Free (Rick Astley album)

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Free
Studio album by Rick Astley
Released 12 March 1991
Recorded 1990—91
Genre Adult contemporary, dance pop
Label RCA Records
Producer Gary Stevenson, Rick Astley
Rick Astley chronology
Hold Me in Your Arms
(1988)
Free
(1991)
Body and Soul
(1993)
Singles from Free
  1. "Cry for Help"
    Released: 20 January 1991
  2. "Move Right Out"
    Released: 24 March 1991
  3. "Never Knew Love"
    Released: 23 June 1991

Free is Rick Astley's third album, released in 1991. It was his first album not to be produced by the noted production team of Stock Aitken Waterman. It gave Astley another hit single in the ballad "Cry for Help", which became a Top 10 in both the UK and US. Further singles "Move Right Out" and "Never Knew Love" were less successful. Free reached the UK Top 10 and the US Top 40 and marked the end of a successful four-year period for Astley.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars link
MSN Music 1/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

  1. "In the Name of Love" - 4:27 (Michael McDonald)
  2. "Cry for Help" - 4:54 (Rick Astley/Rob Fisher)
  3. "Move Right Out" - 3:50 (Rick Astley/Rob Fisher)
  4. "Be With You" - 4:07 (Rick Astley/Mark King)
  5. "Really Got a Problem" - 4:15 (Rick Astley/Mark King)
  6. "Is This Really Love"† - 3:26 (Rick Astley)
  7. "This Must Be Heaven" - 4:42 (Nicky Brown/Jeffrey Cohen/Jon Lind)
  8. "Never Knew Love" - 3:07 (Derek Bordeaux/John Paul)
  9. "The Bottom Line" - 5:13 (Rick Astley)
  10. "Wonderful You" - 5:08 (Rick Astley)
  11. "Behind the Smile" - 4:33 (Rick Astley)

†Not on LP PL74896

2010 re-issue[edit]

On 3 May 2010 an expanded edition of Free was released in a package containing both newly expanded and remastered editions of Free and Body and Soul.[1]

Tracklist[edit]

  1. "In the Name of Love" - 4:27
  2. "Cry for Help" - 4:54
  3. "Move Right Out" - 3:50
  4. "Be With You" - 4:07
  5. "Really Got a Problem" - 4:15
  6. "Is This Really Love" - 3:26
  7. "This Must Be Heaven" - 4:42
  8. "Never Knew Love" - 3:07
  9. "The Bottom Line" - 5:13
  10. "Wonderful You" - 5:08
  11. "Behind the Smile" - 4:33
  12. "Some Kind Love" - 4:26
  13. "So Glad" - 3:23
  14. "Cry for Help" (Single Edit) - 4:19
  15. "Move Right Out" (Seven-Inch Version) - 3:53
  16. "Never Knew Love" (Seven-Inch Remix) - 3:08
  17. "Cry for Help" (Twelve-Inch Version) - 6:27
  18. "Move Right Out" (Vox/Strings/Piano Version) - 3:35

Credits[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Anne Dudley - orchestra arranger, orchestra conductor
  • Gary Stevenson - engineer
  • Henrik Nilson - engineer
  • Allan Krohn - assistant engineer
  • Andy Baker - assistant engineer
  • Craig Portells - assistant engineer
  • Ren Swan - mixing
  • Rick Astley - art direction
  • Mike Orr and the Broughton Design Group - sleeve design
  • Paul Cox - photography
  • Tony Henderson - management

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Brien, Neil. "Free…plus + Body & Soul plus". Rickastley.co.uk. Archived from the original on 15 July 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013.