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Free was an English rock band formed in London in 1968 best known for their 1970 signature song All Right Now. They disbanded in 1973 and lead singer Paul Rodgers went on to become a frontman of the band Bad Company along with Simon Kirke on drums. Lead guitarist Paul Kossoff formed Back Street Crawler and died from a drug-induced heart failure at the age of 25 in 1976. Bassist Andy Fraser formed Sharks. The band was famed for its sensational live shows and nonstop touring. However, early studio albums did not sell very well – until the release of Fire and Water which featured the massive hit All Right Now. The song helped secure them a place at the huge Isle of Wight Festival 1970 where they played to 600,000 people. By the early 1970s, Free was one of the biggest-selling British blues-rock groups; by the time the band read more...
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FREE Tons Of Sob album cover 4.12 | 8 ratings
Tons Of Sob
Proto-Metal 1969
FREE Free album cover 4.03 | 7 ratings
Free
Proto-Metal 1969
FREE Fire And Water album cover 4.19 | 9 ratings
Fire And Water
Hard Rock 1970
FREE Highway album cover 3.70 | 5 ratings
Highway
Non-Metal 1970
FREE Free At Last album cover 3.40 | 5 ratings
Free At Last
Proto-Metal 1972
FREE Heartbreaker album cover 3.92 | 6 ratings
Heartbreaker
Proto-Metal 1973

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FREE live albums

FREE Free Live! album cover 3.38 | 4 ratings
Free Live!
Proto-Metal 1971
FREE Live At The BBC album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Live At The BBC
Proto-Metal 2006

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FREE The Free Story album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
The Free Story
Proto-Metal 1973
FREE Best Of Free album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Best Of Free
Proto-Metal 1974
FREE Pop Chronik 19 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pop Chronik 19
Proto-Metal 1975
FREE Free & Easy, Rough And Ready album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Free & Easy, Rough And Ready
Proto-Metal 1976
FREE Completely Free album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Completely Free
Proto-Metal 1982
FREE All Right Now: The Best Of Free album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
All Right Now: The Best Of Free
Proto-Metal 1991
FREE Molten Gold: The Anthology album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Molten Gold: The Anthology
Proto-Metal 1993
FREE All Right Now album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
All Right Now
Proto-Metal 1999
FREE Walk In My Shadow: An Introduction To Free album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Walk In My Shadow: An Introduction To Free
Proto-Metal 1999
FREE Songs Of Yesterday album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Songs Of Yesterday
Proto-Metal 2000
FREE Classic Free album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Classic Free
Proto-Metal 2001
FREE The Best Of Free album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of Free
Proto-Metal 2002
FREE Chronicles album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chronicles
Proto-Metal 2005
FREE Colour Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Colour Collection
Proto-Metal 2006
FREE Rock Legends album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rock Legends
Proto-Metal 2007
FREE The Very Best Of Free & Bad Company Featuring Paul Rodgers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Very Best Of Free & Bad Company Featuring Paul Rodgers
Proto-Metal 2010

FREE singles (17)

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I'll Be Creeping
Hard Rock 1969
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Broad Daylight
Hard Rock 1969
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Walk In My Shadow
Proto-Metal 1969
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2.00 | 1 ratings
All Right Now
Hard Rock 1970
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2.00 | 1 ratings
The Stealer
Hard Rock 1970
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Fire And Water
Hard Rock 1970
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Ride On Pony
Proto-Metal 1971
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2.00 | 1 ratings
My Brother Jake
Hard Rock 1971
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2.00 | 1 ratings
A Little Bit Of Love
Proto-Metal 1972
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Wishing Well
Hard Rock 1972
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2.00 | 1 ratings
All Right Now / The Stealer
Hard Rock 1972
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Travellin' In Style
Non-Metal 1973
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2.00 | 1 ratings
The Hunter
Non-Metal 1976
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2.00 | 1 ratings
All Right Now / My Brother Jake
Hard Rock 1978
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Wishing Well (Remix)
Hard Rock 1985
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2.00 | 1 ratings
All Right Now / Wishing Well
Hard Rock 1985
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2.00 | 1 ratings
All Right Now / I'm A Mover
Hard Rock 1991

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The Best Of Free
Proto-Metal 1991
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Rock Review: A Critical Retrospective
Proto-Metal 2005
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Forever
Proto-Metal 2006

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FREE Tons Of Sob

Album · 1969 · Proto-Metal
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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.

FREE Free

Album · 1969 · Proto-Metal
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On their self-titled album Free craft a hard-edged style of blues rock with their own original style - no uncredited borrowings from classic bluesmen from these guys - which manages to walk a careful tightrope that deftly avoids the sort of lapses into over-technical navel gazing that some corners of the British blues-rock boom had found themselves prone to. For the most part the material is heavy and electric-driven, though album closer Mourning Sad Morning has an acoustic folk styling to it which makes it well-placed as the album closer. A bit more intimate and less flashy and boisterous than much similar work from the period, Free is one to mull over and think on.

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