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4.0 out of 5 stars Surely there were other outtakes...?, 18 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Fire and Water (Deluxe Edition) (2CD) (Audio CD)
I bought my copy of this set last spring--I previously owned the single-disc remaster, and even there, I had to wonder at the lack of songs that were never released from these sessions. Is is possible, then, that Free only wrote these seven songs for this album?

Theoretically, of course, yes. Bands often do have a solid focus on putting out a collection of 6-10 tracks (or more) that they felt were worth completing and not pursuing anything they didn't (e.g. Rush--Neil Peart has often made this point when asked if the band left anything in the vaults, his answer being a qualified "no"), so it's entirely possible that Free took this same approach with Fire and Water. Even so, I have to wonder how often I'm going to play both discs back to back; there's really nothing truly revelatory here, other than the fact that just one track, "Heavy Load," makes a single solitary appearance (in its final form as part of the original LP). We have no less than 9 versions of "All Right Now," including the single edit that made the top 5 on both sides of the Big Pond, a half-dozen or so of the title cut, and 2-4 versions of every other cut with the exception of "Heavy Load."

That said, however, it's a nice remastering job, and if you're a Free completist, then this is worth having.
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