Ohio Players - Fire (Red Vinyl)
Ohio Players - Fire (Red Vinyl)
Ohio Players - Fire (Red Vinyl)
Ohio Players - Fire (Red Vinyl)
Ohio Players - Fire (Red Vinyl)
Ohio Players - Fire (Red Vinyl)
Ohio Players - Fire (Red Vinyl)
Ohio Players - Fire (Red Vinyl)

Ohio Players - Fire (Red Vinyl)

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James "Diamond" Williams – drums, chimes, percussion, lead & background vocals

Billy Beck – piano, organ, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, ARP, percussion, lead & background vocals

Marvin "Merv" Pierce – trumpet, flugelhorn, valve trombone & background vocals

Marshall "Rock" Jones – Fender bass

Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner – guitar, percussion, lead & background vocals

Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks – trumpet, trombone & background vocals

Clarence "Satch" Satchell – baritone sax, tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, percussion, lead & background vocals

Written by James Williams, Clarence Satchell, Leroy Bonner, Marshall Jones, Ralph Middlebrooks, Marvin Pierce, William Beck.


1LP, gatefold jacket

Limited Anniversary edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : red

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : unspecified

Label : Friday Music

Original Label : Mercury

Recorded at Paragon Recording Studios, Chicago

Engineered by Barry Mraz, Lee Hulko

Mixed at Paragon Recording Studios

Mastered by Joe Reagoso

Produced by Ohio Players

Originally released in 1974

Reissued in 2022



Side A:

  1. Fire
  2. Together
  3. Runnin' From The Devil
  4. I Want To Be Free

Side B:

  1. Smoke
  2. It's All Over
  3. What The Hell
  4. Together / Feelings (Reprise)



    “After greatly increasing their visibility with Skin Tight, the Ohio Players became even more visible with Fire -- an unpredictable masterpiece that boasted such explosive horn-driven funk jewels as "Smoke" and the wildly addictive title song. The Players were always best known for their hard-edged funk, but in fact, there was much more to their legacy. "I Want to Be Free," the almost innocent "Together," and the remorseful "It's All Over" demonstrate that their ballads and slower material could be first-rate soul treasures. The influence of gospel imagery and the black church experience had asserted itself on Skin Tight's "Is Anybody Gonna Be Saved," and does so once again on the intense "What the Hell" and the hit "Runnin' From the Devil." Without question, Fire was one of the Ohio Players' greatest triumphs -- both commercially and artistically.” AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson


    Ratings :

    AllMusic : 4.5 / 5 ; Discogs : 4.5 / 5

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