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The BBC studio was an ideal setting for a heavy rock outfit like Free. Something about BBC recordings from this era had an added intensity that could never be replicated on official releases. All the recordings on this brilliant two-disc collection were recorded in the span of exactly two years, from July 1968 to July 1970. While numerous rock bands were lost in a haze of acid and flower power, Free had a mightily gritty and focused attack that would come to define rock in the '70s. Of course, “All Right Now” is here in all its spitfire glory, but a number of the other songs are equally potent. In the BBC studio, there was no trickery to dress up a performance. What you get is the unadorned sound of Free’s guitars and drums, plus the iron pipes of Paul Rodgers. His voice was Free's signature, but these songs would be nothing if not for the band’s deep-set grooves. “Woman,” “Ride on a Pony," and “I’ll Be Creepin’” are built like granite yet ineffable funky. Sabbath and Zeppelin may have had more firepower, but it was Free that personified the raw unembellished essence of blues-rock.

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Not Free But Worth It....

All Right Now got all the pub and rightfully so but FREE pumped out some incredible blues based rock with Paul Kossoff weilding a mighty fine axe. I think this was the best band to showcase Paul Rogers voice. I'll Be Creepin still bring chills. Fire and Water, The Hunter, Woman and the incredibly underrated Songs of Yesterday plus Sugar for Mr. Morrison lead the way. Only thing missing is Wishing Well.


Incredible! A recording I thought had long been lost. I remember hearing this as a young impressionable teenager and thinking "those guys are awesome".


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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