As several of the previous reviews have stated 'Free' is a perfect soundtrack to a lazy summer day. This album takes me way back to my early teens, lots of happy memories.
The album is very well named, the music contained within is open and spacious, it finds the band feeling free to breathe, finding the confidence within themselves as a unit to take a step away from the blues rock blueprint of their debut 'Tons of sobs' to explore deeper more mature musical territory without loosing their identity.
Tender heartfelt blues songs sit well beside taut rockers and theres not one second of filler anywhere on the album.
The CD artwork due to its size doesn't have the same impact as the original vinyl gatefold sleeve but the remastered music more than makes up for this, plus theres ten extra tracks, early singles, rare 'b sides' and alternate takes from the Free album sessions added on after the main course and a very a good essay on the album within the CD booklet.
One last treat for me was seeing the old original pink Island Records label with the white I used as the CD lable detail.
This is my personal favourite Free album. It has stood the test of time very well and still sounds fresh today. I reccomend it fully to any fan of good contemporary rock music. I have to add that I feel Island/Universal records should be given a hearty round of applause for the excellent job they have done on their remasters series.