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Fire and Water (Deluxe Edition)

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When Free’s debut album was released in July 1970, no one in the group was yet 21; bassist Andy Fraser was only 17. Though rock 'n' roll was then dominated by expressions of youth, the songs on Fire and Water feel like the work of wizened soldiers. Free shared with its peers a love of high volume, but where its fellow acts seemed manic and often extravagant, Free was all about simplicity, groove, and depth. The music’s potency isn’t simply a matter of Paul Rodgers’ preternaturally virile vocals, though it'd be hard to locate another 20-year-old in history who could sing like that. The rhythms are heaving and unhurried, more akin the sound of a railroad spike being driven or an axe chopping wood than anything in the music world. The band is totally unified, and in every song it digs its collective toes deep into the dirt. In this way, Free was more like Booker T & The MGs than Led Zeppelin. “All Right Now” became the song that best epitomizes what came to be termed “classic rock.” Lusty and rocking, it paved the way for AC/DC and an entire lineage of raw, power chord–driven blues-rock.

Customer Reviews

Classic Rock at it's best

Some have said that Free was a one-hit wonder. Those people have not bothered to listen to the incredible album that it came from. This particular album should be considered one of the required pieces of music for those who like Classic Rock. Paul Rodgers voice has graced many a song on the radio . This group has what I consider his best work. There is not a bad song on the album. It is hard to pick a favorite because every song is a piece in the puzzle that is "Fire and Water". It needs to be listened to as a whole. This album not only displays Paul's incredible rock voice, but also the playing of Paul Kossoff, Andy Fraser, and Simon Kurke. This is one of the must have's if i end up on a deserted island.

A friggin classic gets even better !?

Free had a decent following by the time this cd was originally released. Of course All Right Now blew the roof off but dig deeper and you'll find IMHO 3-4 better songs than that. Oh I Wept is an incredible song. It slowly and quietly glides in riding Koss and cascades through the song capped by another classic Koss solo. Yes, it can be redundant to have like 76 versions of "the hit" but if you're here reading this you must go ahead and purchase. You won't be dissapointed.

Paul Rodgers Greatest Album

This launched the career of Paul Rodgers years before Bad Company there was Free. The title track and All Right Now are two of the most played songs on classic rock radio.

Biography

Formed: 1968 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Famed for their perennial "All Right Now," Free helped lay the foundations for the rise of hard rock, stripping the earthy sound of British blues down to its raw, minimalist core to pioneer a brand of proto-metal later popularized by 1970s superstars like Foreigner, Foghat and Bad Company. Free formed in London in 1968 when guitarist Paul Kossoff, then a member of the blues unit Black Cat Bones, was taken to see vocalist Paul Rodgers' group Brown Sugar by a friend, drummer Tom Mautner. After deciding...
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