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Law, The - 1991 The Law

ARTIST: Law, The
ALBUM: The Law
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 7567-82195-2
YEAR: 1991
CD REISSUE: 2008, Friday Records, FRM 1062


LINEUP: Paul Rodgers - vocals, piano * Kenney Jones - drums

Additional Musicians: Jim Barber, Mike Hehir, John Staehely - guitars * Pino Palladino, George Hawkins Jnr - bass *Steve Piggott, Jon Astley - keyboards, programming * Ian Wilson, Steve Butler - backing vocals

Additional Guests: Bryan Adams - guitar 'Nature Of The Beast' * Dave Gilmour and Chris Rea - guitar 'Stone'

TRACK LISTING: 01 For A Little Ride * 02 Miss You In A Heartbeat * 03 Stone Cold * 04 Come Save Me (Julianne) * 05 Laying Down The Law * 06 Nature Of The Beast * 07 Stone * 08 Anything For You * 09 Best Of My Love * 10 Tough Love * 11 Missing You Bad Girl

The duo of Paul Rodgers and Kenney Jones covers the spectrum of British hard rock during the formative era. Rodgers a member of Free and Bad Company, Jones a founding member of The Small Faces (and ultimately The Faces), also a member of The Who upon the passing of original Keith Moon in 1978, Jones participating on their 1981 and 1982 albums 'Face Dances' and 'It's Hard'. Both men had more than a passing acquaintance, having been involved on projects together like the 1983 ARMS tour (Action into Research for Multiple Sclerosis) and on the same bill of many other gigs. By 1989, the duo joined forces under the banner of The Law, with their one-off album released two years later on Atlantic/East West. The material on this album is less about their blues/soul history, instead we get a smooth commercial offering, that is steeped in the production and technology of the day. Very radio friendly, and well at home on a site like this one. The name of the band was derived from an American blues/funk rock outfit from the 70's called Law, a band who toured with Bad Company back in the day. Rodgers liked the name back then, and some twenty plus years later adopted it for this 1991 project.

The Songs
The album gets off to a fine start with the sharp 'For A Little Ride', with Rodgers sounding as if he could easily step into Johnny Edwards shoes on the Foreigner album of that year 'Unusual Heat'. The smooth tones of 'Miss You In A Heartbeat' are guaranteed to melt, a suitable entry into the radio market, so too the fantastic 'Come Save Me (Julianne)' with a chorus that'll reel you in hook line and sinker. 'Laying Down The Law' starts out with a piano lead-in by Rodgers, the cool and suave nature of this song keeps this one within a shady backdrop. 'Nature Of The Beast' ups the energy and tempo with its bluesy approach, unlike 'Stone' which slows up appreciably, a slow-burner with Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour and Chris Rea joining in with guitar parts. 'Anything For You' peddles in the mid-range territory so too 'Best Of My Love', and by this stage, I'm getting the impression the songs are running out of puff. 'Tough Love' is another to appeal in that earlier Foreigner comparison a la 'Unusual Heat', though this is slightly more energetic. 'Missing You Bad Girl' takes the late 80's pop path, and if you heard it, you would be hard-pressed to thinking that Paul Rodgers is involved with it. It sounds OK, but kinda ho-hum as well.

In Summary
The Law only played one gig ever, as a support to Bryan Adams and ZZ Top at the Milton Keynes Bowl back in 1991. This was the only album officially released, however there was a set of tracks left off the album which have since surfaced on the Net as 'The Law II', for which there maybe a fileshare somewhere. I haven't looked for them as such, but they might be a good companion piece. The liner notes for the original CD were written by Atlantic Records staffer Bob Kaus, and makes for a pretty decent read actually. In 2008, the Ryko offshoot label Friday Records reissued this as a deluxe issue remastered set, with an extra bonus track 'That's When You Fall In Love'. The Law wasn't that well received by the critics at the time, many making light of the fact that this was far from the heady days of Free and Bad Company, and more in keeping with Foreigner. For the readership here, that can only be good thing.. right? Haha.. Not a consistent album, but worth a listen nonetheless.

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#1 | george_the_jack on November 29 2011 02:12:32
'Nature of the beast' is a great rocker and It has been given several airplay all these years Smile
#2 | jeffrey343 on November 29 2011 05:11:57
Just listened to this for the first time on Rhapsody (surprised it was there). Overall pretty good. Obviously sounds a good bit like Bad Company, more like what was to come with BC in 1995 with Robert Hart. Like George T said, not consistent but still has some very good moments. I'll pick a few songs from it for my extended shuffle-mode playlist.
#3 | englandashes on November 29 2011 12:09:21
Pretty sure, 'For A Little Ride', was also on the CURB release of Benny Mardones, I was there at the Milton Keynes didn't realise it was their only performance, my only memory at the time was knowing I had heard 'For A Little Ride' but couldn't remember where. Gary Moore was good, especially Neil Carter.
#4 | rostoned on December 07 2011 08:27:44
Good one but not classic at all, a classic only in the bargain bins at the time. I think Paul got a big boost (critic wise, not sales wise) with the later Muddy Waters tribute and the Paul Rodgers and friends tours with Schon, Bonham etc. that put him in the spotlight again. The Firm (especially the 2nd album) and The Law were huge commercial failures for Atlantic and him and they parted ways after the Law....
#5 | dangerzone on December 07 2011 12:57:29
I used to have this and barely remember listening to it. I do recall the promo shots for the album though, with Rodgers and Jones in wild west garb.
#6 | jeffrey343 on March 08 2012 21:14:18
I've given this a few more listens the past three months, and it is surprisingly good. I can't say there is anything that would have really stood out on radio back in '91 enough to vault these guys into the mainstream (even with Rodgers being a big name), but it is full of good strong album cuts. If it had that one killer single, it might have made more of a mark.
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