The Firm (album)

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The Firm
Studio album by The Firm
Released 11 February 1985
Recorded 1984 at Sol Studios, Cookham, Berkshire, England.
Mixed at Sol Studios.
Mastered at The Townhouse, London, England.
Genre Rock
Length 40:19
Label Atlantic
Producer Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers
The Firm chronology
The Firm
(1985)
Mean Business
(1986)
Singles from The Firm
  1. "Radioactive"
    Released: 1985 (1985)
  2. "Closer"
    Released: 1985 (1985)
  3. "Satisfaction Guaranteed"
    Released: 1985 (1985)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[2]
Aaron Joy's Roman Midnight Music CD & DVD Reviews Blog Negative [3]

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 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[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Closer"   Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers 2:52
2. "Make or Break"   Rodgers 4:21
3. "Someone to Love"   Page, Rodgers 4:55
4. "Together"   Page, Rodgers 3:54
5. "Radioactive"   Rodgers 2:49
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" (The Righteous Brothers cover) Barry Mann, Phil Spector, Cynthia Weil 4:33
2. "Money Can't Buy"   Rodgers 3:35
3. "Satisfaction Guaranteed"   Page, Rodgers 4:07
4. "Midnight Moonlight"   Page, Rodgers 9:13

Personnel[edit]

The Firm[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Kerrang! UK Albums of 1985[4] 1985 20

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak position
UK Albums Chart[5] 15
Swedish Albums Chart[6] 21
Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[7] 16
US Billboard 200[8] 17
Dutch Albums Chart[9] 51

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1985 "Radioactive" UK Singles Chart[10] 76
1985 "Radioactive" US Billboard Top Rock Tracks[11] 1
1985 "Radioactive" US Billboard Hot 100[12] 28
1985 "Radioactive" US Cash Box Top 100 Singles[13] 28
1985 "Radioactive" Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[14] 75
1985 "Closer" US Billboard Top Rock Tracks[15] 19
1985 "Satisfaction Guaranteed" US Billboard Top Rock Tracks[16] 4
1985 "Satisfaction Guaranteed" US Billboard Hot 100[17] 73
1985 "Satisfaction Guaranteed" US Cash Box Top 100 Singles[18] 78

Sales certifications[edit]

Album[edit]

Country Sales Certification
United States (RIAA) 500,000+ Gold[19]
Canada (CRIA) 50,000+ Gold[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ "The Firm The Firm (aka debut)". Aaron Joy's Roman Midnight Music CD & DVD Reviews Blog. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kerrang! Albums of 1985". rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "Top 60 Albums - 8 March 1985". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 17 January 2009. 
  7. ^ "RPM Albums Chart - 30 March 1985". collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 17 January 2009. 
  8. ^ "The Billboard 200 - 13 April 1985". billboard.com. Retrieved 17 January 2009. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Top 20 Albums - 15 November 1997". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 17 January 2009. 
  10. ^ "Top 100 Singles - 23 February 1985". chartstats.com. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  11. ^ "Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks - 16 March 1985". billboard.com. Retrieved 15 January 2009. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Hot 100 Chart - 13 April 1985". billboard.com. Retrieved 19 January 2009. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Top 100 Singles - 13 April 1985". cashboxmagazine.com. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  14. ^ "RPM Singles Chart - 13 April 1985". collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  15. ^ "Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks - 23 March 1985". billboard.com. Retrieved 19 January 2009. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks - 18 May 1985". billboard.com. Retrieved 19 January 2009. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Hot 100 Chart - 18 May 1985". billboard.com. Retrieved 19 January 2009. [dead link]
  18. ^ "Top 100 Singles - 25 May 1985". cashboxmagazine.com. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  19. ^ "RIAA.org The Firm - 11 April 1985". RIAA. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  20. ^ "CRIA The Firm - 31 December 1997". CRIA. Retrieved 19 January 2009.