Saturday, 24 November 2018

Bad Company - Live (1977 & 1979)


  

This is an excellent live compilation, taken from Bad Company concerts from Houston, Texas in 1977 and Wembley Arena, London in 1979. Despite the fact that the flames of punk were burning all around them, Bad Company carried on with their brand of muscular, pounding, bluesy rock regardless and their loyal fans seemed to keep lapping it up, judging from the crowd reaction and atmosphere apparent on both recordings.



The sound quality from both concerts is excellent, made to be turned up loud and enjoyed appropriately. It is also notable that over the two set lists, only "Shooting Star" and the encore of "Feel Like Makin' Love" are duplications, showing that they had a fair amount of material at their disposal, and also making it value for money for customers in this double CD format. It is not just the well-known tracks, there are plenty of good ones across both gigs, like "Too Bad", "Honey Child","Rock Steady" and "Movin' On". All quality, beefy rockers. The Free-esque "Simple Man" and "Bad Company" are great too.

Paul Rodgers' voice is on top form in both concerts, as it aways is the the riffs are big and powerful throughout. As I said earlier, there is a great live atmosphere. It is a fine example of just what a dynamic rock band Bad Company were, despite by 1979 being somewhat anachronistic (certainly in the UK, not so much in the US, where heavy rock always had a huge following). Recommended.

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