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on 23 February 2007
Paul Rodgers has worked with some of the most famous players in the rock world - Koss, Mick Ralphs, Neal Schon(Journey), Jimmy Page(who?), Queen(OK - Half),Kenny Jones(anyone remember The Law - what a great LP), Geoff Whitehorn - what an underrated genius, to name but a few.He has written some of the classic rock anthems. Somewhere in the world a classic rock radio jock will be playing one of his bands songs - Free or Bad Co., possibly Queen lite - to millions of middle aged dad rockers. To rockers of a certain age he is the voice of rock. Many have tried but no one (sorry David C.) comes close. This album continues that tradition and succeeds with every track. He has surrounded himself with sympathetic players who help him deliver the goods. The live album is the revelation here - a mix of classic Free & Bad Co.(what a back catalogue) - with just a dash of newer stuff. This band is cooking on gas from the off. With material like this you can't go wrong - the crowd are with the band from the getgo - and this is shown in the performances from the band. Top class from start to finish - like meeting old friends after years apart - you know they have changed but in subtle ways - the same but different - no easy copyists at work here. These knock spots off the later "Merchants of Cool" versions - the atmosphere translates into the recorded performances brilliantly. A hidden gem of an album that shows how classic songs can be kept fresh for new listeners and the old faithful. Top marks all round.