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Molten Gold: The Anthology (Box Set)

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Free existed for just five years, from 1968 to 1973. While Molten Gold doesn’t contain every song the group recorded during that period, it does have every song that supports Free’s essential concept: take British blues rock, strip away every excess, and then make the remaining core as muscular and groovy as humanly possible. Songs epitomizing this include “I’m a Mover,” “Woman," and the immortal “All Right Now.” Granted, the band also had a more relaxed mode (“Broad Daylight,” “The Highway Song,” “Travelling Man”) and even an incredibly underrated knack for creating ominous and ethereal rock songs (“Mouthful of Grass”). The second disc has a few powerful live performances (“Ride on Pony” and “Mr. Big” are essential) and some gems from the tail end of Free's career (“Wishing Well,” “Heartbreaker”). Free’s approach may have been basic, but it was deeply wrought. The band is remembered for “All Right Now,” but Molten Gold shows that its skills ran much deeper. This was an outfit that could put an ocean of feeling into the simplest of phrases.

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So much soul in one little finger...

Free were, during their time, the biggest act in England. Hard, heavy, raw, and powerfully defined blues, this is what Free were about. Paul Rodgers fronted the band and is best known for his work with Bad Company (along with fellow Free drummer Simon Kirke) and more recently with Queen. His voice then was the grittiest it's ever been and sounds amazing. Andy Fraser on bass was unbelievable! He was a kid of 15 when he joined Free, and his bass work is still highly regarded as some of the best ever. And of course, Paul Kossoff, the guitarist, who was the soul of this incrediable band. This guy had so much soul. You can feel what he feels in just a single note. The most incredible vibrato ever... Free never sounded so better. Take a listen if you like the blues or classic British Rock.

Suggested Listening for Modern Blues Rockers. Molton Gold Rocks

While Free's big hit single, All Right Now, is a staple of American classic rock radio, the rest of their recordings largely remain obscure especially in the US. Molton Gold highlights Free's substantial and massive body of work (seven albums) which precedes Paul Rodgers' and Simon Kirke's rise to super stardom in Bad Company. All of the recordings on this excellent compilation are very well done and sound great almost 40 years later. If you're a fan of bands like Wolfmother. Check out this worthy example of modern blues rock, Free's Molton Gold

Great compilation from great band

One review says Free was a one-hit group. This person obviously has not listened to this CD. I have always really liked the whole Fire and Water album that All Right Now is from, but this compilation has the best songs from all their albums. Those who liked Bad Company, Blind Faith and others from the Seventies owe it to themselves to listen carefully to this album. This is music worth listening to over and over.

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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