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1974 was a magical year for The Ohio Players, after years of hard work, a plethora of fine recordings and tours, their sixth album, Fire, would become all the things you would want for a hit album - multi-platinum hit songs, multi #1 chart sales in both pop and R&B, and multiple radio formats all over the dial. "Fire" was just the song everyone was looking for in 1974. It had the full-fledged funk sound of their many years of stewardship to the soul crowd, as it also brought in first-time rockers, pop listeners and a major push from radio and massive television exposure with shows like In Concert, Midnight Special and Don Kirshner's Rock Concert.

The chart-topping album was filled with more great fare like "I Wanna Be Free," "Smoke," as well as the soul balladry of "Together," which would all become instant classics that have stood the test of time now for over four decades. Featuring the guitar and vocals of the late great frontman Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, along with the keyboard and vocals of the great Billy Beck, along with the musical geniuses of Clarence Satchell, James "Diamond" Williams, Marvin Pierce, Marshall Jones and Ralph Middlebrooks, the Ohio Players were surely on top of their game and for a very long time afterwards, thanks to the songs and musicianship displayed on this red hot album.



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)

Label: Friday Rights MGMT

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