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Have this on vinyl from its first release back in the late sixties, so my copy is a little bit crackly, and as I have bought the other Free albums on cd, figured to complete the collection. I loved these albums back when and for me now it’s nostalgic to stick one on and blast it out for a bit. Heavily blues based first album (it was the 60’s ok, and many English musicians were seriously into the blues) that may be a little dated, but still a great listen and glad to have a digital copy.
free was a great blues rockin band and there's lots of great songs on here. Andy fraser (bass) recently died from hiv but his legacy and the great guitarists paul kossof lives on among fans of blues rock. This remaster features bonus tracks and sadly it's gone out of print again. As time moves on , we lose more great music from all it's eras. The sound is better on this remaster than on the previous version as well. I may be one of the last to collect cds and if they don't get the price down , even I may go away from it. Anyways this is a fine cd.
Took a punt on the vinyl for 20 quid, had the cd for years mind also know the album well before cd, think it was a cassette I had in the 70's of this album. Been a favourite of mine for a long time and this re-issue did not disappoint, Island have done a stellar job of the complete package including the audio on the 180 grm pressing. Quality gate-leg sleeve and lined inner for the record is always a nice touch as is the download card. Missed out on the last re-issue of this particular album, so dived in to secure a copy and I am delighted to have it.
Very much along the lines of ‘Traffic’ or ‘Cream’, or similar bands with their blues-rock, in fact some of it is a bit reminiscent of ‘Born Under a Bad Sign’. That said there is some very fine guitar playing from Paul Kossoff with a standout bass line from Andy Fraser, backed by the drumming of Simon Kirke and topped by the vocals of Paul Rodgers. If you like blues-rock you will enjoy this, especially as it is available at very reasonable prices! Playing time just over 39 mins.
This is an impressive debut from what would become a truly great band. The quartet of Paul Kossoff (guitar), Paul Rodgers (vocals), Simon Kirke (drums) and Andy Fraser (bass) would go on to record some absolute classic British rock, and this is where they started.
With material written mostly by the band themselves, this is an impressive start. Most of the material is quite strong, and the performances exceptional. Fraser was an inventive bass player, who, along with Kirke provided a great rhythm section, with powerful and complex lines. Kossoff was a classic rock guitar hero, knowing just when to be restrained and when to break loose. And Paul Rodgers voice - he has to be the greatest blues singer that this country has ever produced.
Musically this album is how they would continue. Blues drenched rock. There are highs (Worry, Walk In my Shadow, I'm a Mover) and a few lows (The opener and closing `Over The Green Hills' don't really do it for me. Compared to their later work it's a tad uneven, but there is much here to enjoy and it's an album well worth getting.
This is one of the 2001 Island remaster releases of all Free's albums. The sound has been restored beautifully. It's nowhere near as murky as my old copy, and allows the contribution of each band member to be heard in perfect clarity. There is a set bonus material - alternate takes, BBC sessions and a couple of jams. These are interesting, but probably more of interest to the completist. There is an interesting essay about the band, which really adds to the set. As an added bonus, if you collect all the discs in the set the spines form a picture.
One of my favourite groups of the sixties and seventies who wrote and performed great songs. Vocalist Paul Rodgers has one of the best voices that the UK has produced. What more can I say than buy it and try it.
Tons Of Sobs is just such a gorgeous album, the music is basic but so emotionally charged and so full of feeling it doesn't matter its just intense and so excellently played Paul Kossof plays well but sparsley leaving lots of space for the other instruments but everything he plays matters, he plays solo's that really hit you in the chest, and jangles spaciously with the rythms section lightly dusting it with guitar picking here and there while Paul rodgers howls, Croons, wails, and moans and sings over the top, The basic but powerful drumming really propels each song well and Andy Frasers bass works sets the base work and foundations of an elaborately sparse but powerful emotional freight train of a band and album.
the cover of the album is a bit strange featuring alot of blue and a rabbit but its interesting to look at.
the best songs for me are the Cover of THE hunter and I'm a mover and possibly walk in my shadow
The first album I ever bought and still a firm favourite - Free exploded onto the stage and helped fuel the enthusiasm of many for the blues boom at the time and since! Time has not dimmed their genius and the spirit still lives on through current artists like Joe Bonamassa. "Walk in my shadow" and "The hunter" can still make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck after all these years - if you're a blues-rock fan and don't have this in your collection - get it soon!