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Ye Olde Metal: Bad Company’s Desolation Angels

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This app tells the story of the making of Bad Company’s 1979 album Desolation Angels.

From loud rocker to delicate acoustic song, the quality within Desolation Angels was across the board.

The app’s author, Martin Popoff, explains:

“Well, yes, snuck this one in as part of my new Ye Olde Metal "chapter" series although it ain't too heavy. But Bad Company was considered somewhat of a hard rock band back in all of the '70s, and this is the one I connected with the most, Desolation Angels Swan Songing around with In Through The Out Door, both records struck by a certain ennui.”

“Turns out it's a bit of a band favourite as well, and here's the record's story, as told by Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke.”

“This one's particularly packed with pictures, photography courtesy of Rich Galbraith, memorabilia courtesy of my partner in this venture, Chris Pike, clear across in New Zealand, an academic lover of classic rock history just like myself.”

The Bad Company’s Desolation Angels app stems from an as-yet-unpublished Ye Olde Metal “essay” or “chapter,” Ye Olde Metal being a series of five books thus far, examining albums from 1968 through 1978, in detailed, one-per-chapter format.

Martin Popoff has penned 38 books on hard rock, heavy metal, classic rock and record collecting. Martin currently resides in Toronto and can be reached through or

The Bad Company’s Desolation Angels app is a universal app that is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The app has layouts that have been specifically optimised for iPhone and for iPad.

Look out for other apps and eBooks in the Ye Olde Metal single-album series including Y&T’s Black Tiger, Motörhead’s Overkill, Whitesnake’s Ready An’ Willing, Gillan’s Glory Road and Fastway’s Fastway.