“Run With The Pack” dropped in 1976. Ron Nevison engineered it and Eddie Kramer mixed it. Two names who appeared on a lot of hard rock and metal release I acquired in the 80’s.
For Bad Company, this is three albums in three years but when Daniel Ek from Spotify said that artists need to release more frequently, there was an uproar.
Did anyone see the recorded output from Ronnie James Dio?
From Elf, to Rainbow, to Black Sabbath and his solo career, he was doing a release a year.
“Run With The Pack” is not as solid as the first two albums from start to finish, but there is still enough quality to get people’s attention and it also helps when the first two albums are still selling and being played on radio.
LIVE FOR THE MUSIC
The chord and a vocal line, the chord again and another vocal line. And that funky riff in the chorus.
“But when the night time comes I’m ready to rock”
The night is my domain. I feel I’m at my most creative then.
Check out the guitar solo. It’s a simple three note melody, repeated over three bars, with just a small change on the last bar. So simple, but effective. And it pissed me off when writers in the 90’s wrote about how simple and effective the Seattle solos were. I guess they never checked out Bad Company.
Unsung hero here is Boz Burrell on the bass. His holding down the groove but also playing the melody and towards the end of the song, it’s just Simon Kirke and Burrell, grooving away.
As good as anything from the first two albums.
I love the way the song just rolls after those opening arpeggios. It’s an anthem. So many good lyrical lines like;
“I’m just a simple man trying to be free”
“Freedom is the only thing that means a damn to me”
Ralphs use of acoustic and electric guitars is the same technique he employed on “Feel like Makin’ Love” from the “Straight Shooter” album.
It’s “Can’t Get Enough” part 2.
LOVE ME SOMEBODY
A country blues piano ballad. Songs like these showcase the variation of the 70’s acts. An album purchase would give the listener so many different styles.
RUN WITH THE PACK
It starts off as a rocker and roller.
But the slow-down in the chorus. I love it.
Listen, especially when the violins come in towards the end.
SILVER, BLUE AND GOLD
It’s a fan favourite, with a sweet solo.
A rock-a-billy cover. Not my favorite.
DO RIGHT BY YOUR WOMAN
Another country rock cut.
SWEET LIL’ SISTER
It’s “Movin On” part 2. The chord progression was overused. “Sweet Home Alabama” comes to mind.
The piano riff is excellent.
They tried to rewrite “Bad Company” and they did a good job with it. It has enough variation to make it sound unique. U.F.O sounded like this on the “Lights Out” album. And Check out the emotive solo.
Press play and relive 1976.
2 thoughts on “1976 Part 2.2: Bad Company – Run With The Pack”
Bad Company is a great act. Another one of those Super Bands from the 70s! Rodgers could sing the dictionary and it would sound cool. Amazing that they carried on with Howe and struck Gold and Platinum again. Thats impressive as not many acts pull that off (VH and AC/DC come to mind right away)
Good call on the change of singers. Not a lot of bands have prospered when they’ve changed the singer.