Straight Shooter (Bad Company album)
|Studio album by Bad Company|
|Recorded||September 1974 at Clearwell Castle, Gloucestershire, England|
Swan Song (NA)
|Bad Company chronology|
|Singles from Straight Shooter|
Straight Shooter is the second studio album by British supergroup Bad Company. The album was released in April 1975, a month after the release of the single "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" and four months before the album's second single "Feel Like Makin' Love" (see 1975 in music).
The album became a hit in America, making the top ten on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold (500,000 units sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America a month after its release.
Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke revealed on In the Studio (which devoted an episode to Straight Shooter) that the track "Shooting Star" (which told the story of a rock star who died early) was lyrically inspired by the drug and alcohol-related deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and, in its release year, Tim Buckley.
In June 1974, Bad Company released their self-titled debut album. Three months later, the band and recording engineer Ron Nevison recorded at least eight songs at Clearwell Castle in Gloucestershire, England. Sometime later Nevison mixed the songs for Straight Shooter at Air Studios in London. The sleeve for the album was designed by Hipgnosis, who also designed their debut album.
The first single from the album, "Good Lovin' Gone Bad", was released in March 1975 and reached No. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was released in April. The album's final single "Feel Like Makin' Love" was released in August and reached No. 10 on the Hot 100.
It refers to a man named Johnny who, in its first verse when he was a boy, heard his first Beatles song, Love Me Do, and from there it didn't take Johnny long to make up his mind what he wanted to do when he grew up. His mother, "mama", came to the door with teardrops in her eyes but was told by Johnny not to cry. In the second verse, Johnny made an album that went "straight up to #1" (Top 40). Everyone likes to hear his songs and he finally made the "big time" at last. In verse three, however, Johnny died in his bed one night with a bottle of whiskey and sleeping tablets next to his head, his life passed him by like a warm summer's day but if listeners listen hard enough to the wind they can still hear him playing like he was when he was popular.
Straight Shooter received different reviews from different music critics. Gautam Baksi's review of the album for Allmusic said that the album's popularity was attributed to the acoustic ballads "Shooting Star" and "Feel Like Makin' Love", while the two songs written by Simon Kirke—"Anna" and "Weep No More"—as well as the album not having enough supporting songs and follow-up singles, were what made the album less successful than its predecessor. Robert Christgau felt that although Straight Shooter was better than its predecessor, it should not be labeled hard rock because Paul Rodgers did not have either a strong voice, which is needed to be a rock singer and because the album is not played at the right speed. Ed Naha's feeling of the album, as stated in Rolling Stone magazine, was much more favourable than Christgau's. Naha thought that, with their second album, Bad Company was proving that they would not end up like Mott the Hoople, Free, or King Crimson—bands who Bad Company's members used to be part of. Naha also thought that Simon Kirke's "Anna" was as bad as it was when it was first recorded, but that "Weep No More" showed that he was progressing as a writer, while Boz Burrell was also making progress on the bass.
- "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" (Mick Ralphs) – 3:35
- "Feel Like Makin' Love" (Paul Rodgers, Ralphs) – 5:12
- "Weep No More" (Simon Kirke) – 3:59
- "Shooting Star" (Rodgers) – 6:16
- "Deal With the Preacher" (Rodgers, Ralphs) – 5:01
- "Wild Fire Woman" (Rodgers, Ralphs) – 4:32
- "Anna" (Kirke) – 3:41
- "Call on Me" (Rodgers) – 6:03
- "Whiskey Bottle" (Rodgers, Ralphs) – 3:45
- Released as the b-side to the "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" single.
- Paul Rodgers – vocals, guitar, piano
- Mick Ralphs – guitar, keyboards
- Simon Kirke – drums
- Boz Burrell – bass
|New Zealand (RIANZ)||13|
|UK (The Official Charts Company)||3|
|US Billboard 200||3|
|1975||"Good Lovin' Gone Bad"||Hot 100||36|
|1975||"Feel Like Makin' Love"||Hot 100||10|
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- Re-recording of a song recorded by Kossoff, Kirke, Tetsu and Rabbit for their self-titled 1972 studio album.
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- Lyrics of live cover of "Shooting Star" by Queen + Paul Rodgers from Live in Ukraine, from Queen official website