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Fire & Water (1970)

Artist: Free
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Format: CD
Sku: 60079096
UPC: 075021312623
UPC 14: 00075021312623
Release Date: 1/25/1988
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Fire And Water ~ Free (Rock)
2. Oh I Wept ~ Free (Rock)
3. Remember ~ Free (Rock)
4. Heavy Load ~ Free (Rock)
5. Mr. Big ~ Free (Rock)
6. Don't Say You Love Me ~ Free (Rock)
7. All Right Now ~ Free (Rock)
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Paul Rodgers (vocals); Paul Kossoff (guitar); Simon Kirke (drums).
Muze PNote Recording information: Island Studios (01/1970-06/1970); Trident Studios, London, England (01/1970-06/1970).
Muze PNote Photographer: Richard Polak.
Muze PNote Free emerged from the British blues boom with a tight, muscular style that framed Paul Rodgers' throaty voice. Guitarist Paul Kossoff provides the perfect foil with incisive, measured solos exemplified by his contribution to "All Right Now." This successful single transformed the group from club to festival status. Free's unhurried, careful intensity is captured perfectly on the album's title track and "Oh I Wept," two songs charged with emotion. Where many contemporaries tended towards excess, Free implied a resonant power, particularly through Andy Fraser's liquid bass work, which weaves between the melody lines, rather than asserting them. FIRE AND WATER is a high spot in heavy rock; rather than merely asserting masculine qualities, this album also shows a rare vulnerability.

Producer: John Kelly; Andy Fraser; Paul Kossoff; Paul Rodgers; Simon Kirke

Engineer: Roy Baker

Artist Overview

During the early 1970s, this influential quartet transcended its beginnings as just another bunch of English blues rockers by virtue of its tight, bare-bones arrangements, Andy Fraser's fluid bass lines, Paul Rodgers' emotive R&B-schooled vocals, and (unnaturally for a heavy rock band of the period) nuanced, sensitive songwriting.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vol. 3-Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Classic Rock Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Gold:Classic Rock
Muze Music Compilations Gold(2cd)
Muze Music Compilations Party Rock(w/ Book)
Muze Music Compilations A m 50:Anniversary Collection

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/25/1990
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1970
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 75021-3126-2
Music Label Name Label : A&M (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00075021312623

Professional Reviews

Q (12/01, p.157)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...The definitive Free album - rock has rarely been better..."

Uncut (p.97)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] mix of the mercantile and mercurial....FIRE & WATER captures the band at their best..."

Mojo (Publisher)
(p.121)
- 5 stars out of 5 -- "Paul Kossoff's guitar is a feral thing of slow-fermenting passion."

Record Collector (magazine)
(p.92)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "1970's FIRE & WATER was Free's third album, showing their stripped-down blues-rock honed to understated perfection."

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