Free (Ultra Naté song)
|Single by Ultra Naté|
|from the album Situation: Critical|
|Released||March 31, 1997|
|Format||CD single, maxi-single|
|Length||5:52 (album version)|
|Writer(s)||Ultra Naté, Lem Springsteen, John Ciafone|
|Ultra Naté singles chronology|
"Free" is a song by American recording artist Ultra Naté released on March 31, 1997 by her record label Strictly Rhythm. The song was co-written by Naté , Lem Springsteen and John Ciafone while production was held by both Springsteen and Ciafone. "Free" was served as the lead single from her third studio album, Situation: Critical (1997). Musically, the song is a house influenced song that incorporates strong 90's soul, dance, garage and disco.
"Free" received positive reviews from contemporary music critics, who commended her vocal ability and production. The song has been noted as one of the best dance anthems during the 90's era. The song became Naté's most successful single to date, charting in many countries around the world. The song peaked inside the top forty in countries including United Kingdom, Canada, Norway, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand. The song managed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number seventy-five but peaked at number one on the Hot Dance Club Songs.
"Free" received positive reviews from most music critics. Allmusic had highlighted three official versions of the song as "AllMusic Track Picks": the Bob Sinclar Remix, Jason Nevins Mix and the original version of the song. A reviewer from the publication Resident Advisor awarded the song four stars out of five. The reviewer said "This is a solid package from Curvve Recordings. “Free” has already received widespread plays from jocks worldwide, this time around it appears that it may well do the same. An absolute crowd puller, and an essential release for any house dj that is looking for something to fill up a dance floor in seconds."
Impact and legacy
- "Free" (Mood II Swing Radio Edit) – 3:41
- "Free" (Full Intention Radio Edit) – 3:20
- "Free" (Mood II Swing Extended Vocal Mix) – 12:09
- "Free" (Full Intention Vocal Mix) – 6:50
- "Free" (R.I.P. Up North Mix) – 6:45
- "Free" (R.I.P. Down South Dub) – 6:25
- "Free" (Mood II Swing Live Mix) – 7:42
- "Free" (Mood II Swing Dub Mix) – 8:52
- "Free" (Full Intention Sugar Daddy Dub) – 6:05
Charts and certifications
"It Must Be Love" by Robin S.
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
July 5, 1997 – July 19, 1997
"I Don't Want To" by Toni Braxton
- In 2005, Curvve Recordings released the official remixes of "Free". Remixers included:
- In 2016, Defected Records released a Deep House remix/mashup of "Free" made by Claptone, called "The First Time Free (Claptone Remix)". This track includes the guitar riff from "Free", overlayed with the vocals from "The First Time", by Roland Clark.
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