The Beach Boys

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Bad Company (Vinyl sleeve). Bad Company. Island Records. 1974. back cover. 
  2. ^ Baksi, Gautam. Album review Bad Company at AllMusic. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  3. ^ Scoppa, Bud. "Album review Bad Company". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Reiff, Corbin (7 May 2014). "The History of Swan Song Records". ultimateclassicrock.com. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Bad Company – Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Bad Company RIAA certification". www.riaa.com. 
  7. ^ "UK chart history – Bad Company Bad Company". www.chartstats.com. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  8. ^ Johnson, Howard (21 January 1989). "Bad Company 'Bad Company'". Kerrang! 222. London, UK: Spotlight Publications Ltd. 
  9. ^ "Bad Company – Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  10. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  11. ^ Steffen Hung. "Bad Company – Bad Co". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "1974-06-22 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive". Official Charts. 22 June 1974. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  13. ^ Steffen Hung. "Bad Company – Bad Co". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 

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