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  • Audio CD (17 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00133FB3O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,930 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Product Description

Paul Kossoff's only solo album on leaving Free was released in November 1973 and has now been remastered and expanded with 15 Bonus Tracks.

Disc One contains the original album digitally remastered from the original analogue master tapes plus 6 radically different versions of the opening track, Tuesday Morning.

Disc Two contains a previously unreleased version of May You Never with John Martyn, the complete 38 minute jam for Time Away, Kossoff's cover version of The Lady Is A Tramp plus a further 6 previously unreleased out-takes from the Back Street Crawler sessions.

Look out for the Deluxe Edition of Free's Fire and Water also released in March 2008.

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I still remember when I first heard Paul Kossoff's solo album, "Back Street Crawler". A friend called Chris was aware I was a fan of Kossoff's and brought the album round to my house. He knew I'd not heard it, and as we listened to "Tuesday Morning", and the tracks on the other side of the album, he would keep saying, "Oh you'll really like this bit!". He was a bit on the excitable side, and I wasn't going to encourage him too much, so I just said, "Yeah, its pretty good.". In fact the album, and "Tuesday Morning" in particular, grew on me so much that I became fairly obsessive about it, to the extent that I was pretty much convinced it was the best piece of music ever created, or certainly that I'd ever heard. My girlfriend from that time would probably still attest to this, I'm sure.

One undeniable flaw with the album however was its length, or lack of it. I don't remember having an album with a shorter side 1 than "Back Street Crawler" with its sole offering being the admittedly magnificent "Tuesday Morning" which weighed in at only 16 minutes! Side 2 wasn't a lot longer. Well, the good news is that this shortcoming has now been addressed. The expanded album is packed to the gills with material, so the album has moved from one extreme to the other; from frustratingly short to almost exceeding strategic arms limitations in the sheer scale of its endowment.

There are 2 CD's here, and unsurprisingly the first one contains the original album tracks, although now in shiny, remastered form. Actually, I did a bit of a comparison with my various versions of the CD, which include this one, the "original" Island UK CD release, and the recently released Japanese import.
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BSC is Paul's only solo studio effort that was ever released.
After that he played in a band called Back Street Crawler.
Besides the original tracks this two disc contains mostly jams often around the same theme.
For die hard fans of Free this is an absolute must.
Koss remains one of the best guitarists the UK ever produced.
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This 1973 recording was a solo effort from guitar genius Paul Kossoff in the period between the breakup of Free, and the formation of his new band Back Street Crawler. As such it features several personnel from Free (including Paul Rodgers on the albums only vocal track). It is clearly Kossoff's own album, allowing him the room to flex his muscles and do his own thing in a way that he could not when constrained Free. The end result is a classic album of blues rock, with some brilliant fiery guitar work from Kossoff. Of especial note is the opening track, the epic 17 minute Tuesday Morning, that somehow never feels tired or stale. It's a veritable classic, an essential purchase not just of Free lovers looking to complete their collection, but for all lovers of classic rock. If I have any complaint it is that the album is too short, a problem fixed in the 2 disc deluxe edition that also has a superior sound quality to previous editions. The inclusion of the re-takes is interesting, and the rendition of Lady Is a Tramp is a bit of a find, but to be honest I do find myself just listening to the first six tracks that comprise the original album more often than not. 4 stars.
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I SAW THIS CD ON AMAZON MKT PLACE WITH PRICES STARTING FRM 99.99 I WAS THEREFORE AMAZED TO SEE IT IN HMV KINGSTON FOR £12 ! EVEN BETTER I GOT 30% OFF AS BLUE CROSS SALE.THIS IS A GREAT ALBUM OF VG MUSIC FRM THE PERIOD.THIS DELUXE EDITION HAS 15 UNRELEASED TRACKS .PAUL LEFT THE WORLD AT A YOUNG AGE.HE HAS LEFT A LEGACY TO BE CONGRATULATED.PS THIS WAS THE ONLY COPY IN KINGSTON.BUT SEARCH THE REMAINING HMVS THEY MAY JUST HAVE ANOTHER SOMEWHERE.
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My favorite blues rock musician, Joe Bonamassa is inspired of Paul Kossoff. I love this one. A lot of passion. You must listen to "Tuesday Morning Piano Jam".
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