Free-for-All (Ted Nugent album)

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Free-for-All
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Studio album by Ted Nugent
Released October 1976
Studio 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
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Classic Rock4/5 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauB−[3]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal9/10[4]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[5]

Free-For-All is the second studio album by American hard rock musician Ted Nugent. The album was released in October 1976, by Epic Records. It was his first album to go platinum.[6]

Background[edit]

As the recording of Free-For-All commenced, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist Derek St. Holmes left the band, citing growing personal and creative conflicts with Nugent. Two solid years of living together on the road had taken its toll on the relationship.[7] Additionally, St. Holmes was unhappy with Tom Werman's production, saying that the producer was watering down the band's sound.[7]

A full year before Bat Out of Hell brought him international success, vocalist Meat Loaf was brought in by producer Werman to sing on the album. Meat Loaf was paid the sum of $1000 for his contributions to the album, which included crafting all of the vocal arrangements and two days of recording sessions.[8] He says that after he agreed to do the album he was sent a lyric sheet containing just the words with no arrangements. Having no idea what the songs were going to sound like, he nonetheless created the vocal arrangements for every song.[8]

St. Holmes returned to the group after Free For All's release, performing on the subsequent tour. Band management asked him to return at the request of Epic Records.[7]

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one
No.TitleLength
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
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."Street Rats" 3:36
6."Together"Rob Grange, Cliff Davies5:52
7."Light My Way"Derek St. Holmes, Rob Grange3:00
8."Hammerdown" 4:07
9."I Love You So I Told You a Lie"Cliff Davies3:47

Personnel[edit]

Band members

  • Ted Nugent – lead and rhythm guitar, lead vocals (tracks 1 and 10), percussion, bass on "Dog Eat Dog"
  • Meat Loaf – lead vocals (tracks 3, 5, 6, 8 and 9)
  • Rob Grange – bass guitar, bass phase effects
  • Cliff Davies – drums, percussion, background vocals on "Dog Eat Dog", producer

Additional musicians

  • Derek St. Holmes – lead vocals (tracks 2, 4, 7, 11 and 12), rhythm guitar on "Dog Eat Dog"[9]
  • Steve McRay – keyboards, background vocals
  • Tom Werman – percussion, producer

Production

  • Lew Futterman – 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]

Weekly charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1976 Swedish Albums Chart[10] 14
Billboard 200 (US)[11] 24
RPM100 Albums (Canada)[12] 31
UK Album Chart[13] 33

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Position
1976 "Dog Eat Dog" RPM100 Top Singles (Canada)[14] 73
Billboard Hot 100 (US)[15] 91

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
U.S. RIAA 1992 2× Platinum (2,000,000)[6]
Canada CRIA 1978 Gold (50,000)[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Ted Nugent - Free-for-All review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  2. ^ Dome, Malcolm (February 2005). "Free-For-All". Classic Rock. No. 76. p. 109.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Reviews: Free for All". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  4. ^ Popoff, Martin (October 2003). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 1: The Seventies. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. pp. 206–207. ISBN 978-1894959025.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ a b "RIAA Database: Search for Ted Nugent". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2011-12-16.
  7. ^ a b c Orwat Jr., Thomas S. (June 26, 2011). "Interview: Derek St. Holmes". Rockmusicstar.com. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  8. ^ a b "Ted Nugent Paid Meatloaf $1,000 To Sing On Free For All Album". 104.1 Jack FM. March 17, 2010. Archived from the original on November 25, 2015. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  9. ^ Derek was not a band member during the release of this album as he quit the band therefore should be credited as additional personnel for this album. He didn't return until after its release.
  10. ^ "Ted Nugent – Free-for-All (Album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2011-12-16.
  11. ^ "Ted Nugent Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  12. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 26, No. 8, November 20, 1976". Library and Archives Canada. 20 November 1976. Retrieved 2011-12-16.
  13. ^ "Ted Nugent Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  14. ^ "Top Singles - Top Singles - Volume 26, No. 13, December 25, 1976". Library and Archives Canada. 25 December 1976. Retrieved 2011-12-16.
  15. ^ "Ted Nugent Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  16. ^ "Gold Platinum Database: Search for Ted Nugent". Music Canada. Retrieved 2011-12-16.