Bad Company are an English rock band that came into existence in 1973. They are sometimes called a supergroup because their band members were veterans rather than newcomers to the music industry. To be exact, two of the founding members were in Free, while the other two founding members were in Mott the Hoople and King Crimson respectively. Bad Company were extremely successful in the 1970s. Since then, they were have been active on and off with various line-ups. Still, Bad Company have managed to put out 12 studio albums over the course of their career, which have managed to sell more than 40 copies worldwide.
12. Stories Told & Untold
Stories Told & Untold is notable for being Bad Company’s most recent studio album. Even so, it came out in 1996. Besides that, Stories Told & Untold is most notable in that it was the band’s last studio album with the lead vocalist Robert Hart, which says much about the impact that it managed to make.
11. Fame and Fortune
Fame and Fortune is another Bad Company studio album that was made without the original lead vocalist Paul Rodgers. This time around, it featured Brian Howe, who used to work with Ted Nugent’s band. Unfortunately, Fame and Fortune didn’t meet with a very good reception either.
10. Company of Strangers
For context, Robert Hart replaced Brian Howe after Brian Howe replaced Paul Rodgers. Company of Strangers was the first time that Robert Hart did a studio album with Bad Company. It stands out in that it featured all-new material, which was different from how much of its successor consisted of re-recordings of previous hits in an Americana style.
9. Dangerous Age
Dangerous Age was the second time that Bad Company made a studio album with Brian Howe as the lead vocalist. It was successful enough that the band returned to the spotlight to some extent, as shown by how a number of its songs received considerable radio airplay.
8. Here Comes Trouble
Speaking of which, Brian Howe was also the one who sung on Here Comes Trouble in 1992. It had its issues. However, there is a reason why it managed to get at least some positive attention in its time.
7. Rough Diamonds
Rough Diamonds was the last Bad Company studio album made with the original lead vocalist Paul Rodgers. As such, it can be considered the end of an era for the band. The making of Rough Diamonds was known to have been rough, so much so that a fistfight actually broke out between Rodgers and another band member with the result that they had to be restrained by the others. The studio album has its decent parts, but that roughness in its making shows.
6. Burnin’ Sky
The title track of Burnin’ Sky was the one song that managed to get a lot of radio airplay. However, the studio album actually wasn’t that bad on the whole. Certainly, there were some other songs worth remembering, with an excellent example being “Morning Sun.”
5. Holy Water
Holy Water was the third Bad Company studio album that featured Brian Howe as the lead vocalist. It might be the best of the studio albums that were sung by someone other than Paul Rodgers. In this, Holy Water was helped out a great deal by its unifying theme of taking control over one’s fate, which provided it with a sense of underlying structure that served to bring everything together.
4. Desolation Angels
Desolation Angels is named for a Jack Kerouac novel. It seems safe to say that Rodgers had the name in mind for some time, seeing as how it was almost used to name the second Free studio album. In any case, Desolation Angels is one of the more notable Bad Company releases. This is because it is often considered to be the band’s last good release with their original line-up, not least because it contained the band’s last hit “Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy” with their original line-up.
3. Straight Shooter
Straight Shooter was Bad Company’s second studio album. As such, it had to follow up on the success of their self-titled debut. Fortunately, Straight Shooter proved to be a solid release. It wasn’t quite as radio-friendly as what had come before it. However, it was solid through and through, thus earning it a high position on this list.
2. Run with the Pack
Run with the Pack was the studio album that followed after Straight Shooter. Originally, it wasn’t quite as well-received as its two predecessors. However, its songs have managed to hold up surprisingly well even though it came out in 1976. Due to that, one can’t help but reevaluate Run with the Pack, seeing as how timelessness is a valued characteristic that is extremely difficult to predict for good reason.
1. Bad Company
Of course, Bad Company would sit at the top of the list. After all, the self-titled debut is what made every subsequent release possible, being the studio album that enabled the band to make their name. As mentioned earlier, Bad Company consisted of veterans. Thanks to that, their self-titled debut stood out in that it lacked the rawness that has been known to drag down debuts from time to time. The excellence of the release can be seen in how it went number one on the Billboard 200. After which, it proceeded to go five-times platinum, which was enough to make it one of the best-selling records of the 1970s.