The Firm – The Firm

The Firm
Released 1985 (Atlantic)
Billboard Chart Position #17

Track List:
01. Closer
02. Make Or Break
03. Someone To Love
04. Together
05. Radioactive
06. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
07. Money Can’t Buy
08. Satisfaction Guaranteed
09. Midnight Moonlight

Paul Rodgers – vocals and guitar
Jimmy Page – guitar
Tony Franklin – bass, synthesizer and background vocals
Chris Slade – drums and percussion

Additional Musicians:
Sam Brown – background vocals
Helen Chappelle – background vocals
Joy Yates – background vocals
Steve Dawson – trumpet
Willie Garnett – saxophone
Paul “Shilts” Weimar – saxophone
Don Weller – saxophone

Produced by Jimmy Page and Paul Rodgers.

This was the debut album from this quartet featuring ex-members from such legendary bands as Bad Company and Led Zeppelin. Songs such as “Closer”, “Satisfaction Guaranteed” and “Radioactive” (which was also the hit single) are fairly catchy and have a sing-along feel to them. There is also a cover of The Righteous Brothers‘ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin”, a song I never liked in the first place.

  While “Radioactive” and a select few rocked, the majority of the album sounds like a watered down version of Bad Company. Paul Rodgers is a great singer and Jimmy Page a guitar legend, but this album fails to showcase their talents. The Firm doesn’t rock nearly as hard as they could and therefore only give this CD one thumb up.

Reviewed by Pam for Sleaze Roxx, February 2005.

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