Ohio Players - Fire
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
Vinyl: VG++, ( listen)
Gatefold cover VG+ has shelf wear and minor wear to edges and corners ( see pic)
Country: Canada issue
Genre: Funk / Soul
A1 Fire 4:36
A2 Together 3:08
A3 Runnin' From The Devil 4:48
A4 I Want To Be Free 6:56
B1 Smoke 5:59
B2 It's All Over 4:15
B3 What The Hell 5:38
B4 Together / Feelings 1:11
Backing Vocals, Vocals - Billy Beck , Clarence Satchell , James "Diamond" Williams , Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner
Bass - Marshall Jones
Drums, Congas, Flugelhorn, Timbales, Percussion [Gong], Percussion [Miscellaneous] - James "Diamond" Williams
Flugelhorn, Trombone, Trumpet - Marvin "Merv" Pierce
Guitar - Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner
Percussion, Piano , Piano [Wurlitzer Electric], Piano [Fender Rhodes], Clavinet, Synthesizer [Arp Odyssey, Se Iv], Keyboards [Fender Bass], Organ [Hammond B-3] - Billy Beck
Percussion, Saxophone [Tenor], Saxophone [Baritone], Saxophone [Soprano] - Clarence Satchell
Producer - Ohio Players
Trumpet - Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks
Written-By - W. Beck , C. Satchell , J. Williams , L. Bonner , M. Jones , M. Pierce , R. Middlebrooks
Recorded at Paragon Studios, Chicago.
Mastered at Masterdisk, NY.
FUNK! This band ladies and gentlemen, this is the pure, out and out, the dead-on definition of that freaky word. Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, Herbie Hancock, "Parliament", "Earth, Wind, & Fire", etc... etc... are all right up there on the Mt. Rushmore of Funkadalia, but arguably the funkiest of them all were the "Ohio Players". That's not to say the above mentioned quintet takes a back seat in my opinion to this incredible funk/soul group, on the contrary, these players are more like 2nd ballot hall-of-famers compared to the five no-brainer first balloters mentioned above. Yet, in the mid-70's (1974 & 75 to be exact) almost no band of their ilk could touch them as they punched out three consecutive hit records - "Skin Tight", "Fire", & "Honey" in that order. All three are classics, and all three merit 5-stars in my opinion. However my personal favorite, if I had to choose one, has gotta be "Fire". Believe me it's a tough call, because at the end of the day all three recordings, as I stated before, are quite excellent.
Released in 1974 this was, in the group's eyes, their masterpiece - a crowning touch of the dynamic, very explosive bass-and-horn-heavy style that they had always been noted for. This one topped the pop charts, and every time I revisit it, I scratch my head and ask "why? Why can't they make music like this nowadays?" The whole album is smooth, steamy, sensuous, and sublime (a lot like their avant-garde album covers, whoa.... Nelly, don't get me started on those!). From their airy ballads (i.e. "It's All Over","Together", and "I Want To Be Free") to their most recognizable, powerfully addictive title track, and all the classic burners in between like "Running With The Devil" (which inspired Eddie Van Halen & Co.) it's one album that is too enjoyable to miss. Especially if you a fan of this type of soul music!
I really dig these cats. They were a progressive soul/funk group that wrote and produced all their songs. Their funky style and sound has influenced countless R&B and hip-hoppers even up to this present day. What I personally enjoy most about their music is that it makes you feel surreally blissful and yet bustling full of energy at the same time, almost like you are floating on a cloud going ninety miles an hour without a care in the world...
The band members include James "Diamond" Washington" (drums, chimes, percussion, lead & background vocals), Billy Beck (Fender Rhodes piano, clavinet, ARP synthesizer, lead & background vocals, and no he is not related to Minnie Riperton!), Mervin Pierce (trumpet, flugelhorn, valve trombone & background vocals), Robert "Rumba" Jones (Fender base), Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner (guitar, percussion, lead & background vocals), Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks (trumpet, trombone & background vocals), and Clarence "Satch" Satchell (baritone sax, tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, percussion, lead & background vocals).
Ohio Players - Fire
- @ The Midnight Special 1975
amazing! master funksmen showing everyone how it's done.
Ohio Players - Fire - Letterman.
Ohio Players - It's All Over