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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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I was astonished to find out how young these guys were when Free was an active band.
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Pre Bad Company
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Alright Now never knew who sung somg now i do
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Nice
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kim5 this song brings back Freddie

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i will love this song thru all times
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good workout music
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They remind me of the group "Humble Pie"
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I aways love some good Smokey Robinson
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This was my jam back in the day! 6 grade and dancing my a** off with my classmates!
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Heard this groups music never heard of them
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Since i was a kid i was f**k'n hillarious as this is the music my parents were into when they were kids iike. Wow!!!!!!!
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Ayyyyeeee throw that azz in a triangle

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"FREE" yea right! Not anymore
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Baby its alright now great tune love that guitar
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I love the gospel
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hsking52
Kenny g
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it suck
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the best song
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I like country music alot
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cbrealtist23 k b l b
My Companion
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sandymcleod1 7
AWESOME BAND
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i don't know how to post anything from pandora, sorry
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fantastic
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Help I do no know what to say
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Love it
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We used to roller skate to this. The 70's rock was the best to me and still is. Great memories.
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Gone, but not forgotten. RIP Andy Fraser
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I had forgotten about this group and now I remember. Trafficking too
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Mr. Big great free tune love it
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riceman1117
You have changed how we get started on Pandora! We used to be able to chose an artist and a selection of like artist would come up one by one.
Now we have to chose pop etc. We like George Winston! How can we get that type of music now?
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Love it
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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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