Feel the Fire: The 20th Century Collection

Feel the Fire: The 20th Century Collection

by Stephanie MillsStephanie Mills


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What Cha Gonna Do with My Lovin'? (1979), Sweet Sensation (1980), and Stephanie (1981) didn't appear on CD until a 2008/2009 Universal Japan program. On Feel the Fire: The 20th Century Collection, they're finally given wider recognition and distribution, anthologized in full with the addition of five mostly essential 12" versions. This represents Stephanie Mills' artistic peak. For all three albums, the singer worked extensively with producers James Mtume and Reggie Lucas, who transitioned from jazz firebrands into sought-after R&B collaborators once they wrote "The Closer I Get to You," a Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway duet that topped Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart in early 1978. Each one of these albums crossed into the Top 30 of the Billboard 200, propelled by the breezy, fully ornamented disco-soul of "What Cha Gonna Do with My Lovin'?," "Sweet Sensation," "Never Knew Love Like This Before," and the Teddy Pendergrass duet "Two Hearts," as well as the proto-Hi NRG stomper "You Can Get Over" and the synthesizer-bass-anchored club hit "Put Your Body in It." The albums don't merely hold up; they hang together. Mtume and Lucas brought their instrumental skills and utilized their core studio unit -- keyboardist Hubert Eaves, drummer Howard King, bassist Basil Fearrington, guitarist Ed Moore, and vocalist/arranger Tawatha Agee, among others -- throughout the sessions, making the albums play out like a true, unified trilogy. This set is essential for any lover of late-'70s/early-'80s R&B. Stephanie Mills was in the top tier, while Mtume and Lucas were heavyweights, wholly deserving of being mentioned in the same breath as the Chic Organization's Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, their more popular contemporaries.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2011
Label: Hip-O Select
UPC: 0602527757148
catalogNumber: 001579502
Rank: 82452

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stephanie Mills   Primary Artist
Gwen Guthrie   Background Vocals
Luther Vandross   Background Vocals
Warren Bernhardt   Keyboards
Hubert Eaves   Keyboards
Reggie Lucas   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Tawatha Agee   Background Vocals
Joe Caro   Acoustic Guitar
Basil Fearrington   Bass
Lani Groves   Background Vocals
James Mtume   Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Ullanda McCullough   Background Vocals
Ed Tree Moore   Guitar,Electric Guitar
David Spinozza   Acoustic Guitar
Brenda White   Background Vocals
Louise Bethune   Background Vocals
Ed Moore   Guitar
Mary Johnson   Background Vocals
Bashiri   Percussion
John Simmons   Background Vocals
Howard T. King   Drums,Background Vocals
Harry Whittaker   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Peabo Bryson   Composer
Stephanie Mills   Composer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
Hubert Eaves   Composer
Reggie Lucas   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Wade Marcus   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Marvin Hamlisch   Composer
Tawatha Agee   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Gene Bianco   String Contractor
Rodney Brown   Composer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Jorge Calandrelli   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
James Dougherty   Engineer
Jim Dougherty   Engineer
James Mtume   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Jay Mark   Engineer
Joe Mills   Composer
Carmine Rubino   Engineer
Greg Thomas   Horn Arrangements
Eugene Bianco   String Contractor
Ed Moore   Composer
David Nathan   Liner Notes
Willie Lester   Composer
Glen Christensen   Art Direction
Jeffrey Daniels   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Michele Horie   Art Direction
Andrew Skurow   Tape Vault Research
Gerry Block   Engineer
J. Simmons   Composer
Jo Almeida   Photo Coordination
Howard T. King   Composer
Dunn Pearson   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements

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