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Though the band was in dire straits—founding bassist Andy Fraser had left, and a drug addiction was slowing destroying guitarist Paul Kossof—Free’s guiding concept was so durable that its final album turned out to be a classic despite those setbacks. Replacement bassist Tetsu Yamauchi would later join The Faces, a likeminded act whose influence crops up on “Travelin’ in Style,” “Come Together in the Morning," and “Muddy Water”; all have a loose and organic delivery punctuated by John "Rabbit" Bundrick's glittering honky-tonk piano. Lest you assume that Free was loosening the reigns on its sound, the album also features some of the group’s heaviest riffs. “Heartbreaker” and “Seven Angels” revive the slow, stamping grooves of Free's early albums, while Bundrick’s piano proves to be just as heavy as Kossof’s guitar on the astonishing “Common Mortal Man.” The band’s last big hit, “Wishing Well,” combines the crunchy riffs of the early years with the more flowing instrumentation of the later years. It’s one of the band’s best songs, presaging a style of hard rock that would come to fruition in the late '70s and '80s.

Customer Reviews

A fitting last album for the band Free. .

I will be honest. . I did not like this album when I first heard it. I thought it to be dark and hollow-sounding. But when I took a second and third listen, I understood the reason for the meaning throughout. Apparently Paul Kossoff was dealing with some serious demons at the time of production, while original bassist Andy Fraser had left the band, leaving Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke to soldier on with other musicians.Wishing Well is a great song. Listen to the meaning behind the words in relation to Kossoff. . how sad. Easy on My Soul is emotional and haunting. I am SO sorry that I was not old enough at the time to see this band perform live. The title track sounds very early 1970's rock (organ, etc.) and may not hold up well for those who cannot appreciate great music. Do yourself a favor and give "Heartbreaker" a listen. Free had so much more to offer than the song "All Right Now," which is what they are famous for.

Easy on my soul...

Huge fan of this band who hung on every lick Kossof could muster. Sad day when he left us but give Rogers credit for soldering onward and definitely, upward. Wishing Well is one of my all-time favorite tunes. Heartbreaker, Seven Angeles are aces too but it's Easy On My Soul which gets me everytime. Listen to that one late a night. Takes you away. Very underrated band/album.

Just no better music than this

There is no better music, period. the soul, the blues, and the angst shown through early Paul Rodgers and Koss shines through, and it is hard to believe that this beautiful album has no reviews.

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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