Blasts From The Past: Bad Company, John Mayall & Dion

I’m putting a little spin on Flashback Friday by sharing some news on some throwback.

While there is justification in Physical Graffiti fever that has arrived with the masterful deluxe reissue, I have news about another classic rock band from the ‘70s – Bad Company. Bad Company was a true supergroup as it featured two members of Free (vocalist Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke), Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell. Sometimes they get characterized as Led Zeppelin’s more commercial, little brother but if you looked that they best songs, you have big stuff, you’ll come away impressed. “Can’t Get Enough,” “Ready For Love,” “Bad Company,” “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” Shooting Star” and “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad” all were AOR radio staples and all can be found on their first two records, Bad Company and Straight Shooter, both of which Rhino will be re-issued in expanded form on April 7.


Bad Company

Bad Company

Rhino also has salutes one of the most successful pop/rock bands of the ‘70s – the Bee Gees. On March 24, the label will unveil a 5-disc set that contains four albums and one bonus disc that cover the years 1974-1979. Yes, it includes the albums Main Course (that holds their hits “Jive Talkin’,” “Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)” and “Nights On Broadway”) and Children of the World (that features “You Should Be Dancing”). Personally, I favor the “Massachusetts”/”I Started A Joke”-era better but…

On April 21, Forty Below Records presents a very special release – John Mayall’s Bluebreakers – Live in 1967. John Mayall is one of the grand masters of the British blues scene and he was best known for all of the great guitarists who played in his bands (Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor and Peter Green). Green is heard on this recording (which a fan made at a handful of club shows in 1967 and Mayall only recently acquired them) along with bassist John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood. This was a short-lived lineup as Green, McVie and Fleetwood would leave to start a little band that they named Fleetwood Mac later in 1967.


Another CD featuring previously unreleased live material is Dion: Recorded Live at the Bitter End, August 1971. Brought you by those archive-lovers at Omnivore Recordings, this CD presents a rather unique look into the music of this Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer. In this concert, it is just Dion, armed with just an acoustic guitar, performing his hits (“The Wanderer” and “Abraham, Martin and John”) along with covers like the Beatles’ “Blackbird,” Leonard Cohen’s “Sisters of Mercy” and Chuck Berry’s “Too Much Monkey Business.”

This year’s early contender for the best Johnny Cash/Rick Rubin odd couple pairing is Andy Kim, of “Sugar, Sugar” fame,” teaming up with Kevin Drew from the Broken Social Scene. Earlier this week, they released It’s Decided. You can get a taste of that album on this track, “Shoot ‘Em Up, Baby.”

About Michael Berick

I am a longtime writer, and lover, of music and pop culture. I have written for Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Scene and more places (that I wouldn't take up more of your time mentioning now).
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