The Firm (album)
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The Firm Album
The Firm
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Studio album by
Released11 February 1985
Recorded1984
StudioSol Studios, Cookham, Berkshire, England.
Mixed at Sol Studios.
Mastered at The Townhouse, London, England.
GenreRock
Length40:19
LabelAtlantic
ProducerJimmy Page, Paul Rodgers
The Firm chronology
The Firm
(1985)
Mean Business
(1986)
Jimmy Page chronology
Whatever Happened to Jugula?
(1985)
The Firm
(1985)
Mean Business
(1986)
Singles from The Firm
  1. "Radioactive"
    Released: 1985
  2. "Closer"
    Released: 1985
  3. "Satisfaction Guaranteed"
    Released: 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[2]

The Firm is the first studio album by the British rock band The Firm, released by Atlantic Records on 11 February 1985. 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 commercially successful "Radioactive". "Closer" employs a horn section to subtle effect. The album also includes the Righteous Brothers' hit "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" with the fretless bass sound of Tony Franklin.

The Firm peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200 chart, and reached #15 on the UK Albums Chart. The song "Radioactive" topped Billboard's Top Rock Tracks chart for one week.

Track listing

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Closer"Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers2:52
2."Make or Break"Rodgers4:21
3."Someone to Love"Page, Rodgers4:55
4."Together"Page, Rodgers3:54
5."Radioactive"Rodgers2:49
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" (The Righteous Brothers cover)Phil Spector, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil4:33
2."Money Can't Buy"Rodgers3:35
3."Satisfaction Guaranteed"Page, Rodgers4:07
4."Midnight Moonlight"Page, Rodgers9:13

Personnel

The Firm

Additional musicians

  • Steve Dawson - trumpet on "Closer"
  • Paul "Shilts" Weimar - baritone saxophone on "Closer"
  • Willie Garnett - tenor saxophone on "Closer"
  • Don Weller - tenor saxophone solo on "Closer"
  • Sam Brown, Helen Chappelle & Joy Yates - backing vocals on "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" & "Midnight Moonlight"

Production personnel

Accolades

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Kerrang! UK Albums of 1985[3] 1985 20

Charts

Album

Chart (1985) Peak position
UK Albums Chart[4] 15
Swedish Albums Chart[5] 21
Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[6] 16
US Billboard 200[7] 17
Dutch Albums Chart[8] 51

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1985 "Radioactive" UK Singles Chart[9] 76
1985 "Radioactive" US Billboard Top Rock Tracks[10] 1
1985 "Radioactive" US Billboard Hot 100[11] 28
1985 "Radioactive" US Cash Box Top 100 Singles[12] 28
1985 "Radioactive" Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[13] 75
1985 "Closer" US Billboard Top Rock Tracks[14] 19
1985 "Satisfaction Guaranteed" US Billboard Top Rock Tracks[15] 4
1985 "Satisfaction Guaranteed" US Billboard Hot 100[16] 73
1985 "Satisfaction Guaranteed" US Cash Box Top 100 Singles[17] 78

Certifications

Country Sales Certification
United States (RIAA) 500,000+ Gold[18]
Canada (CRIA) 50,000+ Gold[19]

References

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ "Kerrang! Albums of 1985". rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 2009.
  4. ^ Warwick, Neil (2004). "The Firm - 2 March 1985". The Complete Book of the British Charts (3rd ed.). London: Omnibus Press. p. 409. ISBN 1-84449-058-0.
  5. ^ "Top 60 Albums - 8 March 1985". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2009.
  6. ^ "RPM Albums Chart - 30 March 1985". collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2009.
  7. ^ "The Billboard 200 - 13 April 1985". billboard.com. Archived from the original on 26 September 2014. Retrieved 2009.
  8. ^ "Top 20 Albums - 15 November 1997". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2009.
  9. ^ "Top 100 Singles - 23 February 1985". chartstats.com. Retrieved 2009.
  10. ^ "Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks - 16 March 1985". billboard.com. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 2009.
  11. ^ "Hot 100 Chart - 13 April 1985". billboard.com. Archived from the original on 11 July 2014. Retrieved 2009.
  12. ^ "Top 100 Singles - 13 April 1985". cashboxmagazine.com. Archived from the original on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 2009.
  13. ^ "RPM Singles Chart - 13 April 1985". collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2009.
  14. ^ "Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks - 23 March 1985". billboard.com. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 2009.
  15. ^ "Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks - 18 May 1985". billboard.com. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 2009.
  16. ^ "Hot 100 Chart - 18 May 1985". billboard.com. Archived from the original on 5 July 2014. Retrieved 2009.
  17. ^ "Top 100 Singles - 25 May 1985". cashboxmagazine.com. Retrieved 2009.
  18. ^ "RIAA.org The Firm - 11 April 1985". RIAA. Archived from the original on 22 September 2010. Retrieved 2009.
  19. ^ "CRIA The Firm - 31 December 1997". CRIA. Retrieved 2009.


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