The Firm (album)

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The Firm
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Type Studio album
Artist The Firm
Release Date 11 February 1985
Recorded October - November 1984 at
the Sol Studios, Berkshire
Mixed at the Sol Studios, Berkshire.
Genre Hard rock, rock
Language English
Length 40 minutes 19 seconds
Label Atlantic Records
Catalogue Atlantic 81239 (US), Atlantic 781 239-1 (UK)
Producer Jimmy Page & Paul Rodgers
Engineer Stuart Epps

The Firm is a studio album by the Firm, released by Atlantic Records on 11 February 1985.

Overview

Page's tone throughout is very reminiscent of the sound of his overdubs on Coda, as well as the sound he would subsequently employ on 1988's Outrider. Opening track 'Closer' uses a subtle horn section to good effect, while 'Someone to Love' represents all the elements of the band in one number. Rodgers' 'Radioactive' was a hit for the band, topping the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for one week. The album's highlight is 'Satisfaction Guaranteed,' a mid-tempo rocker with a weaving and exotic Page riff and a heartfelt vocal performance by Rodgers. Other tracks ranged from the epic 'Midnight Moonlight' based on a previously unreleased song by Led Zeppelin called 'Swan Song', first tinkered with during the Physical Graffiti sessions, to the retro-hippy themes of 'Someone to Love'. The cover version of 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling' featured lead vocals by Paul Rodgers of Bad Company fame, but was never released as a single. The Firm peaked at #17 on the Billboard's Billboard 200 chart, and reached #15 on the UK Album Chart.

Album information

1985 Track listing:

  • Side 1:
  1. 'Closer' (Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers) – 2:52
  2. 'Make or Break' (Paul Rodgers) – 4:21
  3. 'Someone to Love' (Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers) – 4:55
  4. 'Together' (Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers) – 3:54
  5. 'Radioactive' (Paul Rodgers) - 2:49
  • Side 2:
  1. 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling' (Mann, Spector, Weil) – 4:33
  2. 'Money Can't Buy' (Paul Rodgers) – 3:35
  3. 'Satisfaction Guaranteed' (Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers) – 4:07
  4. 'Midnight Moonlight' (Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers) – 9:13

1985 Compact disc edition
Same track listing and order as the vinyl release.

Accolades

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Kerrang! UK Albums of 1985[1] 1985 20

Chart positions

Album

Chart (1985) Peak Position
UK Albums Chart[2] 15
Swedish Albums Chart[3] 21
Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[4] 16
US Billboard The 200 Albums Chart[5] 17
Dutch Albums Chart[6] 51

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1985 'Radioactive' UK Singles Chart[7] 76
1985 'Radioactive' US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart[8] 1
1985 'Radioactive' US Billboard The Billboard Hot 100 Chart[9] 28
1985 'Radioactive' US Cash Box Top 100 Singles Chart[10] 28
1985 'Radioactive' Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[11] 75
1985 'Closer' US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart[12] 19
1985 'Satisfaction Guaranteed' US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart[13] 4
1985 'Satisfaction Guaranteed' US Billboard The Billboard Hot 100 Chart[14] 73
1985 'Satisfaction Guaranteed' US Cash Box Top 100 Singles Chart[15] 78

Sales certifications

Album

Country Sales Certification
United States (RIAA) 500,000+ Gold[16]
Canada (CRIA) 50,000+ Gold[17]
Personnel
  • Musicians:
    • Paul Rodgers - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, producer
    • Jimmy Page – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, producer
    • Tony Franklin – bass guitar, keyboards, synthesizer
    • Chris Slade - drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Additional musicians:
    • Steve Dawson - trumpet ('Closer')
    • Paul 'Shilts' Weimar - barritone sax ('Closer')
    • Willie Garnett - tenor sax ('Closer')
    • Don Weller - tenor sax solo ('Closer')
    • Sam Brown - backing vocals ('You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling' and 'Midnight Moonlight')
    • Helen Chappelle - backing vocals ('You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling' and 'Midnight Moonlight')
    • Joy Yates - backing vocals ('You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling' and 'Midnight Moonlight')
  • Production:
    • Stuart Epps - engineer
    • Steve Privett - tape operator, tea, gin and tonics
    • Gordon Vicary - mastering
    • Steve Maher - cover artwork

Notes

  1. Kerrang! Albums of 1985. rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  2. Warwick, Neil (2004). “The Firm - 2 March 1985”, The Complete Book of the British Charts, 3rd. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 1-84449-058-0. 
  3. Top 60 Albums - 8 March 1985. swedishcharts.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  4. RPM Albums Chart - 30 March 1985. RPM. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  5. The Billboard 200 - 13 April 1985. Billboard. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  6. Top 20 Albums - 15 November 1997. norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  7. Top 100 Singles - 23 February 1985. chartstats.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  8. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks - 16 March 1985. Billboard. Retrieved on 2009-01-15.
  9. Hot 100 Chart - 13 April 1985. Billboard. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  10. Top 100 Singles - 13 April 1985. Cash Box. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  11. RPM Singles Chart - 13 April 1985. RPM. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  12. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks - 23 March 1985. Billboard. Retrieved on 2009-01-15.
  13. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks - 18 May 1985. Billboard. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  14. Hot 100 Chart - 18 May 1985. Billboard. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  15. Top 100 Singles - 25 May 1985. Cash Box. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  16. RIAA.org The Firm - 11 April 1985. RIAA. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  17. CRIA The Firm - 31 December 1997. CRIA. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.