Straight Shooter (Bad Company album)

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Straight Shooter
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Studio album by Bad Company
Released 2 April 1975 (1975-04-02)[1]
Recorded September 1974 at Clearwell Castle, Gloucestershire, England[2]
Genre Hard rock
Length 38:17
Label Island (UK)
Swan Song (US)
Producer Bad Company[2]
Bad Company chronology
Bad Company
(1974)Bad Company1974
Straight Shooter
Run with the Pack
(1976)Run with the Pack1976
Singles from Straight Shooter
  1. "Good Lovin' Gone Bad"
    Released: March 1975[1]
  2. "Feel Like Makin' Love"
    Released: August 1975[1]

Straight Shooter is the second studio album by the English supergroup Bad Company. The album was released in April 2, 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).[1]

The album reached number 3 in the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200.[3][4] It was certified gold (500,000 units sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America a month after its release.[5]

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, and Jim Morrison.


In June 1974, Bad Company released their self-titled debut album.[1] 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.[2]

The first single from the album, "Good Lovin' Gone Bad", was released in March 1975[1] and reached No. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100.[6] The album was released in April.[1] The album's final single "Feel Like Makin' Love" was released in August[1] and reached No. 10 on the Hot 100.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[7]
Robert Christgau B−[8]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[9]

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.[7] Robert Christgau felt that although Straight Shooter was better than its predecessor, it should not be labelled 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.[8] 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 that 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.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" Mick Ralphs 3:35
2. "Feel Like Makin' Love" Paul Rodgers, Ralphs 5:12
3. "Weep No More" Simon Kirke 3:59
4. "Shooting Star" Rodgers 6:16
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Deal With the Preacher" Rodgers, Ralphs 5:01
6. "Wild Fire Woman" Rodgers, Ralphs 4:32
7. "Anna" Kirke 3:41
8. "Call on Me" Rodgers 6:03

Non-album tracks[edit]

  1. "Whisky Bottle" (Rodgers, Ralphs, Kirke, Burrell) – 3:45
    • Released as the b-side to the "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" single.


Bad Company[edit]


  • Produced by Bad Company
  • Mastered by George Marino


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
Canada (RPM)[10] 3
Germany (GfK) 47
New Zealand (RIANZ)[11] 13
Norway (VG-lista)[12] 6
UK (The Official Charts Company)[13] 3
US Billboard 200[4] 3


Year Single Chart Position
1975 "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" Hot 100 36
1975 "Feel Like Makin' Love" Hot 100 10


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  2. ^ a b c Straight Shooter (Vinyl sleeve). Bad Company. United States: Swan Song Records. 1975. Back cover. SS 8413. 
  3. ^ "Bad Company Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 August 2014
  4. ^ a b "Bad Company – Billboard Albums". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  5. ^ RIAA Certification Search Type "Straight Shooter" under Title for search results.
  6. ^ a b "Bad Company – Billboard Singles". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Baksi, Gautam. "Review: Straight Shooter by Bad Company". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Review: Bad Company" (PHP). Robert Christgau. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Naha, Ed. "Album Review: Straight Shooter by Bad Company". Rolling Stone. Jann S. Wenner. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "RPM – Item Display: Top Albums/CDs – Volume 23, No. 16, June 14, 1975" (.Php). Library and Archives Canada. 31 March 2004. 
  11. ^ "Bad Company – Straight Shooter (album)" (ASP). Hung Medien. New Zealand. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  12. ^ "Bad Company – Straight Shooter (album)" (ASP). Hung Medien. Norway. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  13. ^ "Archive Chart – 3 May 1975". The Official Charts Company. United Kingdom. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 

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