Steve Cropper – Fire It Up - AudioSoundMusic
Steve Cropper – Fire It Up - AudioSoundMusic
Steve Cropper – Fire It Up - AudioSoundMusic
Steve Cropper – Fire It Up - AudioSoundMusic
Steve Cropper – Fire It Up - AudioSoundMusic
Steve Cropper – Fire It Up - AudioSoundMusic
Steve Cropper – Fire It Up - AudioSoundMusic
Steve Cropper – Fire It Up - AudioSoundMusic
Steve Cropper – Fire It Up - AudioSoundMusic
Steve Cropper – Fire It Up - AudioSoundMusic
Steve Cropper – Fire It Up - AudioSoundMusic
Steve Cropper – Fire It Up - AudioSoundMusic

Steve Cropper – Fire It Up

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Guitar – Steve Cropper

Lead Vocals – Roger C. Reale

Harmony Vocals – Beth Hooker (A6)

Bass Guitar, Saxophone, Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Harmonica – Jon Tiven

Drums – Nioshi Jackson

Drums – Anton Fig (A6), Chester Thompson (B5), Darrell Peyton (A2), Greg Morrow (B4), Mickey Curry (A4), Omar Hakim (B2), Simon Kirke (B1, B3)

Bass Guitar, Saxophone, Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Harmonica – Jon Tiven

Drums – Nioshi Jackson

Drums – Anton Fig (A6), Chester Thompson (B5), Darrell Peyton (A2), Greg Morrow (B4), Mickey Curry (A4), Omar Hakim (B2), Simon Kirke (B1, B3)

Keyboards – Felix Cavaliere (A3, A5)

Words by Roger C. Reale

Written by Felix Cavaliere (A3, A5), Jon Tiven -B2), Paul Rodgers (B2), Roger C. Reale (A2 to B1, B3-5), Steve Cropper


 

1 LP,  gatefold jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : MPO

Label : Provoque

Original Label : Provoque

Recorded at Hormone Studios, RCA Studio C (Nashville, TN)

Engineered by Eddie Gore

Mixed at Hormone Studios and RCA Studio C (Nashville, TN) by Eddie Gore, Steve Cropper

Produced by Jon Tiven, Steve Cropper

Mastered at Yes Master by Jim DeMain

Originally released in April 2021

 

Tracks:

Side A:

  1. Bush Hog Part 1
  2. Fire It Up
  3. One Good Turn
  4. I'm Not Havin' It
  5. Out Of Love
  6. Far Away

Side B:

  1. Say You Don't Know Me
  2. She's So Fine
  3. Two Wrongs
  4. Heartbreak Street
  5. The Go-Getter Is Gone
  6. Bush Hog Part 2
  7. Bush Hog

                                  

                                Reviews:

                                “Since playing with the Mar-Keys on 1961's "Last Night" and Booker T. & The MG's' "Green Onions" a year later (he co-wrote both), Steve Cropper's influence on popular music is indelible. Since the 1960s, he has amassed literally thousands of credits as a guitarist, songwriter, producer, and arranger. An architect of the Stax sound, he co-founded the bands mentioned above and wrote dozens of hits including "In the Midnight Hour" with Wilson Pickett, "Hold On, I'm Coming" with Sam & Dave, and "(Sittin On) The Dock of the Bay" with Otis Redding. He produced every major Stax artist and dozens of minor ones. As a guitarist he has played on recordings by Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, Frank Black, and hundreds of others. He was a founding member of the Blues Brothers Band, and has released eight previous solo records.

                                Fire It Up was co-produced by Cropper and multi-instrumentalist Jon Tiven. During the COVID-19 quarantine, the pair revisited unused material from two albums recorded with the Rascals' Felix Cavaliere (his keys appear on two cuts) and decades-old vamps from the guitarist's workbook. Vocalist/lyricist Roger C. Reale joined him, and he had assistance from Nashville session drummer Nioshi Jackson and guest kitmen including Chester Thompson, Anton Fig, and Omar Hakim. Setting the pace for this gritty hunk of groove is the brief instrumental "Bush Hog 1," with Cropper's inimitable, circular blues vamps flying above a swirling organ, multi-tracked saxes, and mean snare breaks. The title track offers Reale's grainy baritone wringing maximum soul from the melody. Cropper's playing comes right out of Stax; with his ringing double-string leads, the punchy Southern soul vamp is punctuated by staccato horns and a bumping bassline atop a hard-swinging blues shuffle. "One Good Turn" is a souled-out midtempo ballad. The loopy organ covers the vast terrain between the MG's and early Procol Harum! Cropper's expressive six-string underscores Reale's sung lines with tasty fills. "I'm Not Having It" erupts with raw, greasy funk. Guitars and horns offer nasty call-and-response under the vocal. Tiven and Cropper take brief solos amid popping rim shots and a taut bassline. "Far Away" and "Out of Love" were crafted for the dancefloor. They bridge swashbuckling funk, soul, rock, and choogling blues. "Say You Don't Know Me" rides the roots rock & roll train with pumping upright piano, gospel horns, and Chuck Berry's trademark I-IV-V progression. "Heartbreak Street" weds vintage R&B to Memphis showband blues. "She's So Fine" commences with one of Cropper's trademark multi-string soul guitar vamps, but also channels swampy R&B and blues-rock as the horns, keys, and drums frame Reale's unruly vocal. The second part of "Bush Hog II" and full two-and-a-half-minute version of the instrumental close the set out the way it arrived: with Cropper's reverbed guitars leading an army of grimy horns, piano, organ, and funky breaks in a nighttime bacchanal. Fire It Up showcases Cropper's joyous brand of grit & groove with swagger aplenty.” AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek


                                 

                                Ratings :

                                AllMusic : 4 / 5 ; Discogs : 3.89 / 5

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