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Free

Famed for their perennial "All Right Now," Free helped lay the foundations for the rise of hard rock, stripping the earthy sound of British blues down to its raw, minimalist core to pioneer a brand of proto-metal later popularized by 1970s superstars like Foreigner, Foghat and Bad Company. Free formed in London in 1968 when guitarist Paul Kossoff, then a member of the blues unit Black Cat Bones, was taken to see vocalist Paul Rodgers' group Brown Sugar by a friend, drummer Tom Mautner. After deciding to form their own band, Kossoff and Rodgers recruited drummer Simon Kirke (since Mautner was at university) and 16-year-old bass phenom Andy Fraser from the ranks of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers; with the aid of Alexis Korner, who also suggested the name Free, the fledgling band signed to the Island label, issuing their bluesy debut Tons of Sobs in 1968.

Free's eponymous 1969 follow-up expanded on their roots-based sound, incorporating rockers like Albert King's "The Hunter" as well as muscular ballads like "Lying in the Sunshine" into the mix. Although both of the first two albums fared poorly on the charts, 1970's Fire and Water became a tremendous hit on the strength of the primal "All Right Now," a Top Five smash powered by Rodgers' gritty, visceral vocals. After headlining 1970's Isle of Wight festival, the group appeared destined for superstardom, but the LP Highway did not fare nearly as well as anticipated, and after a grueling tour which yielded 1971's Free Live, the band dissolved amidst ego clashes and recriminations.

While Rodgers went on to form Peace and Fraser founded Toby, Kossoff and Kirke teamed with bassist Tetsu Yamauchi and keyboardist John "Rabbit" Bundrick to record the album Kossoff, Kirke, Tetsu and Rabbit. When none of these new projects proved successful, the original lineup of Free re-formed to record 1972's Free at Last, which launched the hit "Little Bit of Love." However, drug problems nagged the group, as Kossoff's longtime battle with heroin continued to worsen; soon Fraser exited to form Sharks with Chris Spedding, leaving Rodgers and Kirke to record the majority of 1973's Heartbreaker while a drug-addled Kossoff watched from the sidelines. Soon, the group disbanded again, this time for good: while Rodgers and Kirke went on to found Bad Company, Kossoff formed Back Street Crawler before dying of a drug-induced heart attack on March 19, 1976. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Nice, easy on my ears
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Fire And Water
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Nice huh
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i have lost my acct with pandora i pay every month had my personal music picked out ie; sometimes when it rains
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Haven't heard these guys in a long time not even on the radio
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RIP Andy Fraser
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This song was the 70s
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g.keithcolli n s
cool music
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Love this music
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The hits just scratch the surface. Deep cuts, esp the early albums, have it all.
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Great and beautiful memories forever sketch in my mind! Thank You!
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I love slow jam Pandora u got it going on
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waltersim
Still love this song after so many years.
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This one always gets cranked all the way up.
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LOVE THIS SONG
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I grew up in the sixties we stayed stoned .
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If u listen, then u know free. Was a start of something big!!!! Like the 70's
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Bad a**!!!
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Short lived ???!!!
They Rocked!!!
Allll Right !!!
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rlsirs
No one like them, too bad they were short lived. No one played like Kossoff, and never will
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very peaceful!
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Good staiption
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Collaboratio n of u.k. blues best , a fan since 1970
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do not like this artists
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All Right Now by Free ....awesome
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I like taylor swift
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how do you shut up a raidio
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stop
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Reggae
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javed_naser
building blocks !
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. Funny
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jaimealdaco1 1
goooood
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happy new year to everyone
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love this station
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Saw Rodgers solo, back in 2000. Amazing!
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Thank you free for giving us bad company
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When music was music. & could play & say what u felt.
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There are very few voices that move me as much as Rodgers does, ever since I heard him in Free. One of the few greatest voices left in rock today. In my opinion, they don't make them like him as much these days! Amazing!
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paul rodgers vocals super bluesy and great guitar riff
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go card
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katie.wonder l i n g
David Dehner using Kates Pandora, I am an OG and in !970 I heard this song at a high school homecoming, I was 12, Im 57 now abd turn this song up every time, The music of this GENERATION was amazingly Rock and Roll, No whining about the drama of todays world, We let this Rock thing slip, lose it;s hip, or as our age now does it get one replaced.
Let/s right the Pirate ship of incredible rock and move forward, this over complicated noise has no heart and the SOUL of it has passed on
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bevbevan
I bought this album for 25 cents from a cutout bin at a local record store in Redondo Beach, CA in 1969. What a find!!! And, a bargain too. The Hunter is an Albert King song from his album Born Under A Bad Sign (a song covered by Cream in 1968 much like The Hunter by Free). I think Paul Kosoff was a much under rated and under appreciated guitarist. Such a waste for such a talented musician who chose the wrong recreational drugs.
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Show me the lyrics,, ��
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davish97
love it
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This song was on Supernatural
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Play All about the bass! : )
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Love Boston
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Love this song...all right now
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Same lead singer as Bad Co. Dirk Derr!
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