Keep the Fire Burning front cover

Keep the Fire Burning back cover


Jeff Pollard - Electric Guitar, Lead and Background Vocals
Leon Medica - Bass
Rod Roddy - Acoustic Piano, Clavinet, Oberheim Synthesizer, Hammond B3, Background Vocals
David Peters - Drums and Percussion
Bobby Campo - Trumpet and Congas
Tony Haselden - Electric Guitar, Lead and Background Vocals, Percussion

Sax solo on "You Be My Vision" by Brian Savage
Strings on "You Be My Vision" conducted and arranged by Gene Page

Keep the Fire Burnin'

Songs (Written By):

  1. Keep The Fire Burnin' (J. Pollard)
  2. Call Home The Heart (T. Haselden)
  3. When I Get Home (J. Pollard)
  4. You Be My Vision (J. Pollard)
  5. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (The Sad Song) (O.  Redding, S. Cropper)
  6. Feel It (R. Roddy, J. Pollard)
  7. Thunder n' Lightnin' (T. Haselden)
  8. Window Eyes (J. Pollard)
  9. Say It (With Your Heart) (J. Pollard)
  10. Back The Levee (J. Pollard)
Bonus Tracks:
  1. Rodeo (L. Medica, H. Normand, C. McDonald, J. Pollard)
  2. Ain't Nothing But A Gris Gris (J. Pollard)
  3. Bon Ton Roulette (J. Pollard)

Produced by
Leon Medica

Recorded in 1979 at Studio In The Country, Bogalusa, Louisiana
Engineer: William S. Evans - Assistant Engineers: Ronny Dobbs & David Farrell

Mixed at Air Studios, London, England
Assistant Engineers: Tim Cuthbertson, David Woolley, and Tony George

Additional re-mixing at Capitol Records Studio B, Hollywood, California
Assistant Engineer: David Cole

Mastered at Capitol Records Mastering Facilities, Los Angeles, California
Engineer: Wally Traugott

Album cover by Dawn Patrol
Photography and Design by Jimmy Wachtel;
Assisted by Michael Curtis with the expert hands of Dick Bernot

Management: Aspen Artists Management, Inc., William E. McEuen
Booking Agency: Athena Artists, Chet Hanson

Very special thanks to: John T. Frankenheimer, Paul Tannen, Bill Roberts, William E. McEuen, Chet Hanson, Rupert Perry, and Bruce Garfield

Krewe of LeRoux:
Road Manager: Danny Kertacy, Lighting Designer: Lewis Mundinger, Sound Mixer: Bill Bennett, Monitor Mixer: Geoff Thistlethwaite, Everything: John Ray Gautreaux

Leon Medica uses Peavey Equipment

Keep the Fire Burnin' — the second serving of sonic gumbo from the Crescent City sextet then known as Louisiana's LeRoux — offers up another batch of strong material, keeping in line with the band's self-titled predecessor. The band once again combines MOR rock with jazz, funk, and of course Creole R&B. Pollard's songwriting remains consistent, with Haselden also contributing two of the album's best entries, the affective "Call Home the Heart" and the provocative fusion-filled "Thunder n' Lightnin'." The opening track boogies with a tasty Cajun syncopation, highlighted by performances from Medica and Roddy. The aforementioned "Call Home the Heart" is an introspective heart/homesick tale from the road. LeRoux's considerable vocal harmonies shine during the chorus, bearing rich textural similarities to the three-part blends created by America and the Eagles. As if continuing on a contextual leitmotif, the driving "When I Get Home" is a celebratory indulgence, sporting more impressive licks from Roddy and Peters with Roddy's rapid-fire piano interjected for optimum effect. While on the subject of adding that little extra something, helping out with a string section score is legendary arranger Gene Page on Pollard's power ballad "You Be My Vision." Although they certainly get the Memphis vibe down, LeRoux fall short on their cover of Otis Redding's "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)," which sounds too polished around the edges to be a truly effective reworking. The jazzy "Feel It" is buoyed by Medica's expressive bass and a sultry melody recalling "Back Slider" from their first long-player. That groove carried over onto the excellent "Thunder n' Lightnin'," and presents a further opportunity to show off the band's superb singing. Both the relaxed shuffle supporting "Say It (With Your Heart)" and the funky closer, "Back to the Levee," are worthy of notice, particularly the latter, as it sets the tone for their next effort, the Jai Winding-produced Up in 1980. ~ Lindsay Planer, All Music Guide

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If you like LeRoux's first album, you will find that Keep the Fire Burnin' stays in the same groove. The tunes bear no resemblance to the band's future Eighties-metal offerings, and do sound very much like material left over from the Louisiana's LeRoux recording sessions. The CD's bonus tracks are the icing on the cake, with airtight, soaring vocals and masterful playing. The much-too-short standout "Rodeo" evokes a laid-back, surprisingly country feel that showcases the band's vocal prowess. "Ain't Nothing But A Gris Gris" is a haunting, funky dose of Cajun voodoo, due in no small part to Roddy's piano chops—reminiscent of Professor Longhair—and Medica's trademark syncopation. Finishing off the CD is "Bon Ton Roulette," a rocking R&B frolic with guitar licks trading shots with bouncy piano lines, giving the song a New Orleans melodic vibe reminiscent of "Crazy In Love" from LeRoux's debut offering. Like that first album, Keep the Fire Burnin' is a must-have. ~ Bryan Durio