This, for lack of a better term, Super Group was made up of some pretty heavy hitters: Paul Rodgers on guitar and vocals, Jimmy Page on guitar, Chris Slade of Uriah Heap on the drums, and Tony Franklin (who worked with many different artists) on bass. Both Rodgers and Page had stated they would play no material off of their previous albums in this project, though the final track on this album "Midnight Moonlight" was based on the Led Zeppelin song "Swan Song."
There are a couple things missing from this disc though, great music and great production. Everything that Jimmy Page does typically has outstanding production. He spoke at length for years about his work as the producer for Led Zeppelin, but this album is completely devoid of all that. From the opening track, "Closer," to the final, "Midnight Moonlight," the music contained on this disc sounds thin. It does not have that full and rich feeling that are ubiquitous on Jimmy Page's albums. This sounds more like music recorded in the 50's and 60's in terms of production.
One of the best compliments any piece of art can receive is that it is timeless and this record is anything but that. While it plays, it sounds like it's 1985. This record is the most commercial piece of music I have ever heard from Jimmy Page. So, when saying that the St. Louis Classic Rock radio stations never played this to me, I now understand why. The music they play(ed), more often than not, is the music that could survive the years. This could not. Really, a horn section on "Closer?" a cover of The Righteous Brothers? I can only assume Jimmy or Paul had seen Top Gun before they went into the studio to lay this down.
Upon researching for this review, I came across a quote from Paul Rodgers that said something along the lines of I was in a band with Jimmy Page and no one can take that away from me. You're right, Paul, we can't take that away from you. Do you know what else we can't take away from you?
My five bucks.
The only reason I can imagine to for someone else to buy this record is just to have it all. If you need every record Jimmy Page has ever played on, get it. If not, don't. I'm actually a little annoyed that I ripped this to my iTunes library.
Run time: 40:19
2) Make or Break
3) Someone to Love
6) You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
7) Money Can't Buy
8) Satisfaction Guaranteed
9) Midnight Moonlight