Fire and Water by Free – Most Underrated Band Ever?
Having published their 1st two records from 1969, Free entered Trident Studios in London from 1970 to list what could eventually become their break through record. Thanks to this classic single ‘All Right Now’, Fire and Water reached Number Two in the UK and 17 at the US. This victory landed them a spot at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival and motivated them into stardom Ateş ve Su.
While ‘All Right Now’ may possibly have become the stand out single, the record all together frees them over the conventional ‘blues rock’ genre. This can be a group more comfortable with distance and also with eachother. The record is more relaxed and laidback and there’s not any over-playing by anybody. In the event that you compare Free to Led Zeppelin as an instance, you are going to observe the deficiency of drum matches, outspoken Trainers and show-off guitar licks. Each path has been just a lesson in conversation along with subtlety. The way that this group come together is higher than the number of these parts and it all boils down to ease.
To get the entire record Simon Kirke only lays down the groove with power so if he can fulfill it has nearly only unread notes or quarter notes. You’ll find nothing unnecessary, but it’s only potent and minimal. Even when his drum solo by the conclusion of the title track ‘Fire and Water’ he will not reveal off.
Listen to ‘Mr Big’ and check out how Kossoff and Kirke relentlessly thrash out the groove while Andy Fraser plays some of the funkiest and most melodic bass playing ever, gradually building up tension for him to drop down to the lower octave just as the band as a whole reach the peak. It’s a perfect battle of tension and resolution that leads us satisfyingly back into the chorus
Free’s effective use of space and restraint is no better shown than in Paul Kossoff’s guitar work. His solos are sparse and melodic, and his chordal work is interesting and powerful. Being the only guitar player he fills up space by using wide intervals in his chord voicings or by adding an extra fifth into his power chords, sometimes both lower and higher. He also makes effective use of the open strings. When he goes into a solo, Andy Fraser jumps in and helps to fill just enough of that new found space to give Kossoff the freedom to play with a sparseness rarely found amongst ‘stone’ guitarists.
The end result of most of the can be the fact that Free seem like more than only a typical guitar trio and vocalist. They truly are continuously interacting together and encouraging one another, never getting into the way. What’s stitched together in a means that shows a maturity far beyond their years during recording. Free certainly are a group totally free from gimmicks. Their music is pure, soulful and intriguing. In later records their sound became more piano directed as Kossoff’s drug addiction got in the way, however Fire and Water may be the noise of Free in their summit, where all clicked in to place. If you’d like to know how to perform with a group, hear the record.