Bad Company was formed by former Free lead singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon
Kirke in England in 1973 when they joined Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs
and Boz Burrell, the bassist from King Crimson. They found instant success when
they release their first album that included the single Can't Get Enough. Like
most rock bands, the line-ups changed and records were recorded and released.
Responsible for many of the staple rock songs on your classic radio station, watching
this DVD is a concert full of moments when you realize how many popular songs
the group had.
The concert on this DVD features the current line-up of Paul Rodgers, Simon
Kirke, Dave Colwell and Jaz Lochrie. It was recorded in Denver at the Paramount
Theatre and in Anaheim at The Grove in January 2002. Attempting to tour and
maintain the same amount of energy 20 years later takes a lot of strength and
stamina and Bad Company does and admirable job, but the songs don't sound
quite radio perfect.
In the over 2-hour concert, the group performs all of their memorable songs
as well as a few more. Guest like Neal Schon and Slash (of Gun's and Roses
fame) join them for a few songs as well. It's an amazingly good set and
although I don't consider myself a "fan," it's a disc
I'd watch again and use to demo a system if needed.
Picture and sound on the disc are near perfect for a concert. The band has
a very minimal stage show. There are a few sound effects and lightning noises
that seem dated, but the otherwise rely on their performance and not theatrics.
In this age of bands disguised in makeup and costumes (let's face it,
they're all just imitating KISS) it's great to see a straightforward
rock 'n' roll show.
The following is a listing of the tracks on the DVD:
Can't Get Enough
Good Lovin' Gone Bad
Feel Like Makin' Love
Ready For Love
Deal With the Preacher
Rock and Roll Fantasy
All Right Now
Silver, Blue and Gold
Run With the Pack
As you can see, there are at least a few songs that everyone will recognize
and fans of the band should be more than happy with the selection. Combine a
great set-list with the great performance and you have an excellent concert
DVD. I've long been a fan on music on DVD because of the increased fidelity
in the sound and this disc is no exception.
Video: Concerts always seem to look great. Perhaps it's
because of the low and colored lighting. Because of this, the non-anamorphic
1.78:1 transfer is great looking and shows few flaws. Every so often, details
become obscured, but it's not a major complaint or one that happens often.
Audio: As usual, concert DVDs shine in this area and Bad Company
is no exception. The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is rich and vibrant. The surrounds
have been used to echo the music and fill the room with ambient noise from the
crowd. It adds an amazing depth and feel to the sound. The Dolby Stereo 2.0
mix, by comparison, seems flat but would suffice if that is the only option.
Extras: More than a few extras pop up on this disc and some
are quite interesting. Biography, discography and photo gallery are the standard
presentation of what their name implies. There is a lengthy interview section
that covers everything from the formation and early years of the band up to
their status today. A behind the scenes feature last for several minutes and
looks to have been done with a camcorder. It follows the guys around before
the show starts. Famous Friends is another section that features interviews,
but these are with other musicians discussing the influence the band had on
them. Overall, it's an impressive set of features for a concert disc and
they go together nicely.
Overall: An impressive disc that I enjoyed more that I expected,
Bad Company: Merchants of Cool is another disc that music and concert DVD lovers
should not be without. A great sounding and good looking transfer with just
the right amount of extras make for an entertaining two hours.