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The Free Story [CD]

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  • Audio CD (16 Sep 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000006YTK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,667 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. I'll Be Creepin' (Original Version)Free 3:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mourning Sad MorningFree 5:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. All Right Now (Single Version)Free 4:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Heavy LoadFree 5:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Fire And WaterFree 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. The Stealer (Album Version)Free 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Soon I Will Be GoneFree 2:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mr. BigFree 5:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Hunter (Live At The Locarno, Sunderland / 1970)Free 5:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Get Where I Belong (Album Version)Free 4:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Travelling ManFree 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Just For The BoxSimon Kirke 3:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. LadyFree 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. My Brother JakeFree 2:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Little Bit Of LoveFree 2:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Sail OnFree 3:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Come Together In The MorningFree 4:390.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Respected as one of the finest blues rock bands of their time, The Free Story reminds us that there is much more to them than standard classics like "Alright Now". This compilation, spanning all six of their albums, opens in true form with the swaggering groove of "I'm A Mover" taken from Tons Of Sobs. Singer Paul Rodgers' soulful wailing and the band's inventive playing brings the blues to life with their own brand of traditional folk and sultry rock. The parade ends with a single track from their final album, Heartbreaker. By this time, founder guitarist Paul Kossoff had left the group, to be replaced by Rodgers on guitar; this accounts for the complimentary song writing on "Come Together In The Morning". Often shadowed by the legendary supergroups of the early 1970s, Free hold a quiet authority as the masters of understatement and pure musical passion. --David Trueman.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Free Compilation 9 May 2007
By eadgbe
Format:Audio CD
This was the first, and in my humble opinion best, Free compilation, originally put out in '73 (at the same time as a reissued Alright Now single) as a sort of confirmation that they'd finally split. The only difference in the track listing from the original, limited edition, release is the unfortunate deletion of the final track, a live version of Heartbreaker recorded from the mixing desk at Portsmouth Guildhall on their last UK tour. Presumably it was deleted due to space constraints (the original was a double LP), which is a shame 'cause although it was a pretty rough, unbalanced mix (with Rabbit's keyboards the worst culprit), it's got a hell a lot of energy and Kossoff really lets rip.

Anyway, apologies for reviewing a track which isn't actually on the LP (although it is on the Songs of Yesterday box set)and back onto the album itself: It's basically a good, balanced, chronological "best of" featuring all six studio LPs plus the live album. It adds a bit of spice by including tracks from the band member's solo projects during the first split, ie "Lady" from Rodger's Peace and "Just for The Box" from Kossoff & Kirk's KKT&R. The one band member not featured in this section is Fraser, although one of the mid-seventies German imports did feature "Travellin' Man" by Toby in place of the Free "original", so maybe the Toby version was originally intended to be included (it would certainly fit in with the other non-Free tracks included).

My only complaints regarding track selection (apart from the omission of Heartbreaker)is the strange absence of Wishing Well, one of my favourites, and the inclusion of "Get Where I Belong", which I always thought was a bit of a lightweight.

Apart from that, it's a brilliant summary of the work of my all-time favourite band. Buy this, then buy all the other albums, then buy anything else with Kossoff in it. Well, that's basically what I've done over the years!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 17 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
After seeing Paul Rodgers perform All Right Now on channel 4's UK music hall of fame final with Queen members Roger Taylor and Brian May it reminded me of what a fantastic song it is. But Free are much more than just one song and this album provides the best of Free's work (Fire and Water, Mr Big and The Hunter to name a few). The album sums up the essence of Free from the "solid" Simon Kirke on drums to the awesome voice of Paul Rodgers, which got him noticed by Kossoff and Kirke when singing at The Fickle Pickle. All in all this is a must for anyone just discovering Free or current fans alike, it is one of the bands best albums along with their Live album. Definitely worth buying!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy 28 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is an essential purchase for anyone interested in discovering this band and for pretty much anyone else for that matter. It contains most of the bands best material with one or two notable omissions and it is a bargain as well in that it was a double album when originally released on vinyl. Free were always more that just another rock band and tried to embrace many influences rather like Led Zeppelin. However, whereas Zeppelin often failed when they sought to diversify from the rock/blues base ( Dyer Maker anyone? ) Free usually succeeded. This was in large part due to the fantastic voice and stylish lyrics of Paul Rodgers who could do much more than just scream like Robert Plant and avoided the latter's banality. ( Plant did redeem himself somewhat however on his briliant Fate Of Nations album). In addition Free had Paul Kossoff who was a true original in the rock guitar field. Another feature of the band was Andy Fraser's bass which was quite often used as a lead instrument and was very innovative for the time. Simon Kirke's steady pounding took the role that the bass took in other bands thus allowing Fraser to stretch out. Listen to the guitar/bass interplay on Mr Big to see what I mean - absolutely outstanding rock music which proves conclusively that rock music need not be mindless 4/4 with flash solos ( see Deep Purple etc ) and can almost be regarded as an artform when done at its best. Sadly the lifespan of Free was too short. Rodgers and Kirke did re-emerge as Bad Company who were a pale imitation of this wonderful band but did have their moments as well.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never far from my stereo... 26 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
Spare, stripped down, passsionate rock and blues - that for me sums up Free's music. Not a spare note or a note out of place. I can't remember waiting for the postman with such anticipation as when I bought this CD from Amazon - and this despite the fact that I already have the album on vinyl. There has beeen no band to compare with Free since 1968 when Alexis Korner gave them their name. Paul Kossoff is the guy who Eric Clapton wanted to have him teach him some techniques, and this in the days when people went around with "Clapton is God" badges. Say no more. I like the review that compares them with Led Zeppelin, compared to Free, Led Zeppelin were definitely a triumph of marketing over talent. Free were just the opposite. Buy this album! Now. Then buy Free Live! Then all the rest of their stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Basic Rock. 20 Aug 2008
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There is little to say about this album which hasn't already been said by my fellows here, other than to say that having to select tracks for a 'Best Of Free' album must have been the most difficult job in the world; it'd have been easier just to release a box set of their whole back catalogue!
Herewith, a taster, you will need more...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Doesn't have Wishing Well on the album, a bit disappointing.
Published 1 day ago by acrose
5.0 out of 5 stars Tune in. Turn on. Apologise to the neighbours!
'My Brother Jake' said 'All Right Now' because he thinks he's 'Mr Big'. If he just showed a 'Little Bit of Love' he could stop being 'The Stealer' and become 'The Hunter' (Live at... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great compilation
Published 6 days ago by Mr. C. R. McLaren
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic tracks
Had this on vinyl years ago had to get this just for the good memories it brought back free were one of the best bands of that era and the tracks are timeless brilliant album
Published 29 days ago by anthony
1.0 out of 5 stars Dismal
Most reviews here are of the album and not this DVD. It mainly comprises interviews with music critics interspersed with a few clips of the band in performance. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ms. Maureen Ridley
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not live!!
This is all hype. Journalists and hacks talking about the band. I would advise against anyone paying good money for this rubbish.
Published 14 months ago by Barry Aylott
4.0 out of 5 stars Just about all the Free you'll ever need.
Free took an opposite path down the well-worn blues/rock highway than many of their British contemporaries. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Lord Anon
2.0 out of 5 stars AMAZON REVIEWS
Published on 11 July 2012 by BRYAN MCR
5.0 out of 5 stars free the best
being a free, bad co ,classic rock fan,have watched this over and over kossoff working his usual magic, paul that great voice, the rest of the band keeping that bass tone... Read more
Published on 22 April 2012 by woodygibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Music with a soul
I first purchased this album in the mid to late 70's and I've loved it ever since. If you have no Free in your collection try this, it wont disappoint. Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2012 by M. Curston
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