Bad Company – Rock n’ Roll Fantasy (review)

Bad Company – Rock n’ Roll Fantasy: The Very Best of (Swan Song/ Rhino) review

All the good of Bad Company

Back in 1985, Bad Company released an extremely successful best of called 10 From 6.  Now, thirty years later, it’s time for an upgrade.  Rock n’ Roll Fantasy: The Very Best of Bad Company features all of the songs from that previous greatest hits, and adds nine more songs, making it the one to grab if you’re a fan of this band.

So you get all the smash hits, like “Can’t Get Enough,” the brooding “Bad Company,” and “Feel Like Makin’ Love” (possibly the very first power ballad), alongside lesser hits and album cuts like the biting “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad,” the heavily orchestrated “Weep No More” and the excellent “Simple Man” (not the Skynyrd tune of the same name).

The band’s first three albums are represented heavily, taking up the first 14 tracks.  After that, they sputtered, and this set kindly picks the highlights the remaining albums, grabbing their final big hit “Rock n’ Roll Fantasy,”  alongside the slow groove album cut “Burning Sky” and the churning “Gone Gone Gone.”  By their final studio album, the band had run out of steam.  That era is represented by the synth-heavy “Electricland.”

As a bonus, a pair of rare tracks are included – “Easy on My Soul” was originally the b-side of the “Movin’ On” single, and “See the Sunlight,” is a previously unreleased track from the Straight Shooter album sessions.

The only glaring omission from this set is the fine album track, “Silver, Blue and Gold,” which, although not released as a single, received heavy airplay on FM Rock radio.

Rock n’ Roll Fantasy is exactly what it says – the best of Bad Company.  If you’re going to own one disc by this band, this is the one.  –Tony Peters