Fire and Water (Free album)
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|Fire and Water|
|Studio album by Free|
|Released||26 June 1970|
|Recorded||January – June 1970 at Trident Studios and Island Studios, London|
|Genre||Blues rock, hard rock|
|Label||Island, A&M, Polydor|
|Producer||Free, John Kelly
Co-producer: Roy Thomas Baker
Fire and Water is the third studio album released by English rock group Free. The album became the band's breakthrough hit, reaching #2 in the UK charts and #17 in the US, making it the most successful Free album. The album contained the hit single "All Right Now" which they later played to a crowd of over 600,000 people at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, generating great popularity. To date, it is the only Free album to have seen a CD reissue in America.
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All tracks written by Andy Fraser and Paul Rodgers unless otherwise stated.
- Side one
- "Fire and Water" – 4:02 (UK album) 3:41 (US album)
- "Oh I Wept" (Rodgers, Kossoff) – 4:26
- "Remember" – 4:20 (A reworking of an unused song "Woman by the Sea" from the Tons of Sobs recording sessions in 1968)
- "Heavy Load" – 5:19
- Side two
- "Mr. Big" (Fraser, Rodgers, Kirke, Kossoff) – 5:55 (Performed by Free on a televised session that can be seen on the Let It Rock – Vol. 2 DVD, released in the UK in 2003.)
- "Don't Say You Love Me" – 6:01
- "All Right Now" – 5:32 (The version on the album is longer than the single release: the second verse is repeated and the guitar solo is longer.)
- Reissue Bonus Tracks
- "Oh I Wept" - Alternate Vocal
- "Fire And Water" - Stereo Mix
- "Fire And Water" - BBC Session
- "All Right Now" - BBC Session
- "All Right Now" - Single Version
- "All Right Now" - Early Version
- Paul Rodgers – vocals
- Paul Kossoff – lead guitar, rhythm guitar
- Andy Fraser – bass guitar, piano
- Simon Kirke – drums, percussion
In 2001 the album was reissued with extra tracks, consisting only of alternate versions of songs already on the album. They include an alternate vocal take of "Oh I Wept" and a remix of "Fire and Water" to correct many of the production deficiencies that the original contains. This version of the song does not fade out; instead Simon Kirke's final drum solo is performed to the end resulting in this version being twenty-one seconds longer than the album version. A BBC Session of this song is also included.
The extra tracks also include three different versions of "All Right Now": one is a BBC session; one is the edited version that was released as a single. It runs at 4:18, one minute and fourteen seconds less than the album version: the final verse is gone and the guitar solo is heavily cut down, a fact that Kossoff disliked. The final version of the song is an early take that was never used.
In 2008 the album was issued again as a 2CD Deluxe Edition with twenty-three extra tracks. Most of these bonus tracks had previously appeared on the Songs of Yesterday box set, but five previously unreleased alternate versions were also included.
Wilson Pickett recorded a cover of "Fire and Water" in 1971 that reached #2 on the Billboard R&B charts.
Far Corporation covered "Fire and Water" on the first album Division One in 1985.
- Clayton, David and Smith, Todd K. Heavy Load: The Story of Free. Moonshine Publishing 2002
- Strong, Martin C. The Great Rock Discography, 6th edition. Edinburgh: Canongate Books 1994, 2002. pp. 392–3.
- Sutcliffe, Phil. Notes to Fire and Water by Free. Universal Island Records Ltd. 1970, 2001.