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Artist: Bad Company

Title: Holy Water

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Bad Company Holy Water Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1990

Label: ATCO

Catalog Number: A2 91371


Brian Howe vocals
Mick Ralphs guitar
Simon Kirke drums, acoustic guitar
Felix Krish bass


1.  Holy Water  4:06
2.  Walk Through Fire  4:48
3.  Stranger Stranger  4:50
4.  If You Needed Somebody  4:21
5.  Fearless  3:31
6.  Lay Your Love on Me  4:03
7.  Boys Cry Tough  5:33
8.  With You in a Heartbeat  4:34
9.  I Don't Care  4:34
10.  Never Too Late  3:41
11.  Dead of the Night  3:40
12.  I Can't Live Without You  3:49
13.  100 Miles  1:57
Total Running Time:  53:27

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Rush Date: January 28, 2002 at 9:44
My favourite Brian Howe era disc...melodic and rocking...brings back fond memories...

From: José Carlos Date: February 25, 2002 at 13:26
Obra de arte, como todo lo que toca Brian Howe, eso sí, con las buenisimas guitarras de Mick Ralphs.

From: Doug Date: June 14, 2002 at 23:09
Compact discs were just becoming popular when this album was released in 1990. It was the first CD I ever bought. It's a classic recording, complete with great production, excellent songs, and top-notch performances. All the tunes on this one are very good. A must for real rock fans.

From: Tony Date: June 15, 2002 at 21:20
Great times for me and my favorite Howe-era album. Really dug bad Company during this time and while comparing it to Ridgers-era Bad Company is like apples & oranges I still think these guys did a great job of melding calssic rock with 90's pop-rock and this album is the pinnacle of that. Still enjoy this album to this day and that's the real measure of a great album to me. 12 years later do you still dig it??

From: Desslar Date: June 16, 2002 at 15:44
Solid follow-up similar to Dangerous Age, but slightly slower and more diverse. This album begins a heavy emphasis on ballads, but perhaps that's not such a bad thing. A few filler tracks in the middle.

From: The Fizzy One Date: September 16, 2002 at 19:10
Pretty decent, but the best tracks are the first five. After that? Ah, I dunno. "If You Needed Somebody" is one of my all time favorite ballads. And the title track? Well man, we only get one First Time, ya know?

From: Beevuss Date: September 16, 2002 at 20:52
This one is one of the best albums ever. Great songs, production, and performances. Don't overlook this one....GO GET IT!

From: vics Date: January 11, 2003 at 9:54
one of the rare few albums where i loved all the songs i it! great feel on the guitar solo of boys cry tough ! amazing how mick manages to do it

From: javier-mad Date: March 2, 2003 at 18:53
no está mal pero para mi esto no es BAD COMPANY

From: RR-Finland Date: September 4, 2003 at 7:36
This is my favourite Bad Company, what I have heard. Songs like Holy Water, Stranger Stranger and Dead Of The Night are really great, with catchy vocals and perfect-pitch harmonies. Truly recommended.

From: Chessboarder Date: January 3, 2004 at 11:20
Eines der besten Alben von BadCo. Hypermelodiös, wie immer. Mein absoluter Kauftipp !

From: James Date: January 3, 2004 at 15:05
love this incarnation of Bad Company. Still has some classic Bad Co. feel in the background with the music but Brian Howe brought a more melicic---less blues aspect to the band and it worked great. honestly, this reminds me a Bad English with a little more blues-based sound. I think this is one of their best albums, too bad they seemed "embarrassed" by this and hardly mention the Howe era.

From: pablo Date: February 7, 2004 at 18:46
Menuda maravilla melódica ,sus canciones son excelentes y el sonido de cine ,ultrarecomendado

From: Big Papa K Date: June 23, 2004 at 2:29
Agree with The Fizzy One on this album. Starts off very strong with the title track, "Walk Through Fire", and "If You Needed Somebody". After the first half if just becomes generic. 6/10

From: Wotty Date: August 23, 2004 at 17:43
Almost mirrors Dangerous Age,however its not quite as consistent.But Brian is still in good voice.Only upsetting thing is....Where has the bloody time gone?...

From: Dreamaholic Date: October 27, 2004 at 5:51
For the most part my favorite of the new Bad Company lineup. Skip over a few here and there when I play it though. I liked Holy Water, Stranger Stranger, Never Too Late, and my favorite: I Don't Care (love the guitars).

From: death_angulo@ya Date: December 15, 2004 at 15:17
well... for me, the best album of bad co. is "here comes trouble" obviously with brian howe in vocals (the unique!). but this album is good too!! oh god the song "walk through fire" is a totally anthem!! well and there are good songs too,. well with that voice whatever album is good!!

From: Joan Date: April 10, 2005 at 5:52
Algo irregular, pero con un temazo que todo rockero tiene que escuchar: HOLY WATER

From: MLDROCKER Date: August 30, 2005 at 5:00
Pros: Strange guitars,great melody!The sound seems to be innovative to me.I've put 8.5 out of ten."Holy water","fearless",Boys cry Tough",are my faves.Definately prefer Howe's albulms than the old classic Bad Company of Paul Rodgers. Cons: Drummer doesn't get me excited really.I'd like more energy on their songs. AOR TILL HEAVEN!!!CHEERS

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: October 2, 2005 at 10:19
Good Hard Rock album, el album esta bueno claro no es el del 86 pero esta Ok, algo como los Foreigner Pero en etapa Hard Rock, los 2 primeros cortes son muy buenos aunque el resto no desentona tampoco, la verdad que albums de Hard Rock asi valen la pena, como para darle un 6-7/10.

From: Remastered Reason Date: January 22, 2006 at 22:34
Again, no Paul Rodgers but instead another formulated melodic rock effort similar to their previous one, "Dangerous Age". They sure got a lot of FM airplay out of these 2 cd's in America at the time.

From: lalorock Date: June 9, 2006 at 17:46
Para mí el mejor album de Bad Company etapa aor, hard rock de los 80`s ,canciones con un feeling caso delas fenomenales holy water, walk through fire, stranger stranger,i can`t live without you (mis favoritas) y la balada if you needed somebody es una de las màs hermosas que he escuchado en mi vida con ese sentimiento que le pone el genial Brian Howe con esa voz que no tiene nada que envidiar al Paul Rodgers. exelente disco.

From: Melodiker Date: July 31, 2006 at 11:16
Again,a true winner ! Bad Company rocks really good ! 8.5/10

From: 7Sinner Date: August 4, 2006 at 15:47
This is just a wonderful release. I prefer Howe's vocals to Rodgers and I believe this is the best Bad Company release. Yes I do own them all!!

From: juan carlos Date: August 4, 2006 at 20:04
De hecho que prefiero la voz de Brian Howe a la Rodgers. Todos los discos de Bad Co. con Howe me encantan y para mi el "here comes trouble" es su mejor obra. Este disco es un clásico para mi y con una producción maravillosa. "Walk Through Fire" es un tema que así nomas no se encuentra por ahí, fantástico! "If You Need Somebody" tremenda balada que Howe la canta al 100x100. la 1,3,7,8,12 estan encomiables tambien. y cierran con "100 miles" que canta Kirke, buena. Clásico 9/10

From: Metalmusicman Date: January 1, 2007 at 1:45
The sound for these guys definitely shifted when the line-up did. It's still good, but this is not the guitar driven rock from the 70's you remember. This is a more radio friendly AOR version of this band. Like I said, good, just different. Once you get used to the change, you'll find songs like "Holy Water", "Walk Through Fire", and "If You Needed Somebody" quite catchy and very good. The problem is that the album has weak spots as well. A good album, but not a great one. Still enjoyable.

From: murat Date: August 5, 2007 at 9:23
The best Bad Company album and the one of the best AOR album of all time! If you are an AOR fan and don't have this album , you are missing one of the most valuable piece of the genre!

From: george_the_jack Date: May 11, 2009 at 10:03
This one IMHO is pure AOR class! Without a doubt one of the better pieces of the second Bad Co. era.

From: juan carlos Date: May 7, 2011 at 15:04
Adding to my comment back in 2004(death_angulo) Production here is just amazing, Brilliant Production! I prefer the Brian Howe era than Paul, just my opinion. "Walk Through Fire" is by far my favorite Bad Co song of all.. "If You Needed Somebody" "Holy Water" "Boys Cry Tough" "With You in a Heartbeat" & "100 Miles" are my favorites. 90/100 Classic! More comments please!!

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: May 7, 2011 at 15:23
I bought this one for the singles, but this sort of thing is a little light for my tastes. I really like the first few songs, though, but can't remember how any of the songs go after "Boys Cry Tough." Except for "100 Miles," which I always thought was kinda stupid.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 7, 2011 at 19:55
The difference between Paul & Brian is that Brian came in just directly to sing more AOR mainstream songs which is wonderful(i also love Brian's voice)...Paul is the "main man" of Bad Company talking about nostalgic issues...but undoubtebly Brian's time in Bad Company was awesome...not to mention also the very talented Robert Hart that also gave the band some plus to Bad Company's music...cheers!

From: 123charpenay Date: October 15, 2012 at 13:36
i was very impress in 1990 when i heard "holy water" at radio.in this time frenches radios plays good music.i never was a die hard fan of bad co .but with brian howe it s different.what a wonderful voice!the music is more melodic.this record have a monster sound;big guitars;superb choruses who hooked you immediatly.fabulous mid tempo.no fillers only killers.a masterpiece.the best bad co record ever.no bonus track in the japan import.

From: Doug Date: October 16, 2012 at 13:18
I always thought Brian Howe never got his rightful due; Ralphs and Kirke never seemed to embrace him. Saw this lineup with Damn Yankees back in the day, fun show.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: October 14, 2015 at 20:16
It was the age of the power ballad, which is how Bad Company found themselves at #16 on the pop charts with "If You Needed Somebody." I understand why bands never do it, but Bad Company would have been a prime candidate for a name change. The music they made with Brian Howe sounds nothing like their '70's output, and comes after a fairly lengthy hiatus too. And this was the era of supergroups made of guys fromold AOR bands (Alias and Bad English, and Damn Yankees all reached the top-five without trying to fool anyone into thinking they were Sheriff or the Babys or Journey or whoever. Play "Can't Get Enough" back to back with "Holy Water"--it sounds like an entirely different band. Still, this is good, capable, but ultimately faceless AOR. 1990-91 really was the last hurrah for guys like these, who managed to buy some extra time by forming new configurations and making music for baby-boomers who were a bit skeptical (or scared) of metal. But the end was nigh, and I really don't think it

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: October 14, 2015 at 20:17
... had all that much to do with grunge either.

From: edwithmj Date: April 14, 2018 at 19:36
Doghouse, there are plenty of interviews with Brian Howe online (search youtube for example) in which Brian Howe states that the project he started with Kirke and Ralphs wasn't going to be called "Bad Company" but the record label kind of insisted on it promising the fledgling group double the money if they resurrected the band name. Howe resisted (for obvious reasons) but Kirke and Ralphs drooled at the thought of all the money and outvoted Howe much to his chagrin. As for the album itself, I find myself enjoying this one less than the spectacular Dangerous Age. While with that album I can listen to the whole thing without getting bored once, this one has a few fillers such as Lay Your Love On Me, Never Too Late and Dead Of The Night. The hits are very good though and rival anything off the previous album. My picks are Holy Water (very similar to No Smoke Without Fire from the previous album), Walk Through Fire, the ballad If You Needed Somebody, Boys Cry Tough and...

From: edwithmj Date: April 14, 2018 at 19:44
...With You In A Heartbeat. As for 100 Miles, I actually like it: it's an acoustic song mostly performed and sung by Simon Kirke. Almost all the songs on this album were written by Howe and Terry Thomas who to this day are both resented by Kirke and Ralphs despite the fact the albums with Howe made the pair quite a lot of money - especially since Holy Water went platinum. Apparently Kirke and Ralphs felt Howe was taking over despite the fact the the two (especially Ralphs) could barely be bothered to record on the album let alone tour to support it. Terry Thomas recorded most of the guitars for this album with Ralphs contributing solos only. Regardless, Howe is a talented songwriter and singer - evident with the work he did to keep the Bad Company name going while Paul Rodgers was trying to find success with the ill-fated "The Firm", which failed to reach expectations in song quality and sales.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 15, 2018 at 1:59
Interesting, Ed, but not all that surprising. I guess my comment on Dangerous Age wasn't far off in characterizing the whole thing as an exercise in "old band, new singer, new sound, gimme the money." I do recall there being a lawsuit in the late '90's, Howe wanting to tour under the Bad Company name, and probably feeling entitled to do so since, as you point out, he'd done the lion's share of the work during his tenure. But the other guys had re-teamed with Paul ROdgers around the same time, so of course they weren't tryin' to hear 'bout any of THAT noise. As for Ralphs, he may as well have stayed home, his lead guitar tone is so thin and trebly and his solos and style of playing just seem so out of place.

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