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Bad Company - Straight Shooter

Editor's Choice...

And today... "Straight Shooter", the second studio album of "Bad Company", was released on April 2, 1975.

So, for those unfamiliar, "Bad Company" is a supergroup consisting of singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke who came from "Free", guitarist Mick Ralphs from "Mott the Hoople" and bassist Boz Burrell from "King Crimson".

The quartet was formed after the dissolution of "Free" and was led by Peter Grant, "Led Zeppelin" manager. The band's debut eponymous album - "Bad Company", was released in 1974 and became the first "Swan Song Records" album, the record label that was formed by members of "Led Zeppelin".

The band's debut album received rave reviews and jumped straight to number one on the US Billboard 200. Although the style of the album was a combination of Hard Rock and Blues-Rock, it was ranked 40th on the list of the 100 greatest Metal albums of all time, by the esteemed magazine "Kerrang!" And of course, in the list of "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die".

Just three months after the release of their debut album, the band went on to record their second album, which is the subject of our review, while riding the wave of success of the first album.

The album features powerful and pure rock songs such as "Good Lovin 'Gone Bad", which opened the album and was released as the first single about a month before its release, as well as "classic rock" anthems such as the immortal "Feel Like Makin' Love", written by Paul Rodgers back in 1968, during a tour he made with "Free". Paul played the song to guitarist Mick Ralphs, who wrote the famous riff in the chorus, thus creating the magic.

And there's the excellent "Shooting Star" that Paul Rodgers wrote about the dubious "27 Club" members - Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison, "Weep No More" written by drummer Simon Kirke and inspired by "Queen", the Blues-Rock of "Deal With the Preacher" which is reminiscent of "Whitesnake" at the beginning of its journey and ends with a sweeping solo by Ralph, and more.

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