Thursday 6/23/22 4pm ET: Feature LP: Bad Company – Rough Diamonds (1982)

Rough Diamonds is the sixth studio album by the English rock band Bad Company. The album was released in August 1982. Rough Diamonds, like its predecessor, Desolation Angels, was recorded at Ridge Farm Studio in Surrey, England in March and April 1982 and engineered by Max Norman (famed for his work with Ozzy Osbourne).

It was the last album by Bad Company’s original line-up and the most recent studio album to feature Paul Rodgers. The sessions were rough going from the beginning. First, their manager, Peter Grant, withdrew from view after the death of Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham in 1980. Then, on another occasion, a fistfight broke out between Paul Rodgers and Boz Burrell, the two bandmates restrained by Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke.

The album’s opening track, “Electricland”, written by Rodgers, was the album’s biggest hit. Rodgers’ “Painted Face” also received substantial airplay on rock stations. The album became the original line-up’s worst-selling album, reaching a disappointing No. 26 on the Billboard album charts in 1982. The album was remastered and re-released in 1994.

1. “Electricland” 5:29
2. “Untie the Knot” 4:07
3. “Nuthin’ on the TV” 3:46
4. “Painted Face” 3:24
5. “Kickdown” 3:35
6. “Ballad of the Band” 2:10
7. “Cross Country Boy” 3:00
8. “Old Mexico” 3:49
9. “Downhill Ryder” 4:09
10. “Racetrack” 4:44

Paul Rodgers – vocals, guitar, piano
Mick Ralphs – guitar, slide guitar, keyboards
Simon Kirke – drums
Boz Burrell – bass
John Cook – piano and synthesizer
Mel Collins – saxophone

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