Desolation Angels (album)

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Desolation Angels
Studio album by Bad Company
Released 17 March 1979
Recorded Ridge Farm Studios, Surrey, England, August – September 1978
Genre Hard rock
Length 41:03
Label Swan Song
Producer Bad Company
Bad Company chronology
Burnin' Sky
(1977)
Desolation Angels
(1979)
Rough Diamonds
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Desolation Angels is a 1979 album by the hard rock band Bad Company. It was their 5th studio release. Paul Rodgers revealed on In the Studio with Redbeard (which devoted an episode to Desolation Angels) that the album's title came from the novel of the same name by Jack Kerouac.

Desolation Angels was recorded at Ridge Farm Studios in Surrey, England in late 1978.

It is considered the last strong album by Bad Company, mostly because it contains their last major hit, "Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy," written by Paul Rodgers and inspired by a guitar synthesizer riff that Rodgers had come up with.

"Gone, Gone, Gone", written by bassist Boz Burrell, also received substantial airplay on rock stations. It was the first of only three songs he ever wrote for the band, but is widely revered as one of the band's finest compositions.

The album reached No. 3 on the Billboard album charts in 1979 and went Platinum in 1979 and Double Platinum subsequently.

A cover version of "Oh, Atlanta", written by Mick Ralphs, was recorded by Alison Krauss and appears on her 1995 album Now That I've Found You: A Collection. The original version was used in the open to The Nashville Network's 1993 broadcast of the Motorcraft 500 when ABC (which originally had the broadcast) could not find time to air the race, postponed six days by a snowstorm in the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The album was remastered and re-released in 1994.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy" (Paul Rodgers) – 3:15
  2. "Crazy Circles" (Paul Rodgers) – 3:32
  3. "Gone, Gone, Gone" (Boz Burrell) – 3:50
  4. "Evil Wind" (Paul Rodgers) – 4:22
  5. "Early in the Morning" (Paul Rodgers) – 5:45


  1. "Lonely for Your Love" (Mick Ralphs) – 3:26
  2. "Oh, Atlanta" (Mick Ralphs) – 4:08
  3. "Take the Time" (Mick Ralphs) – 4:14
  4. "Rhythm Machine" (Simon Kirke/Boz Burrell) – 3:44
  5. "She Brings Me Love" (Paul Rodgers) – 4:42

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1979 Pop Albums 3

Singles – Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1979 "Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy" Pop Singles 13
1979 "Gone, Gone, Gone" Pop Singles 44

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