All Right Now
|"All Right Now"|
|Single by Free|
|from the album Fire and Water|
|B-side||"Mouthful of Grass"/"The Hunter"|
|Format||7" 45 RPM|
|Recorded||March 8 1970 at Island Studios, Basing Street, London W11|
|Genre||Hard rock, acid rock|
4:13 (single version)
|Label||Island, A&M (US/Canada)|
|Writer(s)||Andy Fraser/Paul Rodgers|
|Free singles chronology|
"All Right Now" is a rock single by the English rock band Free. The song, released in mid-1970, hit #2 on the UK singles chart and #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. "All Right Now" originally appeared on the album Fire And Water, which Free recorded on the Island Records label, formed by Chris Blackwell. In 1991, the song was remixed and re-released, reaching #8 on the UK singles chart.
"All Right Now" was a #1 hit in over 20 territories and was recognised by ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) in 1990 for garnering 1,000,000 plus radio plays in the U.S. by late 1989. In 2006 the BMI London awards included a Million Air award for 3 million air plays of All Right Now in the USA.
One of the engineers during the recordings of "All Right Now" was Roy Thomas Baker, who would later become Queen's producer (he mixed "Killer Queen", "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Don't Stop Me Now" among others).
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There are (at least) two mixes of Free's "All Right Now". The most popular version heard on classic rock stations is 5:29 and a shorter mix is 4:13. The shorter one has a more complex guitar riff at the lead-in. The difference appears in the first seven seconds of the two tracks before Rodgers' "Whoa, whoa, whoa". The jazzier riff is apparent throughout the entire recording; there are also several slight variants to the bassline; this version has the click track[clarification needed] accidentally mixed into it. When the band sent the album off to be mastered, they then pressed all the records, finally one of the members noticed it in the mix when he heard the song on the radio. Furthermore, there are two mixes of the common 4:13 version. The first is the original '1970s' version; this was later remixed using exactly the same vocal track, but replacing the guitars and drums with heavier, rockier sounding ones. There is an outtake version on their box-set, and a version on Free Live!
Use in the media 
- A live performance, filmed in front of the (then) largest concert crowd of 600,000+ at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970, was included in the 1997 film "Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival".
- This song is used in TV series Supernatural, as the closing music for season one episode "Skin".
- A UK advert for Wrigley's chewing gum in the late 1980s and early 1990s used this song.
- This song was used in an episode of The Sopranos. In the episode "The Ride", the song plays while Tony Soprano and Christopher Moltisanti happen upon bikers who are robbing a liquor store.
- This song was featured on the American Beauty Soundtrack.
- This song plays during the final scene and closing credits of the Entourage episode "My Maserati Does 185" (season 2, episode 2).
- Paul Rodgers – lead vocal
- Paul Kossoff – electric guitar
- Andy Fraser – bass guitar
- Simon Kirke – drums
Cover versions 
"All Right Now" has been covered by many bands and artists; the most popular are by The Runaways in 1975 (as a demo), (Rick) Santers  in 1984, Rod Stewart in 1984, ex-Wham! backing singers Pepsi & Shirlie in 1987, and Scottish girl band Lemonescent in 2003. It has also been sampled in Tone-Loc's song "Funky Cold Medina" in 1989. The Who covered it at a concert in Passaic, New Jersey on September 11, 1979. The Sweet once covered this song at a 1976 concert following the death of Paul Kossoff in Santa Monica, California, with Ritchie Blackmore sitting in on guitar. Sawyer Brown covered "All Right Now" as a part of their 2008 tour.
"All Right Now", recorded by Mike Oldfield (produced by Tom Newman), with vocals by Wendy Roberts and Pierre Moerrlen, was issued as a one-sided promotional blue 7" single flexi-disc in 1979. The single was given only to Virgin Records executives and never issued to the public, making it one of the most elusive collectors' items in the Oldfield catalogue (number Virgin TT-362).
Since 1972, "All Right Now" as arranged by Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band has been the de facto fight song of Stanford University athletic teams. The band and the student section all jump in the air when the song starts and at the end of the bridge.
Steve Miller acknowledged the intro to his 1976 #1 single "Rock 'n Me" was a tip of the hat to "All Right Now". "Yeah, it's a tack on the wall for Paul. I did one concert in the two years that I was off the road. I went to London and played with Pink Floyd...it was a big, huge outdoor show so we needed a big rock and roll number that was really going to excite everybody. I just put it together and didn't think much about it."
Paige Miles also sang this song on "American Idol" as her Top 24 performance.
Ali Campbell covered the song on his 2010 album Great British Songs.
Bad Company, with Free singer Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, covered this song in a 2002 concert, appearing on their live album In Concert: Merchants of Cool. Rodgers continues to feature the song in most of his live performances.
See also 
- Song title 912 - All Right Now
- Paul Rodgers: Biography. iTunes
- Broadcast Music Inc. London Awards 2006
- Mckay, Neil (5 November 2008). "All Right Now for Free tribute show". The Journal (Newcastle).
- YouTube - Sweet featuring Ritchie Blackmore - All Right Now (Live 1976)
- "Rare Tracks". Amarok (Ommadawn.net). Retrieved 2008-08-14.
- Live cover by Queen + Paul Rodgers (official video) on YouTube
- Lyrics of live cover by Queen + Paul Rodgers from Live in Ukraine, from Queen official website