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Free

Famed for their perennial "All Right Now," Free helped lay the foundations for the rise of hard rock, stripping the earthy sound of British blues down to its raw, minimalist core to pioneer a brand of proto-metal later popularized by 1970s superstars like Foreigner, Foghat and Bad Company. Free formed in London in 1968 when guitarist Paul Kossoff, then a member of the blues unit Black Cat Bones, was taken to see vocalist Paul Rodgers' group Brown Sugar by a friend, drummer Tom Mautner. After deciding to form their own band, Kossoff and Rodgers recruited drummer Simon Kirke (since Mautner was at university) and 16-year-old bass phenom Andy Fraser from the ranks of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers; with the aid of Alexis Korner, who also suggested the name Free, the fledgling band signed to the Island label, issuing their bluesy debut Tons of Sobs in 1968.

Free's eponymous 1969 follow-up expanded on their roots-based sound, incorporating rockers like Albert King's "The Hunter" as well as muscular ballads like "Lying in the Sunshine" into the mix. Although both of the first two albums fared poorly on the charts, 1970's Fire and Water became a tremendous hit on the strength of the primal "All Right Now," a Top Five smash powered by Rodgers' gritty, visceral vocals. After headlining 1970's Isle of Wight festival, the group appeared destined for superstardom, but the LP Highway did not fare nearly as well as anticipated, and after a grueling tour which yielded 1971's Free Live, the band dissolved amidst ego clashes and recriminations.

While Rodgers went on to form Peace and Fraser founded Toby, Kossoff and Kirke teamed with bassist Tetsu Yamauchi and keyboardist John "Rabbit" Bundrick to record the album Kossoff, Kirke, Tetsu and Rabbit. When none of these new projects proved successful, the original lineup of Free re-formed to record 1972's Free at Last, which launched the hit "Little Bit of Love." However, drug problems nagged the group, as Kossoff's longtime battle with heroin continued to worsen; soon Fraser exited to form Sharks with Chris Spedding, leaving Rodgers and Kirke to record the majority of 1973's Heartbreaker while a drug-addled Kossoff watched from the sidelines. Soon, the group disbanded again, this time for good: while Rodgers and Kirke went on to found Bad Company, Kossoff formed Back Street Crawler before dying of a drug-induced heart attack on March 19, 1976. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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I love this music
Awesome song that stands the test of time 45 years later.
Paul Rogers is one of the great vocalists of all time. All Right Now!!
jajamesatkin s o n
Sultans of Swing describing the young boys fooling around in the corner... true today about Music! James .
markdaume
Was FREE really a one-hit-wond e r ? Like that other band that Paul Rogers tried to create in the 80's? The lead singer in the song If you needed somebody was a great vocalist compared to P.W.
markdaume
The Eagles were my first favorite band ever since I was a kid. I'm so glad that Don Felder is the King (writer) of Hotel California. If it had been written by one of the egos, I'm sure I would be boycotting them more than I already am. They only went on the Hell Freezes Over tour for the money. I not OK with that. I regret going to the concert in San Diego, a.k.a. paradise. Frey and Henley can disappear for all I care.
song6garden
My kids started liking this song bcos of a movie Now & Then from the 90s (?) theyprefer all the radio CRAP happening
Right now but think it is going 2 change w maturity THANK HEAVENS!
Learning This solo is a required for any rock guitarist.
beatles
One of the best songs of all time
lovin it!
keep up with the great musie i love it
paula.mouneu
great music to listen & dance too
love it1
Bad a** song
Thieves a bad a** song
sjaanevd
I did not want commercials.
should get an account on spotify it is better than Pandora! I have an account but you can put your own songs on it! (:
your mom is my favorite song !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
that my king of jams
............ . . . . . ^ _ _ _ ^
This is MUSIC!! Nothing like it!
GOOOOOOD ROCK N ROLL!
Don't know about better than bad company, but good solid foot stomp of a song
kvons1
FREE----good group of the times
I love music when it's free!
kenny white
Love great Rock N' Roll !!!
me too
i like this song who like this song
love this song
Paul Kossoff is the king of vibrato!
rspeidel148
One of the Best Groups of the sixties
rockey1971
Bad Company is a way better band Steve, what? a !@#!@
better band than bad company
Free /all right now.
'All right Now.' A fair dinkum Rock classic! @ jnyoy1131: I agree....
I wants lo listen also latin music
Pandora
Not sure why people want to hear modern crap and go to a 70's station????? ? ? This is ROCK-N-ROLL PEOPLE!
paul rodgers is the bomb!
Deaqnna Durbin is what I want to hear, thanks.
jonesashley7 7 9
Ouch . :b
Gospel
gary allen
I love my classics brings me back to my moms day !!
Espinosa pazs
onyourmind24 7
nothing like the classics :)
old classic the best one of the best
Saw Free in 1970 still love this band!!!
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