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Fire Up Plus - Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia

1972 - and '73 (1992)
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Fire Up Plus - Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia- review

Fire Up Plus review

Saunders and Friends CD Fire Up Plus featuring guitarist Jerry Garcia is two previous albums Heavy Turbulence and Fire Up reissued on a single disc less two songs.

There are many solid moments on this release, though, none better than the lovely blues inspired riffs that Garcia lays out on "Lonely Avenue." I generally prefer the cover versions to the original Merl compositions. John Lennon's song "Imagine" is done instrumentally. The rendition of J. J. Cale's "After Midnight" is top notch. This song was an outstanding outlet for long jamming at Merl and Jerry's live performances.

Merl Saunders Fire Up Plus is a more than worthwhile addition to a CD collection.  by Barry Small
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Fire Up Plus - Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia- track list
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 1.My Problems Got Problems (Saunders / Carrier)
 2. Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Robertson)
 3. Save Mother Earth (Saunders / Lewis)
 4. Imagine (John Lennon)
 5. Welcome to the Basement (Saunders / Moore)
 6. Man Child (Saunders / Lewis)
 7. After Midnight (J.J. Cale)
 8. Expressway (To Your Heart) (Gamble / Huff)
 9. Soul Roach (Saunders / Shanklin)
10.Benedict Rides (Saunders / Carrier)
11.The System (Saunders / Carrier)
12.Lonely Avenue (Doc Pomus)

Fire Up Plus - Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia - Musicians
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Merl Saunders - keyboards, vocals
Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
Tom Fogerty - guitar
John Kahn - bass
Bill Vitt - drums
Gaylord Birch - congas
Mike Howell - guitar
Christopher Parker - drums
The Hawkins Singers (Edwin, Walter, Tramaine, Lynette, Freddie, Carol) - vocals
Bill Kreutzmann - drums
Eddie Moore - drums, saw
Kenneth Nash - percussion
Bob Drew - saxophone
The Tower of Power Horns

Fire Up Plus - Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia - Notes
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Label -  Fantasy
Fire Up Plus is a compilation of: 
Heavy Turbulence, Merl Saunders & Friends, 1972
Fire Up, Merl Saunders & Friends, 1973 - less two songs (Chock-Lite Puddin' (Saunders) and Charisma (She's Got) (Saunders)

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