Feel the Fire: The 20th Century Collection

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
What Cha Gonna Do with My Lovin'? (1979), Sweet Sensation (1980), and Stephanie (1981) didn't appear on CD until a 2008/2009 Universal Japan program. On Feel the Fire: The 20th Century Collection, they're finally given wider recognition and distribution, anthologized in full with the addition of five mostly essential 12" versions. This represents Stephanie Mills' artistic peak. For all three albums, the singer worked extensively with producers James Mtume and Reggie Lucas, who transitioned from jazz firebrands into sought-after R&B collaborators once they wrote "The Closer I Get to You," a Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway duet that topped Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
What Cha Gonna Do with My Lovin'? (1979), Sweet Sensation (1980), and Stephanie (1981) didn't appear on CD until a 2008/2009 Universal Japan program. On Feel the Fire: The 20th Century Collection, they're finally given wider recognition and distribution, anthologized in full with the addition of five mostly essential 12" versions. This represents Stephanie Mills' artistic peak. For all three albums, the singer worked extensively with producers James Mtume and Reggie Lucas, who transitioned from jazz firebrands into sought-after R&B collaborators once they wrote "The Closer I Get to You," a Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway duet that topped Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart in early 1978. Each one of these albums crossed into the Top 30 of the Billboard 200, propelled by the breezy, fully ornamented disco-soul of "What Cha Gonna Do with My Lovin'?," "Sweet Sensation," "Never Knew Love Like This Before," and the Teddy Pendergrass duet "Two Hearts," as well as the proto-Hi NRG stomper "You Can Get Over" and the synthesizer-bass-anchored club hit "Put Your Body in It." The albums don't merely hold up; they hang together. Mtume and Lucas brought their instrumental skills and utilized their core studio unit -- keyboardist Hubert Eaves, drummer Howard King, bassist Basil Fearrington, guitarist Ed Moore, and vocalist/arranger Tawatha Agee, among others -- throughout the sessions, making the albums play out like a true, unified trilogy. This set is essential for any lover of late-'70s/early-'80s R&B. Stephanie Mills was in the top tier, while Mtume and Lucas were heavyweights, wholly deserving of being mentioned in the same breath as the Chic Organization's Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, their more popular contemporaries.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2011
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602527757148
  • Catalog Number: 001579502
  • Sales rank: 85,746

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin' (4:06)
  2. 2 You Can Get Over (5:00)
  3. 3 Deeper Inside Your Love (4:00)
  4. 4 Feel the Fire (5:02)
  5. 5 Put Your Body In It (4:07)
  6. 6 Starlight (3:38)
  7. 7 You and I (4:51)
  8. 8 Don't Stop Dancin' (3:33)
  9. 9 Sweet Sensation (4:30)
  10. 10 Try My Love (3:52)
  11. 11 I Just Wanna Say (6:12)
  12. 12 Wish That You Were Mine (4:09)
  13. 13 D-A-N-C-I-N' (5:43)
  14. 14 Still Mine (5:38)
  15. 15 Never Knew Love Like This Before (5:31)
  16. 16 Mixture of Love (4:27)
  17. 17 Better Than Ever (3:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Winner (4:52)
  2. 2 Two Hearts - Teddy Pendergrass (4:45)
  3. 3 Don't Stop Doin' What 'Cha Do (4:49)
  4. 4 Top of My List (3:47)
  5. 5 I Believe In Love Songs (4:16)
  6. 6 Night Games (5:49)
  7. 7 My Love's Been Good To You (4:16)
  8. 8 Magic (5:11)
  9. 9 What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin' (8:05)
  10. 10 Put Your Body In It (6:05)
  11. 11 You Can Get Over (9:00)
  12. 12 Sweet Sensation (6:29)
  13. 13 Two Hearts - Teddy Pendergrass (5:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stephanie Mills Primary Artist
Gwen Guthrie Background Vocals
Luther Vandross Background Vocals
Warren Bernhardt Keyboards
Reggie Lucas Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Tawatha Agee Background Vocals
Joe Caro Acoustic Guitar
Basil Fearrington Bass
Lani Groves Background Vocals
James Mtume Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Ullanda McCullough Background Vocals
Ed Tree Moore Guitar, Electric Guitar
David Spinozza Acoustic Guitar
Brenda White Background Vocals
Louise Bethune Background Vocals
Ed Moore Guitar
Mary Johnson Background Vocals
Bashiri Percussion
Hubert Eaves Keyboards
John Simmons Background Vocals
Howard T. King Drums, Background Vocals
Harry Whittaker Keyboards
Technical Credits
Peabo Bryson Composer
Stephanie Mills Composer
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
Reggie Lucas Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Wade Marcus Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Marvin Hamlisch Composer
Tawatha Agee Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Gene Bianco String Contractor
Rodney Brown Composer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Jorge Calandrelli Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
James Dougherty Engineer
Jim Dougherty Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
James Mtume Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Jay Mark Engineer
Joe Mills Composer
Carmine Rubino Engineer
Greg Thomas Horn Arrangements
Eugene Bianco String Contractor
Ed Moore Composer
David Nathan Liner Notes
Willie Lester Composer
Glen Christensen Art Direction
Seth Foster Mastering
Jeffrey Daniels Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Michele Horie Art Direction
Andrew Skurow Tape Vault Research
Gerry Block Engineer
Hubert Eaves Composer
J. Simmons Composer
Jo Almeida Photo Coordination
Howard T. King Composer
Dunn Pearson Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
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