After a lacklustre entry into his solo career with the Mercy album, Fire And Gasoline saw Steve Jones return to the top of his game as a powerchord demon, featuring his best guitar work since Never Mind The Bollocks or The Professionals debut release.
Don't think however this is a Punk album. Although it's a masterclass in Jones trademark powerchord riffing there is a distinct tinge throughout of the L.A. rock scene which Jones was hanging around at the time, with guest appearances from Axl Rose and half of The Cult (who were then L.A. based) and one track being co-written with Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue.
As a consequence a couple of tracks do sound a bit cheesy and cliched in an American radio-friendly way, but as someone who came to this album as a big Sex Pistols fan I found the music on the whole was pretty much as I'd expected it to be. The huge shock for me was Jones' singing style, a sometimes-raspy American "rawk" drawl literally thousands of miles removed from the shouty London bluster of his Sex Pistols and Professionals vocal work. The first time I played the album that difference knocked me for six.
However, once you get used to the American vocal styling you'll soon discover Fire and Gasoline sits very comfortably on the shelf next to Never Mind The Bollocks and The Professionals debut, at a well deserved third place.
In a sentence, Fire And Gasoline is Steve Jones rocking out and rocking hard from start to finish.
As regards the mastering, this CD went out of print long before remastering came into vogue, so it managed to escape the "loudness war" and sounds perfectly fine when cranked up loud.
Five stars all round. Essential listening for any fan of Steve Jones in powerchord mode.