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Hard Rock - Released March 20, 2019 | Hammer Records (HMR Music Kft.)

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Hard Rock - Released May 26, 2017 | Rhino Atlantic

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Hard Rock - Released May 26, 2017 | Rhino Atlantic

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Hard Rock - Released May 26, 2017 | Rhino Atlantic

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Hard Rock - Released May 26, 2017 | Rhino Atlantic

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Hard Rock - Released April 29, 2016 | Rhino Atlantic

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Hard Rock - Released April 29, 2016 | Rhino Atlantic

From the release of their first album in 1974, Bad Company were one of the biggest hard rock bands of the '70s. Featuring former members of Free (vocalist Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke), Mott the Hoople (guitarist Mick Ralphs), and King Crimson (bassist Boz Burrell), Bad Company's straightforward but swaggering attack earned them a steady run of hits. While Bad Company never released a live album with their classic lineup, Atlantic/Rhino Records has delivered something special for the group's fans. Live: 1977 & 1979 features archival recordings of the Rodgers/Ralphs/Burrell/Kirke lineup, drawn from two different concerts, one in Houston, Texas in May 1977, and the other in London, England in March 1979. (The set also includes a bonus track recorded in Washington, D.C. in June 1979.) The set includes live performances of such favorites as "Feel Like Makin' Love," "Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy," "Shooting Star," "Movin' On," "Run with the Pack," and many more. ~ Mark Deming
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Hard Rock - Released October 2, 2015 | Rhino Atlantic

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Prior to the 2015 collection Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy: The Very Best of Bad Company, there were only two Bad Company compilations in release: the lean 1985 set 10 from 6, arriving a full six years after their last hit album, and 1999's The Original Bad Company Anthology, a 33-track double-disc set that dug deep into the group's golden years of 1974-1982. Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy occupies a much-needed middle ground, providing 19 songs on a generous single disc. This, like The Original Bad Company Anthology, focuses solely on the six albums Bad Company cut for Swan Song, which means there's nothing from their late-'80s/early-'90s run on Atco, even though "No Smoke Without a Fire," "Holy Water," "If You Needed Somebody," and "How About That" are also owned by WEA and could easily have been included. So, this is all a matter of aesthetics: a decision to highlight the band's big, brawny arena rockers, the best of which ("Can't Get Enough," "Bad Company," "Ready for Love," "Feel Like Makin' Love," "Shooting Star," "Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy") are quintessential classic rock staples. The remaining 13 songs here -- including lesser-known singles "Movin' On," "Good Lovin' Gone Bad," "Honey Child," and "Gone, Gone, Gone," along with a representative portion of album cuts -- show how Bad Company offered more than those well-known songs, how they moved with a steady macho assurance that stripped British blues-rock down to the loud, churning basics. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Hard Rock - Released October 2, 2015 | Rhino Atlantic

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Hard Rock - Released April 7, 2015 | Rhino Atlantic

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Hard Rock - Released April 19, 2011 | Rhino Atlantic

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Hard Rock - Released April 6, 2015 | Rhino Atlantic

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Hard Rock - Released April 6, 2015 | Rhino Atlantic

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Hard Rock - Released April 19, 2011 | Rhino Atlantic

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Hard Rock - Released April 3, 2015 | Rhino Atlantic

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Hard Rock - Released April 7, 2015 | Rhino Atlantic

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Hard Rock - Released April 19, 2011 | Rhino Atlantic

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Hard Rock - Released November 16, 2010 | Rhino Atlantic

Bad Company launched a major comeback in 1988 with Dangerous Age. It wasn't the original lineup, lacking Paul Rodgers, but Mick Ralphs was still on board, and he could still turn out some pretty solid numbers, like the title track and "One Night." The album also suffers from a slick, late-'80s AOR production, but compared to some of the albums that came later, Dangerous Age was satisfying. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Hard Rock - Released November 16, 2010 | Rhino Atlantic

Company of Strangers was another generic installment from the reunited Bad Company. While the music is certainly accomplished, and the musicians are all tasteful professionals, very little on the album is noteworthy. None of the songs offer anything distinctive -- there are no memorable melodies and hooks, no impressive guitar solos. Bad Company don't embarrass themselves on Company of Strangers, but they don't offer old fans any reason to get reacquainted with the band. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Hard Rock - Released November 16, 2010 | Rhino Atlantic

With only their original guitarist and drummer intact, Bad Company flail away at all of their trademark rockers, winding up sounding like a distasteful parody of the real thing. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine