The Law (English band)

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The Law
Genres Rock
Years active 1991–1992
Labels Verve, Atlantic
Past members Kenney Jones
Paul Rodgers
Pino Palladino
Jim Barber
John Staehely

The Law were an English rock group formed in 1991 by singer Paul Rodgers (ex-Free, Bad Company and The Firm) and drummer Kenney Jones (ex-Small Faces/Faces and The Who). They intended to use different supporting musicians, to allow Rodgers to pursue whatever style he wished. They assembled a core band of studio musicians, consisting of Jim Barber (whose credits include The Rolling Stones, Ruby Turner and Mick Jagger's solo album Primitive Cool) as the main guitarist, second guitarist John Staehely (ex-Spirit and Jo Jo Gunne) and bassist Pino Palladino (formerly of Paul Young's and Jools Holland's bands), with guest spots by guitarists such as David Gilmour, Bryan Adams and Chris Rea.

The band produced the Billboard #1 AOR Chart hit "Laying Down the Law", written by Rodgers, but the group's only album peaked at a disappointing #126 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart. An album of outtakes from the first album[citation needed] has been released as a bootleg, often referred to as The Law II.

The Law – joined by John Young on keyboards – played just one show: at Milton Keynes Bowl, supporting ZZ Top and Bryan Adams. "That was completely barmy," reflected Rodgers. "Kenney and I… couldn't wait to get on the road, but it never happened. I sat waiting for the phone to ring. We even had to twist arms just to get that show – much to the chagrin of some of the other bands that day."[1]

The Law derived its name, and the title of its only single, "Laying Down the Law", from the 1970s American band Law, which recorded two albums on MCA Records. When that band opened for Bad Company at the Cleveland Agora circa 1975, Paul Rogers told Law's guitar player, "I like the name of your band." Some twenty years later, he borrowed it.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Billboard album 200[2] UK Albums Chart[3] RIAA[4] BPI[5]
1991 The Law 126 61 - -

Singles[edit]

Year Title Billboard Hot 100[2] U.S Mainstream Rock[2] UK Singles Chart Album
1991 "Laying Down the Law" - - - The Law

Unreleased album - The Law II[edit]

These songs are left-overs from the released album sessions. Notably, both "Wanna Make Love to You" and "Alibi" were previously recorded by Eric Clapton (as "I Wanna Make Love to You", a 1986 B-side (released in 1988 on Crossroads, and "No Alibis", on his Journeyman album, respectively). Also, Too Much Is Not Enough was previously recorded by Joe Lynn Turner in the mid-eighties for the unreleased follow-up of Rescue You and he recorded it again with Deep Purple on their Slaves and Masters album. In 1998 he recorded it again on his solo album Hurry Up and Wait. The original version can be found on the Demos '88 - 91' bootleg.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ling, Dave (March 2000). "My classic career". Classic Rock #12. p. 90. 
  2. ^ a b c [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Law - The Law". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  4. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Archived from the original on 26 June 2007. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  5. ^ [2] Archived 8 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine.

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