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(August 2011) "Free Ride" is a song written by Dan Hartman and performed by The Edgar Winter Group. The single, engineered by Jim Reeves, was a top 20 U.S. hit in 1973, hitting number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
The single 45 version is distinctly different from the LP version. The 45 version contains a significantly brighter guitar track (that opens the song only on the left channel), added harmonics, a fuzz bass added to the bridge and other changes that contrast sharply with the "dry" LP mix. Most
classic rock radio stations play the LP version, and the original 45 mix is much less commonly available online. Both versions clock in at virtually the same length because each was based on the same core "take" and re-mixed with different tracks to the fore as well as added enhancements to the single.
Tavares recorded a version of the song for their 1975 album, . Their version would peak at #52 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #8 on the In the City Hot Soul Singles chart.
Audio Adrenaline recorded a version of the song for their 1996 album, .
Hartman himself re-recorded the song and released it on his 1979 album
Relight My Fire
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The song was featured in
and Air America . It was later used in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie episode " The Drew Carey Show The Dog and Pony Show". The song also appears in the video games  MLB 11: The Show, Cars (video game), and Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned. The song is featured in the 1993 film, . Dazed and Confused The song is on  as downloadable content along with " Rock Band 3 Frankenstein". It also appears in the main setlist of  .
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
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"RPM100 Singles". . RPM Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada. 34 (2). October 20, 1973 . Retrieved . November 8, 2015
"The Edgar Winter Group Chart History (Hot 100)". . Retrieved November 8, 2015. Billboard
Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
Archerd, Army (October 16, 1997). "Hello, 'Monty': Drew drops drawers". Variety . Retrieved . January 19, 2014
". Rockband.com. January 13, 2012 "Free Ride" and "Frankenstein" from The Edgar Winter Group & "Freak on a Leash" and "Falling Away from Me" from KoRn Come to Rock Band!" . Retrieved . September 30, 2012
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