Bad Company “Run With The Pack”

Posted 07 Aug 2011 in 70s, Albums of 1976, Albums of the 70s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#458 in the Series) is Bad Company, Run With the Pack.

No, it’s not their most popular album, no, it’s not their first album, and no, it’s not their classic album, it’s just the album that we happen to be featuring today.  And it’s one I like as well. It was though, the album they were supporting for the tour in which I saw them, more on that later.

I could have easily featured their debut, but we actually could not, that one will have to be saved for a future “Whale Wednesday” feature.  For those not familiar with the term, on Wednesdays we also do some big hitter album, hence the name.

I always liked Run with the Pack, although to be honest, I hadn’t listened to it in years when I decided to do write this one. I’m actually surprised that neither the song, nor the album is called “Running with the Pack.” I was pretty sure the song was. I bet I’m not the only one out there thinking that as well.

This album also proves something. That is, it doesn’t really need to be necessarily good, to be ‘Cool.”  Yeah, this was good back in 1976 to me, but listening back…. Oh well, like I said it’s still cool.  I think it’s cool because of mainly a couple of songs. That would be the title cut, “Run with the Pack” and also, “Silver, Blue and Gold.”  “Live For the Music, Honey Child” don’t stand up for me over time. It really does sound dated to me know.  Like I said, I liked it when I was a senior in High School.

I mentioned earlier that I saw this tour, yeah, it was great. It was a great triple bill with Bad Company headlining. They were supported by Rockpile and The Outlaws.  The Outlaws were not even advertised. I think they were a late addition. At that time they only had two albums, The Outlaws and Lady In Waiting. They were quite good at that time. What can you say about Rockpile? I wish I knew more about Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe when I saw this show. Their ‘official’ album wouldn’t come out for a couple years. They were on the bill mainly because they were stable mates of Bad Company. Both bands were on Swan Song.

I guess I’ll stick with calling this a ‘Cool Album,’ but more for how I looked at is back then. I need to go back and listen to the first two Bad Company albums. Those were the two biggies. I wonder how they stand up over time.

Note: We’ve used the original vinyl ‘Shiny Silver’ album cover. No cheap updates for this site!

Track listing

Side one

  1. “Live for the Music” (Mick Ralphs) – 3:58
  2. “Simple Man” (Mick Ralphs) – 3:37
  3. “Honey Child” (Paul Rodgers/Mick Ralphs/Boz Burrell/Simon Kirke ) – 3:15
  4. “Love Me Somebody” (Paul Rodgers) – 3:09
  5. “Run With the Pack” (Paul Rodgers) – 5:21

Side two

  1. “Silver, Blue & Gold” (Paul Rodgers) – 5:03
  2. “Young Blood” (Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller/Doc Pomus) – 2:37
  3. “Do Right by Your Woman” (Paul Rodgers) – 2:51
  4. “Sweet Lil’ Sister” (Mick Ralphs) – 3:29
  5. “Fade Away” (Paul Rodgers) – 2:54

Personnel

  • Paul Rodgers – vocals, piano, guitar
  • Mick Ralphs – guitar
  • Simon Kirke – drums
  • Boz Burrell – bass

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