THE FREE ALBUM REMASTERS
by David Clayton (© 2001) From The Free Appreciation Society
Magazine (FAS Issue #91)
All right!! Finally I am pleased to be able to give you the track
details from the forthcoming Free album remasters. All the original albums have been given
the full treatment with the actual remastering of the music done by Phil Mew at Abbey
Road. This means they are of the same standard as the box set and this was one of the
stipulations laid done by myself and Tim when we started this new project. The original
albums HAVE NOT been re-mixed, but merely remastered for the CD format with the current
tools and technology for the compact disc format. The original master tapes were mastered
for vinyl and hence the difference in acceptable noise levels is significant. You will
find the new versions have a far wider dynamic range, sound louder and have much less
hiss from the original tapes than the earlier CDs did. If you wish to
own copies of the earlier CDs I would suggest you buy them now as they will be
withdrawn once the remasters are released. Extra tracks have been added to each album with
only one or two things from the boxed set on each. Yet again we have tried to include as
much of the remaining unreleased material as possible but equally remember you cant
have what does not exist. Some BBC session material has also been included. We had hoped
to work on a BBC Sessions disc but they cannot find many of the master tapes and the live
material appears to have been either erased or lost. Blame the BBC for this, not us!
The sleeves all contain liner notes by Phil Sutcliffe and the booklets have been put
together by Phil Smee (an awful lot of Phils here!) who also worked on the book for
the Songs Of Yesterday box set. Basically these albums have all been prepared
by the same team and to the same standard as the box.
Island hope to make the first three albums available by the end of August (First Three
now scheduled for October 2001) but I think this is just a little unlikely. I would
however expect to see the first three albums out before Christmas, followed by the next
two in the spring of 2002 and the final two in the late summer of 2002. To whet that ever
present we want more Free appetite here are the full track listings as of
August 1st 2001.
TONS OF SOBS
Over The Green Hills Pt 1/ Worry / Walk In My Shadow / Wild Indian Woman
/ Goin? Down Slow / I?m A Mover / The Hunter / Moonshine / Sweet Tooth / Over the Green
Hills Pt 2.
Im A Mover (BBC session). Recorded at BBC Playhouse Theatre
17/3/69 but not broadcast. A song done for their second session on John Peels
Top Gear and released on the B side of a re-issue of All Right Now
Waitin On You (BBC session). Recorded at 210 Piccadilly - Studio1 15/7/68 and
transmitted 21/7/68. Taken from their first Top Gear session and previously
Guy Stevens Blues (blues jam.) Recorded at Morgan Recording Studios 22/10/68. An
previously unmixed blues jam which first appeared on the box set Songs of
Yesterday and recorded at a session which also saw the taping of Visions of
Hell and Going Down Slow (which was recorded in one take).
Moonshine (alternative vocal). Recorded at Morgan Recording Studios 8/10/68
A new mix using an alternative vocal take. Previously unreleased
Sweet Tooth (early take & alternative lyrics). Recorded at Morgan Recording Studios
22/10/68. (Monitor) mix from 8 track by Richard Digby Smith at RDS Studios April 1999. An
early take (including a false start) with a different song structure, piano solo, and
alternative lyrics. Previously unreleased
Visions Of Hell (unreleased master mix). Recorded at Morgan Recording Studios 17/10/68.
An unreleased version of a song which was intended for the Sobs album but was
replaced by The Hunter (hence its later recording date). This is the final
Andy Johns master mix with its organ solo. Previously unreleased
Woman By The Sea (alternative version). Recorded at Morgan Recording Studios 17/10/68.
Mixed from 8 track by Richard Digby Smith at RDS Studios April 1999.
An alternative version (with no keyboards) to the one which appeared on the
box set Songs of Yesterday. Previously unreleased
Over The Green Hills (BBC session). Recorded at BBC Playhouse Theatre 17/3/69 and
transmitted 23/3/69. One of a number of songs done for their second session on John
Peels Top Gear. Previously unreleased
Ill Be Creepin / Songs Of Yesterday / Living In The Sunshine
/ Trouble On Double Time / Mouthful Of Grass / Woman / Free Me / Broad Daylight / Mourning
Broad Daylight (single version)(mono). Recorded at Morgan Studios
A side of their debut single WIP 6054, March 1969. Alternative mix to the
one which appears on the album Free in stereo form.
The Worm (single version)(mono). (Probably) recorded at Morgan Studios 3/1/69.
Released as the B side of the band?s first Island single Broad
Daylight (WIP 6054) in March 1969.
I ll Be Creepin (single version)(mono). Recorded at Morgan Studios 28/5/69.
Released as the A side of Island single WIP 6062 in June 1969. Alternative
mix and edit (guitar solo removed) from the one used on the album Free in
Sugar For Mr Morrison (single version)(mono). Recorded at Morgan Studios 28/5/69.
Released as the B side of Island single WIP 6062 in June 1969. (Transferred
from disc as the original master is lost)
Broad Daylight (BBC session). Recorded at BBC Playhouse Theatre 17/3/69 and transmitted
23/3/69. Recorded for John Peels Top Gear and featuring Paul Rodgers on
bass and vocals with Andy Fraser on rhythm guitar. Previously unreleased.
Songs Of Yesterday (BBC session). Recorded at BBC Playhouse Theatre 17/3/69 and
transmitted 23/3/69. Recorded for John Peels Top Gear. First released on
the Strange Fruit compilation Before The Fall in September 1991
Mouthful Of Grass (solo version). Recorded at Morgan Studios 19/6/69.
A previously unreleased solo acoustic version by Andy Fraser - the basis of the final
track on the original Free album.
Woman (alternative version). Recorded at Morgan Studios 29/6/69. A previously
unreleased, slightly different recording, from the album version featuring additional lead
guitar unused in the final mix for the Free album.
Trouble On Double Time (early version). Recorded at Morgan Studios 9/1/69.
Their first attempt at this song and at a higher tempo. Later re-recorded for the album
Free. This first appeared on the box set Songs of Yesterday.
Mourning Sad Morning (alternative version). Recorded at Morgan Studios 29/6/69. A
previously unreleased alternative mix which features guitar and vocal with the flute (by
Chris Wood) featured only in the solo.
FIRE AND WATER
Fire and Water / Oh I Wept / Remember / Heavy Load / Mr Big / Don?t Say
You Love Me / All Right Now
Oh I Wept (Bumpers version). Recorded at Island Studios 3/2/70. A
version of the song with an alternate vocal take which appeared on the various artists
sampler double album Bumpers.
Fire And Water (New Stereo Mix). Recorded at Island Studios 19/2/70. A new mix from the
original 8 track master before it was transferred to 16 track in April 1970 for the
addition of overdubs accounting for the noisy almost mono version appearing on
the album. The version on the box set Songs Of Yesterday contained alternative
vocals and guitar; this mix uses the original master take. Previously unreleased
Fire And Water (BBC Session). Recorded at BBC Aeolian Hall Studio 2, 4/6/70 and
transmitted 23/6/70. Part of a BBC session done for Mike Harding. Previously unreleased.
All Right Now (BBC Session). Recorded at BBC Aeolian Hall Studio 2, 4/6/70 and
transmitted 23/6/70. Part of a BBC session done for Mike Harding. Previously unreleased.
All Right Now (Single version). Recorded at Island Studios on 8/3/70 and edited and
transferred to 16 track at Trident Studios 16/4/70. The single version (WIP 6082) released
in May 1970 (with the infamous removed verse and guitar solo) which
broke the band and gave them a number 2 (UK) hit.
All Right Now (First version) . Recorded at Trident Studios 16/1/70. The bands first
attempt (of three) at this landmark song which first appeared on the box set Songs
The Highway Song / The Stealer / On My Way / Be My Friend / Sunny
Day / Ride On A Pony / Love You So / Bodie / Soon I Will Be Gone.
My Brother Jake (single)(mono). Recorded at Island Studios 24/3/71. The
original mono single mix (WIP 6100) released in April 1971 which made number 4 in the (UK)
Only My Soul (single B side) (mono). Recorded at Island Studios 24/3/71.
The original mono master which was on the B side of My Brother
Ride On A Pony (BBC session). Recorded at BBC Maida Vale - Studio 5, 19/4/71 and
transmitted 27/4/71. Part of a BBC session done for Mike Harding. Previously unreleased.
Be My Friend (BBC session). Recorded at BBC Maida Vale - Studio 5, 19/ 4/ 71 and not
broadcast. Part of a BBC session done for Mike Harding. Previously Unreleased.
Rain (alternative version). Recorded at Island Studios 29/3/71. Another take of the
song which first appeared on the box set Songs of Yesterday and was recorded
during the sessions for My Brother Jake. Previously unreleased.
The Stealer (single version). Recorded at Island Studios 26/8/70. The single version
(WIP 6093) released in November 1970.
All Right Now / Im A Mover / Be My Friend / Fire And Water / Ride
On A Pony / Mr Big / The Hunter / Get Where I Belong
Woman (Croydon). This recording was previously issued on the
B side of the single Wishing Well (IS 221) in May 1985
Walk in my shadow (Croydon). This recording was previously issued on the B
side of the 12" single Wishing Well (12IS 221 in May 1985)
Moonshine (Sunderland). This recording was previously issued on the Paul Kossoff
tribute album Blue Soul in 1986.
Trouble On Double Time (Sunderland). This recording was previously issued on the Paul
Kossoff tribute album Blue Soul in 1986.
Mr Big (Sunderland) Previously unreleased
All right now (Croydon). Previously unreleased
Get Where I Belong (alternative take). Recorded at Island Studios 26/3/71.
An alternative take of the studio recording added as the final track on the album Free
Live. This version first appeared on the box set Songs Of Yesterday.
FREE AT LAST.
Catch A Train / Soldier Boy / Magic Ship / Sail On /
Travellin Man / Little Bit Of Love / Guardian Of The Universe / Child / Goodbye.
Burnin (Molten Gold) (alternative take). Recorded at Island
Studios 8/3/72. The original Free recording of this Kossoff tune with the working title of
Burnin was mixed on 17th March 1972 and was issued for the first time on the
Free box set Songs of Yesterday. On that recording was added guitar overdubs,
vocal reverb, a harmony vocal by Jess Roden and keyboards by John Rabbit
Bundrick, to become the track which appears on the debut Paul Kossoff solo album
Back Street Crawler ILPS 9264, issued December 1973. This is the alternative
take which was found with this fading in introduction. Previously unreleased.
Honky Tonk Women (Pre-recording session Jam). Recorded at Island Studios, (probably) on
8/3/72. Issued for the first time on the Free box set Songs Of Yesterday, this
Stones standard was recorded as a warm up jam at sessions for the album Free At
Magic Ship (Alternate mix). Recorded at Island Studios 7-8/3/72. An early and
softer mix done by Richard Digby Smith on 10th March 1972. Previously
Little Bit Of Love (alternate mix). Recorded at Island Studios 30/2/72 - 14/3/72.
An early mix with fewer guitar overdubs and a more evident piano. Previously unreleased
Guardian Of The Universe (Paul Rodgers solo version). Recorded at Island Studios
7/3/72. The basic track featuring just Paul and piano before the addition of overdubs.
Child (early mix). Recorded at Island Studios 27/1/72 - 8/3/72. An early mix without
guitar overdubs. Previously unreleased.
Wishing Well / Come Together In The Morning / Travellin In Style /
Heartbreaker / Muddy Water / Common Mortal Man / Easy On My Soul / Seven Angels.
Wishing Well (US Mix). Recorded at Island Studios 27-30/9/72. This track
features Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke, Paul Kossoff, Rabbit Bundrick, Tetsu Yamauchi with
guest musicians Snuffy Walden on guitar and Rebop Kwaku Baah on congas. An unreleased mix
(done as number four of five on 12th November 1972) for an American single. UK
version released on an Island single WIP 6146 in November 1972 reached number 7 in the
(UK) charts. This is not the version that appears on the 12" picture disc of All
Right Now (Island Records 12 PIEP 6) but is an alternative mix from that session. First
issued on the box set Songs Of Yesterday.
Let Me Show You (single B side). Recorded at Island Studios 7/11/72. The
B side to the single Wishing Well (WIP 6146) released November
Muddy Water (alternate vocals). Recorded at Island Studios 29/10/72. An early
basic version with alternate vocals. Previously unreleased.
Hand Me Down/ Turn Me Round (prospective album track). Recorded at Island Studios
29/10/72. A track written by Rabbit which was recorded for possible inclusion on the
Heartbreaker album and features Simon on drums, Tetsu on bass, and Rabbit on
guide vocal and keyboards. Paul Rodgers never recorded a final vocal. Previously
Heartbreaker (rehearsal version). Recorded at King Studios, Tokyo, July 1972. More gems
from the John Rabbit Bundrick archive. This track was taped at a band
rehearsal for their Japanese tour. The group consisted of Paul Rodgers vocals and guitar,
Tetsu Yamauchi on bass, Simon Kirke on drums and Rabbit on keyboards. Andy Fraser had
departed to Sharks and Paul Kossoff was unable to tour because of ill health. Previously
Easy On My Soul (rehearsal version). Recorded at King Studios, Tokyo, July 1972. From
the same source as the previous track. This features Paul on pianola and Rabbit on Grand
piano. Previously unreleased.