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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
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    Classic Blues Rock
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    Classic Hard Rock
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    Classic Hits

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    Oldies Hits

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    Super '70s

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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   All Right Now
  3.   Fire and Water
  4.   Wishing Well
  5.   I'm a Mover
  6.   Heartbreaker
  7.   Songs of Yesterday
  8.   The Stealer
  9.   Walk in My Shadow
  10.   Mr. Big
  11.   Time Away
  12.   The Worm
  13.   Magic Ships
  14.   I'll Be Creepin'
  15.   Soldier Boy
  16.   Trouble on Double Time
  17.   Guy Stevens Blues
  18.   (I Just Wanna) See You Smile
  19.   Crossroads
  20.   Let Me Show You
  21.   Honky Tonk Women
  22.   Child
  23.   Love You So
  24.   Over the Green Hills, Pt. 1
  25.   Travelling Man
  26.   The Highway Song
  27.   Oh I Wept
  28.   Muddy Water
  29.   Come Together in the Morning
  30.   Lying in the Sunshine
  31.   Get Up
  32.   Little Bit of Love
  33.   Burnin' (Molten Gold)
  34.   Sugar for Mr Morrison
  35.   Waitin' on You
  36.   Magic Ship
  37.   Bodie
  38.   Long Tall Sally
  39.   Woman by the Sea
  40.   Visions of Hell
  41.   Over the Green Hills
  42.   Like Water
  43.   Lady
  44.   Guardian of the Universe
  45.   Only My Soul
  46.   Get Where I Belong
  47.   Rain
  48.   Sunny Day
  49.   On My Way
  50.   Sweet Tooth
  51.   Moonshine
  52.   Goin' Down Slow
  53.   Wild Indian Woman
  54.   Worry
  55.   Remember
  56.   Mouthful of Grass
  57.   Woman
  58.   Free Me
  59.   Broad Daylight
  60.   Mourning Sad Morning
  61.   Travellin' in Style
  62.   Common Mortal Man
  63.   Easy on My Soul
  64.   Seven Angels
  65.   The Hunter
  66.   Heavy Load
  67.   Don't Say You Love Me
  68.   Be My Friend
  69.   Soon I Will Be Gone
  70.   My Brother Jake
  71.   Ride on a Pony
  72.   Molten Gold
  73.   Catch a Train
  74.   Sail On
  75.   Goodbye
  76.   Right Now
  77.   Spring Dawn
  78.   Hand Me Down Turn Me Around
  79.   Time Spent (Time Away)
  80.   Zero BC
  81.   Over the Green Hills, Pt. 2
  82.   Makin' Love (Only My Soul)
  83.   Decision for Lost Soul Blue

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