Listen: Bad Company Deluxe Edition Reissues

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Rhino released deluxe editions of Bad Company’s Run With the Pack and Burnin’ Sky albums on May 26. The music is also being released digitally and available through various streaming outlets. The band recorded four classic albums in as many years; the first two albums, Bad Company (1974) and Straight Shooter (1975), were reissued in 2015.

Run With the Pack (1976) and Burnin’ Sky (1977) have been newly remastered from the original production tapes. Each has been expanded with rare and unreleased recordings taken from the original album sessions. The CD versions of these deluxe editions include all of the new bonus tracks, while their 180-gram vinyl counterparts offer a selection of the bonus material.

According to a Rhino press release, “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 and rose to #4 in England and #5 in America, where it sold three million copies alone. Radio stations embraced 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.”

Listen to the Extended Version (with an Alternative Vocal) of “Run With the Pack”

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.

Here’s an early take of “Simple Man”

Order Run With The Pack here; and Burnin’ Sky here.

Listen to the live backing track of “Sweet Lil’ Sister”…

The band toured extensively in 2016 but have no 2017 tour plans while guitarist and co-founder Ralphs recovers from a stroke he suffered following the group’s final 2016 performance on October 29. However, they’re scheduled to appear on Rock Legends Cruise VI in February 2018.

Related: Bad Company’s Mick Ralphs suffers a stroke

During the summer of 1976, the band returned to France yet 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.

Until now…

Run With The Pack: Deluxe Edition
CD Track Listing

Disc One: Original Album Remastered

  1. “Live For The Music”
  2.  “Simple Man”
  3. “Honey Child”
  4. “Love Me Somebody”
  5. “Run With The Pack”
  6. “Silver, Blue & Gold”
  7. “Young Blood”
  8. “Do Right By Your Women”
  9. “Sweet Lil’ Sister”
  10. “Fade Away”

Disc Two: Bonus Tracks

  1. “Live For The Music” – Take 1, Alternative Vocal & Guitar
  2. “Simple Man” – Take 3, Early Mix
  3. “Honey Child” – Early Mix, Alternative Guitar Solo
  4. “Run With The Pack” – Extended Version, Alternative Vocal
  5. “Let There Be Love” – Take 1, Previously Unreleased
  6. “Silver, Blue & Gold” – Take 1, Early Mix
  7. “Young Blood” – Alternative Vocal
  8. “Do Right By Your Woman” – Alternative Vocal
  9. “Sweet Lil’ Sister” – Live Backing Track
  10. “Fade Away” – Early Mix, Alternative Guitar Solo
  11. “Do Right By Your Woman” – Acoustic Version*
  12. “(I Know) I’m Losing You” – Studio Jam
  13. “Young Blood” – Alternative Version 2
  14. “Fade Away” – Island Studios Demo

* All disc two tracks unreleased except

Burnin’ Sky: Deluxe Edition

CD Track Listing

Disc One: Original Album Remastered

  1. “Burnin’ Sky”
  2. “Morning Sun”
  3. “Leaving You”
  4. “Like Water”
  5. “Knapsack (The Happy Wanderer)”
  6. “Everything I Need”
  7. “Heartbeat”
  8. “Peace Of Mind”
  9. “Passing Time”
  10. “Too Bad”
  11. “Man Needs Woman”
  12. “Master Of Ceremony”

Disc Two: Bonus Tracks*

  1. “Burnin’ Sky” – Take 2, Alternative Vocal & Guitar
  2. “Morning Sun” – Take 3, Early Version
  3. “Leaving You” – Take 1, Alternative Vocal
  4. “Like Water” – Take 1, Rough Mix
  5. “Knapsack (The Happy Wanderer)” – Early Run Through
  6. “Everything I Need” – Rough Mix
  7. “Peace Of Mind” – Alternative Version
  8. “Passing Time” – Alternative Vocal
  9. “Too Bad” – Full Version
  10. “Man Needs Woman” – Alternative Vocal & Guitar
  11. “Too Bad” – Early Version, Mick Ralphs Vocal
  12. “Man Needs Woman” – Take 2, Early Version, Mick Ralphs Vocal
  13. “Burnin’ Sky” – Take 1, Alternative Vocal
  14. “Unfinished Story” – Previously Unreleased

* All tracks previously unreleased

Run With the Pack: Deluxe Edition

LP Track Listing

Side One

  1. “Live For The Music”
  2. “Simple Man”
  3. “Honey Child”
  4. “Love Me Somebody”
  5. “Run With The Pack”

Side Two

  1. “Silver, Blue & Gold”
  2. “Young Blood”
  3. “Do Right By Your Women”
  4. “Sweet Lil’ Sister”
  5. “Fade Away”

Side Three

  1. “Live For The Music” – Take 1, Alternative Vocal & Guitar
  2. “Simple Man” – Take 3, Early Mix
  3. “Honey Child” – Early Mix, Alternative Guitar Solo
  4. “Run With The Pack” – Extended Version, Alternative Vocal
  5. “Let There Be Love” – Take 1, Previously Unreleased

Side Four

  1. “Silver, Blue & Gold” – Take 1, Early Mix
  2. “Young Blood” – Alternative Vocal
  3. “Do Right By Your Woman” – Alternative Vocal
  4.  “Sweet Lil’ Sister” – Live Backing Track
  5. “Fade Away” – Island Studios Demo
  6. “Do Right By Your Woman” – Acoustic Version

Burnin’ Sky: Deluxe Edition

LP Track Listing

Side One

  1. “Burnin’ Sky”
  2. “Morning Sun”
  3. “Leaving You”
  4. “Like Water”
  5. “Knapsack (The Happy Wanderer)”
  6. “Everything I Need”

Side Two

  1. “Heartbeat”
  2. “Peace Of Mind”
  3. “Passing Time”
  4. “Too Bad”
  5. “Man Needs Woman”
  6. “Master Of Ceremony”

Side Three

    1. “Burnin’ Sky” – Take 2, Alternative Vocal & Guitar
    2. “Morning Sun” – Take 3, Early Version
    3. “Leaving You” – Take 1, Alternative Vocal
    4. “Like Water” – Take 1, Rough Mix
    5. “Knapsack (The Happy Wanderer)” – Early Run Through
    6. “Everything I Need” – Take 2, Rough Mix

Side Four

      1. “Peace Of Mind” – Alternative Version
      2. “Passing Time” – Alternative Vocal
      3. “Man Needs Woman” – Alternative Vocal & Guitar
      4. “Too Bad” – Full Version
      5. “Man Needs Woman” – Take 2, Early Version, Mick Ralphs Vocal
      6. “Unfinished Story” – Previously Unreleased

Watch Bad Company perform “Silver, Blue & Gold” in 2002

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