FREE - Songs Of Yesterday (2000)

SONGS OF YESTERDAY features five discs worth of Free tracks originally recorded between 1968 and 1972. The release contains 80 tracks in all and includes many rarities featuring Paul Kossoff, Paul Rogers, Simon Kirke, and John "Rabbit" Bundrick. It's strange that a band with a song as immediate as "All Right Now" is a bit of an acquired taste, but it's the truth. Free was a powerful, majestic hard rock band at their peak, but they were also a little obtuse; a lot of their power came from their playing, and their songwriting was epic, but often elliptical. As such, they're for hard rock connoisseurs -- a band who gained a spirited, dedicated following largely because they took devotion to unlock their treasures, especially in the years following their breakup. For those fans, the five-disc Songs of Yesterday is a godsend. This is not a box for listeners with less than a consuming interest in the band (even if you think you want total immersion in Free, this will not be as effective as purchasing each of their albums) since this contains a wealth of unreleased material. Very few of the tracks are actual album tracks, most are alternate mixes or alternate versions, plus there are a lot of live tracks in the mix, as well. As long as you know what you're getting into, this isn't bad, especially since it refurbishes the band's canon for the dedicated, giving them fresh insights to familiar songs (even if the new mixes aren't necessarily better than the originals they just sound a bit brighter and more modern). For anyone else, it's a bit much, and it doesn't quite tell the story in the right fashion, since it really offers a mirror image, alternate version rather than the real thing. ~ cduniverse.com


01. Over The Green Hills 02. Walk In My Shadow 03. Wild Indian Woman 04. Guy Stevens' Blues 05. Visions Of Hell 06. I'm A Mover 07. Moonshine 08. Woman By The Sea 09. Free Me 10. Long Tall Sally 11. Broad Daylight 12. The Worm 13. Trouble On Double Time 14. Spring Dawn 15. I'll Be Creepin' 16. Sugar For Mr Morrison 17. Songs Of Yesterday 18. Woman 19. Mourning Sad Morning 20. Fire And Water
01. All Right Now 02. Oh I Wept 03. Remember 04. Don't Say You Love Me 05. Stealer 06. Highway Song 07. On My Way 08. Sunny Day 09. Ride On A Pony 10. Love You So 11. Soon I Will Be Gone 12. My Brother Jake 13. Makin' Love (Only My Soul) 14. Rain 15. Get Where I Belong 16. Only My Soul 17. Travellin' Man 18. Molten Gold
01. Little Bit Of Love 02. Soldier Boy 03. Sail On 04. Guardian Of The Universe 05. Child Me 06. Honky Tonk Woman 07. Lady 08. Muddy Water (Demo) 09. Heartbreaker 10. Wishing Well 11. Let Me Show You (Jam) 12. Let Me Show You 13. Muddy Water 14. Common Mortal Man 15. Heartbreaker 16. Seven Angels
01. Ride On A Pony 02. Be My Friend 03. Fire And Water 04. Stealer 05. Don't Say You Love Me 06. Mr Big 07. I'll Be Creepin' 08. Free Me 09. Woman 10. I'm A Mover 11. Walk In My Shadow 12. Songs Of Yesterday 13. All Right Now 14. Crossroads
01. I Just Wanna See You Smile - Paul Rodgers & The Maytals 02. Zero BC - Peace 03. Like Water - Peace 04. Ol' Jelly Roll - Sharks 05. Follow Me - Sharks 06. Fool's Love - Kossoff Kirke Testu Rabbit 07. I'm On The Run - Kossoff Kirke Testu Rabbit 08. Sammy's Alright - Kossoff Kirke Testu Rabbit 09. Hold On - Kossoff Kirke Testu Rabbit 10. Tuesday Williamsburg - Rabbit 11. Unseen Love - Rabbit 12. Time Spent Time Away - Pauk Kossoff & John Martyn

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