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Free: Chronicles

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, May 2005

CURRENTLY ATTEMPTING the almost impossible task of filling Freddie Mercury's shoes in a new-look Queen, it's hard to imagine Paul Rodgers landing any further from ...

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Free's Andy Fraser (1991)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1991

The British Blues-rock bass wunderkind talks about joining John Mayall at 15, then of his years with the fabulous Free, including the writing of the iconic 'All Right Now', and Paul Kossoff's descent into drugs.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 40.7meg, total interview length: 44' 26" sound quality: ***

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Free: Tons Of Sobs (Island)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1969

...IS A REASONABLY good programme by Free, a group often dismissed as "just another blues band." ...

Free: Free At Last

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, June 1970

A band who are slightly embarrassed by that long-awaited hit ...

Free Trip

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, July 1970

Beatlemania-type Free-fever grips Britain. CHRIS CHARLESWORTH reports from the front line ...

Free: Free For All

Report by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, July 1970

A front row view of how Swindon got FREED ...

Free, Mott The Hoople: Fairfield Hall, Croydon

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1970

FAIRFIELD Hall, Croydon, has seen some amazing scenes since it became South London's home of rock, but I doubt whether the old faithfuls at the ...

Free Are All Right Now

Profile by Ben Edmonds, Circus, December 1970

HARD, THUMPING rock. That's what is coming out of England these days, and if it's a trend that can't very well last too long, at ...

Free: Highway (Island)

Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, December 1970

ONE OF THE criticisms levelled at Free since their final acceptance earlier this year is that many of their songs sound very much alike. With ...

Free: Free At Last

Review by Jon Tiven, Rolling Stone, July 1972

RESURRECTED FROM what seemed a permanent split, Free is making a second bid at capturing the American public's heart. ...

ELP Plus Tull in Dirty Raincoats, and How Free May Drop the Name

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1972

WATCHING EMERSON, LAKE and Palmer play a concert with Free in the middle of a raging typhoon in Tokyo with Carl Palmer performing an incredible ...

Free: Heartbreaker

Review by Bud Scoppa, Rolling Stone, March 1973

FREE IS AN ENGLISH quartet that toured with Blind Faith, had a big hit single, was hailed by the British press as the new Rolling ...

Free: Heartbreaker

Review by Robot A. Hull, Creem, May 1973

ERIC FALCON, local guppy for a major Memphis underground music radio station, claims that Free is the most exciting group around. He feels that a ...

Paul Kossoff: An Interview with Rock’s Street Crawler

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, July 1976

THE LATE PAUL KOSSOFF, born in London, September 14, 1950, became the unsung guitar great of Free at the age of eighteen. That short-lived, but ...

Andy Fraser

Interview by Don Snowden, Phonograph Record, April 1977

THE SOUND OF Traffic's first album reverberates against barren, functional walls as gray as the overcast L.A. day outside. ...

Andy Fraser: Out Of It

Report and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, April 1991

A rainy night in Shrewsbury was to alter the course of Andy Fraser's life. For it was there in 1970 that he first hummed the ...

Free: Paul Rodgers

Interview by Jim Irvin, unpublished, 1997

THIS INTERVIEW coincided with Paul Rodgers' 1997 album, Now, his first set of original material since Cut Loose in 1983. It was conducted in a ...

Free

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, May 1998

"WE WERE POOR, BUT WE WERE happy," Paul Rodgers wryly intones. He is the son of a Middlesbrough docker, his mother a housewife who tended ...

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Sleevenotes by Phil Sutcliffe, Universal Records, July 1999

"We were hell-bent on what we did. I didn’t care if I lived or died but for the band." – Paul Rodgers ...

Almost Famous

Film/DVD/TV Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, February 2001

Shrewdly sweet eulogy to rock'n'roll fandom ...

The Ballad of Free

Retrospective by Adam Blake, Cosmik Debris, February 2004

IT'S HARD TO imagine nowadays, but in the strict context of the then-emerging British blues boom, Free were a punk band, and Tons Of Sobs ...

Free: All right now? Nope

Retrospective by Nick Coleman, Independent, The, September 2006

Thirty years after drugs killed Free's guitarist, the band are back in vogue. They just won't talk to each other. ...

"Your Average Bloke Chatting Up Your Average Chick": Free's 'All Right Now'

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, January 2007

'ALL RIGHT NOW' is one of the quintessential cock-rockers – a cruder, more pub-rockish 'Whole Lotta Love'. It's the sound of the longhaired male predator ...

see also Back Street Crawler

see also Bad Company

see also Andy Fraser

see also Paul Kossoff

see also Paul Rodgers

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