Monday, 4 June 2018

Free - Fire And Water (1970)


  
                                                                           
Released June 1970

Recorded at Trident Studios, London

As with all the albums by this great British blues rock band, I have made the point that there were no pretensions to Free, just good, honest, long-haired, tight denim-wearing blues rock, fronted of course by the great voice of Paul Rodgers.


Only seven tracks on here, the iconic “All Right Now”, with that kick ass riff, the slow burning “Fire And Water” and the bluesily soulful “Mr. Big” are other standouts. Just wonderful, big bassy and powerful and that voice is just - wow. 

A great example to use to show just how damn good Free were is the monumental, bluesy majesty of “Oh I Wept”, with its massive, heavy bass sound, thumping drums and grinding bues guitar together with Rodgers’ seductive blues vocal. “Heavy Load” ploughs a similar furrow. Just great. Free were, for a few years, simply a wonderful band and should be remembered as such.

“I said love - Lord above - now you’ve gone and tricked me in love…”. I can never get enough of “All Right Now”, even all these years later. It is timeless.

This a highly recommended example of early 70s down and dirty blues rock.


TRACK LISTING

1. Fire And Water

2. Oh I Wept
3. Remember
4. Heavy Load
5. Mr. Big
6. Don't Say You Love Me
7. All Right Now

I have included both remasterings in the links below.

B+

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