Fire Up
Ras Midas
JML Records
August 24, 2010

Fire Track list
  1. Rasta Revolution
  2. Dread Feelings
  3. Fire Up
  4. Come Back Darling
  5. Nuclear Graveyard
  6. Rain And Fire
  7. No Bread
  8. Hole In The Bucket
  9. Trouble Town
  10. 400 Years
  11. Good Old Days
  12. Lean On Jah
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Vocals : 5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Born in the Jamaican parish of Clarendon and moving to England at the age of 13 after the death of his grandparents, Ras Midas emerged in the mid-'70s. He belonged to the then growing group of roots reggae singers who utilized the same chanting type of style known from Burning Spear and Claudius Linton to name two. Since 1974, when he recorded his first hit song, the Harry J produced "Kude A Bamba", which led to Chris Blackwell's Island Records launching him into the international reggae scene, the singer/songwriter has been professionally producing music.

And now, more than three and a half decades after his debut single, Ras Midas treats his loyal fans and roots reggae aficionados to his tenth full length album, which contains 12 new original tracks, all of them recorded at Pine Forest Recording Studio in California with the Root Awakening band. Vocally, lyrically and musically this collection of roots reggae tunes has a real good quality level, what makes "Fire Up" a solid album throughout. Most of the tracks are extended efforts with a running time ranging from 4:43 ("400 Years") to 7:52 ("Rasta Revolution"). The album takes off in great style with "Rasta Revolution", "Dread Feelings" and the title track "Fire Up", tunes that reflect Ras Midas' spirituality and cultural background. Further on these themes come back in songs like "400 Years" (not the Peter Tosh song!), the excellent "Rain And Fire" and "Lean On Jah", the latter being an adaptation of Bill Withers' "Lean On Me". The lighthearted, heartfelt "Come Back Darling" is the only love song on this album, which furthermore brings the listener worthwhile message tunes like "Nuclear Graveyard", "Hole In The Bucket" and "Trouble Town"

With "Fire Up" Ras Midas once again proves that he's one of the veteran roots reggae singers to keep an eye and ear on.