What You Hear is What You Get (contentiously subtitled the Best of Bad Company live) is a live album by Bad Company recorded in 1992 in California. Brian Howe is the lead singer and not Paul Rodgers.
This album very much revives the debate about when a group stops being the group promised by its brand name. For me, Bad Company has to include Paul Rodgers.
Bad Company What You Hear Is What You Get
What You Hear Is What You Get Set List
- How About That – 5:31 (originally on the album Here Comes Trouble)
- Holy Water – 4:27 (Holy Water)
- Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy – 3:11 (Desolation Angels)
- If You Needed Somebody – 5:12 (Holy Water)
- Here Comes Trouble – 4:00 (Here Comes Trouble)
- Ready For Love – 5:25 (Bad Company)
- Shooting Star – 6:28 (Straightshooter)
- No Smoke Without A Fire – 5:03 (Dangerous Age)
- Feel Like Makin’ Love – 5:45 (Straightshooter)
- Take This Town – 5:15 (Here Comes Trouble)
- Movin’ On – 3:20 (Bad Company)
- Good Lovin’ Gone Bad – 3:49 (Straightshooter)
- Fist Full of Blisters – 1:00
- Can’t Get Enough – 4:37 (Bad Company)
- Bad Company – 8:15 (Bad Company)
The best of Bad Company live it is not and never can be without Paul Rodgers and more of the songs from the first two essential studio albums.
However it does a good job of combining some of the songs with Brian Howe and the older classics. It has all my “must-haves” including Good Lovin’ Gone Bad which has one small section which is amongst my favourite parts of any song.
It’s easy to criticise Brian Howe for not being as great a singer as Paul Rodgers… but then who is?
In my opinion, there are very few who can rival the ex-Free singer for being able to sing loud and raucous and soft and gentle with equal passion.
Brian Howe is a very good singer but you do need to get past the karaoke moments on the best known songs. To the fans of the early Bad Company, it just sounds wrong.
Here is what Brian Howe does with Feel Like Makin’ Love
This version of the group consisted of:
- Brian Howe – Lead Vocals
- Mick Ralphs – Lead Guitar, Piano
- Dave Colwell – Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
- Rick Wills – Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
- Simon Kirke – Drums, Backing Vocals
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Other Live Albums By Bad Company, Free and Paul Rodgers
I don’t think there has been a definitive live album issued by Bad Company and whilst they were more hard rock and Free were blues rock, I think much of the attraction is in the great vocals of Paul Rodgers.
- 1976 – Bad Company Live In Albequerque
- 1992 – Bad Company What You Hear Is What You Get (not with Paul Rodgers)
- 2002 – Bad Company Merchants Of Cool
- 1970 – Free Live
- 1970 – Free Songs Of Yesterday
- 2006 – Paul Rodgers Live In Glasgow
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