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All Right Now Free (Island, 1970)

All Right Now by English rock band Free hit #2 in the UK and #4 in the U.S. One of the engineers that recorded All Right Now, Ray Thomas Baker, became Queen’s producer.

All Right Now was recorded for Free’s third album, Fire and Water. The single became the band’s break out hit.

Free broke up in April 1971 after differences between lead singer Paul Rodgers and bassist Andy Fraser. A live album, Free Live! was released in September 1971. It was intended to be a commemorative album. This led to a new album, Free at Last to be released in June 1972. In January 1973, their final album Heartbreaker was released. By this time, Fraser had left the group. Despite peaking at #9 in the UK, the subsequent tour was a disaster. Their long time guitarist Paul Kossoff’s drug addictions had spiraled out of control and he was unable to accompany them to the U.S. Tragically, on March 19, 1976, while on a flight from L.A. to New York City, Kossoff died of a heart attack related to heroin use. He was only 25 years old.

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