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Straight Shooter (Bad Company album)

Not to be confused with Straight Shooter (James Gang album).

Straight Shooter is the second studio album by the English hard rock supergroup Bad Company. The album was released on April 2, 1975, a month after the release of the single "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" and four months before the album's second single "Feel Like Makin' Love" (see 1975 in music).

Straight Shooter
Studio album by
Released2 April 1975 (1975-04-02)
RecordedSeptember 1974
StudioClearwell Castle, Gloucestershire, England
Genre
Length38:17
LabelIsland (UK)
Swan Song (US)
ProducerBad Company
Bad Company chronology
Bad Company
(1974)
Straight Shooter
(1975)
Run with the Pack
(1976)
Singles from Straight Shooter
  1. "Good Lovin' Gone Bad"
    Released: March 1975
  2. "Feel Like Makin' Love"
    Released: August 1975

The album reached number 3 in the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200. It was certified gold (500,000 units sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America a month after its release. The album was remastered and re-released in 1994.

Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke stated on In the Studio (which devoted an episode to Straight Shooter) that the track "Shooting Star" (written by lead singer, Paul Rodgers) was lyrically inspired by the drug and alcohol-related deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison.

Contents

In June 1974, Bad Company released their self-titled debut album. Three months later, the band and recording engineer Ron Nevison recorded at least eight songs at Clearwell Castle in Gloucestershire, England. Sometime later Nevison mixed the songs for Straight Shooter at Air Studios in London. The sleeve for the album was designed by Hipgnosis, who also designed their debut album.

The first single from the album, "Good Lovin' Gone Bad", was released in March 1975 and reached No. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was released in April. The album's final single "Feel like Makin' Love" was released in August and reached No. 10 on the Hot 100.

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic
Christgau's Record GuideB–
Rolling Stone(favorable)

Straight Shooter received different reviews from different music critics. Gautam Baksi's review of the album for Allmusic said that the album's popularity was attributed to the acoustic ballads "Shooting Star" and "Feel like Makin' Love", while the two songs written by Simon Kirke—"Anna" and "Weep No More"—as well as the album not having enough supporting songs and follow-up singles, were what made the album less successful than its predecessor. Robert Christgau felt that although Straight Shooter was better than its predecessor, it should not be labelled hard rock because Paul Rodgers did not have a strong voice, which is needed to be a rock singer. Ed Naha's feeling of the album, as stated in Rolling Stone magazine, was much more favourable than Christgau's. Naha thought that, with their second album, Bad Company was proving that they would not end up like Mott the Hoople, Free, or King Crimson—bands that Bad Company's members used to be part of. Naha also thought that Simon Kirke's "Anna" was as bad as it was when it was first recorded, but that "Weep No More" showed that he was progressing as a writer, while Boz Burrell was also making progress on the bass.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Good Lovin' Gone Bad"Mick Ralphs3:35
2."Feel Like Makin' Love"Paul Rodgers, Ralphs5:12
3."Weep No More"Simon Kirke3:59
4."Shooting Star"Rodgers6:16
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."Deal with the Preacher"Rodgers, Ralphs5:01
6."Wild Fire Woman"Rodgers, Ralphs4:32
7."Anna"Kirke3:41
8."Call on Me"Rodgers6:03
2015 Reissue Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Good Lovin' Gone Bad"(Alternate Vocal & Guitar)Ralphs3:21
2."Feel Like Makin' Love"(Take Before Master)Rodgers, Ralphs5:44
3."Weep No More"(Early Slow Version)Kirke5:07
4."Shooting Star"(Alternate Take)Rodgers5:33
5."Deal with the Preacher"(Early Version)Rodgers, Ralphs5:40
6."Anna"(Alternate Vocal)Kirke3:42
7."Call on Me"(Alternate Take)Rodgers5:45
8."Easy on My Soul"(Slow Version)Rodgers6:47
9."Whiskey Bottle"(Early Slow Version)Rodgers, Ralphs, Kirke, Boz Burrell3:45
10."See the Sunlight"(Previously Unreleased)Rodgers, Ralphs4:40
11."All Night Long"(Previously Unreleased)Rodgers4:47
12."Wild Fire Woman"(Alternate Vocal & Guitar)Rodgers, Ralphs4:10
13."Feel like Makin' Love"(Harmonica Version)Rodgers, Ralphs5:52
14."Whiskey Bottle"(B-Side of "Good Lovin' Gone Bad")Rodgers, Ralphs, Kirke, Burrell3:48
  1. "Whisky Bottle" (Rodgers, Ralphs, Kirke, Burrell) – 3:45
    • Released as the b-side to the "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" single.
Bad Company

Production

Weekly charts

Chart (1975) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report) 8
Canada (RPM) 3
Germany (GfK) 47
New Zealand (RIANZ) 13
Norway (VG-lista) 6
UK (The Official Charts Company) 3
US Billboard 200 3

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1975 "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" Hot 100 36
1975 "Feel like Makin' Love" Hot 100 10
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Straight Shooter (Bad Company album)
Straight Shooter Bad Company album Language Watch Edit Not to be confused with Straight Shooter James Gang album Straight Shooter is the second studio album by the English hard rock supergroup Bad Company The album was released on April 2 1975 a month after the release of the single Good Lovin Gone Bad and four months before the album s second single Feel Like Makin Love see 1975 in music 1 Straight ShooterStudio album by Bad CompanyReleased2 April 1975 1975 04 02 1 RecordedSeptember 1974StudioClearwell Castle Gloucestershire England 2 GenreHard rockblues rockLength38 17LabelIsland UK Swan Song US ProducerBad Company 2 Bad Company chronologyBad Company 1974 Straight Shooter 1975 Run with the Pack 1976 Singles from Straight Shooter Good Lovin Gone Bad Released March 1975 1 Feel Like Makin Love Released August 1975 1 The album reached number 3 in the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200 3 4 It was certified gold 500 000 units sold by the Recording Industry Association of America a month after its release 5 The album was remastered and re released in 1994 Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke stated on In the Studio which devoted an episode to Straight Shooter that the track Shooting Star written by lead singer Paul Rodgers was lyrically inspired by the drug and alcohol related deaths of Jimi Hendrix Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison Contents 1 Background 2 Critical reception 3 Track listing 4 Non album tracks 5 Personnel 5 1 Production 6 Charts 6 1 Weekly charts 6 2 Singles 7 References 8 External linksBackground EditIn June 1974 Bad Company released their self titled debut album 1 Three months later the band and recording engineer Ron Nevison recorded at least eight songs at Clearwell Castle in Gloucestershire England Sometime later Nevison mixed the songs for Straight Shooter at Air Studios in London The sleeve for the album was designed by Hipgnosis who also designed their debut album 2 The first single from the album Good Lovin Gone Bad was released in March 1975 1 and reached No 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 6 The album was released in April 1 The album s final single Feel like Makin Love was released in August 1 and reached No 10 on the Hot 100 6 Critical reception EditProfessional ratingsReview scoresSourceRatingAllMusic 7 Christgau s Record GuideB 8 Rolling Stone favorable 9 Straight Shooter received different reviews from different music critics Gautam Baksi s review of the album for Allmusic said that the album s popularity was attributed to the acoustic ballads Shooting Star and Feel like Makin Love while the two songs written by Simon Kirke Anna and Weep No More as well as the album not having enough supporting songs and follow up singles were what made the album less successful than its predecessor 7 Robert Christgau felt that although Straight Shooter was better than its predecessor it should not be labelled hard rock because Paul Rodgers did not have a strong voice which is needed to be a rock singer 8 Ed Naha s feeling of the album as stated in Rolling Stone magazine was much more favourable than Christgau s Naha thought that with their second album Bad Company was proving that they would not end up like Mott the Hoople Free or King Crimson bands that Bad Company s members used to be part of Naha also thought that Simon Kirke s Anna was as bad as it was when it was first recorded but that Weep No More showed that he was progressing as a writer while Boz Burrell was also making progress on the bass 9 Track listing EditSide oneNo TitleWriter s Length1 Good Lovin Gone Bad Mick Ralphs3 352 Feel Like Makin Love Paul Rodgers Ralphs5 123 Weep No More Simon Kirke3 594 Shooting Star Rodgers6 16Side twoNo TitleWriter s Length5 Deal with the Preacher Rodgers Ralphs5 016 Wild Fire Woman Rodgers Ralphs4 327 Anna Kirke3 418 Call on Me Rodgers6 032015 Reissue Disc twoNo TitleWriter s Length1 Good Lovin Gone Bad Alternate Vocal amp Guitar Ralphs3 212 Feel Like Makin Love Take Before Master Rodgers Ralphs5 443 Weep No More Early Slow Version Kirke5 074 Shooting Star Alternate Take Rodgers5 335 Deal with the Preacher Early Version Rodgers Ralphs5 406 Anna Alternate Vocal Kirke3 427 Call on Me Alternate Take Rodgers5 458 Easy on My Soul Slow Version Rodgers6 479 Whiskey Bottle Early Slow Version Rodgers Ralphs Kirke Boz Burrell3 4510 See the Sunlight Previously Unreleased Rodgers Ralphs4 4011 All Night Long Previously Unreleased Rodgers4 4712 Wild Fire Woman Alternate Vocal amp Guitar Rodgers Ralphs4 1013 Feel like Makin Love Harmonica Version Rodgers Ralphs5 5214 Whiskey Bottle B Side of Good Lovin Gone Bad Rodgers Ralphs Kirke Burrell3 48Non album tracks Edit Whisky Bottle Rodgers Ralphs Kirke Burrell 3 45 Released as the b side to the Good Lovin Gone Bad single Personnel EditBad CompanyPaul Rodgers vocals guitar piano Mick Ralphs guitar keyboards Boz Burrell bass Simon Kirke drumsProduction Edit Produced by Bad Company Mastered by George MarinoCharts EditWeekly charts Edit Chart 1975 Peak positionAustralia Kent Music Report 10 8Canada RPM 11 3Germany GfK 47New Zealand RIANZ 12 13Norway VG lista 13 6UK The Official Charts Company 14 3US Billboard 200 4 3Singles Edit Year Single Chart Position1975 Good Lovin Gone Bad Hot 100 361975 Feel like Makin Love Hot 100 10References Edit a b c d e f g h Strong Charles 2002 Originally published in 1994 The Great Rock Discography Sixth ed United Kingdom Canongate Books p 133 ISBN 1 84195 312 1 a b c Straight Shooter Vinyl sleeve Bad Company United States Swan Song Records 1975 Back cover SS 8413 CS1 maint others in cite AV media notes link Bad Company Chart history Official Charts Company Retrieved 21 August 2014 a b Bad Company Billboard Albums AllMusic United States Rovi Corporation Retrieved 16 December 2010 RIAA Certification Search Type Straight Shooter under Title for search results a b Bad Company Billboard Singles AllMusic United States Rovi Corporation Retrieved 16 December 2010 a b Baksi Gautam Review Straight Shooter by Bad Company Allmusic United States Rovi Corporation Retrieved 29 June 2011 a b Christgau Robert 1981 Consumer Guide 70s B Christgau s Record Guide Rock Albums of the Seventies Ticknor amp Fields ISBN 089919026X Retrieved 21 February 2019 a b Naha Ed Album Review Straight Shooter by Bad Company Rolling Stone Jann S Wenner Retrieved 29 June 2011 Kent David 1993 Australian Chart Book 1970 1992 illustrated ed St Ives N S W Australian Chart Book p 24 ISBN 0 646 11917 6 RPM Item Display Top Albums CDs Volume 23 No 16 June 14 1975 Library and Archives Canada 31 March 2004 Archived from the original Php on 21 October 2012 Bad Company Straight Shooter album ASP Hung Medien New Zealand Retrieved 16 December 2010 Bad Company Straight Shooter album ASP Hung Medien Norway Retrieved 16 December 2010 Archive Chart 3 May 1975 Official Charts Company United Kingdom Retrieved 12 December 2010 External links EditLyrics of live cover of Shooting Star by Queen Paul Rodgers from Live in Ukraine from Queen official website Bad Company Straight Shooter 1975 album review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine credits amp releases at AllMusic Bad Company Straight Shooter 1975 album releases amp credits at Discogs Bad Company Straight Shooter 1975 Deluxe Edition 2015 Remaster album to be listened as stream on Spotify Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Straight Shooter Bad Company album amp oldid 1033946604, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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