THERE’S NO DOUBT that the 1970s were a golden time for blues infused rock, but it was also a period where the competition for attention was cut throat. Sure, if an act caught a wave of approval then the sky was the limit, for the majority of acts, however, it was a struggle to keep afloat, despite the fact that regional radio play and venues were plentiful and welcoming. For Milwaukee, Wisconsin based four piece Bad Boy the odds were stacked against them, even though they had secured a coveted record deal with the United Artists label and had already gained a foothold with a well received debut album. Stepping back into the studio they were a far more worldly wise team, and they crafted a record that sat easily beside master craftsmen of the era such as Aerosmith, Derringer, Cheap Trick and Kiss. Originally issued in 1978, ‘Back To Back’ made for solid listening, focusing on melodic catchy songs with rock solid riffs. Tracks such as ‘I Just Wanna Love You’ and the funk infused ‘Keep It Up’ leave no stone unturned in their quest to impress. But the big winners here are the rifftastic ‘No Stopping Me Now’, and ‘Take My Soul’/’Out Of Control’, a near eight minute epic of the highest grade. With a regional following remaining forever loyal, the band were hamstrung by a label that was focussing on lighter fare, leaving them to pursue their quest for success independently whilst continuing to cultivate a solid legacy.
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW AND ENHANCED ARTWORK.
TRACK LISTING: 1. IT’S ALL RIGHT 2. ALWAYS COME BACK 3. ACCIDENTAL 4. GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS 5. KEEP IT UP 6. I JUST WANNA LOVE YOU 7. NO STOPPING ME NOW 8. ROCK AND ROLL BLOOD 9. TAKE MY SOUL (ROCK AND ROLL) / OUT OF CONTROL