Fire (Ohio Players album)

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Studio album by Ohio Players
Released November 1974
Recorded Paragon Studios
(Chicago, Illinois)
Genre Funk, disco, Soul
Length 36:27
Label Mercury
Producer Ohio Players
Ohio Players chronology
Singles from Fire
  1. "Fire"
    Released: November 1974
  2. "I Want to Be Free"
    Released: 1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B [2]
Džuboks mixed [3]

Fire is the sixth studio album by the Ohio Players and the second released through the Mercury label.


Fire is the third of five Ohio Players albums that were also available in quadraphonic (4-channel stereo), released as an 8-track tape in the U.S. and on vinyl in Japan. DTS Entertainment released the quad mix as a DTS Audio CD in 2001.

The album's lead single "Fire" is currently the theme song to the US television series Hell's Kitchen. Fire topped both the Billboard Pop Albums chart and the Billboard R&B Albums chart (where it held for five weeks) in early 1975.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by James Williams, Clarence Satchell, Leroy Bonner, Marshall Jones, Ralph Middlebrooks, Marvin Pierce, William Beck

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Fire"   4:36
2. "Together"   3:08
3. "Runnin' from the Devil"   4:48
4. "I Want to Be Free"   6:56
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "Smoke"   5:59
6. "It's All Over"   4:15
7. "What the Hell"   5:38
8. "Together/Feelings" (listed as "Together (Reprise)" on back cover) 1:11


  • James "Diamond" Williams – drums, chimes, percussion, lead & background vocals
  • William "Billy" Beck – piano, organ, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, ARP, percussion, lead & background vocals
  • Marvin "Merv" Pierce – trumpet, flugelhorn, valve trombone & background vocals
  • Marshall Jones – Fender bass
  • Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner – guitar, percussion, lead & background vocals
  • Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks – trumpet, trombone & background vocals
  • Clarence "Satch" Satchell – baritone sax, tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, percussion, lead & background vocals


  • Ohio Players – producers
  • Barry Mraz, Lee Hulko – engineers
  • Jim Ladwig – art director
  • Len Willis – designer
  • Stan Malinowski – photography


Chart (1974-75) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 1
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 1
Year Single Peak chart positions

1974 "Fire" 1 1
1975 "I Want to Be Free" 44 6

See also[edit]

Preceded by
Greatest Hits by Elton John
Billboard 200 number-one album
February 8–14, 1975
Succeeded by
Heart Like a Wheel by Linda Ronstadt


  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. Fire review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Fire review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  3. ^ Vrdoljak, Dražen. "Ohio Players - Fire". Džuboks (in Serbian) (Gornji Milanovac: Dečje novine) (11 (second series)): 24. 
  4. ^ a b c "US Charts > Ohio Players". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 

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