On buying and reviewing the underrated "Highway", "Free At Last" and "Heartbreaker" CDs in this reissue cluster and loving their audio — I splashed out on more and the results are equally magical.
Here are the songs of yesterday I'll Be Creepin'. Songs Of Yesterday. Lying In The Sunshine. Trouble On Double Time. Mouthful Of Grass. Woman [Side 2]. Broad Daylight. Mourning Sad Morning. As you can see from this list of ten missing extras including those tasty non-album B-sides "The Worm" and "Sugar For Mr. Morrison" - your loss is considerable — most of these bonus tracks adding huge punch to the overall vibe of the reissue the Paul Kossoff and Paul Rodgers photo spines on the jewel cases are gone too.
The rest of the band were also quite good with guitarist Kealey deserving special notice for his tasteful solos. The first three of these vocalists would also sing backing vocals with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley on the Lyn Christopher album. They had released a self-titled album in Paul Kossoff - - Back Street Crawler.
In the s, England was up to its eyeballs in white-boy blues bands. This was the golden age of the guitar player, when people like Clapton, Beck, and Page became recognized names the world over. But for every Cream, Yardbirds, or Led Zeppelin, there were scores of other groups working the same circuit, trying their damndest to break through. Free was such a band.
And they had another weapon: Paul Kossoff, a player who brought it all together and elevated their music into the stratosphere. Sadly, Kossoff died from a drug-related heart attack at 25 during a flight from L.
His memory lives on through his music and through the longtime anti-substance abuse efforts of the Paul Kossoff Foundation. Paul Kossoff was born on September 14, , in Hampstead, a London suburb. He was gifted with the performance gene from birth. Kossoff took to music early, commencing classical guitar lessons at age He definitely had an innate talent for guitar. As much as Kossoff loved the guitar, the classical lessons grated on him, and he gave them up after a few years.
His guitar sabbatical was short lived, however. Kossoff caught a performance by Eric Clapton at a John Mayall gig in , and after seeing what Clapton was doing with the blues, his passion for the guitar was reignited. He resumed lessons, this time with noted session musician Colin Falconer. While manning the floor one day, he happened to meet a hot new prospect fresh off the plane from America: Jimi Hendrix. Just seeing him really freaked me out. I just loved him to death. He was my hero. Kossoff was eventually able to purchase his first Gibson guitar.
Kossoff started his own blues band called Black Cat Bones in and hit the London club scene. In the early years, the band had trouble breaking through to the mainstream, and the lineup changed often. Most importantly for Kossoff though, was the experience of playing the music he loved in front of people willing to hear it.
Even more vital were the dates where Black Cat Bones supported another up-and-coming blues act called Fleetwood Mac. In Kossoff and his band were in search of a new drummer when they came across Simon Kirke, who was in the audience at a Black Cat Bones gig after hearing through the grapevine that the group might be interested in his services.
With Kirke providing the backbeat, things started to move. After the tour Kossoff and Kirke decided to part with Black Cat Bones and form a new outfit all their own. When they finally did in , it was a transformative experience. We used to do two minute spots with a break in between. So he brought his guitar in and we jammed—a really heart-stopping jam. King, and a couple of other things, and it was like time stood still.
The members of Free were remarkably young when they formed the group. Kossoff was 17, Rodgers and Kirke were 18, and bassist Andy Fraser was a mere Despite this, each member already had a taste for the road after serving in other bands. What bound Free more than anything else—especially Kossoff and Rodgers—was their unconditional love of the blues. King—especially B. Still without a band name, the quartet booked their first show at a modest club in London, where one of the kings of the nascent British Blues scene offered to help them out.
With a little help from Korner, Free inked a deal with Island Records. For the sessions, Kossoff brought out a duo of Les Pauls, including a now-fabled late-era sunburst model, which was later stripped and painted black, as well as a black three-pickup custom.
After completing their first album, Free went on the road to try and make a name for themselves. Dwarfed by a column of Marshall stacks—Super Lead heads and 4x12 cabinets with bass speakers installed—Kossoff managed to make up for his diminutive height through sheer volume.
In addition to lead guitar duties, Kossoff was given another important task. He would drive us two or three hundred miles, do a couple of shows, and drive back. I used to sit in the front with him just to keep him awake. Not long after Tons of Sobs was released, the band was back in the studio working on its second record, the self-titled Free. This time the group was produced by the president of the label, Chris Blackwell. Things were much tighter, with the main songwriting duo of Rodgers and Fraser imposing a stricter framework.
Almost immediately after they finished recording, the group resumed its breakneck touring schedule, supporting the supergroup Blind Faith on its only American tour.
Kossoff and Clapton became quite close, discussing the finer points of their respective techniques and even trading a couple of guitars. But the band began to wonder where they would ever actually make it. Then in June of , Fire and Water hit the shelves with the force of an atomic blast. With greater success came new tensions. Compared to Fire and Water, Highway was a commercial disappointment, only reaching No.
Meanwhile, Kossoff, depressed by the death of his hero Jimi Hendrix, began self-medicating with Quaaludes. When Free decided to call it quits in , Kossoff took it harder than anyone. We had been together for such a long time, living so close, seeking success, and when we finally reached it, there was so much pressure. By this time Kossoff was in bad shape, as was apparent to all who knew him.
He was almost gone to us at that point, because he was sort of off in this other world. It was such a shame because we all loved him so much, and we immediately dropped everything we were doing to try and put the band back together again so that we could put Koss back together.
The band called it quits for good in Rodgers says the group was never able to recover from the turmoil of the earlier dissolution. It was hard to rekindle what we had prior to all that. Kossoff immediately began working on his first solo record, Back Street Crawler, which featured guest appearances by his former Free bandmates as well as Alan White of Yes. But no matter how thoroughly you searched there were times when he would still manage to get out of it. He wasn't addicted to anything in particular—he would take anything he could get his hands on.
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With Kirke providing the backbeat, things started to move. After the tour Kossoff and Kirke decided to part with Black Cat Bones and form a new outfit all their own. Guitars Bass Amps Pedals Players. Photo by Lucy Piller In the s, England was up to its eyeballs in white-boy blues bands. Photo by Graham Lowe. Previous 1 2 3 4 Next.
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