From the beginning, Bad Company were poised to take the rock world by storm. Though some critics were quick to dismiss the concept of a supergroup - Time dismissed the idea in 1974 as "a potent but short-lived rock phenomenon...an amalgam formed by the talented malcontents of other bands" - there was no ignoring the pedigree of Bad Company's four members. Singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke were part of Free, one of England's best-loved hard rock bands, while guitarist Mick Ralphs helped define the glam-rock movement in Mott the Hoople and bassist Boz Burrell held down rhythm in progressive outfit King Crimson.
It wasn't just fans that adored the quartet: the group was the first to be released by Swan Song Records, Led Zeppelin's highly-touted new label. All three of Zeppelin's previous releases had topped the U.K. album charts (two of them also American chart-toppers), and their endorsement set the stage for Bad Company's immediate burst of success.
Armed with the smash hits "Can't Get Enough" (a No. 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100) and the Top 20 follow-up "Movin' On," Bad Company became one of the year's top rock albums. More than four decades from its original release, it's been certified 5x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.