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Opening with “Rock n’ Roll Fantasy,” Desolation Angels continued the veteran hard rock band’s streak of FM radio-ready arena rock anthems. But Bad Company wasn’t satisfied with merely reproducing what had become an effortless plan. For Desolation Angels, the band added keyboards, some electronic enhancements and more acoustic textures that brought the sound up to late-70s hard rock levels. Still, no matter what added colors, the band still comes down to the brawny lead vocals of Paul Rodgers, the clutch rhythm guitars of Mick Ralphs, and the restrained and tasteful grooves of bassist Boz Burrell and drummer Simon Kirke. From there, the acoustic touches of “Crazy Circles,” the R&B crunch of “Gone, Gone, Gone” and “Evil Wind,” and the macho balladry of “Early in the Morning” come together to set the standard for their fellow travelers — such as Boston, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon — who would find their own fortunes much higher than these originators.


Formed: 1973 in England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Formed in 1973, the British hard rock outfit Bad Company was a supergroup comprised of ex-King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell, former Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs, and singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, both previous members of Free. Powered by Rodgers' muscular vocals and Ralphs' blues-based guitar work, Bad Company was the first group signed to Led Zeppelin's Swan Song vanity label. Bad Company's eponymous 1974 debut was an international hit, topping the U.S. album charts and scoring...
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