Free Ride (song)

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"Free Ride"
Free Ride Edgar Winter.jpg
Single by Edgar Winter Group
from the album They Only Come Out at Night
B-side "When It Comes"
Released August 1973
Recorded 1972
Genre Rock
Length 3:08 (Album/Single version)
3:24 (Full version)
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Dan Hartman
Producer(s) Rick Derringer
Edgar Winter Group singles chronology
"Frankenstein"
(1973)
"Free Ride"
(1973)
"Hangin' Around"
(1973)

"Frankenstein"
(1973)
"Free Ride"
(1973)
"Hangin' Around"
(1973)
"Free Ride"
Free Ride - Tavares.jpg
Single by Tavares
from the album In the City
B-side "In the Eyes of Love"
Released December 1975
Format 7″
Genre Soul
Length 2:57
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Dan Hartman
Producer(s) Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter
Tavares singles chronology
"It Only Takes a Minute"
(1975)
"Free Ride"
(1975)
"The Love I Never Had"
(1976)

"It Only Takes a Minute"
(1975)
"Free Ride"
(1975)
"The Love I Never Had"
(1976)
"Free Ride"
Single by Dan Hartman
from the album They Only Come Out at Night
B-side "Love Strong"
Released 1979
Recorded 1979
Genre Disco
Length 7:06
Label Blue Sky
Songwriter(s) Dan Hartman
Producer(s) Dan Hartman
Dan Hartman singles chronology
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"Free Ride"
(1979)
"Boogie All Summer""
(1979)

Hands Down "Free Ride"
(1979)
"Boogie All Summer""
(1979)

"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, In the City. Their version would peak at #52 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #8 on the Hot Soul Singles chart.

Audio Adrenaline recorded a version of the song for their 1996 album, Bloom.

Hartman himself re-recorded the song and released it on his 1979 album Relight My Fire.


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Appearances[edit]

The song was featured in Air America and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. It was later used in The Drew Carey Show episode "The Dog and Pony Show".[7] 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.[8] The song is on Rock Band 3 as downloadable content along with "Frankenstein".[9] It also appears in the main setlist of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.

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