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"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 peaked at No. 52 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 8 on the In the City 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 in 1979 on the album
Relight My Fire.
Appearances [ edit ]
The song was featured in the opening scenes of the 1990 movie
and in the 1995 film 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  Prey, MLB 11: The Show, Cars, 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  . This song appeared in a 2015 Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Ford commercial for a Free Ride sales event. 
References [ edit ]
^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 685.
^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 567.
^ 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
^ "Ford Free Ride Sales Event TV Commercial. 'Every 2015 Ford. ispot.tv. September 9, 2015 '" . Retrieved . September 28, 2015
^ "RPM100 Singles". ( RPM Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada) 34 (2). October 20, 1973 . Retrieved . November 8, 2015
^ "The Edgar Winter Group – Chart history" for The Edgar Winter Group. Retrieved November 8, 2015. Billboard Hot 100
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