Live 1977 & 1979/ Bad Company (2016)

Sure there are a ton of what we would call Classic Rock Bands but one of these acts that would be at the top would have to be Bad Company.

For those keeping score at home there are two versions of Bad Company. The 70’s into the early 80’s Bad Company featuring vocalist Paul Rodgers and then their was the mid 80’s to early 90’s version of the band that featured singer Brian Howe who replaced Rodgers.

The noticeable difference was the 70s version was Bad Company was just that..Bad Fuckin Ass while the Howe driven Bad Company was a watered down light version so to speak with its eye on the North American Market. Nuthin But Trouble a 1992 release was pretty good with a real decent single in How About That.  This version was Bad Company Lite. Not bad,but…..

About a month or so ago Fellow  Blog Buddy HMO posted on his site under Upcoming Releases this live double live album recorded at two different shows on Bad Companys 1977 and 1979 World Tours. I was hooked…..

WOWZERS! Here’s Bad Company how you oughta hear them! Live and back in the day when they roamed the Arenas throughout the world in their own personal jet( they were that big folks) as well as being on Led Zeps Swan Song Label! Good Company they kept!

Paul Rodgers(vocals) Boz Burrell(bass, RIP) Simon Kirke(drums) and Mick Ralphs(guitars) are Bad Company!
CD 1
1. Burnin’ Sky (Live at The Summit, Houston, Texas – 23rd May 1977)
2. Too Bad (Live at The Summit, Houston, Texas – 23rd May 1977)
3. Ready For Love (Live at The Summit, Houston, Texas – 23rd May 1977)
4. Heartbeat (Live at The Summit, Houston, Texas – 23rd May 1977)
5. Morning Sun (Live at The Summit, Houston, Texas – 23rd May 1977)
6. Man Needs Woman (Live at The Summit, Houston, Texas – 23rd May 1977)
7. Leaving You (Live at The Summit, Houston, Texas – 23rd May 1977)
8. Shooting Star (Live at The Summit, Houston, Texas – 23rd May 1977)
9. Simple Man (Live at The Summit, Houston, Texas – 23rd May 1977)
10. Movin’ On (Live at The Summit, Houston, Texas – 23rd May 1977)
11. Like Water (Live at The Summit, Houston, Texas – 23rd May 1977)
12. i. Live For The Music (Live at The Summit, Houston, Texas – 23rd May 1977)
13. ii. Drum Solo (Live at The Summit, Houston, Texas – 23rd May 1977)
14. Good Lovin’ Gone Bad (Live at The Summit, Houston, Texas – 23rd May 1977)
15. Feel Like Makin’ Love (Live at The Summit, Houston, Texas – 23rd May 1977)

CD 2
1. Bad Company (Live at The Empire Pool, Wembley, London – 9th March 1979)
2. Gone, Gone, Gone (Live at The Empire Pool, Wembley, London – 9th March 1979)
3. Shooting Star (Live at The Empire Pool, Wembley, London – 9th March 1979)
4. Rhythm Machine (Live at The Empire Pool, Wembley, London – 9th March 1979)
5. Oh, Atlanta (Live at The Empire Pool, Wembley, London – 9th March 1979)
6. She Brings Me Love (Live at The Empire Pool, Wembley, London – 9th March 1979)
7. Run With The Pack (Live at The Empire Pool, Wembley, London – 9th March 1979)
8. i. Evil Wind (Live at The Empire Pool, Wembley, London – 9th March 1979)
9. ii. Drum Solo (Live at The Empire Pool, Wembley, London – 9th March 1979)
10. Honey Child (Live at The Empire Pool, Wembley, London – 9th March 1979)
11. Rock Steady (Live at The Empire Pool, Wembley, London – 9th March 1979)
12. Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy (Live at The Empire Pool, Wembley, London – 9th March 1979)
13. Hey Joe (Live at Capitol Center, Washington, DC 26th June 1979)
14. Feel Like Makin’ Love (Live at The Empire Pool, Wembley, London – 9th March 1979)
15. Can’t Get Enough (Live at The Empire Pool, Wembley, London – 9th March 1979)

Hows that for Live Product?! 30 tracks and not to many double up’s! Course there’s a few between the two it can’t be avoided but its Rodgers voice man…I Can’t Get Enough of it….Ha! That was a brutal tie in but my Blog my Rules!

This Double Bubble live release just came out on April 29th 2016 and it’s amazing that these two shows were sitting around  in vaults for many years! Not anymore!

Upon a couple of listens on the iPod it’s all good but i will tell you that its great to hear an actual band as a 4 piece play it on how it was heard that night. The mix of the audio considering close to 40 years has passed is awesome and one thing that is noticeable along with Rodgers lead vocals are the backing vocals. This is top-notch stuff Folks!( Have i ever steered you fine readers wrong?)

Even at each show it lists drum solos. I can tell you that they are short so it’s no biggie. My deal is if your name is not Neil Peart,Alex Van Halen,Cozy Powell(RIP),John Bonham (RIP)you should  not be doing drum solos! Period!

Standouts for me are Good Lovin Gone Bad,Feel Like Making Love( great drumming by Kirke playing a cool relaxed vibe) Rock N Roll Fantasy(a great track with an even greater opening line of ” Here comes the Jesters 1,2,3)  and tucked away at the end of disc 2 is a real awesome cover of Hendrix’s Hey Joe…This is just the tip of the B.C Iceberg…..I must also mention that no one ever talks about Rodgers lyrics of course they talk about his voice but you want to talk about classic songwriting check out the lyrics to Shooting Star and the tune Bad Company……

Sure you can call these talented cats Classic Rock…for me they’re  Super Group! The songs,performance,vocals its all here!

Buy It Friends!

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12 thoughts on “Live 1977 & 1979/ Bad Company (2016)”

      1. Yeah I was just kidding, I had to make that joke before someone else did! Hahah. It’s great when a band gives a toss enough to release well produced high quality live stuff.

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      2. I was talking to the Heff at work today about this review and I told him your Feel Like Making Dough comment…we had a laugh ….seriously though if this was a double studio release of hits I would have passed…dub in a Live audience…..I’m sold! Hahahaha….

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  1. Nice write-up, Deke. I only have the self-titled LP and while it’s been recommended I have yet to explore others. This might be something to look at further down the line … ?

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  2. I was gonna say, Deke’s been keeping with some Bad Company? So what else is new? 😉

    Very cool. Not a band I ever got into too deep past the hits. You write this up as a sweet live set, though. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. Thanks for reading ….Rodgers/Ralph/Kirke/Burrell are awesome on this double bubble live deal….
      Kicks ass in a Classic Rock kinda way!

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