How I would have liked to see this band in 1974! Must have been really good! Enjoy this review instead.
Concert review from Charlton Athletic Football Ground
By Steve Peacock (?) – signed P.P.
There`s a style of strutting, brash rock band that Britain – if I may say so without sounding unduly jingoistic – does extremely well. I used to love Humble Pie for it, and there have been plenty of others: Free, the Faces on a good night, Led Zeppelin, Mott the Hoople… you know the kind of thing. Musically the roots are in American music, with particular emphasis on rivvum`n`bloose, but somehow most of the American bands I`ve seen try the same kind of approach – the Doobie Brothers, for instance – go over the top. Too much playing to the gallery, not enough playing.
Anyway, Bad Company are worthy inheritors of the tradition – four fine players with unimpeachable taste in full-blooded riffs and well-timed body blows from the soloists, who have a fine sense of stage management. They strut and posture, but it never gets into the realms of the ridiculous (at least it didn`t on Saturday), giving the band on stage just the right sense of poise and occasion without toppling over into the facade of An Act.
They`re a good band, and for a band who`ve only been together a short while they`re excellent. “Palace Of The King” was a good opener, giving everyone a chance to introduce themselves against a fairly safe background, and the rest of the set seemed well-paced. Boz and Simon Kirke provide a rhythm section that never falters yet which doesn`t play safe: it was easy to forget with Free, and you`re in danger of forgetting with the new band, just how much the music relies on Kirke`s style of drumming. Don`t.
Mick Ralphs came forward with some neat solos, but I think he still has to find his full measure of confidence within the band. Paul Rodgers was singing stronger and better than ever: it is really good to hear a band with an exceptional lead singer yet which doesn`t base its whole strength around him. Somehow the fact that the pressure`s off him more than it was Free seems to give him the scope to put much more into his singing. For me the set peaked with “Rock Steady”, “Ready For Love” and “Easy On My Soul”, but the single “Can`t Get Enough” was a rousing finale. Somehow I feel – good as they were – they are only touching the edge of their potential.
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This number of Sounds also contains articles/interviews with these people: Goldie Zelkowitz, Curtis Knight, Simon Alexander, Steely Dan, Chris Stainton, Ronnie Lane, Elliott Murphy, Loudon Wainwright, Tim Buckley, Steve Miller, Beach Boys, Tommy Vance, Jim Simpson, Stefan Grossman, Lynsey de Paul, Mott the Hoople, Kevin Ayers,
Dave Cousins, ELP.
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