1. Win a Broadcaster or one of 3 Teles! The annual Supporting Member Giveaway is on. To enter Click Here. To see all the prizes and full details Click Here. To view the thread about the giveaway Click Here.

Free - Young, Gifted and Mind Blowing...

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by TokyoPortrait, Apr 26, 2020.

  1. TokyoPortrait

    TokyoPortrait Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,145
    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2017
    Location:
    Tokyo, Japan
    Hi.

    Apropos another thread, here’s Free at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival.

    Bear in mind, Paul Kossoff is still a month shy of 20 here, and the oldest member, Simon Kirke, was the only one at that stage to have to hit 21.*

    I’m aware you could make different arguments re age vs talent, etc., but still...

    Mind blowing.



    Pax
    Dean
    * I have dyscalculia, so, someone should check that...
     
  2. tah1962

    tah1962 Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,087
    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2020
    Location:
    Heart of Illinois
    Awesome! In my opinion, Paul Rodgers is one of the top 5 singers of all time.
     
  3. DougM

    DougM Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    5,621
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2017
    Location:
    Honolulu, HI
    Steve Winwood was 15 or 16 when he wrote Gimme Some Lovin' and I'm a Man. Mozart was composing at age 6. They aren't like us mere mortals.
     
  4. DougM

    DougM Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    5,621
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2017
    Location:
    Honolulu, HI
    The two Pauls get/got most of the attention, but I think Andy produced a lot of their early stuff.
     
  5. 41144

    41144 Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    67
    Posts:
    1,692
    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2017
    Location:
    Brummagen
    They never played "my neck of the woods" when I was younger but, after being tipped off about them by a local band (Carl's Fables - oh yes, you can imagine what they were playing late 60's) I became a firm fan way before their first "big hit".

    I did, eventually, get to see them. Basically it was a private gig, possibly only 500 (certainly less than 1000) people there ... no record on the band's website let alone Setlists but ...

    Durham Uni Freshers week mid/late Sept. 1972 .... Free were 'one' of the bands on that week ... was thrilled to be able to see them and especially so when Koss walked on stage, rather swaggered on, took a big glug from a bottle of red wine, stood it on his amp, launched into a searing unaccompanied solo that then morphed into their first song.

    Now then ... After all these years I cannot recall what they played.
    (There again, even in Sept '72 I probably wouldn't have done.... those were the days ;))

    I do not recall who was on bass (Tetsu I guess), I do recall that Kirke/Rogers and Rabbit (on keys) were also in attendance and, according to all the stuff you read about Free ... at this time Koss was in one of his "lost periods".

    He was there and I do recall also being in thrall of him ... perhaps it was one of the many chances to get back in that the others gave him and would certainly fit with him re-appearing in their line-up at the end of '72 -early '73.
     
    TokyoPortrait and RodeoTex like this.
  6. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

    Age:
    69
    Posts:
    13,421
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2017
    Location:
    Foat Wuth, Texas
    Free were simply "lightning in a bottle"......as talented as they all were individually, together they were just MAGIC. They used "space" better than probably any band I've ever heard, especially Andy Frazier. A bass player than doesn't attempt to "fill up" every gap is rare, and Simon was like a metronome. Kossoff could say more with one or two notes than most "speed demons", and, of course, Paul Rodgers could sing anything. (which he proved with his stint with Queen) Bands like Free just don't come along very often.
     
  7. Bassman8

    Bassman8 Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    972
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2018
    Location:
    Centrally South PA
    What a great and unique band they were. The book "Heavy Load" is very satisfying for those wanting the details.
     
  8. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

    Age:
    63
    Posts:
    89,070
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2009
    Location:
    Austin, Tx
    I was an instant fan!
    I still remember the first time I heard All Right Now on the radio.
    I was riding home, and heard it on the car radio.
    Unforgettable!
     
  9. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

    Age:
    69
    Posts:
    13,421
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2017
    Location:
    Foat Wuth, Texas
    It's funny (to me) that you mention All Right Now.....when I first heard that song, I thought it was a "rip off" of Honkytonk Women. But thanks to our local "underground" FM station, KFAD, I soon heard things like Fire and Water and Mr Big.....and I became a huge fan. Ironically, All Right Now became one of my band's most audience appreciated songs. I never saw the original line-up live, although I saw a later incarnation with Rabbit and Tetsu. A favorite "later" song of mine is Wishing Well. ;)
     
  10. TokyoPortrait

    TokyoPortrait Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,145
    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2017
    Location:
    Tokyo, Japan
    Hi.

    Yeah. He was flippin' great.

    Andy Fraser co-wrote a lot of their songs. After relocating in California he wrote songs for a lot of other people too, including Every Kinda People for Robert Palmer.

    And, as NoJazzHere mentioned, he knew when to lay out. And, when to lay in too. This live clip is one of my favs.




    Pax/
    Dean
     
    ponce, aging_rocker and nojazzhere like this.
  11. TokyoPortrait

    TokyoPortrait Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,145
    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2017
    Location:
    Tokyo, Japan
    Hi.

    This is something I think about often. How unlikely or against the odds it is to get a group of people who gel in this kind of über way.

    Obviously, it happens enough to give us a lot of exceptional bands. But it also seems very 'winning the lottery' like, in that while it happens, it doesn't really happen to most of us, or even people we know.

    The utterly random nature of it, those chance comings together, those fortuitous meetings, etc. are so scarce and rare, it fascinates me. You need the right time, the right place, the right people, and the right magic connection.

    I think this is why 'supergroups' tend to be so unsatisfying, you can't play with nature that way, you can't force it - it has to happen on its own, organically.

    Pax/
    Dean
     
    suthol and nojazzhere like this.
  12. JeffBlue

    JeffBlue Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,873
    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2012
    Location:
    Southern California
    Isn't Paul Kossoff one of Angus Young's biggest influences? I had once owned a Gibson Les Paul Custom that was rumored to have once belonged to Paul Kossoff. Free was a phenomenal band.
     
  13. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    10,690
    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2005
    Location:
    Nueces Strip
    I had no idea they were so young then. Even more impressive.
     
    TokyoPortrait likes this.
  14. David Barnett

    David Barnett Doctor of Teleocity

    Age:
    64
    Posts:
    13,898
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2003
    Location:
    The Far-Flung Isles of Langerhans
    Fraser would have been about 17 or 18 at the time.
     
    TokyoPortrait and RodeoTex like this.
  15. 41144

    41144 Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    67
    Posts:
    1,692
    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2017
    Location:
    Brummagen
    My favourite Free track...
     
    aging_rocker likes this.
  16. ladave

    ladave Tele-Holic

    Age:
    57
    Posts:
    885
    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2017
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    I love that video...have watched it a bunch of times!
     
  17. aging_rocker

    aging_rocker Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,381
    Joined:
    May 8, 2019
    Location:
    The upsidedown
    Free Live is one of the great live albums of all time, IMHO. Fire & Water, Mr Big, The Hunter... just wow.

    And yep, from a 'boy band' too. :cool:
     
    41144 likes this.
  18. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    22,774
    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2003
    Location:
    Ontario County
    I had the entire Free catalog over the years and it took me a while to get into Tons of Sobs and Highway. This is one of my favorites and a departure from the Fire and Water LP.

     
    David Barnett and aging_rocker like this.
  19. Deeve

    Deeve Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    6,328
    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2009
    Location:
    Ballard
    lightning in a bottle - captured?

    Thx for the clips of Free - what a treat

    Peace - Deve
     
  20. aging_rocker

    aging_rocker Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,381
    Joined:
    May 8, 2019
    Location:
    The upsidedown
    Here's another clip for you: not the greatest quality but still a good watch, with some good Les Paul and Orange amp 'porn', and Andy Frasier playing chords on bass...brilliant!

    Fire & Water:



    Edited for a slightly better quality version...
     
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2020
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.