Best Reissue album 2017, #2 : BAD ENGLISH – Bad English [Rock Candy remastered +2] (2017)
End of the year / beginning of 2018, it’s time to recap about the best 2017 releases, by category.
Do you know what the word ‘Classic’ means? BAD ENGLISH in all its sonic glory.
BAD ENGLISH self-titled debut “Bad English” has been Remastered & Reloaded by Rock Candy Records including 2 bonus tracks. The last remastered version of this awesome album went out of print long time ago, so this fresh treatment – far superior – is more than welcomed for all AOR fans worldwide.
There were many attempts at piecing together super-groups during the late ’80s but few were as successful as Bad English, a project born from the mash-up of two hugely influential outfits, namely the Babys (John Waite, Ricky Philips) and Journey (Jonathan Cain, Neal Schon and, later, Deen Castronovo).
Both groups had featured talent to die for, so anticipation was extremely high for this noble alliance.
Fortunately, unlike similar collaborations, the results were spectacular, leaving no one in any doubt that Bad English had delivered a cornerstone record, one that is still revered to this day.
Fronted by the stunning and instantly identifiable voice of John Waite, and ably supported by guitar firebrand Neal Schon, the album contains a brace of superior tracks that elevated the record to platinum status and beyond.
Signed to Epic Records and produced by Richie Zito (Eddie Money, Cheap Trick, Heart) it boasted no less than five hit singles, including ‘Price Of Love’ and the chart topping #1 power ballad ‘When I See You Smile’.
It was a record constructed with pin point accuracy crushing the competition by a country mile. Issued in June 1989, their commercial accomplishments belies the band’s true depth, a powerhouse melodic rock band laying down the law with grit and determination, as demonstrated on tracks like ‘Possession’, ‘Best Of What I Got’, ‘Forget Me Not’ and ‘Rockin’ Horse’; all scorching examples of a style and sound that has not diminished one jot over time.
This Rock Candy remaster is great delivering a balanced dynamic range, pumping bass lines (try it with a good pair of headphones), sharper guitars, and the lead / harmony vocals sound huge. If you have the original release in some format, compare with this remaster and then tell me.
Simply put, “Bad English” is one of the greatest AOR / Melodic Rock albums ever made, easily in my Top 50 of All Time. (thanks to Marion for this one!)
A MUST HAVE
You’ve seen it first here, at 0dayrox
01 – Best Of What I Got
02 – Heaven Is A 4 Letter Word
03 – Possession
04 – Forget Me Not
05 – When I See You Smile
06 – Tough Times Don’t Last
07 – Ghost In Your Heart
08 – Price Of Love
09 – Ready When You Are
10 – Lay Down
11 – The Restless Ones
12 – Rockin’ Horse
13 – Don’t Walk Away
14 – Price Of Love (Remix)
15 – Forget Me Not (Remix)
John Waite – lead vocals
Neal Schon – guitars, backing vocals
Jonathan Cain – keyboards, backing vocals
Ricky Phillips – bass, backing vocals
Deen Castronovo – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Produced by Richie Zito
BUY IT !