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Bad Company (album)

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Bad Company
Studio album by
Released24 May 1974[1]
RecordedNovember 1973
StudioHeadley Grange, East Hampshire, England[2]
ProducerBad Company
Bad Company chronology
Bad Company
Straight Shooter
Singles from Bad Company
  1. "Can't Get Enough"
    Released: 10 May 1974 (1974-05-10)
  2. "Movin' On"
    Released: January 1975 (US)[6]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Christgau's Record GuideB−[8]
Rolling Stonefavourable[9]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[10]

Bad Company is the debut studio album by Bad Company, a 1970s hard rock English supergroup. The album was recorded at Headley Grange with Ronnie Lane's Mobile Studio in November 1973,[2] and it was the first album released on Led Zeppelin's Swan Song Records label.[11]

Among the songs recorded during the album sessions were two covers of tracks originally by members' previous bands — specifically, Mott the Hoople's "Ready for Love" (recorded while Mick Ralphs was with the band and released on their 1972 album All the Young Dudes) and "Easy on My Soul" (recorded by Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke with Free and released on Heartbreaker in 1973). The latter did not make the final album, but was released as the B-side to second single "Movin' On".

Reception and legacy[edit]

The album reached the top of the US Billboard 200.[12] Since then, the album has been certified five times platinum by the RIAA, and became the 46th best selling album of the 1970s.[13] The album spent 25 weeks in the UK Albums Chart, entering at No. 10 on June 15, 1974, and reaching its highest position of No. 3 in the second week.[14] Kerrang! magazine listed the album at No. 40 among the "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time".[15][16] The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[17] In 2000 it was voted number 323 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums.[18]

The singles "Can't Get Enough" and "Movin' On" peaked at No. 5 and No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively.[19] "Rock Steady", "Bad Company" and "Ready for Love" are also classic rock radio staples.[20]

Ultimate Classic Rock critic Matt Wardlaw named four songs from Bad Company – "Bad Company", "Can't Get Enough", "Ready for Love" and "Seagull" – to be among Bad Company's 10 greatest songs.[21]


The album was remastered and re-released in 1994. In 2006 an audiophile mastered 24K gold CD was released by Audio Fidelity.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Can't Get Enough"Mick Ralphs4:17
2."Rock Steady"Paul Rodgers3:47
3."Ready for Love"Ralphs5:03
4."Don't Let Me Down"Rodgers, Ralphs4:22
Side two
5."Bad Company"Rodgers, Simon Kirke4:51
6."The Way I Choose"Rodgers5:06
7."Movin' On"Ralphs3:24
8."Seagull"Rodgers, Ralphs4:04
2015 reissue disc two
1."Can't Get Enough" (Take 8)Ralphs4:21
2."Little Miss Fortune" (Demo Reel 1)Rodgers, Ralphs3:58
3."The Way I Choose" (Demo Reel 1)Ralphs6:39
4."Bad Company" (Session Reel 2)Rodgers, Kirke4:40
5."The Way I Choose" (Version 1 Including False Start)Ralphs7:16
6."Easy on My Soul" (long version)Rodgers6:15
7."Bad Company" (Session Reel 8)Rodgers, Kirke5:33
8."Studio Chat / Dialogue" 0:23
9."Superstar Woman" (long version)Rodgers6:11
10."Can't Get Enough" (single edit)Ralphs3:30
11."Little Miss Fortune" (B-side of "Can't Get Enough")Rodgers, Ralphs3:51
12."Easy on My Soul" (B-side of "Movin' On")Rodgers4:41
13."Can't Get Enough" (Hammond Version)Ralphs4:23

Non-album tracks[edit]

  1. "Little Miss Fortune" (Rodgers, Ralphs) – 3:52
    • Released as the B-side of the "Can't Get Enough" single.
  1. "Easy On My Soul" (Rodgers) – 4:39
    • Released as the B-side of the "Movin' On" single.


Bad Company

Additional personnel



Certifications for Bad Company
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[32] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[33] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[34] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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