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Tons of Sobs, Free (2001 Island Remaster) - impressive debut, with tons of great music,
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This is an impressive debut from what would become a truly great band. The quartet of Paul Kossoff (guitar), Paul Rodgers (vocals), Simon Kirke (drums) and Andy Fraser (bass) would go on to record some absolute classic British rock, and this is where they started.
With material written mostly by the band themselves, this is an impressive start. Most of the material is quite strong, and the performances exceptional. Fraser was an inventive bass player, who, along with Kirke provided a great rhythm section, with powerful and complex lines. Kossoff was a classic rock guitar hero, knowing just when to be restrained and when to break loose. And Paul Rodgers voice - he has to be the greatest blues singer that this country has ever produced.
Musically this album is how they would continue. Blues drenched rock. There are highs (Worry, Walk In my Shadow, I'm a Mover) and a few lows (The opener and closing `Over The Green Hills' don't really do it for me. Compared to their later work it's a tad uneven, but there is much here to enjoy and it's an album well worth getting.
This is one of the 2001 Island remaster releases of all Free's albums. The sound has been restored beautifully. It's nowhere near as murky as my old copy, and allows the contribution of each band member to be heard in perfect clarity. There is a set bonus material - alternate takes, BBC sessions and a couple of jams. These are interesting, but probably more of interest to the completist. There is an interesting essay about the band, which really adds to the set. As an added bonus, if you collect all the discs in the set the spines form a picture.