The Bad Company catalog reissue campaign continues today (May 26) with deluxe reissues of 1976's Run With The Pack and the following year's Burnin' Sky.
Both sets feature previously unreleased alternative versions, demos and different mixes and come in CD, digital and four-LP vinyl formats. Burnin' Sky, of course, turns 40 this year, but drummer Simon Kirke tells us that it's not his favorite album from the band's canon:
"'Burnin' Sky' was not a great album. We managed to concoct, I think, about half a dozen very good tracks; The others were fillers and, I'll be honest, we jammed. There was one jam there that was like, it really shouldn't have been on there, quite honestly. But we did. But the saving graces was the title track; 'Burnin' Sky was one of the best songs Paul (Rodgers) ever wrote. 'Too Bad,' 'Like Water,' there were some good tracks on there. But in my defense, your honor, in any long career there's probably gonna be a few turkeys. Although 'Burnin' Sky' wasn't a turkey, it did have a couple tail feathers sticking out of it somewhere."
Burnin' Sky was a commercial disappointment as well; It was Bad Company's first album not to reach the Top 5 on the Billboard 200, peaking at No. 15, or to go platinum, though it was certified gold.
Kirke and Rodgers remain the original Bad Company's only surviving members and don't have any tour plans for this year.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.