Bad Company – Hard Rock Live (CD review)

Bad Company – Hard Rock Live (Image Entertainment) – CD review 

The inclusion of hits and fan favorites makes this the finest collection of Bad Company songs ever assembled

Name any band from the seventies that’s still around.  You can take anyone you want — I’ll take Bad Company.  The band’s resurgence over the last ten years or so is nothing short of amazing.  At the heart of it all is vocalist Paul Rodgers, who exited the band in 1982.  Although the group sauntered on and had hits, it wasn’t really Bad Company.  When Rodgers finally returned some 16 years later, he picked up right where he left off.

Rodgers is frequently mentioned as one of the greatest rock vocalists of all time.  Yet, what sets him apart from his peers is that, even at the age of 60, he’s lost none of the muscle and resonance that graced so many of the band’s hits.  While there have been other live albums from Bad Company, there are several things that sets Bad Company – Hard Rock Live apart.  For one, it marks the first time the remaining three members (Rodgers, guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke) have played together in several years.  Bassist Boz Burrell died of a heart attack in 2006.  More importantly, this is the finest collection of Bad Company songs ever assembled on one disc.  The hits are here, like “Can’t Get Enough,” and “Bad Company,” but the addition of such fan favorites as “Gone Gone Gone,” and “Burnin’ Sky” make this a great overview of a band still in top form.  The set includes a DVD of the entire performance as well.  — Tony Peters