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The Firebirds (2)Light My Fire

Label:Crown Records (2) – CST 589
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Rock
Style:Psychedelic Rock

Tracklist

A1Light My Fire
A2Delusions
A3Reflections
A4Bye Baby
B1Gypsy Fire
B2Free Bass
B3No Tomorrows
B4Warm Up
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Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Label): CST 589-1
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Label): CST 589-2
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching): CST-589-1
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching): CST-589-2

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Light My Fire (8-Track Cartridge, )Crestwood MusicFL-8-3091US1969
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Light My Fire (LP, Stereo)Crown Records (2)CST 589Canada1969
Light My Fire (CD, Album, Unofficial Release)Radioactive (2)RRCD003UK2003
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Light My Fire (LP, Reissue, Unofficial Release)Crown Records (7)CST 5892012
New Submission
Light My Fire (LP, Album, Unofficial Release)Crown Records (2)CST 589USUnknown

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board's avatar
board
People seem to like this album a lot, but I must say that I was not impressed at all. The title track was okay, since it was based on a well-written song that I've actually never cared much for, but can enjoy certain cover versions of.
The rest of the album, though, I found to be mainly sloppily played basic late 60s boring blues-rock drenched in a lot of fuzz guitar, but there are no good compositions. Some tracks have vocals, but a lof them are also instrumental.
To me the music seems to simply lack inspiration, intensity, structure and proper musicianship. There are plenty of other albums out there that sound just the same, albeit with a less intense fuzz guitar.
I think the case might be that if you're just looking for psyched-out fuzz with very long, raw, improvised guitar solos and put less priority on a good melody and a good song, then this album might be for you. But if you like the raw intensity of certain late 60s acts combined with song-structure and an actual melody, then there are plenty of other albums out there that I would recommend more. Granted, not many of them have the fuzz guitar of The Firebirds, but I would be happy to swap noise for melody and song structure.
One album that I like much better is "Emerge" by The Litter, although some people find that this was disappointing compared to their first two albums (for me it's the exact opposite). Another album is "Conception" by Frantic. The two albums by H.P. Lovecraft are much less fuzzy, but are well-crafted, and the picture inside the unipak cover of their second album encapsulates psychedelic rock perfectly. Lastly, the few songs that I like by The 13th Floor Elevators are also much better than The Firebirds (e.g. "Levitation", "Slip inside this house", "You're gonna miss me" and "Kingdom of heaven").
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lost_rpm
Amazingly under-the-radar HEAVY acid psych burnout vibes on this one. Don't sleep!
Whew...I think this could be thee album that sounds like it came from Hell itself. If you're looking for pure raw, sloppy cruel guitar ripping material, check out this album from Hell. It is absolutely amazing to find something that you wished someone had produced during the late 60s era, and can't believe it with your own ears! Sure you may get half of the distortion from Jimi Hendrix, and have most of the fuzzy psychedelic riffs from Blue Cheer, but this here is absolutely a heavy psych/garage classic for me.

Sure it may not be listenable or keep anyone interested for a long time if you don't appreciate this. But keep in mind, this is a rare record that will never really discover again. Songs on here such as "Reflections" and "Gypsy Fire" show a lot of slow proto-stoner rock elements with layers of pre-Black Sabbath riffs, and moments of feedback. My personal favorite is "No Tomorrows". With it's pre-metal riffs along with drumming is really quite amazing to hear in 1969!

Recommend to those heavy psych lovers, because this has got to be the heaviest psych album out there (yes, perhaps heavier than Blue Cheer's "Vincebus Eruptum"). Not the most listenable album, there is certainly a lot of jamming/improv all over this and can sound very sloppy to many. But the heaviness to this thing is incredible. Just listen to the last note on "Reflections". Ahhhh....!!!
1968's "Light My Fire", by The Firebirds (no relation to The Electric Firebirds, except for the label) is truly awesome, very heavy, psych flavored hard rock with blistering guitar leads, which will appeal to fans of the Hendrix sound. The same band was responsible for a companion album released by the same label, at about the same time, and credited to The 31 Flavors. Actually, all of the mat'l for both LP's was recorded at the same time, during the very same sessions. In fact, one track in particular, "Free Bass", which appears on this album, is really only a portion of the actual track, more of which appears on The 31 Flavors album. I have a compilation somewhere, the name of which escapes me at present, that edits these two portions back together, as well as a third and final portion from somewhere else, all back into the single track as it was originally recorded. The album is now quite rare, especially in decent condition, and highly prized by collectors.