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Sweden Rock Festival 2012 [no label, 1CD]
Live in Norje, Sweden; June 9, 2012 and broadcast January 19, 2013. Excellent FM stereo.
This show, as with countless other recent Bad Company gigs, have the big four BC songs intact - “Bad Company”, “Can’t Get Enough”, “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad”, and “Feel Like Makin’ Love”. Singer Paul Rodgers is in good shape and brings that original macho rock voice that defined Free and Bad Company in the late ’60s and ’70s.
The fact is Rodgers’ voice was what many aspiring rock vocalists at the time all tried to imitate. It is amazing that the voice has not been impaired after so many years. The rest of the band manage a masterful copy of their original sound.
As the taper of this radio show, tolvis, commented: “Man would I have loved to hear the full show in this quality, but for now we´ll settle with this and enjoy it. I said to a friend yesterday while listening - it´s like listening to a ’70s live album, only it was made in 2012. And I was there. Brilliant stuff, this!”
The current lineup has all three original members with Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke. Original bassist Boz Burrell died in 2006. Even with two extra touring musicians, they still sound the same and not bloated by meandering solos and unnecessary instrumental passages to cover up for their age.
Huge thanks to tolvis who shared this at DIME. As he says, settle back and enjoy hard rock.
- Professor Red
Picture of Paul Rodgers at the gig by Petter Stene, posted at flickr.com - Thanks!
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Track 01. Can’t Get Enough (6.7MB)
Track 02. Honey Child (5.7MB)
Track 03. Simple Man (9.3MB)
Track 04. Feel Like Makin’ Love (10.1MB)
Track 05. Shooting Star (12.8MB)
Track 06. Rock And Roll Fantasy (7.2MB)
Track 07. Movin’ On (5.7MB)
Track 08. Deal With The Preacher (7.4MB)
Track 09. Good Lovin’ Gone Bad (6.3MB)
Track 10. Bad Company (9.7MB)
Track 11. Ready For Love (13.0MB)
This is the full broadcast but an incomplete concert.
Lineup (best guess):
Simon Kirke - drums
Mick Ralphs - guitars, keyboards
Paul Rodgers - vocals, guitar
Lynn Sorensen - bass
Howard Leese - guitars, keyboards
At the end of the ’90s, Bad Company released a 2CD compilation, The Original Bad Company Anthology, that was brim-full with their best songs. Buy it here.
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