By Brian Ives
Most Bad Company fans are familiar with “Whiskey Bottle.” For the uninitiated, it’s a song that never made it to an album, but was the b-side to “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad” from their second album, 1975’s Straight Shooter, which came out 40 years ago next month.
However, a different tempo often changes a song’s vibe completely and that’s definitely the case here. The recently unearthed version, which we are proudly premiering here, has a more Stonesy swagger to it. If the take that originally appeared on the flip side to “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad” felt like closing time at the pub, this one is more like the first one you hear when you step in the door for a long night and many pints of bitter.
This version was recorded at Island Studios in Basing Street by Richard Digby Smith; the rest of the album sessions were recorded by Ron Nevison (the band self-produced the album). According to our friends at Rhino Records (who administer the Bad Co. catalog), it was marked as a master, but unused until now.