Monday, December 14, 2015

The Firm: The Firm (1985)

The Firm is proof that a supergroup is not necessarily greater than the sum of its parts. Here we have Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Paul Rodgers of Free and Bad Company, Chris Slade of Uriah Heap, Manfred Mann, and AC/DC, plus Tony Franklin, the fretless bass player who has worked with a number of artists like Roy Harper. The first self-titled album, despite what the critics said at the time is pretty good, but it is not super. There are some good tracks, though, and the whole thing is quite enjoyable. I remember thinking that it was great to hear Jimmy Page again playing the guitar.

For some truly bizarre reason, they chose to cover You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling. That's a fail. In the H section, we will come to a much better cover of that song.

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