Fire and Water — Free

This is Free’s third album and the one that brought them to the world stage. This is also the first Free album I had and by far my favorite. 

It’s hard-dri­ving at times, sooth­ing at oth­ers, and very com­pact all-around — a great English blues rock band. 

There’s prob­a­bly nobody out there who hasn’t heard “All Right Now,” a rock clas­sic fea­tured here. Andy Fraser plays a very dis­tinc­tive bass, which I love, and he co-writes almost all the songs with front­man Paul Rodgers. 

Rodgers lat­er forms Bad Company and takes his fab­u­lous voice and drum­mer Kirke with him. 

Free record­ed at least six stu­dio albums from 1968 through 1973. I’ve had this one in my col­lec­tion first as vinyl then as a CD. I still lis­ten to it frequently.

A nice shot of Steve Winwood with the boys.

Album info

All tracks were writ­ten by Andy Fraser and Paul Rodgers unless oth­er­wise stat­ed. The details are tak­en from the A&M album, since the Island release does not include run­ning times, and may dif­fer from oth­er releases.

“Fire and Water” – 3:42
“Oh I Wept” (Rodgers, Paul Kossoff) – 4:25
“Remember” – 4:25
“Heavy Load” – 5:19
“Mr. Big” (Fraser, Rodgers, Simon Kirke, Kossoff) – 5:54
“Don’t Say You Love Me” – 6:02
“All Right Now” – 5:32

Paul Rodgers – vocals
Paul Kossoff – lead gui­tar, rhythm gui­tar
Andy Fraser – bass gui­tar, acoustic gui­tar, piano
Simon Kirke – drums, percussion

Released: June 26, 1970
Recorded: January–June 1970
Studio: Trident and Island, London
Length: 35:01
Label: Island

  • Jeff Brandt

    Jeff has been a music fan since the age of 7 when the album Meet the Beatles hit the streets. He grew up in Hoptown and went to col­lege at UK a cou­ple of times. He retired in 2016 and is cur­rent­ly amass­ing his music col­lec­tion. Jeff says he loves being retired but is tired of quarantining.