BAD COMPANY – ” Run Wth The Pack / Burnin Sky ” Reissues

Posted: March 30, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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FIRST LISTEN: BAD COMPANY - RUN WITH THE PACK & BURNING SKY

We’re gearing up to run with the pack, the Bad Company pack that is! We’ve got a pair of deluxe editions of the bands “Run With The Pack” and “Burnin’ Sky” coming down the line this May. Both feature the remastered original album along with rare and unreleased recordings like this previously unissued version of “Young Blood” (Alternate Version 2) recorded in Grasse, France and engineered by Ron Nevison (Led Zeppelin, UFO, Hear) and “Morning Sun” (Take 3, Early Version) recorded by Chris Kimsey at Le Chateau Studios, Herouville, France, in the summer of 1976.

Bad Company recorded four classic albums in as many years, giving rise to some of the most recognisable rock songs of the seventies, like “Rock Steady”, “Run With The Pack” and the who can forget the date night favourite “Feel Like Makin’ Love”.

After releasing expanded and remastered versions of their first two albums a couple of years ago, the band have announced the May 26th release of souped-up deluxe editions of their next two albums from that incredible run – 1976’s Run With The Pack and 1977’s Burnin Sky . Both albums have been remastered from the original production tapes and expanded with rare and unreleased recordings taken from the original album sessions. For fans, there is plenty that they will not have heard before.

During a rare break from touring, Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke and Boz Burrell got together in France to record new songs using the Rolling Stones’ mobile recording studio. Those sessions produced Run With The Pack, a 10-song album that came out in early 1976 in America, where it sold three million copies. Radio stations pumped out the title track along with a cover of The Coasters’ “Young Blood”, while “Silver, Blue & Gold” became one of the band’s signature tracks, even though it was never officially released as a single.

The bonus disc that accompanies “Run With The Pack” Deluxe Edition includes unreleased early mixes for “Honey Child” and “Simple Man”, as well as an extended version of the title track. There’s also the previously unreleased “Let There Be Love”, an outtake from the recording sessions. In fact, the acoustic version of “Do Right By Your Woman”, previously only available as the B-Side of the single release of Run With The Pack, is the only song on the bonus disc that has ever been previously released.

During 1976, the band returned to France again to record 12 songs for what would become Burnin’ Sky. They chose Château d’Hérouville as the studio, which is where David Bowie would record Low later that same year. Burnin’ Sky was released in March 1977, and broke into the Top 20 in both the U.K. and U.S.

The “Burnin’ Sky – Deluxe Edition bonus disc features unreleased versions of nearly every song on the album, including alternative takes and mixes of “Man Needs A Woman” and “Morning Sun”, plus the full version of “Too Bad”. The session tapes also unearthed “Unfinished Story”, a song that was completed, but never released.

The CD versions of these Deluxe Editions each have a second disc of new bonus tracks, while their vinyl counterparts offer a selection of the bonus material.

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