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Album Review

The video counterpart to the separately available CD of Bad Company's 2010 return to Wembley after 31 years is a terrific souvenir of what was a pretty special night of music for all involved. Bad Company — now whittled down to the threesome of Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke, and Mick Ralphs after the death of founding member Boz Burrell — were thrilled to return to their hometown after such a long absence, and even the two American members who fill out the sound on bass and guitar seemed excited to be part of the festivities. The high definition multi-camera shoot efficiently captures the action without resorting to the irritating quick cutting that plagues many similar performances. The Surround Sound is crisp, clean, clear, and booming, and doesn't seem to be overdubbed. The DVD adds an extra song to the audio CD version — a sizzling "Burning Sky" — along with keeping the between-song patter, which goes a long way to making these guys seem more human. Rodgers sounds and looks great, even if his mike stand-throwing routine gets old quickly, and while Kirke and Ralphs are looking a bit long in the tooth in comparison, they play with intensity and passion. A 20-minute interview segment is also much better than most, with the bandmembers clearly enjoying one another's company. Short conversations with fans show how Bad Company's music is now shared by multiple generations. The set list is predictable, but watching these guys doing what they do best is a joy that just cannot translate entirely to the audio-only edition of the show. The lights and backing visuals are classy and the stage uncluttered, which adds tremendously to the experience and makes this the preferred format to enjoy this rugged, professional, and perhaps surprisingly successful return from one of the U.K.'s classic blues-rocking groups.

Customer Reviews

Supposedly rare release

I purchased this CD as in import for $30. This along with two other shows (Manchester and Birmingham) were listed as rare, limited editions and now this one is on iTunes. This is a pretty good album, most of the expected songs are here. One exception is Rock Steady, which is on the other two live recoredings not yet available here on iTunes. My version was recorded live and burned on three cds and sold at the show or online, because of this there doesn't appear to be any studio editing, resulting in a true live recording. I don't know if this version has had an studio editing or not.

The sound quality is good and this is well worth the $9.99 price. I would act fast becuase since this was supposed to be rare it might be pulled quickly. I know the discs availability was extended because of demand, but I don't know if this is going to be pulled at some point.

I am giving this four stars mostly because Rock Steady is missing and aside from Young Blood and Electricland there are no deeper tracks and it's loaded with the hits which are available on other releases and still played frequently on classic rock radio. By the way Electricland was never performed live until the 2009 US live shows, so that is one treat available here.

Bad Company

I purchased the other CD, Live at Wimbly. I thought the song, Burning Sky would be on that one, but I had to purchase it from this CD. Awesome quality...

Biography

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...
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