Free-for-All (Ted Nugent album)

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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)Ted Nugent1975
Cat Scratch Fever
(1977)Cat Scratch Fever1977
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]
Classic Rock 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B− [3]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[4]

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


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.[6] Additionally, St. Holmes was unhappy with Tom Werman's production, saying that the producer was watering down the band's sound.[6]

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.[7] 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.[6]

The track "Turn It Up" was featured in 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 it which is being followed by a horde of "walkers" attracted by the noise into Woodbury.

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

  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

  1. "Street Rats" – 3:36
  2. "Together" (Rob Grange, Cliff Davies) – 5:52
  3. "Light My Way" (Derek St. Holmes, Rob Grange) – 3:00
  4. "Hammerdown" – 4:07
  5. "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


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


  • 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


Weekly charts[edit]

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


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


Country Organization Sales
U.S. RIAA 2× Platinum (2,000,000)[5]
Canada CRIA Gold (50,000)[16]


  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. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ a b "RIAA Database Search for Nugent, Ted". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  6. ^ a b c Ted Nugent band - Derek St. Holmes
  7. ^ Ted Nugent Paid Meat Loaf $1,000 To Sing On Free For All Album
  8. ^ Ted Nugent Paid Meat Loaf $1000 For Free For All
  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. ^ "Free-for-All Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  11. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 26, No. 8, November 20, 1976". Library and Archives Canada. 20 November 1976. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  12. ^ "Free for All Chart Stats". Chart Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  13. ^ "Ted Nugent – Free-for-All (Album)". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  14. ^ "Free-for-All Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  15. ^ "Top Singles - Top Singles - Volume 26, No. 13, December 25, 1976". Library and Archives Canada. 25 December 1976. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  16. ^ "Gold Platinum Database - Title: Free for All". Music Canada. Retrieved 2011-12-16.