Keep the Fire

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For the song, see Keep the Fire (song).
Keep the Fire
Long-haired bearded man holding football-size glowing sphere stands in front of fantastic space scene above an ocean.
Studio album by Kenny Loggins
Released October 1979
Recorded 1979
Genre Soft rock
Length 40:48
Label Columbia
Producer Tom Dowd
Kenny Loggins chronology
Nightwatch
(1978)
Keep the Fire
(1979)
Caddyshack: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
(1980)
Michael McDonald singing soft parts contrasting with Kenny Loggins singing hard parts.

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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]
Rolling Stone[3] (favorable)

Keep the Fire is a soft rock album released in 1979 by Kenny Loggins. It was his third solo album after Loggins & Messina disbanded, and is perhaps best known for the hit single "This is It". The song was co-written by Michael McDonald, who also performed on the track. Michael Jackson is also heard singing back-up vocals on the track "Who's Right, Who's Wrong."

Rolling Stone magazine described it as "the new sound of Southern California: a sophisticated, diffuse, jazz-inflected pop rock performed by an augmented rock band in which guitar and keyboards share equal prominence" and "churning romantic atmosphere constructed around a matinee idol's voice".[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Guest Length
1. "Love Has Come of Age"   Kenny Loggins   3:51
2. "Mr. Night"   Loggins, Richard Stekol   3:20
3. "This Is It"   Loggins, Michael McDonald Michael McDonald,
Vocal backing
4:06
4. "Junkanoo Holiday (Fallin'-Flyin')"   Loggins   4:30
5. "Now and Then"   (Jeff Bouchard, Loggins)   3:52
6. "Who's Right, Who's Wrong"   Loggins, Richard Page Michael Jackson, Richard Page ,
Vocal backing
5:38
7. "Keep the Fire"   Eva Ein, Loggins   4:34
8. "Give It Half a Chance"   Stephen Bishop, Loggins   4:57
9. "Will It Last"   Ein, Loggins   5:50

Personnel[edit]

Works sampling this[edit]

"We Will Survive" by Nas from the album I Am... sampled the song "This Is It".

In popular culture[edit]

The award-winning short film, "Keep The Fire" by Jake Rice serves as a fictionalized "Behind The Album Cover" story, detailing the origin of the glowing white orb in Kenny's hands on the cover and the people who were involved in the creation of his hit record. The film includes computer graphics enhanced dramatizations depicting Michael McDonald, Tom Dowd, George Daly, Scott Thom and Eva Ein as well as musical performances of "This Is It" and the acoustic version of "What A Fool Believes" as performed by Loggins and McDonald on the live recording "Outside: Live From The Redwoods".[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keep the Fire at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1979). "Album: Kenny Loggins: Keep the Fire". The Village Voice (Village Voice Media). Consumer Guide. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  3. ^ a b Holden, Stephen (February 7, 1980). "Album reviews: Keep the Fire". Rolling Stone (Rolling Stone). Archived from the original on June 30, 2007. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ Rice, Jake. Keep the Fire (A/V stream). Retrieved June 28, 2013.