By Daniel Watts
Music Reviewer and Segment Producer
25 years ago Bad Company released what would become their final platinum selling album, “Holy Water”. The album was released on ATCO Records and was produced by Terry Thomas. “Holy Water” was the third consecutive effort to feature vocalist Brian Howe and included only two original members, guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke.
Additional musicians on "Holy Water": Felix Krish (Bass), Lea Hart (Background Vocals), Terry Thomas (Guitar, Organ, Percussion and Background Vocals), Tina Egan (Background Vocals) and Rick Smith (Accordion).
According to vocalist Brian Howe, he tried to quit the band but was persuaded by the record company to stay. Howe also recruited Producer Terry Thomas to help write what would become most of the material on “Holy Water”. This was supposedly the result of Bad Company’s last two originals Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke contributing very little to the record. Behind the scenes Bad Company were imploding - “Holy Water” was soaring.
Even though there were tensions on the rise during that time, I think the album sounds very cohesive. If you didn’t know that “Holy Water” was created by a band in a bad place, you couldn't tell. I think the album is very consistent and each of its 13 tracks are genuine. “Holy Water” is a smooth mix of Pop and Rock giving it a positive and radio friendly sound in my opinion. The album’s level of musicianship and vocal power are excellent. I think the song that best reflects the band’s talent is the title track.
I hope the album has a resurgence in the coming years. Maybe receive some regular live play from Howe or Bad Company even though the latter is highly unlikely. If you haven’t listened to “Holy Water” I highly recommend giving it a try. If you’re familiar with the album but have left it in the past, do yourself a favor, go knock the dust off your copy and enjoy it once again. You won’t regret it.