Home > CCM, Christian Music, Christian Pop, Christian Rock, Greatest Albums, Jesus Music > 112. Fire and Ice – Steve Camp

112. Fire and Ice – Steve Camp

FIRE AND ICE (1983)

Steve Camp

In 1983 Steve Camp would sign with Sparrow Records and release his finest album, Fire and Ice. A year later, Myrrh would release the terminally delayed “It’s a Dying World,” an album recorded a year previous to Fire and Ice.

Co-producer John Rosasco would weigh heavily on keyboards to create a more contemporary and brighter sound than what Camp had previously released and what would show up on IADW a year later. This newer sound would remain with Camp for several releases. But for Fire and ice it is all about the songwriting.

After the death of Keith Green there was real lack of artists with a prophetic fervor unafraid to stand on Mt. Carmel and fearlessly face both the religiously pious and reprobate. Camp seems to take up the mantle beginning with Fire and Ice and has never let it go despite what some would call “black listing” and marginalizing by the CCM industry.

As for the album, Fire and Ice would contain multiple hits across several musical genres and would expand CCM radios musical palette. Though the duet with friend and labelmate Michelle Pillar, Love’s Not a Feeling, was a slam dunk for radio, the genre would expand with other hits like Squeeze, Upon This Rock and the title track.

“Living in Laodicea,” though musically a perfect for Christian radio was such a powerful indictment against complacent Christianity that many radio stations would not play it at first because of fear of “convicting” their audience and causing them to turn the station off. That fear proved baseless and the song remains one of Camp’s biggest hits.

This is not a very bright and happy record. Camp began his career of indicting the church for sinful lifestyles and compromising Gospel on Fire and Ice. His later 107 Theses would later expound upon the messages birthed here. As a result the album is both an artistic achievement and an important release that allowed artists that followed to write fearlessly about the Church and the world around them.

Advertisements
  1. Jacob
    March 17, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Happy to see this album made the cut. Love’s Not a Feeling was what actually introduced me to Steve’s music (and I’ve always felt had Christian music’s all-time best saxophone solo as well).

    Definitely my favorite album he released.

  2. Brett C
    March 17, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    This was my introduction to Steve Camp and still my fav. of his releases. Although this is a very keyboard orientated album I have always loved Dan Huff’s playing on this, it is great.

  3. John Little
    March 18, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Steve Camp came to Peterborough, Ontario at least once. They were many who admired his music and message but I wasn’t one of them. This is the only concert I ever left as I found it too dull. I has no trouble listening to Mylon, Petra, D&K or Randy Stonehill to name a few who were in the area during the 80’s. I could even listen to Keith Green preach but I didn’t get Steve Camp.

  4. June 7, 2011 at 2:39 am

    Steve Camp’s 2 albums (Fire and Ice, Shake Me to Wake Me) were 2 of my favorite works as a teen. I remember seeing him in concert and hearing the story of Steve meeting Prince in the elevator and sharing with him about Christian music. Prince said, “What’s that?”

  5. Greenchili
    January 6, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Upon This Rock and Squeeze. Two songs I love to listen even to this day.

  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: