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Fire And Water (Deluxe Edition)

March 18, 2008

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 17, 2008
  • Release Date: March 17, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: A&M
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Universal-Island Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 2:26:12
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  • ASIN: B0015WS75C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,668 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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The sound quality after remastering is excellent!
Robert Baysinger
This album is the definitive Free Album and the best album ever recorded, with classics like "Fire and Water", "Mr. Big","All Right Now","Heavy Load" and many more.
Abey Grey
A well deserved success awaited Free after the release of their 3rd album, `Fire and Water' on the early summer of 1970.
Mark H.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 8, 2008
Format: Audio CD
FREE were:
PAUL RODGERS - Vocals [ex Brown Sugar]
PAUL KOSSOFF - Guitar & Piano [ex Black Cat Bones]
ANDY FRASER - Bass
SIMON KIRKE - Drums [ex John Mayall's Bluesbreakers]

THE UK ALBUM:
Preceded by their debut "Tons Of Sobs" (recorded in October and December 1968, released in March 1969) and their 2nd album "Free" (recorded in April and June, released in October 1969), FREE's third landmark LP "Fire And Water" was delivered to an expectant public in all its 7-track simplicity and glory on 26th of June 1970 as Island ILPS 9120. Prepped by the edited single of "All Right Now" in May 1970 (Island WIP 6082), which raced up to number 2 in the charts, the album delivered what the public seemed to already know - here was a truly great British band hitting its stride.

CD:
This is the 3rd CD incarnation of the original LP, a 1986 crappy non-remaster, a far better 2001 Remaster with 6 bonus tracks - and now this - a 30-Track 2CD DELUXE EDITION issued on 18 March 2008. For fans who already own the 2001 remaster and probably also have the 4CD "Songs Of Yesterday" Box set that went before it in May 2000, for all its comprehensiveness, this 2CD set offers only 5 Previously Unreleased Tracks. So if you can buy the 2001 remaster for a fiver or less anywhere, why pay £15 for this 2CD set - the answer is threefold - the PACKAGING, the EXTRAS (4 out of 5 of them are actually great) and above all - the SOUND - which is the BEST EVER. Here's the breakdown...

PACKAGING:
The booklet contains black & white photos, reproduction of concert tickets, press adverts, in the studio colour photos and a detailed history of the albums path to number 3 in the UK charts in July 1970.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By William M. Feagin on April 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
1970's Fire and Water was Free's third album, and the one which made them international stars. They were featured at the Isle of Wight Festival that year; the liner notes to this CD tell of how Pete Townshend approached the group on the ferry over to the Isle of Wight and congratulated them on the success of "All Right Now."

And they certainly deserved it--on Fire and Water, Free are hitting on all cylinders for sure. This was the best thing Paul Rodgers ever did, bar none; closest match might be Bad Company's eponymous 1974 debut. Paul Kossoff's guitar playing shows just why Eric Clapton wanted to learn how to get the kind of vibrato Kossoff was getting out of his Les Paul (which totally floored Kossoff--hadn't everyone been saying, just a few years previously, "Clapton is God"? Talk about affirmation!). Andy Fraser and Simon Kirke make up one of the most solid rhythm sections in the history of rock 'n' roll. And the songs? And how!

The title cut absolutely smokes--'nuff said. "All Right Now" was a hit, and deservedly so; 36 years later, this bluesy tale of picking up a girl and trying to hit on her still rocks. "Oh I Wept" has enough soul to have done Otis Redding proud. The bonus tracks are nice, if not terribly essential. The remastering is crystal clear and very warm. The only question I have is this: Why has Island's UK office been the only one to step up to the plate? A&M was the band's US label (not to mention the US label of several other Island artists, such as Fairport Convention), and apart from the Molten Gold 2 CD anthology from 1993, they haven't bothered. Thank all the gods of rock 'n' roll somebody did; kudos to Island.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mike Butler on November 26, 2003
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1 can argue about which lp is Free's best. But this one always did it for me. Pauls guitar crys emotion that techincally superior guitar players know nothing about. Heavy Load is the soulfull straw Mr. Rogers has been grasping for ever since. Mr Big places Mt. Frazier on the map for ever and ever. Simon Kirkes drumming is the glue that holds the landscape together, Stellar at every turn in this audio masterpiece. An incredible cd.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Abey Grey on January 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I was absolutely shocked from the very first time I heard this album;this has never been done before and still to this very day nothing in the same greatness has come along.I mean this band is tight!Paul Rodgers is the best singer that ever lived, this man has so much soul that he excells in everything he does whether it is Free,Bad Company,The Firm,The Law or even Queen.

This album is the definitive Free Album and the best album ever recorded, with classics like "Fire and Water", "Mr. Big","All Right Now","Heavy Load" and many more.It defnitely has a touch of soul,hard rock and even blues to a certain extent!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus on September 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Probably Free's best album at the time, "Fire And Water" features the group's biggest hit, "All Right Now", as well as several other good, well-structured blues-rockers.
Having said that, I strongly advise you not to buy it.
That's right. Six of these seven songs are on the superb "Molten Gold - The Free Anthology", and that one is the only Free CD you'll ever need...it gathers virtually every Free song of note onto two discs.
And besides - this remastered edition (which hasn't yet taken the place of the original seven-track CD in the US, and thus costs a lot more) isn't worth the extra cash...there may be six bonus cuts, but five of them are various alternative renditions of either "All Right Now" or the title song.
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