Bad Company was a bluesy, hard rock group from the 1970s with Paul Rodgers as the lead vocalist from a band called Free with one song that I know of by them called All Right Now. Mick Ralphs was the guitarist for Bad Company. His guitar playing is similar to that of Mick Jones’, another Mick, from Foreigner, due to how incredibly average they both were. Bad Company had a string of hits that I really like, and I frequently listen to their greatest hits album called 10 from 6. I also have their Anthology album, but I don’t listen to it too often because it’s a little too much of Bad Company for me. I have their 10 From 6 album on hard copy. Bad Company I feel gets a bad rap from critics because they never strayed far away from the successful sound they had on their first album. The question is are the critics right or should you stick with a good thing when you have it?
Bad Company released their first album called Bad Company in 1974 with two hit singles called Can’t Get Enough and Moving On. Their album was a big success and they were considered one of the first successful super groups in the 1970s. A super group has all of its members from previous groups with Cream and Chickenfoot as some examples. Bad Company followed their first album with Straight Shooter featuring the hit single, Feel Like Making Love.
Bad Company toured with their third album called Run With the Pack with a former member of Free named Paul Kossoff. Run With the Pack was their first platinum selling album. Burning Sky was their fourth album, which faired poorly, but was followed by Desolation Angels, which was another platinum selling album.
In the late 1970s Bad Company became disenchanted with playing in large stadiums. Also, Peter Grant, who was both the manager for Led Zeppelin and Bad Company, stopped managing them when Bonham for Led Zeppelin died and it caused the band to drift apart. According to Simon Kirke, a member of Bad Company, “Peter Grant was the glue that held the group together”, and once he left the band began to decline.
The band was on hiatus for three years and then made their infamously lackluster Rough Diamonds album in 1982 as the sixth and final studio album with Paul Rodgers as the lead vocalist. Paul Rodgers would go on to make a couple of albums with Jimmy Paige for a short lived super group called The Firm in the 1980s. Paul Rodgers left the group after Rough Diamonds. and the rest of the music group disbanded. They released a live album in 2006.
The third album called Run With the Pack was poorly received by critics. William Ruhlman wrote that Run With the Pack was the same style as their first two albums, which was unusually restrictive. He wrote that the band adding strings for Run With the Pack, the song, was a pretension and not a new direction. He also wrote that these were all reasons for Bad Company’s third album not selling as well and that they should have been paying attention to the warning signs with declining sales and charting performance, but is it fair to rule off Bad Company as being “more of the same” with every album?
Bad Company always tried to stress their strongest point of Paul Rodgers’ vocals. Bad Company’s guitar work, writing and rhythm section were all incredibly average, but Paul Rodgers according to Rolling Stone Magazine was one of the hundred best vocalists ever. Looking at Bad Company as a vehicle for Paul Rodgers’ vocals with their bluesy, gritty, blue collar effect, it would make sense for Bad Company to stick to a formula that Paul Rodgers was good at singing.
Bad Company’s music might have stayed the same, but this is one of the few times that I will have to disagree with my favorite online journalism network, Allmusic.com, when I say that sticking with a similar style was actually a good idea for Bad Company to do.