If any song off Burnin' Sky could have been a hit, this is the one I would have selected.
Actually, the immediate followup, "Morning Sun," is the better of the two tracks (featuring some tasty 12-string acoustic work from Ralphs), but to the AM market of the time, such a song might have been seen as too slow to be a hit.
The biggest problem with Burnin' Sky is that it sounds like it's a very tentative album.
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Although Burnin' Sky is firmly slotted into the comfortable menace of Anglo blues-rock growl, some credit is due Bad Company for loosening up sufficiently to nudge the limits of hard-rock convention.
While it's less than a break-through in terms of songwriting or musicianship, Burnin' Sky does sport a crisp, streamlined sound and a noticeable softening of the band's synthetic macho posing.
The title track lays down all of the comfortable parameters: dramatic major-chord drone, "ominous" vocals and the spare, elemental thud of the rhythm section, which is less boomy this time around thanks to engineer Chris Kimsey.
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We kick the seond half of the BurninSky album with the Rodgers penned rocker Heartbeat which is a great rocker.
I think Burnin' Sky is a great Bad Co album yet many of its fans and the public disagreed as it was Bad Company's worst charting album up to 1977 as it stalled at #11 on the album charts and only went Gold.
Bad Company put out six albums before they released their greatest hits collection, "10 From 6." You can appreciate where their fourth album, the 1977 release "Burnin' Sky" fits into their history by noting that it is the only album from which no songs were selected.
Although their greatest hits album released later on was titled "10 from 6" (meaning: 10 cuts from their first 6 albums), there are actually NO songs from "Burning Sky" represented.
"Burning Sky" was, in my opinion the most underated Bad Co. album of them all and possibly their best.
However after further playing you realise that the great guitar riffs, the driving combination of bass and drums and the great background rythmns of Bad Company are still there, they just seem a bit more subdued than earlier albums.