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Sometimes compilations don't do justice to bands and so it is with Free. All five albums in this set are must-haves in their own right, full of great cuts that never make it on to Greatest Hits. Incredible value.
Wonderful collection of albums from Free,a much underrated band from the late 60s to early 70s. The band featured the incomparable Paul Rodgers who continues to perform to this day. Highly recommended.
These '5 classic albums' collections are sometimes superb. This example being a case in point. Starting with their eponymous second album ('69) - which has one of the grooviest covers ever - and also including Fire & Water ('70), Highway ('70), At Last ('72), and Heartbreaker ('73), this set covers the glory years and the essentials. Not included are their debut, Tons of Sobs, or their Live album from '71.
I've always loved the few hit tunes I knew - Alright Now (despite its use in ads!*), Wishing Well, etc - but it turns out that the bulk if their catalogue is, by and large, really great. I was pleasantly surprised by how mellow they remain. I was expecting more upbeat bombastic power rock, to be honest. And I love that they're a less is more act. It's also quite surprising to realise that they're British, so steeped are they in bluesy, American sounds. The music is stripped down, soulful, and has a very positive vibe. And all involved are top drawer musicians. Lean, with buckets of feel, this is superb stuff. Highly recommended.
* And despite using it in my drum teaching for years now!
Five great albums by the best British blues rock band ever. Big part of my life the last 40 odd years. Rodgers and Koss the greatest singer/guitarist partnership ever. Heartbreaker was the first album I bought in 1973 and still my favourite.At this price you can't go wrong. I saw Rodgers at the RAH recently doing all Free songs including Catch a train & Love you so. Great but you cannot beat the original band playing these.
If you want more than a best of, this is a great package at a very good price, let down only by the relatively weak Free at Last album. As other reviewers have said there is little information on the sleeves and there are no bonus tracks and no mention of remastering. However there are no complaints about the sound with a crisp bass, and keyboards coming through cleanly where I could not remember them, but that me my old ears. I may get their first Tons of Sobs album later, but for now this package, two remastered collections and Free Live (in the bonus track version) keeps their spirit alive in this house. Shame there isn't more good live material available out there.