Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Bad Company - Bad Co (1974)

I take whatever I want, and Baby I want you....


Released June 1974

Recorded at Headley Grange, Hampshire

Formed from members of classic blues rock outfit Free (Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke) and Mick Ralphs of Mott The Hoople, Bad Company carried on the bass-heavy, bluesy rock tradition of Free, with a little bit of Mott’s eye for a commercial hit.

1. Can't Get Enough
2. Rock Steady
3. Ready For Love
4. Don't Let Me Down
5. Bad Company
6. The Way I Choose
7. Movin' On
8. Seagull                                                                                                         
The Free influence comes over loud and clear on slow-burning blues tracks like The Way I Choose, Don't Let Me Down and the rocking Bad Company. The Mott legacy is obviously there on Ready For Love (previously recorded on MTH’s All The Young Dudes album) and the hit single Can't Get Enough whose riff owes more than a little bit to Mott’s One Of The Boys. There is a nice singalong rocking feel to Movin' On as well.

Rock Steady is a powerful, bluesy rock song, very Free-like in its tight-trousered potency. Hackneyed as it now may seem, I still enjoy a bit of this 70s rock. The Way I Choose is similar, a slow burning slab of pulsating blues rock. Seagull is an enjoyable, powerful, bluesy rock ballad.

Saxophone is used on a few tracks to give a slightly different sound to that of Free in places, but there are as many similarities, none more so, of course, than the wonderful voice of singer Paul Rodgers. Anything he lends his vocal chords to would be impressive.