I'm glad to see a bunch of people feel the same way about the production.. was beginning to question if it was just me. Sadly, I doubt a remaster will ever happen :( shame, there are some really good songs (cowards actually one my favorite SF songs). The entire mix is just awful, the guitars sounds so washed out. I can honestly say, the production has prevented me from really getting into the album.. it honestly bothers me that much.
exactly how i felt. The songs were sick and Coward is probably one of the best SF songs, but the production turned an album that would probably be a 5 into a 3 for me. It really shows how vital production is when it comes to enjoyment of music. I really think it is the pristine sound of the previous albums that really makes The Fire so jarring.