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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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The hits just scratch the surface. Deep cuts, esp the early albums, have it all.
Great and beautiful memories forever sketch in my mind! Thank You!
I love slow jam Pandora u got it going on
waltersim
Still love this song after so many years.
This one always gets cranked all the way up.
LOVE THIS SONG
I grew up in the sixties we stayed stoned .
If u listen, then u know free. Was a start of something big!!!! Like the 70's
Bad a**!!!
Short lived ???!!!
They Rocked!!!
Allll Right !!!
rlsirs
No one like them, too bad they were short lived. No one played like Kossoff, and never will
very peaceful!
Good staiption
Collaboratio n of u.k. blues best , a fan since 1970
do not like this artists
All Right Now by Free ....awesome
I like taylor swift
how do you shut up a raidio
stop
Reggae
javed_naser
building blocks !
. Funny
jaimealdaco1 1
goooood
happy new year to everyone
love this station
Saw Rodgers solo, back in 2000. Amazing!
Thank you free for giving us bad company
When music was music. & could play & say what u felt.
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!
paul rodgers vocals super bluesy and great guitar riff
go card
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
pattyg33
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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.
Show me the lyrics,, ��
davish97
love it
This song was on Supernatural
Play All about the bass! : )
Love Boston
Love this song...all right now
Same lead singer as Bad Co. Dirk Derr!
Free did not have a good manger
this is hot hot hot !
is the same group planing ? if so why did this never git air play ? they do not sound like bad comp. zz top led zeppein , cream or grand funk
I love this music
Awesome song that stands the test of time 45 years later.
Paul Rogers is one of the great vocalists of all time. All Right Now!!
jajamesatkin s o n
Sultans of Swing describing the young boys fooling around in the corner... true today about Music! James .
markdaume
Was FREE really a one-hit-wond e r ? Like that other band that Paul Rogers tried to create in the 80's? The lead singer in the song If you needed somebody was a great vocalist compared to P.W.
markdaume
The Eagles were my first favorite band ever since I was a kid. I'm so glad that Don Felder is the King (writer) of Hotel California. If it had been written by one of the egos, I'm sure I would be boycotting them more than I already am. They only went on the Hell Freezes Over tour for the money. I not OK with that. I regret going to the concert in San Diego, a.k.a. paradise. Frey and Henley can disappear for all I care.
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