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  • Audio CD (15 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B00004SRKB
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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10. Long Tall SallyFree 1:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
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15. I'll Be Creepin'Free 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Sugar For Mr MorrisonFree 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Songs Of YesterdayFree 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. WomanFree 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
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20. Fire And WaterFree 4:12£0.99  Buy MP3 


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  9. Ride On A PonyFree 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Love You SoFree 4:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Soon I Will Be GoneFree 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. My Brother JakeFree 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Makin' Love (Only My Soul)Free 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  2. Soldier BoyFree 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Sail OnFree 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Guardian Of The UniversePaul Rodgers 7:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  6. Honky Tonk WomenFree 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. LadyFree 4:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Muddy Water (Home Demo Version)John "Rabbit" Bundrick 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Heartbreaker (Live At Portsmouth Guildhall / 1972)Free 5:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
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12. Let Me Show You (Original B Side)Free 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  3. Fire And WaterFree 4:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. The StealerFree 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Don't Say You Love MeFree 5:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Mr BigFree 6:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. I'll Be Creepin'Free 4:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Free MeFree 6:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. WomanFree 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. I'm A MoverFree 3:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Walk In My ShadowFree 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Songs Of YesterdayFree 5:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. All Right NowFree 7:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. CrossroadsFree 6:36£0.99  Buy MP3 


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  2. Zero BCPeace 4:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  5. Follow MeSharks 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Fool's LifeJohn "Rabbit" Bundrick and Paul Kossoff and Simon Kirke and Tetsu Yamauchi 4:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. I'm On The RunJohn "Rabbit" Bundrick and Paul Kossoff and Simon Kirke and Tetsu Yamauchi 4:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Sammy's AlrightJohn "Rabbit" Bundrick and Paul Kossoff and Simon Kirke and Tetsu Yamauchi 4:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Hold OnJohn "Rabbit" Bundrick and Paul Kossoff and Simon Kirke and Tetsu Yamauchi 5:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Tuesday WilliamsburgJohn "Rabbit" Bundrick 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Unseen LoveJohn "Rabbit" Bundrick 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Time Spent (Time Away)John Martyn and Paul Kossoff18:18Album Only

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5CD box set. 80 tracks incl alternate mixes, alternate versions, unreleased material, live recordings & rarities

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Back in the late 1960s, Free was just one of hundreds of blues-based bands that grew up under the shadow of the Rolling Stones and, later, Cream. Like Fleetwood Mac, Free came together with a little help from those twin founders of the British blues boom--John Mayall and Alexis Korner--and like Led Zeppelin, they hit lucky--and big--early on.

A chance meeting between singer Paul Rodgers and guitarist Paul Kossoff prompted the formation of Free; and early in 1970, barely a year after the release of their debut album, Free went straight to No.2 with the unforgettable "All Right Now". It may have been derivative (listen to the Stones' "Honky Tonk Women"), but the song has remained a rock & roll staple ever since--it is estimated that, even now, "All Right Now" is played somewhere in the world every 45 seconds.

Over the years, while Led Zeppelin attained mythic stature, Free have continued to be regarded as a second division blues band. But the history of Free was more troubled--starting in 1976 with Kossoff's premature death, from a heart attack, following his split from the band. And, of course, everything Free did subsequently was overshadowed by "All Right Now".

Songs Of Yesterday proves the point that there was always much more to Free than just one freak hit. Crammed full of previously unreleased studio tracks, mouth-watering demos, out-takes and other rarities, Songs Of Yesterday does the business and does it thoroughly. Among the gems are the first attempt at "All Right Now"; a loose-limbed alternate take of "Makin' Love"; and previously unavailable versions of familiar titles like "My Brother Jake", "Little Bit Of Love" and "Wishing Well". There is also an entire disc of hitherto unavailable live material from 1970, full of concert atmosphere. And, don't forget, Free also had a softer side, as "Love You So" and "Soon I Will Be Gone" demonstrate.

It is a triumphant achievement: a box set that actually makes you appreciate a band afresh. Free may never have attained the greatness of either the Stones or Led Zeppelin, but they had great potential, and Songs Of Yesterday displays it to the full. --Patrick Humphries

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mr Fussy Pants on 5 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
What can I say that other reviewers haven't already said? This package has been very sexily put together, from the glossy box to the restored recordings themselves, which sound like they were recorded last week! There's also a comprehensive history of the band in a full colour booklet. I'd like to thank Island for the time and, ultimately, money they spent on this project. I can't imagine it having made them much profit as Free's "fans" must be dwindling in number by now! This package is without doubt the best in my collection. I'm a lifelong Beatles fan, but I enjoyed the Free stuff much more than I did the Beatles' Anthology. If you're a Free fan, stop dithering and buy it now! I'm sure it'll be out of print soon.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 July 2000
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For lovers of Free, this is as good as it gets! I still have a copy of each one of their albums on vinyl as well as the entire collection on CD, from the Island Masters. But, this collection of music is for those of us who aren't necessarily interested in the "commercial" appeal of this band. These CD's give us the full spectrum of Free music, regardless of whether or not it will sell on radio, and it is long overdue! Thank you, and again thank you for all of your diligent efforts in making available to us this wonderful tribute to one of the most overlooked bands of Blues/Rock that ever existed. As Phil Sutcliffe writes in the last paragraph, on page 51 of his excellent summary, "Forget the Stones, forget the Beatles,...etc. The Greatest Band That Ever Lived was Free."
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By jdp1962 on 15 Sept. 2005
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Despite being only six years old when they formed, I was always aware of Free, and can recall being regarded as a bit of a freak at primary school, because I liked their singles when all my class-mates preferred the Osmonds. I suppose it's fitting in a way that the world's first boy-band should have had so young a fan, even though I could not appreciate why I liked them so much.
But it was really my brother who was into them, and so I heard a lot more of them than just the singles. He would buy the albums as each one came out, and play them incessantly. He would also bang on interminably to anyone who cared to listen (and to those who did not) about the extraordinary talent of the band (guess what, he still does!). Meanwhile, the songs registered somewhere in my sub-conscious.
I'm now in my forties, and have found myself more and more drawn back to the music that shaped my formative years. I can now listen to Free and truly understand how great they were. My brother has been threatening to lend me this collection for weeks, & finally, the other week, I got my hands on it. I haven't been able to stop listening to it, nor have I wanted to listen to anything else.
By the time I'd finished reading Phil Sutcliffe's narrative, I was in tears. There has never been a musical force as potent, yet ultimately so unfulfilled, as theirs, and the tragedy is not just the loss of Kossoff, a fragile, emotional child inside a man's body, but the loss of what Free could have achieved together if they had been able themselves to understand how good they were.
To anyone whose knowledge of the band is limited to "All Right Now", please listen to "Songs of Yesterday". If you do, you may just discover that this song, great though it is, is not even close to being their best work.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. K. Pomroy on 8 Jun. 2006
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I am a huge fan of Free (despite being just five years old when they split in '73) so it goes without saying that this treasure trove is utterly essential for me and I have owned a copy since it came out way back when. The reason for writing these comments now is that I have recently been pondering on the boxed sets that I own and came to the conclusion that, for many reasons, this is a very special one indeed. This is NOT a simple case of bias on my part either. I wouldn't say that this set is for everybody. For the more casual or curious fan I would recommend 2005's superb "Chronicles¨ CD as a pretty definitive collection of the band's best work . The reason being is that Songs of Yesterday is made up entirely of alternative takes/mixes of existing material plus rare or unreleased tracks - no, you will NOT find either of the two most famous versions of All Right Now on here. What you get is the band's FIRST attempt at the song! As with most of these "Anthology" type albums, some of the songs are fantastic, while others should have probably remained on the cutting room floor! But overall the standard is very high and the alternative versions of the songs you know compare very favourably to the original releases.

What stands out for me about this collection is the sheer effort, thought and love that has gone into it. The attention to detail is phenomenal. For example:
- Information on each and every track.
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