Paul Rodgers – Cut Loose (1983)

FrontCover1After the disappointing 1982 release Rough Diamonds, Bad Company split up and vocalist Paul Rodgers focused on his solo album Cut Loose. It’s a “solo” album in every sense of the word; Rodgers wrote, produced, sang, and played every single note. Yep, besides highlighting his miraculous voice, Cut Loose features Rodgers playing guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, and drums. It’s a competent release and it features some good songs, but one wonders how much better it could have been if he had interacted with other musicians. In a way, Cut Loose is almost like a demo tape. Sometimes individual songs lack dynamics because Rodgers bases them on repeating guitar or piano lines, and his bass playing is effective, but his drumming is rudimentary. “Fragile” is a decent, midtempo rock & roll song. “Cut Loose” has an upbeat, funky feel with a guitar riff that doubles Rodgers’ vocals. “Rising Sun” is the most sophisticated and impressive song on the album; its fast, dramatic piano lines and biting guitar solo stand out. The breezy “Morning After the Night Before” is based on clever lyrics about life on the road. (It’s an interesting companion to Bad Company’s “Movin’ On,” which was written by guitarist Mick Ralphs.) The haunting arrangement on “Northwinds” is also noteworthy. The piano and organ parts add depth to Rodgers’ gut-wrenching vocals. Two songs on Cut Loose have interesting histories. “Superstar Woman” is a re-recorded version of a previously unreleased Bad Company tune. (It was finally issued on 1999’s The ‘Original’ Bad Company Anthology.) Also, Rodgers and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page re-recorded “Live in Peace” for the Firm’s 1986 album Mean Business. (by Bret Adams)

PaulRodgersWithJimmyPagePaul Rodgers (with Jimmy Page), 1983

Paull Rodgers (vocals, all instruments)

01. Fragile 4.31
02. Cut Loose 3.37
03. Live In Peace 5.00
04. Sweet Sensation 3.16
05. Rising Sun 4.09
06. Boogie Mama 3.10
07. Morning After The Night Before 4.12
08. Northwinds 3.55
09. Superstar Woman 4.59
10. Talking Guitar Blues 4.04

All songs written by Paul Rodgers


SingleSingle “Cut Loose”


Paul Rodgers – Live At The BBC (1971)

PaulRdogersBBC71FCAnyone into ’60s rock would consider Free together with Cream and Led Zeppelin among the key blues-influenced bands. Formed in 1968, Free’s original lineup included drummer Simon Kirke, bassist Andy Fraser, vocalist Paul Rodgers and guitarist Paul Kossoff.
When Free disbanded in 1973, it has been reported that Rodgers was offered the lead vocalist slot with Deep Purple which he turned down. He then joined Kirke, Boz Burrell (King Crimson) and guitarist Mick Ralphs (Mott The Hoople) to form Bad Company.
Before Bad Company and during a fallout from Free, Rodgers also fronted Peace, which featured Stewart McDonald and Mich Underwood.
Here are three tracks Peace performed live at the BBC in 1971. These tracks were later recorded by Free and Bad Company.

Stewart McDonald (bass)
Paul Rodgers (guitar, vocals)
Mick Underwood (drums)


01. Heartbreaker (Rodgers)
02. Like Water (Rodgers)
03. Seven Angels (Rodgers)