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Fire on the Bayou

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Fire on the Bayou
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1975
RecordedSea-Saint Studios
Length45:55 (11 track release)
LabelReprise (MS 2228)
ProducerAllen Toussaint, The Meters
The Meters chronology
Fire on the Bayou
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Christgau's Record GuideB[2]

Fire on the Bayou is the sixth studio album by the funk band The Meters.

Background and release[edit]

This was the band's first album with Cyril Neville as a member. At the time, the band's headlining performances were receiving good reviews. According to a review in The Real Paper, "they could blow virtually any other band in the country right off the stage."[3] The album was released in July 1975,[1] at a time when the band was opening for the Rolling Stones on their U.S. Tour. The album sold 88,000 copies and didn't meet the record label's expectations. According to Rupert Surcouf, the band's road manager at the time, the record label realized "the Meters didn't fit into any conventional mold", and the label had difficulty promoting the music.[3]


Stephen Erlewine of AllMusic had a positive view and wrote "there never seems to be a concession to mainstream funk" and called the music "simmering".[1] Ed Ward of Rolling Stone had a negative view and called the music "aimless" in comparison to the band's early works.[4] Robert Christgau had a mixed view and gave the album a B-rating.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by The Meters (Art Neville, Ziggy Modeliste, Leo Nocentelli, George Porter, Jr.) except as noted[1][5]

1."Out in the Country" 3:38
2."Fire on the Bayou"The Meters, Cyril Neville4:10
3."Love Slip Upon Ya" 4:59
4."Talkin' 'Bout New Orleans"The Meters, Cyril Neville3:38
5."They All Ask'd for You" 4:12
6."Can You Do Without?" 3:52
7."Liar"Russ Ballard5:12
8."You're a Friend of Mine" 4:11
9."Middle of the Road" 7:57
10."Running Fast" 1:27
11."Mardi Gras Mambo"Frankie Adams, Lou Welsch, Ken Elliot2:39
Bonus tracks on the 2001 digitally remastered CD
12."Running Fast" (Single Version) 3:26
13."Keep On Marching" 3:20
14."He Bite Me" 2:54
15."A Mother's Love" 2:19
16."Jambalaya"Hank Williams & Moon Mullican2:45
  • The Song Jambalaya has wrongly been credited to the members of The Meters in this reissue.


Credits adapted in part from AllMusic.[6]

The Meters
Additional composition
  • Allen Toussaint – producer
  • Marshall Sehorn – executive producer, remixing
  • Efram Turchick – project manager
  • Tim Livingston – project manager
  • Roberta Grace – engineer
  • Ken Laxton – engineer, remixing
  • Bob Irwin – mastering
  • Al Quaglieri – mastering
  • Bunny Matthews – liner notes
  • Rich Russell – design
  • Paul Howrilla (aka Paul Andrew) – graphic design, photo courtesy of Photographique Studios, Inc.


  1. ^ a b c d Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Allmusic: Fire on the Bayou – review". allmusic.com. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: M". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 7, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ a b Jason Berry; Jonathan Foose; Tad Jones (1992). Up from the Cradle of Jazz. Da Capo Press. pp. 197–199. ISBN 9780306804939. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  4. ^ Ed Ward (October 9, 1975). "The Meters: Fire On The Bayou". Rolling Stone. No. RS 197. Straight Arrow. ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on November 18, 2007.
  5. ^ "The Meters – Fire on the Bayou". Discogs.com. 1975. Archived from the original on February 19, 2015. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  6. ^ "Allmusic: Fire on the Bayou – credits". allmusic.com. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 20, 2015.