Fired Up 'N' Kickin'

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All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
The New York funk band's LP is divided into two segments, the Freak Party and the Foot Stompin' sides. Foot Stompers first: you won't find a better girl-watching song than "I Like the Girls," awhere an incessant bass riff drives the funky anthem; some timely rim drumming and cowbells embellish the beat along with well-placed horn riffs. "Snake" has a Latin beat and relies heavily on salsa horns; it's pure jazz and shows Fatback's versatility, with some tasty solos added for seasoning. The side concludes with "Can't You See," a laid-back tune, real laid-back, so laid-back you wonder why it's on the Foot Stompin' side. "I'm Fired Up" kicks off the Freak Party side; the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
The New York funk band's LP is divided into two segments, the Freak Party and the Foot Stompin' sides. Foot Stompers first: you won't find a better girl-watching song than "I Like the Girls," awhere an incessant bass riff drives the funky anthem; some timely rim drumming and cowbells embellish the beat along with well-placed horn riffs. "Snake" has a Latin beat and relies heavily on salsa horns; it's pure jazz and shows Fatback's versatility, with some tasty solos added for seasoning. The side concludes with "Can't You See," a laid-back tune, real laid-back, so laid-back you wonder why it's on the Foot Stompin' side. "I'm Fired Up" kicks off the Freak Party side; the vocals are muddy and the words the few there are are hard to distinguish, but so what? Fatback is about the beat, the rhythms and the musicianship. "Boogie Freak" has a more infectious beat, and the lyrics are more interesting than "Fired," though they ripped the girlish backing vocals from the Ohio Players. The weakest tune on the album is "Get Out On the Dance Floor"; it has too many changes, weak lyrics, and uninspired vocals -- if I never heard it again it wouldn't be too soon, 5:40 seconds of nothing. "At Last" yes, the old standard concludes the Freak side. The classic is done in straight-ahead lounge-club style; a better vocalist might have made something of this, as the arrangement is superb, but the vocalist is adequate at best. Like the Foot Stompin' side, the Freak Side failed to live up to its name.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/3/2002
  • Label: Westbound Uk
  • UPC: 029667374125
  • Catalog Number: 41
  • Sales rank: 57,902

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Fired Up (5:33)
  2. 2 Boogie Freak (5:50)
  3. 3 Get Out on the Dance Floor (5:49)
  4. 4 At Last (4:32)
  5. 5 I Like Girls (7:38)
  6. 6 Snake (7:52)
  7. 7 Can't You See (6:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Fatback Band Primary Artist
Kenny Ballard Guitar, Background Vocals
Bill Curtis Percussion, Vocals
Calvin Duke Keyboards, Vocals
Gerry Thomas Keyboards
Johnny Flippin Bass, Vocals
Fred Demery Saxophone, Background Vocals
Sam Culley Keyboards
George Williams Trumpet, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Mitch Farber Arranger
The Fatback Band Producer
Don Berman Remixing
Anthony Bongiovi Remixing
Bob Clearmountain Remixing
Bill Curtis Arranger, Producer
Godfrey Diamond Engineer
Harvey Goldberg Remixing
Gerry Thomas Arranger, Producer
Michael "Busta" Jones Arranger
Gerard Huerta Logo
Tony Rodriguez Engineer
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