Free-for-All (Ted Nugent album)

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Free-for-All
Studio album by Ted Nugent
Released October 1976
Recorded The Sound Pit, Atlanta, Georgia
Genre Hard rock, Heavy metal
Length 38:28
Label Epic
Producer Tom Werman, Lew Futterman, Cliff Davies
Ted Nugent chronology
Ted Nugent
(1975)
Free-for-All
(1976)
Cat Scratch Fever
(1977)
Singles from Free-for All
  1. "Dog Eat Dog / I Love You So I Told You a Lie"
    Released: November 1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[2]
Robert Christgau B− [3]
Classic Rock 4/5 stars[4]

Free-For-All is the second release from American guitarist Ted Nugent and his first album to go platinum.[5]

Rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist Derek St. Holmes left during the recording of the album due to growing personal and creative conflicts with Nugent. However, St. Holmes did sing on the tracks "Turn It Up," "Light My Way," "Dog Eat Dog," and an alternate version of "Street Rats", which was cut from the album and ultimately released on the 1993 Epic/Legacy compilation album, Out of Control. St. Holmes returned to the group after Free For All was released, performing on the subsequent tour. Vocalist Meat Loaf, then an unknown, was brought in to sing on some of the album's tracks that were meant for St. Holmes: "Writing on the Wall," "Street Rats," "Together," "Hammerdown," and "I Love You So I Told You a Lie."

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ted Nugent, except where noted, all songs arranged by Rob Grange, Derek St. Holmes and Cliff Davies.

  1. "Free-for-All" – 3:20
  2. "Dog Eat Dog" – 4:04
  3. "Writing on the Wall" – 7:08
  4. "Turn It Up" – 3:36
  5. "Street Rats" – 3:36
  6. "Together" (Rob Grange, Cliff Davies) – 5:52
  7. "Light My Way" (Derek St. Holmes, Rob Grange) – 3:00
  8. "Hammerdown" – 4:07
  9. "I Love You So I Told You a Lie" (Cliff Davies) – 3:47

1999 CD reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Free-for-All" (live) – 5:13
  2. "Dog Eat Dog" (live) – 6:21
  3. "Street Rats" (alternate version with Derek St. Holmes on vocals) – 4:14

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

  • Derek St. Holmes - lead vocals, rhythm guitar on "Dog Eat Dog"
  • Ted Nugent - lead and rhythm guitar, vocals, percussion, bass on "Dog Eat Dog"
  • Rob Grange - bass guitar, arrangements, bass phase effects
  • Cliff Davies - drums, percussion, background vocals on "Dog Eat Dog", producer, arrangements

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Meat Loaf - vocals
  • Steve McRay - keyboards, background vocals
  • Tom Werman - percussion, producer

Production[edit]

  • Lew Futterman - producer
  • Cliff Davies- producer
  • Anthony Reale - engineer
  • Tim Geelan - mixing engineer
  • Paula Scher - album design
  • Jim Houghton - photography
  • Bruce Dickinson - 1999 reissue producer
  • Vic Anesini - remastering
  • Stephan Moore - 1999 reissue project director
  • Howard Fritzson - 1999 reissue art director
  • Gary Graff - 1999 reissue liner notes

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1976 Billboard 200 (North America)[6] 24
1976 RPM100 Albums (Canada)[7] 31
1976 UK Album Chart[8] 33
1976 Swedish Album Chart[9] 14

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Position
1976 "Dog Eat Dog" Billboard Hot 100 (North America)[10] 91
RPM100 Top Singles (Canada)[11] 73

Sales Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Sales
U.S. RIAA 2× Platinum (2,000,000)[5]
Canada CRIA Gold (50,000)[12]

Trivia[edit]

  • The track "Turn It Up" was featured in the The Walking Dead third season episode, "This Sorrowful Life", and heard on the car radio while Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) is sitting in the driver's seat of a car right before he jumps out of the car which is being followed by a horde of "walkers" attracted by the noise into Woodbury.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Ted Nugent Free-for-All review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  2. ^ Altman, Billy (18 November 1976). "Album Reviews: Ted Nugent - Free for All". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-01-27. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Reviews: Free for All". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  4. ^ Dome, Malcolm (February 2005). "'Ted Nugent'". Classic Rock 76. London, UK: Future Publishing Ltd. p. 109. 
  5. ^ a b "RIAA Database Search for Nugent, Ted". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  6. ^ "Free-for-All Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  7. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 26, No. 8, November 20, 1976". Library and Archives Canada. 20 November 1976. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  8. ^ "Free for All Chart Stats". Chart Stats.com. Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  9. ^ "Ted Nugent – Free-for-All (Album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  10. ^ "Free-for-All Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  11. ^ "Top Singles - Top Singles - Volume 26, No. 13, December 25, 1976". Library and Archives Canada. 25 December 1976. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  12. ^ "Gold Platinum Database - Title: Free for All". Music Canada. Retrieved 2011-12-16.