FREE — Tons Of Sob

MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music online community, from the creators of progarchives.com

FREE - Tons Of Sob cover
4.12 | 8 ratings | 1 review
Buy this album from MMA partners

Album · 1969

Filed under Proto-Metal
By FREE

Tracklist

1. Over The Green Hills (Pt. 1) (0:49)
2. Worry (3:26)
3. Walk In My Shadow (3:29)
4. Wild Indian Woman (3:39)
5. Goin' Down Slow (8:20)
6. I'm A Mover (2:56)
7. The Hunter (4:13)
8. Moonshine (5:04)
9. Sweet Tooth (4:54)
10. Over The Green Hills (Pt. 2) (1:58)

Total Time 38:55

Line-up/Musicians

- Paul Rodgers / vocals
- Paul Kossoff / guitars
- Andy Frazer / bass
- Simon Kirke / drums

About this release

14 March 1969
Island

Reissued with the following bonus tracks:

11. I'm A Mover (BBC session) (3:04)
12. Waitin' On You (BBC session) (2:15)
13. Guy Stevens Blues (4:39)
14. Moonshine (alternative vocal) (5:09)
15. Sweet Tooth (early take with alternative vocal) (4:53)
16. Visions Of Hell (3:46)
17. Woman By The Sea (3:30)
18. Over The Green Hills (BBC session) (3:51)

Thanks to cannon for the addition and Lynx33, 666sharon666 for the updates

Buy FREE - TONS OF SOB music

Amazon (logo)
Tons Of SobsTons Of Sobs
Island 2016
$5.36
$38.11 (used)
Tons of SobsTons of Sobs
Universal 2014
$24.20
Tons of sobs by FreeTons of sobs by Free
Import
$200.00
Tons of SobsTons of Sobs
Imports 2006
$25.20 (used)
Showing 4 items | Cache expiring in 72h | Keyword-based search | Best seller rank | More results on Amazon.com
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
0 results found for "free" tons of sob
Retry your search with "free" on eBay.com website
No items found | Keyword-based search | Ordered by ending time | See results on eBay.com

More places to buy metal & FREE music

FREE TONS OF SOB reviews

Specialists/collaborators reviews

voila_la_scorie
Free's 1969 debut, "Tons of Sobs", has to be their dirtiest, hardest, sweatiest, and most aggressive record in the band's catalogue. The album comes across as a recording by a young band who studied the likes of Cream and Jeff Beck with Rod Stewart and then dropped nearly all subtlety in favour of raw energy.

After the 49 second opening track, the first part of the largely acoustic number "Over the Green Hills", a chorus of "Ahh"s fades out and heavy guitar chords backed by a hard thumping bass and a steady drum beat that could well pass for shotgun blasts comes tromping in. This is the beginning of Free's most metal song ever, "Worry". Except for the inserts of bluesy piano rolls, the song is all power, all electric and sees the band nearly totally untethered. Paul Rogers sends the needle into the red by the second chorus as he sings, "Worry / Baby, worry / There's a reason for you to". Telling her that there's a silent, deadly message in the wind, Paul's bluesy rasp gets a power overload, while Paul Kossof is going nuts on lead guitar and rhythm section Andy Fraser (bass) and Simon Kirke (drums) would be galloping if they weren't smashing holes through the studio floor.

"Walk In My Shadow" shows the Cream influence and this is a swaggering, blues number with some real good scratchy guitar chords. It's followed by "Wild Indian Woman", which has a similar feel and groove as "Walk In My Shadow" but with a slightly cleaner guitar sound. Hear Paul Rogers sing, "You don't need your horses, baby / You got me to ride." Damn!

"Goin' Down Slow" is one of those typical, slow bluesy numbers that you've probably heard a dozen times before. I'm sure I have a nearly exact version by a different title but by another band and recorded in a small bar with the sounds of people chatting and glasses tinkling. To be fair to Free, though, turn this up and it's a real monster. I guess the reason why it wasn't recorded in a small bar with people chatting and glasses tinkling is because if they had, they would have been no people chatting and glasses tinkling because everyone would have been standing stunned still by the band's full on performance.

"I'm a Mover" kicks off side two with another typical blues rocker and it's interesting to note that Iron Maiden actually covered this song as a b-side to "Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter". "The Hunter" is a cover of the classic tune by Booker T. Jones and company and sticks with the raw, high power electric blues by a band that really want to show their spit and vinegar.

Things slow down a bit with "Moonshine", which is a little hard to describe, (lyrics about staying in a graveyard all night by his tombstone) except that the brief chorus reintroduces the power of the band. "Sweet Tooth" has those scratchy guitar chords and this time adds a bit of funk to the bluesy swagger. The only thing that doesn't work so well is that Rogers' voice is in the right audio channel only for some reason. The album wraps up with the rest of "Over the Green Hills", which is where the rest of the song is.

The re-issue features several bonus tracks which includes live recordings (recorded live as a band and not before any audience as there is no cheering or clapping and also no people chatting and tinkling glasses for that matter), alternate versions of songs, and studio outtakes. Of these, "Guy Stevens Blues" (dedicated to producer Guy Stevens) is yet another example of an electrified blues band featuring a guitarist who sounds like a crazy Eric Clapton and "Visions of Hell" which is mostly a slower, depressing song but which culminates in a more guitar-aggressive finale.

Free would, over the next three albums, tame their sound and give it more smoothness and polish. But they would never again show off such rawness and raunchiness coupled with some stunning punches as they did one their debut.

Members reviews

No FREE TONS OF SOB reviews posted by members yet.

Ratings only

  • Nightfly
  • Bosh66
  • Lynx33
  • luanpedi
  • fisciletti
  • Colt
  • cannon

Write/edit review

You must be logged in to write or edit review

Tons Of Sob Contents

Member Zone

Username:
Password:
Stay signed in

Metal Subgenres

Artists Alpha-index

MMA TOP 5 Metal ALBUMS

Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
METALLICA
Buy this album from our partners
Powerslave NWoBHM
IRON MAIDEN
Buy this album from our partners
Rust in Peace Thrash Metal
MEGADETH
Buy this album from our partners
Moving Pictures Hard Rock
RUSH
Buy this album from our partners
Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II Power Metal
HELLOWEEN
Buy this album from our partners

New Metal Artists

New Metal Releases

Bloodline Metalcore
HER NAME IN BLOOD
Buy this album from MMA partners
Life Behind The Flame Sludge Metal
SEAHAG
Buy this album from MMA partners
Cheering Death Sludge Metal
ROMASA
Buy this album from MMA partners
About Time Metalcore
APOTHICA
Buy this album from MMA partners
Down The Road Metalcore
VENNACAVA
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Metal Online Videos

sacred reich - independent
SACRED REICH
Tupan· 1 day ago
More videos

New MMA Metal Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions

More...

Latest Metal News

members-submitted

More in the forums

Social Media

Follow us

Buy Metal Music Online