The Public Records 6/7/18
Oosh. That last week was narsty. We left you with some swampy jazz last week and a lot of water has passed under many bridges since without any signs of drying up; therefore, best to go with the flow and keep the heavy wet going. And what better way than with an album that opens with a peal of thunder? For the damp album of the week, the Sibin soggily presents Bad Company’s ‘Burnin’ Sky’ (1976, Swan Song (Atlantic)).
Bad Company was anything but. An English supergroup formed in 1973 and consisting of Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke of Free on vocals and drums, Mick Ralphs of Mott the Hoople on guitar with King Crimson’s Boz Burrell on bass; these fellows went platinum many times over – both in England and across the pond.
Burnin’ Sky may have been their weakest performing album, but it still hit 15 and 17 on the US and UK charts respectively, but it was still influential enough to influence the film ‘Almost Famous’ (see the Stillwater t-shirt). Personally, Bad Company is Bad Company; however, ‘Burnin’ Sky’ departs a bit from the ‘Bad Company’ feel – which may have had something to do with the dip in sales.
While that standard ’70s feel of screaming guitars and easy driving rhythm sections is cutting an easy 4/4 for us to crush brews with is still there, something else is creeping in. Whether it is the juxtaposing of the ‘Happy Wanderer’ into the intro of ‘Everything I Need’ to close out the A side, or decidedly different B-sider ‘Passing Time’ with it’s auxiliary percussion and sub-division.
But the past is the past and for those of us who have grown up in the present having access to the back as well as current catalog allows us more than just hearing how a group matured and progressed over the years. New release platinums are now dollar bin denizens and the waiting for new albums doesnt cover the classics. Critical acclaim means not a thing when the competition is over. Fan approval is no longer important for that came out 40 years ago. At least some goofs are being attempted, some experimentations in tempo and instrumentation are being done. Hindsight is 20/20 and with in mind, come on in and enjoy this jammer.
The roof is soggy and the air is damp, so come on down to the Sibin where the temperature is always a sultry 68°F and the tunes are always hot. As you wait for this low pressure system to migrate, spend your time with our hi-fi system sipping on a High King on the rocks (we want you to stay awhile) in Bad Company…