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Japanese-only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) pressing of this rock album. SHM-CDs can be played on any audio player and delivers unbelievably high-quality sound. You won't believe it's the same CD! Universal. 2008.


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All Artists: Free
Title: Free
Members Wishing: 7
Total Copies: 0
Label: Universal Japan
Original Release Date: 1/1/2008
Re-Release Date: 11/26/2008
Album Type: Import
Genres: World Music, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Europe, British Isles, Blues Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1


Album Description
Japanese-only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) pressing of this rock album. SHM-CDs can be played on any audio player and delivers unbelievably high-quality sound. You won't believe it's the same CD! Universal. 2008.

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Free's Underrated Sophomore Effort.
Derek G | Wishaw, Scotland | 11/01/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Who would have thought that Hard Rock/Blues music made over thirty years ago - by teenagers - would still be considered as a major template for the genre. I'm a twenty-five-year-old student, who has been listening to Hard Rock music for over twelve years ( gosh... half my life! ) and I have "never" heard music with such soul and groove; for sheer soul, these guys were the absolute best! I struggle to use brevity whenever describing that voice of Paul Rodgers', and, for me, this album shows him at his best.Released in October of 1969, "Free" was a more honed and polished album than its predecessor, "Tons Of Sobs", owing, albeit partly, to the production knowledge of Island Record boss, Chris Blackwell. The album opens with my favourite Free song, "I'll Be Creepin'", which particularly demonstrates Free's natural ability to conjure up an unstoppable groove, and Paul Rodgers' vocals here are incredible; without sounding obsequious, I am in awe of the way Rodgers could masterfully oscillate between sheer power and sheer delicacy. Just when you thought you had enough soul to last you for eternity, the album then delivers "Songs Of Yesterday", another one of the album's finest moments.The only problem with "Free" is selecting standout tracks from the album. Serious statistics show that well into this album's release, it had only sold around 20,000 copies ( I don't know if this figure applies to the UK only ), which genuinely surprises me as I consider it one of the group's best out of their six studio albums. It is consistently excellent but my other highlights include "Trouble On Double Time", "Woman", "Broad Daylight" and "Mourning Sad Morning".This album demonsrates a young band in their prime; don't think for one minute that I am glamourising this album to the maximum just because it was teenagers who made it. No way Jose. This is music of the highest order by anybody's standards. I cannot speak highly enough of this band, and I would dearly have liked to have seen them "Live" between 1969-1971 before their first split ( rumour has it that they were never the same after this first split ). You might hear a teenage quartet in today's music climate make music like this, but only if the sun rises in the west. What a band, and what a singer!"
The Sleeper of '69
BluesDuke | Las Vegas, Nevada | 05/25/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Free's second album was the sleeper of 1969 - unobtrusively crunchy, bluesy rock in the harder numbers and striking ethereality in the soft spots (particularly the surprising acoustic ballad, "Mouthful of Grass," the unlikely future flip of their only U.S. hit - you know what that was). Simon Kirke and Andy Fraser hold down a brisk rhythm section, Paul Kossoff nudges forth the kind of tightly-wound blues licks for which he became legend, and vocalist Paul Rodgers matures from the band's promising but somewhat nervous debut ("Tobs of Sobs") into a strong front man with genuine command of his material. In retrospect, it was a warm-up for their biggest success, but taken in its own right, "Free" was a bright keeper, though the occasionally weak recording docks a star."
Superb, tightly taut, supranatural Rock, Blues and SOUL!
BluesDuke | 04/19/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I had heard some of the songs from this album on other compilations, but I recently purchased a UK Vinyl pressing (due to its non-availability in the States on CD) Every song on here is pure magic, the energy just pours from the grooves. The dirge of "Mourning", the funk and soul of "I'll be Creepin", the laid back country feel of "Mouthful" and "Lying", The beautifully constructed and jazzy solo on "Free Me", the interesting key changes on "Broad Daylight", the thumping wonderful bass line of "Songs", the funky blues of "Trouble on Double Time", etc, etc. For those who believe that mark 1-B is Free, please listen to this album (or Highway or Fire&Water). This was Free shining pure energy and emotion from vinyl (or CD, but better vinyl) that can instantly, INSTANTLY be felt by the listener. If this doesn't move you, you are most likely dead."