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Looking over this 11-song retrospective of Free’s short-lived career, it’s easy to identify the band’s roots. For all their beef, songs like “I’m a Mover” and “Walk in My Shadow” are essentially British blues tunes—but we should all be thankful that Free quickly moved beyond the influences of John Mayall and Alexis Korner. Free took the electrical current of Jimi Hendrix and the howling urgency of The Small Faces and made something that was entirely its own. Free's members came of age in the '60s, but “All Right Now” marks the start of hard rock in the '70s. It’s one of those elemental rock songs that will never die, but its power and simplicity come from something that can't be easily duplicated. Paul Rodgers was a magnificent frontman with a once-in-a-lifetime voice, but a less-appreciated and far more crucial element is Free’s sense of timing. More specifically, its sense of patience. At a time when every new rock group was trying to out-wail, out-note, and out-freak one another, the slow, unadorned grooves of “Fire and Water,” “Heavy Load," and “I’ll Be Creepin’” spoke louder than anyone else.

Customer Reviews

Don't Think, Feel...

This, as the other album review says, has nothing to do with comparisons, let alone to Led Zepplin. This is FREE. Great singing, great drums, great bass and Paul Kossoff. Kossoff left-hand vibrato is the stuff of legend. Clapton sought him out to find the secret. In a time of manufactured music, manufactured fame and little talent....this is a great place to start to find your way to some of the best music. Was good, Still is.

Unforgettable Rock and Roll

This cd is as good as they come. It unsettles me that the top six downloads of Free are "All Right Now''. I love that song, but there so much good music on this album that is easily as good. For me, it's all about "I'm a Mover'' and "Wishing Well". The opener is a simple, almost Hendrix-like blues tune where Paul is beggining to find his bad a*s voice. "Wishing Well" has a riff that rivals "All Right Now" and it's epic lyrics are beautiful. Worth the buy just for the end of the song where they jam to that riff like no one else could. "Fire and Water" is also awesome, and the rest of the album is top-rate blues rock. This laid the foundations for all the epic 70's bands that similarly rocked the world.

Brant

if you really like free there is another guy named brant bjork that sounds exactly like free. they are both really good.

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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