Mean Businessby The Firm
Instead of copying the finely crafted riffs of "Radioactive," The Firm's second and final album wallowed in the banal arena rock that only occasionally appeared on the debut.
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Performance CreditsFirm Primary Artist
Jimmy Page Guitar,Electric Guitar
Paul Rodgers Guitar,Vocals
Tony Franklin Synthesizer,Bass,Vocals
Chris Slade Percussion,Drums
Technical CreditsJimmy Page Producer
Paul Rodgers Producer
Julian Mendelsohn Producer
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...What you would expect following the self titled The Firm album. This album is weak , very weak, their is no drive to the rythm, and nothing to keep you interested enough to let the next track play. I gave it two stars because if you are a Jimmy Page fan as I am you might just want it to collect dust and complete your collection. As I said, Weak.
This album is not so bad. Okay, it is not the brightest star in the sky either. But anyway, ever since the death of Bonzo Bonham and Led Zep split up Jimmy Page seemed to be a little bit "broken". By saying this I mean his capability to write songs (riffs, melodies, chords...) and also play guitar. The magic just wasn't there. Mean Business is a reflection of the era when Jimmy tried to cope with his life and career together with ex-Free/Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers. All the elements were there theoratically, but the outcome wasn't meeting the expectations. If you would consider this album similar to Zep albums, you will be disappointed. There are a couple of good songs in this album, like "All The Kings Horses" which is a mid-tempo piece with a good chord arrangement with working melody on top of it. Overall all the playing and the sounds in this album are good. Tony Franklin with his fretless bass is always worth of mentioning. Remember that there are a lot worse albums out there. Enjoy!
Released in 1986...this isnt as good as "The Firm"...but it's still a great album. I think the problem was...too much mainstream. Now, for some, too much mainstream is a good thing. But The Firm gained worldwide success with their live-in-the-studio raw recordings. Maybe that was the case here, but I just cant hear that. I do like every song on this album, but I thought the use of keyboards and pianos kind of let down the hard rock image of Page and Rodgers. Now, owning Bad Company albums, I know pianoes were common in Rodgers' songs (I do have 'Cut Loose' as well)...but maybe I'm just a not-so-much-piano-in-rock-songs kind of person...dont get me wrong, Piano is awesome (hell, i love to play it myself), But I just wanted more of the debut album. Page, Rodgers, Franklin, and Slade are among my favorite artists...and it was a fun ride for them while it lasted...but I thought this final album could have been a little better (no offense, guys). It would be awesome if these guys got together for a 3rd album (but what are the odds of that?!) Best Songs: Fortune Hunter, Cadillac, All The King's Horses...and the greatest, Tear Down The Walls.