Burnin' Sky

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Burnin' Sky
Studio album by Bad Company
Released 3 March 1977
Recorded July–August 1976 at Château d'Hérouville, Hérouville, France
Genre Hard rock
Length 44:48
Label Island (UK)
Swan Song (NA)
Producer Bad Company
Bad Company chronology
Run with the Pack
(1976)
Burnin' Sky
(1977)
Desolation Angels
(1979)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Burnin' Sky is the fourth album by the band Bad Company. It was released in 1977 (see 1977 in music).

Burnin' Sky was recorded in France at Château d'Hérouville in July and August 1976 with future Rolling Stones engineer Chris Kimsey but its release was delayed until March 1977 as to not compete with the band's then-current album Run with the Pack.

The album peaked at a disappointing (compared to their previous albums) No. 15 on the Billboard's Pop Albums chart but was the band's fourth consecutive US Gold certified album.

The album's only charting single was the title cut which peaked at No. 78 on the singles chart.

The album was remastered and re-released in 1994.

In the movie Almost Famous, the fictitious band Stillwater's first tee shirt is strikingly similar to the Burnin' Sky album cover.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Paul Rodgers unless otherwise noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Burnin' Sky" – 5:09
  2. "Morning Sun" – 4:07
  3. "Leaving You" – 3:23
  4. "Like Water" (Paul Rodgers, Machiko Shimizu) – 4:18
  5. "Knapsack" – 1:20 (a short studio one take of "The Happy Wanderer" originally listed LP as "intro" to "Everything I Need")
  6. "Everything I Need" (Paul Rodgers/Mick Ralphs/Simon Kirke/Boz Burrell) – 3:22

Side two[edit]

  1. "Heartbeat" – 2:36
  2. "Peace of Mind" (Simon Kirke) – 3:22
  3. "Passing Time" – 2:30
  4. "Too Bad" (Mick Ralphs*) – 3:47
  5. "Man Needs Woman" – 3:43
  6. "Master of Ceremony" (Paul Rodgers/Mick Ralphs/Simon Kirke/Boz Burrell) – 7:10


  • "Too Bad" is listed as being a Mick Ralphs composition on both the b-side of the 7" single "Everything I Need" and on the Original Bad Company Anthology liner notes. CD versions list the song as a Paul Rodgers composition.

Omitted tracks[edit]

  1. "Smokin' 45" (Boz Burrell/Peter Sinfield/Tim Hinkley) – 3:32

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1977 Pop Albums 15

Singles – Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1977 "Burnin' Sky" Pop Singles 78

Mistakes[edit]

  • The CD version lists the track "Burnin' Sky" as 5:19, though it is actually 5:09.
  • The CD version lists the track "Morning Sun" as 3:57, though it is actually 4:07.
  • The CD version lists the track "Too Bad" as 3:47, though it is actually 3:52.

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