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Camp, Steve - 1983 Fire And Ice

ARTIST: Steve Camp
ALBUM: Fire And Ice
LABEL: Sparrow
YEAR: 1983


LINEUP: Steve Camp - vocals, keyboards * John Rosasco, Smitty Price - keyboards * Dann Huff, Marty Walsh - guitars * Gary Lunn, John Patitucci - bass * Keith Edwards - drums * Joe English - drums, background vocals * Alex McDougal - percussion * Brandon Fields - saxophone * Rhett Lawrence - synthesizer programming * Michele Pillar - lead vocals * Joane Anderson, Rob Frazier, Carol Frazier, Linda McCrary, Charity McCrary, Kevin Thiel, Diane Thiel - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Upon This Rock * 02 It Is Good * 03 Love's Not A Feeling * 04 Heart Of Stone * 05 Living In Loadicea * 06 Squeeze * 07 Fire And Ice * 08 Light Your Candle * 09 What Would The Devil Say * 10 Where Are The Heroes

WEBLINKS: www.myspace.com/stevecampmusic

Steve Camp's first album was released on CBS in 1975, although there's nary a mention of it in his biographies and several Christian music discographies leave it out completely. Odd, and since I've never heard or seen a copy myself I wonder what Camp was into before moving into the Christian music market? Was he a raging metal head or a disco boy perhaps? Very strange, but he had a good run in the 1980's as one of CCM's brightest stars with a series of well-received AOR albums only to give it all up in favor of creating a ministry geared towards more traditional Christianity. This has not been without its share of controversy including a well-publicized 2007 battle between Camp and '80s sitcom star Kirk Cameron, where Steve basically told Kirk (a self-confessed 'born-again') he was clueless about the big guy in the sky and shouldn't go on TV spouting out Christianity he (according to Camp) knows nothing about. Where's the love guys - lol!

The Songs
Yeah, Steve Camp is pretty hardcore when it comes to all things God and if you pop over to one of his web sites you'll see what I mean - tackling some pretty deep stuff. A quick glance at the 'Fire And Ice' lyric sheet shows he hasn't changed much over the years with plenty of subject matter about the 'Walls of Jerusalem', 'maytr's blood' and the typical 'come to Jesus' fare we tend to expect from the Christian rock genre. Usually when it comes to this type of heavy handed sonic sermonizing I shut down rather quickly, but fortunately 'Fire And Ice' has some stellar moments musically so it's easy to tune out Camp's over the top rambling. The Toto influenced cover art was clearly no accident as 'Upon This Rock' features stabbing piano runs and Steve Lukather influenced guitar by either Dann Huff or Marty Walsh since the LP credits don't share with the listener who played on what, but here I'll go with Huff. 'Love's Not A Feeling'- a duet with vocalist Michele Pillar is classic west coast and not lyrically off putting in the least. Very nice, as is 'Heart Of Stone' which blends a Toto flavoured melody with Airborne styled pomp. Side two offers more top rate material with the Corey Hart influenced 'Squeeze', before it's back to even more Toto send-ups with the title track and the marvelous 'Light Your Candle'. Album closer 'Where Are The Heroes' changes the dynamic a bit, coming across like 38. Special at a revival meeting and is my personal favourite on a record filled to the brim with quality music.

In Summary
'Fire And Ice' despite its wordiness stands as one of the best AOR albums ever released for the Christian market and his 1986 follow-up 'One On One' is excellent as well although shamefully, both CD's are now out of print and is just another reminder how much we desperately need a label to excavate forgotten Christian AOR albums from the glory daze of the 1980's.

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#1 | Ralfster on July 24 2009 14:43:22
One small addition to a great review: (agree wholeheartedly that 'Fire and Ice' ranks among the very best christian AOR releases ever!) The follow-up sandwiched in-between 'Fire and Ice' and 'One On One' was 'Shake Me To Wake Me' (1985) which for me is equally as good if not better than 'Fire and ice'. Unfortunately though it's the hardest one to come by on CD.
#2 | jeffduran on August 31 2009 01:56:29
agree and have all his 80's releases. 'Shake Me To Wake Me' is my personal fave too.
#3 | kim_hp on April 10 2011 01:36:26
Why is it that the christians have all the great AOR? Frown This is a great piece of music, but lyrically, this guy makes Allies or Idle Cure sound like satanics. Talk about off-putting...
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