All Right Now - The Best Of Free CD
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If he had kept to the spirit of the originals more often it would have been more successful but there is too much over production just for the sake of it.
If you want a 'best of' get The Free Story. Use this CD as a companion to your Free collection not as the 'best of' it pretends to be.
I'm no purist on these matters - I think far too much fuss is often made over remastered releases of albums where essentially all that's different is the tonal balance - and you can compensate by fiddling with your bass or treble controls until it sounds the way you think it should.
However, in the case of this album, the songs have been remixed from scratch, thereby allowing the sound to be drastically altered. What's worse, this seems to have been done with a very 1980s ear, completely at odds with the aesthetic and spirit of the originals.
In practice, what this means is lots of extra reverb, particularly on the drums and vocals, and, unless I'm much mistaken, a much louder snare drum.
I find all this pretty incomprehensible - Bob Clearmountain, who was responsible for these mixes, is a hugely well-respected and talented individual with a world-class reputation. What WAS he thinking?
Maybe this doesn't matter to you. The songs and playing are, of course, top notch, and the sound quality, in itself, is fine. It's just... this isn't what these songs are supposed to sound like.
There are other Free compilations here on Amazon, though mostly 2-disc compilations as opposed to this single disc version. At present, there's the venerable "Free Story", "Walking in my Shadow" and "Chronicles", and possibly more... I would seriously recommend that you investigate them instead of this.
OK, enough of this; I'm off to add a horn section to "Nevermind", and autotune everything on "Pet Sounds"...
If you are a fan of melodic blues based rock, this is a good introduction to one of the most overlooked British bands of the late 60's early 70's.
Otherwise, show some respect for one of the greatest blues/rock bands of all time, buy the original material and hear it as it was meant to be heard. If you want a compilation then buy The Free Story - you'll also get some good live material.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The original albums from the 70s sounded awful, especially on good equipment. These remixed recordings sound cleaner, with more treble and bass, and much space around the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Matthijs