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Bad Company

Bad Company

1974

Bad Company

Album Summary

Bad Company is the debut studio album by the English hard rock supergroup Bad Company. The album was recorded at Headley Grange with Ronnie Lane's Mobile Studio in November 1973, and it was the first album released on Led Zeppelin's Swan Song Records label.

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Rating

3.26

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5700

Genres

  • Hard Rock
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Wed Jul 28 2021
2

Supergroups. Why are there always supergroups. All of the playing is good, and all of the songs are forgettable. Supergroups always sound way too polished, too over-produced, and too ironed to me. While great bands often feel like like more than the sum of their parts, Bad Company feel like far less. Don't let me Down is shockingly dull.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

Bland Company. Short average dad rock. Not bad but not memorable.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
3

Paul Rodgers has such a gutsy rock voice, so much so that pretty much anything he sings is worth listening to. But, from a lyrical perspective, he only writes about wanting to fuck. Just said in different words from song to song, album to album, and band to band. Though on this record there is a mellow track about a seagull. Does he want to fuck it? Probably.

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Tue Oct 19 2021
1

Shite

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

If this album doesn’t make you feel like a badass idk what to tell you

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Bad comapany...til the day I dieeeee

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Tue Apr 20 2021
5

Loved this album. It's short and full of good tracks. Pretty standard 70s and 80s rock vibe. Spotify ends up recommending a lot of great music if you start here

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Tue Jul 13 2021
5

I feel like I need to talk about this album outside of it's title track. There's a reason this album is an absolute classic as it's a great example of 70's blues rock. There's really not a mediocre song on the album. Favorite Songs: Can't Get Enough, Bad Company

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Fri May 14 2021
4

This was definitely an album in heavy heavy rotation in my house during my middle school days - 4 or 5 of these songs were so prominent on radio through the 80s that even if you didn't have the record, you knew most of it. Not much to analyze here - it's prototypical "Classic Rock" with very little wiggle room into anything else, and whether that's a pro or con is (as everything) up to personal taste, but for that quality (limitation?) this is almost as good as it gets. Paul Rodgers is or was *the* classic rock voice of the 70s/early 80s. There's nothing overly creative or experimental in terms of production and that's likely what makes it still work today - guitar/bass/drums and occasional piano/keys. It's also hard not to think of the movie "Almost Famous" when listening to this and also looking at the band (see the cover for "Burnin' Sky" and it seems pretty obvious where the movie writers got inspiration for the controversial t-shirts!) Deserving of an isolated comment is the bass playing of Boz Burrell on this album - to my ears he was the secret weapon on many of these songs, most of which have a simple and potentially dull chord progression but Burrell's fluid lines tied them together brilliantly. In particular check out the work on "Movin' On" Funny that when this came up I smiled but wasn't too excited to revisit it...if I'd written this before playing it again i would have said something like: "...even though I'm unlikely to go out of my way to listen to this again, that's just as much due to my having heard it hundreds of times as changing tastes..." but damn if it hasn't been fun listening to this album again. In the end, for what it is...it really is great from start to finish, and sometimes you just need uncomplicated straight up 70s guitar rock.

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Thu May 06 2021
3

Mediocre company I’d say. Carried through by the good bits!

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

6/10. Glad to see that sometimes people do name a song, an album, and their band all the same thing. Pleasant enough to listen to, but it really slipped into the background a lot.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

I mean, it sounds like what it is: a rock album from the 70s. It's kind of a slow chug through chunky riffs with rough vocals over top. If that's what you came for, you'll be happy with what you get. Otherwise, it's just kinda meh.

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Thu May 05 2022
3

Never herd of this group so it may be interesting… The album starts with can’t get enough, I mean it’s alright to be fair it’s just a generic rock song. No real hate towards it though. Rock steady is still generic as fuck but it has nicer guitar works so that’s a plus. Man this album is so bland yet listenable, ready for love has it’s moments on the instrumental department but just feels like a song that’s only in it for the pay cheque. Don’t let me down at least provides a nice pace change it’s actually a really nice piano track great closer for side one especially for this album. Then the band/ albums title track ( bad company) all of the elements of the song are interesting but it’s just like so many bands have done songs like this before so it’s just not the best. Then is the way I choose it’s okay, very okay just a bit slower than the others going for a kinda romantic feel. It’s alright ( It’s just hard to find ways to describe these songs seeing they’re so mid level). Movin’ on is a nice enough penultimate track, reminds me of can’t get enough but more enjoyable and although it’s not a favourite of all time this one is actually a really fun listen I can’t deny! Seagull makes sense as a closer just a nice acoustic song maybe a favourite but just because it’s so different to the rest of the album. 5 really generic songs, a good song halfway then two good ones at the end I must say not my favourite album. Only 8 tracks lasting 35 minutes from a group who have all had musical experience being a supergroup, doing nothing special sounding like they’re only in it for the money. If you like that then okay. Ps. I didn’t hate it it’s just generic, not unique enough to be a 4 not horrendous enough to be a 2.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
2

Enjoyable enough, straight down the middle cheesy 70s rock. Have to give them a shout out for pulling off the trifecta of naming your band "Bad Company", titling your album "Bad Company" and having a song called "Bad Company". Rarefied air: https://www.stereogum.com/928281/20-songs-named-after-the-bands-that-played-them/lists/

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Fri Jun 25 2021
1

In the 70s this album was considered good. If I was still 14 I might think so, but I'm an adult and it's generic blooze rawk. Awful.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
1

Escuchado hoy 2021, no parece gran cosa

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

Hell yeah.

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Tue Sep 07 2021
5

Wow, this is an exceptional album, just brimming with classics. Six of these songs are classic rock staples and the remaining two are top notch deep tracks. Consider for a moment just how rare that is. There isn't a bad song on here. It's warm, sexy, bluesy rock for the ages. Bad Company are the standard bearers for blues-based rock in the 1970s and 80s. This band and these songs set the bar for how rock would sound for years with countless bands attempting and failing to catch their sound. The band is a murderer’s row of musicians hailing from some really great groups – Free, Mott, King Crimson. This is also probably one of the best executed albums I have ever heard. The compositions are tight, flawless. Not an extraneous note or overly long solo to be found. The band has a steadiness and intensity to their sound without all the showboating some of their peers were prone to. Lyrically, they manage to come off as tough, but with enough sensitivity to pull off a song like "Ready for Love" without sounding silly. Paul Rodgers' warm and soulful vocals are ridiculously good. He really is one of the best rock vocalists ever, and criminally underappreciated. Fave Songs: Rock Steady, Ready for Love, Can't Get Enough, Bad Company

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Thu Jun 02 2022
5

Huh. If you'd asked me yesterday if I'd ever gone through a Bad Company phase, I would've said, no. But as soon as I saw the track listing of this album, I remembered owning this on cassette. And a quick perusal of their album covers made me remember I had at least two others. So, I guess I had a bit of a Bad Co. phase and I forgot! Anyway, this album is great! When I think of Classic Rock, this is exactly what I'm thinking. While I love just about every song on here, my two favorites are the gentle ballads Don't Let Me Down and Seagull. It's so great to hear them again! Thanks so much for jogging my memory, 1001!

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

Good, solid, earnest, old fashioned dad rock.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
2

honestly, that was just boring. i'm sure in its time, it was fine, but...it just conjures visions of budweiser in pull-tab cans, and a bunch of stupid people standing around thinking they're deep. it's possible i'm projecting a little here.

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Mon Dec 05 2022
2

This is rock and roll from the early 70s although they clearly weren't in the same league as The Who, the Stones or Led Zep. The lead guitarist and bass player are quite good at playing their instruments but the songs aren't very interesting. I can't understand why they would think it was a good idea to make a song titled (and having the slowly sung chorus) "Don't Let Me Down" given Lennon's classic was released only a few years earlier. This album has aged like a 1974 Chateau le Vinaigre.

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Thu Aug 20 2020
5

Really good

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Thu Nov 12 2020
5

Pretty good

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Getting some real southern metal vibes here

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Fri Apr 09 2021
5

That voice!

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Wed May 05 2021
5

Nice discoverment

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Wed May 05 2021
5

Venga, le voy a dar un 5

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

Fantastic. Classic rock!

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

SLAMS!!! The old man has listened to them for years so this was a nice treat.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

I remember sitting in my dad's old truck fumbling through cassette tapes. He had the all the classics, including Bad Company. Such a great album!

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

Amazing. Seagull, enough said

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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

Surpise! Not hip hop at all! 😂

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Mon Apr 19 2021
5

its deffo good. something middle aged men love for sure.

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Mon May 10 2021
5

Never heard of the band but really enjoyed the album

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Sun Jun 13 2021
5

Classic rock vibes. Easy to listen to.

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Sat Aug 21 2021
5

Pretty much what you would want from a classic rock album!

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Thu Sep 02 2021
5

What a great 70's hard rock album! Nearly every song is a hit. Favorite Tracks: "Can't Get Enough" "Rock Steady" "Don't Let Me Down" "Bad Company"

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

Балдеж, на альбоме есть как рок триллеры, так и много лиричнлй музыки, одноименная песня однозначно хит!

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Mon Sep 20 2021
5

interesting good

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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

A fantastic album with a fantastic track list. Absolutely legendary.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

Excellent album. Solid rock tunes.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

A favorite from the end of my teenage years. Thanks for reminding me.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

a great early rock record

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

So many good songs

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

Wow! Forgot how great this album and this band are!

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Sun Jan 23 2022
5

This was one of my favourite albums and I loved listening to it again.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
5

Good rock, good stuff

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

Quintessential Bad Company- a very good album that I’d listen to again

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

Just good old fashioned 70s rock. Every song on this album is a banger.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

Lot of good classic songs. Worth repeating

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Mon Mar 28 2022
5

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

Excellent listen

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Wed Apr 27 2022
5

classic

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Mon May 16 2022
5

Paul Rodgers is my absolute, number one, most favorite voice of all time. He can do no wrong. That is all.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
5

I was exposed to this in my youth through my sister's record collection, but I wasn't terribly attracted to it then. Back then I would listen to "Can't Get Enough" but generally didn't listen long too much after that. It felt too "grown up" for me. I guess I'm grown up now, because I really love all of this. Very well done 70s rock that makes me feel like the cool kid I always wanted to be. I loved sitting back with the lights low and chilling out to this album. Definitely has earned a place in my permanent rotation.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
5

Although I may have seen this band in concert in my younger years, but I don't think that I was ever a fan. Listening now, I am totally puzzled as to why. This album was simply awesome!

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

Fantastic album beginning to end.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

cool

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

An amazing piece of music overall. Has the right amount of distortion to musicality with a good voice to boot. Every song is very well done and mixed.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

Sometimes you get an album to listen to that you haven't heard the whole album before (that's me with this one) but by the time you're done you realize you know 3/4 of the album because it got so much airplay. This album is full of great songs from beginning to end. Staight up rock, done extreemly well. Good stuff here, will listen to again and again.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

I haven’t listed to record in several decades. SEVERAL. I had pretty much written off most “classic rock” after hearing this stuff ad nauseum growing up as a kid. I wasn’t looking forward to listening to this. Objectively, I gotta say this record is fucking fantastic. Rodgers vocals set the template for a rock lead: from soulful to stone hard. The backing vocals blend, support, and enhance. Ralph’s guitar is huge and heavy with solos that shine but don’t seek the spotlight. If I were to nitpick… I would cut the saxophone. But that’s a tiny distraction in a nearly flawless record that should only be listened to at speaker shaking levels. A totally unexpected 5 for me.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

This is classic and well-craft rock n roll.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

This is such a blast back to high school for me. It came out in my freshman year and it is the soundtrack for much of high school for me.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

classic and cool

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

I love the music from this album….

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

Great album. Masterpiece for a debut album

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Sat Nov 26 2022
5

One of the best debut albums of all time. True classic rock classic.

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Tue Dec 13 2022
5

Best album so far

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Sun Dec 18 2022
5

Paul Rodgers is a classic. His voice never gets old. This record is at once of its time and timeless!

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Sat Jul 10 2021
4

Fairly decent 70s rock. Good sound and highly polished. Never heard anything other than Bad Company's hits, so was nice to hear other B-sides. Favorite was The Way I Choose. Solid album.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

-Classic rock tunes -What else to say, just a good rock album.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Timeless. Feel good music, with some great slow ballads.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

not so bad=)

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

7/10

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

This fine album.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Pretty solid classic rock. Short and sweet.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Classic 70s rock album. Every song is good.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

Good, solid hard rock. I See it paving the way for heavier stuff! Song 'bad company' stands out more than everything else. Also I love that this is a supergroup where this band stands out more than any of the earlier bands. I guess Free was big? whatever.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

Yes! Loved this!

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Promising, should listen again

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

This album just plain rocks, and still holds up. I don't really have anything else to add.

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Sat Feb 27 2021
4

Classic album

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

generous 4

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

Big fan of the Bad Co. and this is a good album. “Movin’ On” is a lifetime favorite, and a lot of other good tunes here. I really like the soulful bluesyness on this solid Rock n Roll album. Upon listening, my mind wandered immediately to the other Paul Rogers (vocalist) albums I love - anything by Free, the Bad Company “Desolation Angels” LP and his solo blues album covering Muddy Waters - check it all out if you can. Easy 4.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

Surprised how many songs I recognized. Will be likely to put this on more so than most other albums we have listened to

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

awesome album. so many memories!

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

I think this album had so many classics all in one! I don't think this is close to a 5, but still falls in the 4 range. There was nothing too interesting here, but definitely a solid listen.

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Sat Jun 12 2021
4

Paul Rogers innit. If he's good enough for Queen he's good enough for me

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Needs just a little bit more to be a 5 star album. Very very good.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Good ol classic rock

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Classic with a favourite song

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

I knew more songs than I remember. Good rock album.

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Sat Feb 27 2021
4

Un disco ok

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

This album rocks - love it! Starts off strong with Can’t Get Enough of Your Love. Great album!

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

First time I listened to a Bad Company album in its entirety although I already knew quite a few of the songs. There isn't all too much to say about the album. It's very good, but at the same time it's very standard rock-fare and just not interesting enough for a 5.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Very consistent bad. Paul Rodgers is underrated

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Не слишком запомнился, но в целом приятный альбом

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

Прослушал более 3 раз на Яндекс.Музыке. Постоянно путался на слух поймать момент, когда воспроизведение переход на бонус-диск, но проёбывался и дослушивал до конца и его. Не, ну тупа батя-рок. Вот прям вижу, отец приезжает, говорит: "Жень, можешь мне скачать на телефон, ща... я тут записывал, во... Bad Company". И потом врубает, когда в деревне шашлык мутит, а всякий шансон и ностальгическая муть поднадоела. Да и не худший выбор при этом был бы, приятное внятное музло. Особенно радует факт того, что трек Bad Company коллектива Bad Company находится в альбоме Bad Company, что приближает исполнителя к таким блядоходам рока, как Black Sabbath и Iron Maiden. Да и кроме этого выдающегося качества, трек весьма годен. Как и альбом в целом. Итоговая оценка: свиной шашлычок с кетсупом, чёрным хлебом и помидорками из 10.

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Sun Jul 18 2021
4

It was an alright album, a solid entry into the hard rock genre.

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