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1. To the Morning
2. Stars
3. More Than Ever
4. Be on Your Way
5. Hickory Grove
6. Long Way Home (Live in the Country)
7. Looking for a Lady
8. Anyway I Love You
9. Wysteria
10. The River

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  • Audio CD (February 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GMXY2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
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Many argue this is Dan Fogelberg's best album.
R. Kyle
I recently ordered a copy of the CD "Home Free" when I ordered Dan's new CD "Love in Time".
Douglas A. Steed
This one is absolutely one of the best I have heard.
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Tim Ryland on January 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Don't get me wrong: I'm a diehard Fogelberg fan. I last saw him in concert in 2000, the eleventh time I'd been to one of his shows. I own all his albums (except "Something Old, New, Borrowed and Some Blues" and the recent Christmas CD, which got an emphatic "Don't bother" from some friends who are equally ardent fans). I wore out the grooves on my Fogelberg albums in the 1970s learning to play guitar. But I'm also honest about someone who was for so long my musical idol: Nearly 20 albums and 30 years later, "Home Free" -- recorded in Nashville when he was a 22-year-old session man -- is arguably Fogelberg's best work.
From the first ethereal strings of "To the Morning" to the lingering ending of "The River," this album stands as a quintessential example of Fogelberg's talent. There is little artifice here, musically or lyrically. (For all their strength, albums like "Netherlands" and "The Innocent Age" sometimes nearly topple from bombast.) In the context of such a great album, it's easy to embrace clunker lines like "far too many stars have fell on me" as idiom. The production -- and bass playing -- by Norbert Putnam is outstanding (he was also doing top-notch work with Eric Andersen at the time in Nashville). And Fogelberg's voice, though not as mature as in the middle years of his career before smoking roughened it, is pristine. (Listen to the last note of "Wysteria.")
It's sad that after "The Innocent Age" in 1981 fine songs on Fogelberg albums became the exception rather than the rule. But, like all his fans, it irks me that he has been pigeon-holed by ballads like "Longer" and "Leader of the Band" and gets airtime only on easy-listening stations.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Needlemyers on February 2, 2005
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This record does not get the attention that it so desperately deserves. This may upset some, but I feel that if you add up the greatness of all of Dan's records, it will not even come close to being as wonderful as Home Free. To me, his later albums lack the raw emotion that this album so perfectly portrays. Every song on this album is great. Listen to the sheer beauty of Be on Your Way or the raw emotion of More Than Ever. This record is Dan's milestone. If you buy a Dan record, do not waste your time with the others, BUY THIS ONE. It goes downhill from here. Some of Souvnirs has that same feeling, but by Captured Angel almost all is lost. I'm not saying that the other albums are bad, but with an album as good as Home Free, the only place one can go is down. This album should be spoken in the same breath as the first CSN album, Neil Young's Harvest, and Jackson Browne's For Everyman. In fact, I would say that I listen to Home Free more than any of these albums, so stop reading this and buy it. You should certainly not be disappointed.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By ! Metamorpho ;) on February 19, 2008
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I begin here not knowing how I can give this selection the proper reverence that it truly deserves. Who can tell me what beauty is? Or love? Or any of the elegant traits that you bestow upon us here? Words are used for lack of anything else. The true measure of this music is felt within and varies depending on how much emotion you let yourself feel. Yes, it's that incredible. And, to think it was your first effort. What a blessing that first one was, and still is Dan. The bliss and exhiliration I feel while listening is something I want always in my life. And, I'm sure everyone does. Stunning and beautiful.

People should not look for these songs on a greatest hits collection. For they exist here, contained within their own gem-like world unto themselves. Pure and crystalline. Not many knew about you then Dan. I was a fortunate one. But, soon the world came around. How could they not? The music ability was always formidable and would have been recognized. But, what we got as a bonus was your heart. Pouring emotion and hurt, love and regret into your songs. But with a silken tenderness that soothed all our fears.

You started out with fine acoustic guitar, soft piano lines and added pedal steel guitar, fiddle, cello to the selections whenever warranted. The landscape embraced the country air and thrived through the seasons. And, throughout it all, you taught us what it was to feel, to be human. We all, sometimes, need to be reminded of that.

The first song my newborn son heard was "To the Morning". It probably is my most favorite of yours. The soft anticipation of the dawning of a new day. The grace of the keyboards conveying gradual awakening. This is the magic of nature in music.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Andersson on December 28, 2002
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Among those who -- in my case, during the 80s -- fell for the 70s sound of the Eagles, Jackson Browne etc., it didn't take long for me to discover this excellent singer/song-writer and multi-instrumentalist and he has since become my great inspiration.
As a resident in Sweden, it took a few years to discover the existence and to get hold of this oustanding artist debut, recorded in the early seventies. I had then already purchased "Souvenirs", "Captured Angel", Nether Lands", "Phoenix" and "The Innocent Age" and was really curious, because there always is somethong special about debut albums in general. When I finally found it (this was -- like all the others -- on vinyl), I was struck by the boldness and sincerety of the music. I hardly think there is a record company today that would have the guts to produce such a personal and uncommercial debut album with their new artist.
The album was recorded in Nashville (where Fogelberg -- who originally set out to become a painting artist -- also had worked as session musician), and like on his next two albums there are very strong country & western influences in the music arrangements, with pedal steel, fiddle and piano and country guitar. But there are also efforts in going his own way and finding his own personal musical expressions. Therefore he takes it one step further and adds to it unusual instruments (harp f.x.) and strings. The mood in some of the acoustic ballads and slow rock songs is, some would say moody and even depressive, but I would say beautiful and innovative, and filled with equally much emotional depth and poetry as in his lyrics. Just listen for example to "Wysteria", "Hickory Grove" and "To the Morning" and you won't believe your ears!
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