1975, Bad Company released their second studio album titled “Straight Shooter.” Recorded at Clearwell Castle in Gloucestershire, England and produced by the band for Swan Song (label owned by Led Zeppelin), the album was released a month after the release of the hit single “Feel Like Makin’ Love.”
The album received mixed reviews from the critics, despite the album featuring multiple fan favorites. One critic actually claimed that the legendary Paul Rodgers didn’t have a strong enough voice to support the songs. (Give me a break, please!)
The fans obviously ignored the critics, as “Straight Shooter” reached #3 on the Billboard chart, the UK chart and the Canadian chart. The single “Feel Like Makin’ Love” hit #10 on the singles’ chart and “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad” reached #36, while songs such as “Shooting Star,” “Deal With The Preacher” and “Wild Fire Woman” remained staples in the bands live set for years. “Shooting Star” was inspired by the deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin.
“Straight Shooter” would go “gold” just one month after its release and eventually hit platinum status, selling more than two million copies worldwide.
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