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Firehouse
« on: October 14, 2011, 11:11:28 am »
Verrrrrrry similar to my previous post about re-recording songs (Styx), we have Firehouse with their 20th anninversary album called Full Circle

Like Styx, the members went back into the studio to re-record their hits. I've been a big fan of Firehouse from the beginning. I think they have amazing talent and there is just some chemistry there with never tiring of their music. My knee jerk reaction is much like the Styx fiendish plot and expected head scratch... and just not give the time of day. But after reading a review of Full Circle, the author does point out some stuff that makes sense. Mostly the history and background of Firehouse with consistent quality song writing and recording and going by their instincts. This apparently is not a note by note re-do, but veteran rockers laying down new tracks of old songs based on the changes they've learned from their fans. I'm actually interested in hearing this.

I love their acoustic project and figure... hey, they can reinvent themselves again.



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Compilation albums have become so commonplace that if you were to go and look at all the various ultimate/definitive collections, super hits, or the very best of, many would find out record companies have little remorse cashing in on an artistís back catalog.
Very rarely will labels reach out to the musicians themselves to get their blessing or will have them submit some liner notes about what the songs have meant decades after they ruled the airwaves.
It can be a very difficult task for music fans in general trying to find a greatest hits album that encompasses every avenue a musician explored in their initial 15 minutes of fame.

A band can tell how well their hits hold up by the energy they put into their live performances night in and night out, and with a group the likes of FireHouse recently celebrating the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut, see them go back to the very beginning - just like album title suggests, going "Full Circle" - re-recording their hits, definitely makes some people scratch their head.
At first glance it might be somewhat disappointing for die hard fans who wanted new material but there are a couple reasons that CJ, Bill, Mike, and Allen decided to go this route.
Reason one: re-recording the hits they can finally get the rights to their classic material back. Reason two (and probably the most important reason) is fans were coming up to the guys at meet & greets and frequently asking them Ė ĎWhere can I buy your greatest hits?í

Iím sure many will call "Full Circle" a throwaway effort with none of the re-records living up to the originals but Iíve got news for anyone who will try and find a reason to pick the album.
FireHouse have always treated all their material with the greatest respect. They didnít go into the studio to try and recreate the same production values, instead FireHouse took every song and used the best of modern technology to make them shine in a new light.
All versions are faithful to the originals, but with some new arrangements and updated sound, much more melodic rock oriented.
The original extremely compressed drums (which I love) were replaced by a more classic, live organic beats. And I like the result.
Bill Leverty has added a lot of new guitar licks and sounds expanding on it with several contemporary elements.
CJ Snare is one of those rare voices from that era who hasnít burned out and hearing him belt out classic lyrics in practically same manner he did some 20 years ago is downright jaw dropping.
Granted voices do change over the years and even though Snare doesnít quite have that high pitch he had when he was in his 20s he is still able to keep everyone in the palm of his hand.


Ok, now comes the 1 million dollar question: Is FireHouseís "Full Circle" recommended?
When I first found out that "Full Circle" was going to be a re-recordings greatest hits album I was somewhat disappointed but after hearing the finished product I can say confidently FireHouse made the right decision with this release.
I donít think any other band thatís been around this long could pull this off with the same determination that CJ and the rest of the guys had.
There is nothing boring or repetitive about hearing all 11 tracks on this album simply because FireHouse isnít playing these tracks note for note like when a majority of fans first heard them in the early '90s.
This guys have evolved flawlessly even when the musical climate has changed ten times over, FireHouse have always managed to remain true to themselves and more importantly; to the fans that continue to go out and see them on tour.
At the end of the day I donít really know if any of FireHouseís peers could re-record their own greatest hits with the same enthusiasm and quality.


01 - Overnight Sensation
02 - Shake And Tumble
03 - Hold the Dream
04 - All She Wrote
05 - Love of A Lifetime
06 - Don't Treat Me Bad
07 - Reach For the Sky
08 - When I Look Into Your Eyes
09 - You Are My Religion
10 - I Live My Life For You
11 - Christmas With You


C.J. Snare - Vocals
Bill Leverty - Guitar
Michael Foster - Drums
Allen McKenzie - Bass



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Re: Firehouse
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2011, 08:59:31 am »
KISS - Firehouse (Live MSG - 1996)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0xIebTO23I

Sorry for hijacking your thread Mac, but I can't let this go. There is only one Firehouse in my book......
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Re: Firehouse
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2011, 09:33:53 am »
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Sorry for hijacking your thread Mac, but I can't let this go. There is only one Firehouse in my book......

Phttttttt!

Those guys will never make it.
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