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Heartbreaker

4.5 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 1972)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island Records Inc.
  • ASIN: B000001FST
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
My favourite Free album now sounds even better thanks to a remastering that let's the music shine. After the poor "Free at Last" ( recorded just before the band split for the first time) who would have expected an album as good as this?( Especially without the bass playing and songwriting of Andy Fraser who it seems could not reconcile himself to work with Paul Rodgers again).
The album has it's fair share of bluesy rockers( "Wishing Well" ,"Heartbreaker" and perhaps drummer Simon Kirke's finest performance in "Seven Angels") but it is the slower , more soulful numbers that really make this album special. John Bundrick's two songs "Common mortal man" and Muddy Water" are both suberb and have had me searching for a copy of his solo album (Broken Arrows) for a long time. His keyboard work throughout is polished and always sympathetic to the tunes and what the other musicians are playing. He is clearly a powerful addition to the band. The vocals of Paul Rogers are at times quite stunning in the emotion they are able to convey,and on "come together in the morning" he and guitarist Paul Kossof are captured at an absolute peak ( just listen to the slow fade out and then fade in at the end of the tune-suberb!). Paul Rodgers also pens all the other tunes on the disc and has never written a better bunch of songs ,even the somewhat slight "Easy on my soul" is rendered as a classic by these guys.
In all it is sad that this was the end of a band that had so much potential, but at least we have "Heartbreaker " to remind us of what was.
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It took me about six years to realise what a magnificent album this is -- it was 1979; I was an Oxford student, slightly drunk and mourning a relationship that had just ended -- but it has remained one of my Top 20 favourites ever since. Paul Kossoff's guitar solos on 'Come Together in the Morning' are still some of the most ethereal, spine-tingling elements to emerge from the whole 60s/70s era.
I have had this album on cassette and on unremastered CD. It's always been a notoriously murky mix -- but on a track like 'Wishing Well' that's how it should be. The great news is that this remaster rescues many instruments from the dense wall of sound of the original, particularly the percussion and acoustic guitar. Forget the bonus tracks -- e.g. the timbales on the US mix of 'Wishing Well' -- they are interesting once, but you won't want to remember this classic album for the tinny piano doodlings of the rehearsal versions.
The informative sleeve notes are by Britain's Phil Sutcliffe, the CD itself now resembles the original LP centre label.
In the UK this will rightly become the standard version of HEARTBREAKER, and is priced to replace the AAD version once stocks run out. In the US, we may have to continue buying on import. Very, very strongly recommended.
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Hearbreaker finds a young band stepping into maturity to defy the process of disintegration. Whatever was happening to them at the time, Free turned out one of the best and most enduring recordings of 1972. Though Bad Co. would rock harder and sell many more records, they never came close to the sublime majesty of this one.

Free's song structures, based on blues, gospel, and rock-steady elements, sound more potent and less contrived than ever. Paul Rodger's lyrics have finally grown out of teenage adolescence and express the melancholy and humor of a young man. And analog distortion has never sounded so good - with Andy Johns' crackling production, Free catches fire on Wishing Well and burns through every track to its final resting place on Seven Angels.

1972 was a golden year for album-rock radio, and Heartbreaker wears the classic sound of those times with impressive power and dignity.
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Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson covered 2 of the songs on this album during the Tattooed Millionaire tour. I bought this CD to hear what the original songs sounded like. Blown away cannot describe the feeling I got when first hearing this disc. Come Together In the Morning, Heartbreaker and Easy on My Soul are some of the best songs made by ANY group.
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Though in the final throes of collapse, and riven by internal disputes, with `Heartbreaker' Free produced their final album, which against the odds has proved to be a minor classic. Although Paul Rodgers' vocals, Simon Kirke's drums and Paul Kossoff's lead guitar remained, a new bass player Tetsu had taken the place of original member Andy Fraser, and John `Rabbit' Bundrick was added on keyboards. Rabbit's contribution is critical to this album, his dramatic grand piano and organ work creating a much bigger sound than on the band's previous albums, and leading to `Heartbreaker' sometimes being dubbed Free's `stadium album'. Among the best tracks are the powerful `Wishing well', `Seven angels' and `Common mortal man', but the stand-out track must be `Come together in the morning' which is dominated by Rodgers' soulful vocals and the aching, tortured beauty of Kossoff's guitar soloing, which expresses most eloquently his inner turmoil. It is a travesty that Paul Kossoff was omitted from the list of band members in the album credits, considering that he played on most of the record and had been at the core of the band's sound from the beginning. If the album's original 8 songs were not enough, this reissue also contains several additional tracks of note, including a remix of `Wishing well', the single B-side `Let me show you', and two rehearsal versions of songs from the album.
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