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Fire It Up [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Rick James's third album in 18 months may have spread the funk a little thin or saturated the market, since Fire It Up was not as effective as his first two efforts. The usual mix of rock and R&B had some disco added, which dulled the music's edge and made it more formulaic. At the same time, James's single-entendre come ons, notably the album's biggest single, "Love Gun," were beginning to sound less provocative than just smutty. James had all the weapons for success in his arsenal, but he hadn't yet figured out a unified plan of attack, and Fire It Up was a holding action.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Rick James's third album in 18 months may have spread the funk a little thin or saturated the market, since Fire It Up was not as effective as his first two efforts. The usual mix of rock and R&B had some disco added, which dulled the music's edge and made it more formulaic. At the same time, James's single-entendre come ons, notably the album's biggest single, "Love Gun," were beginning to sound less provocative than just smutty. James had all the weapons for success in his arsenal, but he hadn't yet figured out a unified plan of attack, and Fire It Up was a holding action.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2010
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602527337838
  • Catalog Number: 001407602
  • Sales rank: 406,279

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fire It Up (4:00)
  2. 2 Love Gun (5:46)
  3. 3 Lovin' You Is a Pleasure (4:07)
  4. 4 Love in the Night (6:45)
  5. 5 Come into My Life (7:09)
  6. 6 Stormy Love (2:07)
  7. 7 When Love Is Gone (7:35)
  8. 8 Love Gun (10:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rick James Primary Artist, Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Harpsichord, Timbales, Syndrum
Shondu Akiem Percussion, Syndrum
Oscar Alston Bass Guitar
The Colored Girls Background Vocals
John Ervin Trombone, Hand Clapping
Pat Henderson Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Greg Levias Keyboards, Hand Clapping, fender rhodes
Tom McDermott Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Choir, Chorus, 12-string Guitar, Hand Clapping
Jackie Ruffin Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Hand Clapping
Levi Ruffin Synthesizer, Percussion, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Hand Clapping
Julia Waters Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Lisa Sarna Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Hand Clapping
J. Cliff Ervin Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Hand Clapping
Maxine Waters Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Danny LeMelle Flute, Harpsichord, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Choir, Chorus, Hand Clapping
Winston L. Allen Choir, Chorus, Hand Clapping
California St. Clair Choir, Chorus, Hand Clapping
Lanise Hughes Drums
Rachelle L. James Hand Clapping
Susie Ervin Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
Rick James Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Rhythm Track Arrangement
Tom Flye Engineer
Levi Ruffin String Ensemble
John Cabalka Art Direction
Danny LeMelle Horn Arrangements
Mike Diehl Reissue Package Design
Michael Veal Liner Notes
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