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What a beautiful album this is with such drive, craft and creativity. It is beyond belief that four guys in their teens could write something as mature and imaginative as this. Paul Rodgers is at his soulful best here and Andy Fraser's bass playing is beginning to blossom . Paul Kossoff's use of tone and vibrato is sublime and Simon Kirke is there as always holding it all together. It's like a breath of fresh air...but the best is yet to come
Musica che scalda, grazie alla voce soul di Rodgers, senza dubbio una delle più caratteristiche della scena inglese rock del periodo, punto di forza dell’ ensemble musicale del gruppo. A fare da contraltare la chitarra di Kossof, per certi versi unica, con le sue note trascinate e una distorsione graffiante, che sprizza blues da ogni fraseggio. Il tutto accompagnato da una batteria dinamica e da un bassista costantemente presente, che si innalza dal ruolo cui ingiustamente viene spesso relegato lo strumento fino a dialogare con la chitarra.
I remember listening to this album for the first time on a borrowed friend's tape. It was one of those C90 cassettes, with Free on one side and their Live album on the other. I was mesmerized and played that tape endlessly until unfortunately my (cheap then) tape recorder decided to chew on the tape. Then I was heartbroken and broke (I had to buy back and replace my friend's tape, the honourable thing to do, but in back in the '80s communist Romania this was an expensive, almost impossible task). Needless to say, I bought the CDs in the mid '90s but their compressed "re-engineered" sound was pretty dismal especially on old recordings like these so my hunger for Free remained.
This reissue LP neatly erases all those bad memories and restored the glorious sound I remember (or think I remember) from that old tape. In absolute terms, the dynamics and detail of this release are not perfect but overall better than average and do justice to the original material.