Fire It Up (Rick James album)

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Fire It Up
Studio album by Rick James
Released October 16, 1979
Recorded 1979 at The Record Plant, Sausalito, CA
Genre Funk, Soul
Length 48:18
Label Gordy
Producer Rick James & Levi Ruffin
Rick James chronology
Bustin' Out of L Seven
(1979)
Fire It Up
(1979)
Garden of Love
(1980)

Fire It Up is the third album by American musician Rick James, released on October 16, 1979, on the Motown sub-label Gordy Records. This album was certified gold by the RIAA, and between 1978 and 1982 was a period where Rick James established himself as the historical bridge between P-Funk and Prince.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Rick James.

Side A
  1. "Fire It Up" - 4:00
  2. "Love Gun" - 5:44
  3. "Lovin You Is a Pleasure" - 4:08
  4. "Love in the Night" - 6:22
Side B
  1. "Come into My Life" - 7:10
  2. "Stormy Love" - 2:05
  3. "When Love Is Gone" - 7:32
2010 Bonus Track / 2014 digital remaster bonus track / 2014 Complete Motown Albums bonus track
8. "Love Gun" (Promotional 12-Inch version) - 10:46

Personnel[edit]

  • Rick James - acoustic guitar, piano, organ, Harpsichord, timbales, timpani (tympani), electronic drums [syndrums], drums, percussion
  • Levi Ruffin - synthesizer, synthesizer (strings ensemble), percussion, backing vocals
  • Tom McDermott - electric guitar, twelve-string guitar, guitar (6-string), acoustic guitar
  • Greg Levias - keyboards, Fender Rhodes electric piano
  • Danny LeMelle - alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute, harpsichord
  • Lanise Hughes - drums
  • Oscar Alston - bass guitar
  • Shondu Akiem - percussion, electronic drums (syndrums)
  • Cliff Ervin - trumpet, flugelhorn
  • John Ervin - trombone
  • Julia Waters, Maxine Waters, Pat Henderson, Jackie Ruffin, Lisa Sarna - backing vocals

Charts[edit]

Year Album Chart positions[2]
US US
R&B
1979 Fire It Up 34 5

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[3]
US US
R&B
US
Dance
1979 "Love Gun" 13
1980 "Love Gun" 32

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1738101/review
  2. ^ "Rick James US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  3. ^ "Rick James US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 

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