Saturday, 25 December 2021

Happy Christmas...!

So here it is 'Merry Christmas', as Slade let me know very loudly in Asda last week! 

I hope everyone is safe and well. Work here continues on issues for next year, and what was two - is now three! No rest for the wicked and I'm working on covers today, before I start paging up, then corrections... and on it goes! I trust you all have a great day, and all best wishes for the coming 2022.

David


Friday, 3 December 2021

FAS #160 addendums

 
 
Free Appreciation Society
Issue #160
Audio and video addendums
 
So here we go.
 
 
Page 22
Andy Fraser talks to Mat Snow about 'My Brother Jake' in 1991.

 
Page 25
March 26, 1971.
Audio snatch. Basing Street.

 
Page 35
Andy's 'unfixed' bass mistake in 'Get Where I Belong' from 'Free Live!'. Listen carefully between 09-11 seconds into the clip.


Page 38 (A)
The original 'My Brother Jake' promo film with Paul Rodgers performing a 'live' vocal over the mixed backing track (Andy, Simon and Kossoff miming).


Page 38 (B)
The dubbed 'My Brother Jake' promo film. Audio taken from the Bob Clearmountain remix of the master tape for the single in 1991 and put onto the remastered original footage (promo for the re-issued single on 7" and 12" plus CD EP).


For further information on these audio and video sections please refer to the relevant page in the FAS magazine. If you don't have a copy and want to buy one details are below or simply send a enquiry to the email address in the border on the right at the bottom of the 'Welcome' section.

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Free Appreciation Society Magazine - Issue #160

Free Appreciation Society

Magazine Issue #160

December 2021

Okay, the final issue of 2021 has gone out to UK subscribers today, and all overseas readers during past last couple of days.

Free Appreciation Society Magazine - Issue #160


This is the second instalment of our FAS 'My Brother Jake / Free Live!' quadrilogy! We now conclude the February UK tour, and then the group head into the studio to record and complete the mixing and selection of songs for the 'Free Live!' album... And of course they decide to break up. Lots going on here as the future of FREE grinds to a halt before they head over to Australia and Japan for the final shows (issue #161)

Lots to read here. Plenty of period press and interviews, and also a tape by tape breakdown of the final sessions that spawn both 'My Brother Jake' (including information of who it was actually about) and 'Get Where I Belong'. Also a few previous unpublished photographs from the period, along with information on the promotional film for 'Jake' and reviews.

This issue has no less than five addendums in the text, and these will go up onto the blog in a day or so. Then if you come here you can check them out as you read. Pretty cool, even if I say so myself -  so long as 'blogger' actually lets me put them up!

A hugely comprehensive issue. Enjoy!

56 pages absolutely packed with FREE!

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Mailed out today to all UK subscribers. Posted for overseas on Monday & Tuesday.

It is cheaper to buy directly here (from the FAS itself) than it will be on Ebay, where there are other fees involved for both UK and overseas buyers. ALL payments are via Paypal, so it's all very easy and secure.

Casual buyer? Want the magazine cheaper? Get a subscription!

A subscription is the cheapest way to get the FAS magazine.

For subscription information email: fasarticle@aol.com

You can buy this individual issue from the email address above.

Drop me a mail giving your location and a Paypal money request will be sent to you.

It's cheaper than buying them on Ebay where they are £6.50 (UK)

UK price including postage from here directly is £5.80 for this issue.

This includes postage and Paypal fees.

A subscription for three issues (UK) is £14.85.


Friday, 12 November 2021

'Now Spinning' Magazine - FREE's 'Highway' Album

Okay, with a brief gap between magazines (#160 starts going out in about 14 days) it's time for some more YouTube recommendations. I have to admit I've been watching a fair bit of stuff there, and have been enjoying content from 'Nat's What I Reckon', 'Critical Drinker' for fun, and the excellent 'Ghost Town Living' for something a bit deeper, as Brent explores and pretty much rebuilds the abandoned mining town of Cerro Gordo that he bought (yes, really), near Lone Pine in California. Well worth checking out and beautifully shot. The mine explorations are mind-blowing. These are my personal picks, they don't have to be yours.

Among those, and all the great space documentaries, are plenty of music 're-evaluate and review' channels. They vary in quality and content, but there's a fair bit of FREE stuff going up on a regular basis. Among those worth viewing is 'Now Spinning Magazine' with Phil Aston. Here you'll find plenty of mentions for Free and Paul Kossoff, as Phil is a big fan. So when the television only has the endless repeats of 'Parrot'... and 'Murder She Wrote.' Oh, I mean 'Poirot', sorry... or the awful remake of 'All Creatures Great & Small', with what has to be the most sickeningly smug looking cast anywhere on TV! Well just turn that shit off and have a look here.

Too much 'Escape To the Chateau', DIY or otherwise? Then check Phil out and go to his homepage to browse the other videos he's made, going back some seven years. His reviews are balanced and, more importantly, honest, and he BUYS the majority of the content he reviews. He's not a hack getting free copies of stuff, it's bought with his own pocket jingle. Good man. His review of the Black Sabbath 'Sabotage' piss take... I mean 'deluxe set' (Hahahaha!) pretty much echoes my own thoughts but without the foul language, and he's a content maker who actually reads and replies to comments made to him! Wow! What a concept! His video for 'Highway' is below and under that are some links to other videos on the 'Now Spinning Magazine' channel. You don't have to agree with everything Phil says, but I've found that generally he's pretty much on the ball, and certainly he seems to like most of the stuff I'd pick! Certainly well worth a look.

 


Classic Albums Reviews : Free Highway 1970

https://youtu.be/CXMembePZkY

Classic Albums Reviews : Back Street Crawler 2nd Street

https://youtu.be/kK7_z3Yshl8

Classic Albums Reviews : Free Tons of Sobs

https://youtu.be/mnnRkpGmpak


Others you might like

Bad Company with Brian Howe a Re-appraisal

https://youtu.be/fMGCELGQK7w

5 Awesome Guitar Solos & Where To Find Them

https://youtu.be/zu9LL-mLxRY

 

Now Spinning Magazine (Homepage On You Tube)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnZSsMr4k8ZVlrJ8MUYR4GA

Check here and click 'videos' for loads more content.

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Free Appreciation Society Magazine - Issue #159

Free Appreciation Society 

Magazine Issue #159

November 2021

 

After a bit of a break we are back... and a few changes. Firstly the magazine is being printed on a new machine and this has make the tiny text from those old newspaper articles a bit clearer and sharper. Yes, it's still very small, but even I can see the difference with my crappy near vision! So that's the good news. Sadly the second change isn't quite so good. When the printing was done Gary (who has been printing the magazine since issue #100) took the copy round to the finishers (fold, staple and crop) to find they had closed and completely sold up. Basically there as an empty unit where they had been. The business wasn't been sold as a going concern, it ceased to trade completely. It was a bit of a shock and meant somewhere else had to be found quite quickly, which Gary has done, and is much appreciated. So everything has been finished but it appears some adjustments may be required to balance things, and of course we've lost our 'mates rate'. Teething problems. So we are working on it. As things were quite settled regards this final stage of the magazine production, and we got a very good price with people we'd used for a long time, it's all a bit sad really. This kind of thing always causes issues for us, but more than that we are sad to see our friends go out of business in this way. It's somewhat disconcerting, and I have to say, I hate this kind of change in things, I'm getting too old for this shit... but...

Anyway, here we are... and here we go...

Free Appreciation Society Magazine - Issue #159

This is the first instalment of our FAS 'My Brother Jake / Free Live!' quadrilogy! Here we work through the first couple of months of 1971 and Free were busy. So we have comprehensive details on the American tour in January. Lots of new minutiae about the shows, the Detroit 'Tube Works' TV broadcast uncovered and confirmed, along with reviews, tickets, adverts, posters and press, as the group play a highly successful series of gigs around the USA. We then begin our look at the UK tour, which started pretty much as soon as they got back home in February, and this leads us into the next issue (#160), due in December.

Also in this middle of this issue is a full reproduction of the rare Free / Amazing Blondel tour programme from the 1971 UK tour. This hardly ever comes up for sale these days, and when it does it's very expensive. Here it's reproduced in pretty much it's original size, and this does have a few nice images I've never seen anywhere else; the photograph of Andy Fraser asleep next to Simon Kirke while travelling is priceless, and long unseen. Life on the road, so glamorous!

A hugely comprehensive issue. Enjoy!

56 pages absolutely packed with FREE!


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Mailed out today to all UK subscribers. Posted for overseas on Monday & Tuesday.

It is cheaper to buy directly here (from the FAS itself) than it will be on Ebay, where there are other fees involved for both UK and overseas buyers. ALL payments are via Paypal, so it's all very easy and secure.

Casual buyer? Want the magazine cheaper? Get a subscription!

A subscription is the cheapest way to get the FAS magazine.

For subscription information email: fasarticle@aol.com

You can buy this individual issue from the email address above.

Drop me a mail giving your location and a Paypal money request will be sent to you.

It's cheaper than buying them on Ebay where they are £6.50 (UK)

UK price including postage from here directly is £5.80 for this issue.

This includes postage and Paypal fees.

A subscription for three issues (UK) is £14.85.

 


Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Okay, a quick update.

FAS #159 and #160 are being printed this week. They then go for folding cropping and stapling, and I'll hopefully be getting them by the end of the month for packing. So FAS #159 will be an issue for November, followed by #160 in December. Then a little break for Christmas and New Year, with #161 following in February or March, #162 the month after that. At least, this is currently the plan. So likely the next news posted up here will be when the mailing out of #159 is happening. That will mean there have been six issues this year. Blimey!

In the meantime there have been a couple of interesting things happening on TV, or more specifically on the BBC. On September 14th, the anniversary of Paul Kossoff's birthday, the quiz show 'Pointless' (Series 26 - Episode 10) BBC1 6.00pm had the first surprise. The questions were about 'Free Things', so if you are unaware of the quiz show, that would reference things that are associated or connected with the word 'Free'.  The question was;

'Three-word title of the song by the band Free that reached number two in the UK singles chart in 1970'

The answer of course 'All Right Now'.

The idea is to pick the question (and to know, and give, the correct answer) listed out of five, that the least people out of 100 get right when asked randomly among the general public (phew!). So you can see by the board that 14 people knew the answer to the Free question. The third question being the one that none got right when asked (the 'pointless' answer) - hence if you had that answer you won that round.

ANYWAY. There was no mention of it being Paul's birthday or anything, so whether this was planned or a somewhat bizarre random coincidence I can't say. Thanks to Angus and Addy for being very quick to report this one, as I missed it.

It seems all the stars were aligned on this day as...

Also, rather strangely, on the 14th, a little later on BBC 2 at 10.00pm, was 'Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing' (Series 4 - Episode 3). This is actually a show I rather like, based as it is more on the friendship and banter between Bob and Paul than fishing (which bores the arse off me personally unless I'm eating what is caught!). I always like the fact that Bob seems so surprised and filled with a childlike wonder when he actually catches anything, even after all this time, and Paul's patience with someone (Bob) who seems to be endlessly falling over!  If there was a bit more of this on TV, and less 'Housewives Of Who Gives A Shit...' 'Slutty Island' and 'The Only Way Is Daft Looking Teeth And Lip Filler Pouting', along with the endless shows about child murderers, serial killers and general scumbags, maybe the world would be a better place, who knows... But I digress...

I understand it's not too much of a surprise they'd be some Free music here somewhere. Bob is well known as a huge Free fan and in this episode he not only mentions seeing Andy Fraser (his hero) with Free, but they also play clips from the songs 'All Right Now', 'Lying In The Sunshine', and 'Little Bit Of Love'! Quite a splash of Free there then! I'm glad Bob didn't tell his 'My Brother Jake' story again - which is incorrect (see upcoming story of the song in FAS #160), but having all this on one day was a bit... strange... In a very nice way.

I'd also like to bring your attention to the recently updated 'Evenings With Led Zeppelin' by Dave Lewis and Mike Tremaglio. If you never got the first publication (which sold out long ago), and even if you did, this new revised and expanded edition comes highly recommended. In hardback and with a huge 624 pages, this weighty tome is well worth the money, listing and reviewing every known Led Zeppelin show. This is then lavishly illustrated with concert tickets, original adverts, posters, handbills, programs, press releases and photographs. You don't have to be a Zeppelin fan to appreciate this book, as it's a fantastic slice of music history in its own right, and it's a great thing for browsing through on a rainy day. Christmas is coming and it's not a bad present to give to rock fan friends, and to have on your own Santa list! Just ensure your stocking is big enough and strong enough to hold it, and it is not hanging above the fire!

Order details:

Tight But Loose Special Edition Orders (if still available)

and

Omnibuspress - Evening With Led Zeppelin

Also a 're-making of' podcast here;

https://www.spreaker.com/user/discoveryeric/episode-23-dave-lewis-mike-tremaglio-eve

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Happy Birthday Paul Kossoff

Another year, another birthday, if a somewhat 'absent' one in this case sadly. So Koss would have been 71 today. Wow, time really does fly doesn't it, and it only seems like a couple of years ago I was writing about Paul being 60! So this evening I'll be playing 'Kossoff Kirke Tetsu Rabbit' from end to end. I might even play the vinyl instead of the CD, just for a change. Probably one of the worst album covers in the history of Island Records, and a complete waste of a gatefold sleeve, but at least the music is wholly worthwhile and it features some of my favourite Kossoff playing anywhere. Really tasteful stuff. 

There is something different about playing an LP, and while I'm not going into the 'vinyl sounds better debate', I think it's the playing length that really makes the difference, and the fact there is a gap between the audio of the two sides while you turn the record over. It's very different, rather than the more 'linear' CD run through of what would have been a much wrestled with running order for two sides of an LP at the time. Making two sides of a record work was as important as the music that had been recorded. It was a measured decision by band and producer, what went exactly where. I always thought KKTR was set out very well. With writing and working on all the FREE anniversary issues I've not actually played this all the way through for a while, and I am genuinely looking forward to sitting down and listening from one side to the other again. An old friend really. Likely with a large Cointreau 'Noir' in hand, a new favourite.

In the meantime while I'm here, a quick update to let you know the next batch of FAS issues are coming, slowly but surely. Working through the first half of 1971 really has taken a long time, and I've been checking diary dates and updating things significantly. There are a lot of new details on the group history coming. It was obvious after the Covid printing delays last year that the 'lockdowns' would push everything back this year, which it has. That and a bit of writing / researching 'burn out' on my part. We did already have four issues earlier in the year, so we've not done that badly, and that's a lot of work. I only used to produce two magazines,and with a much smaller page count!

Presently it looks like we will get the first issue, dealing with this 1971/2021 anniversary period, out before Christmas. I currently have the first draft of the next two issues printed actually, along with some other bits and pieces in contention, and yesterday I was working through them, correcting spellings (endlessly tiresome job) and some other errors. The first fix one might say. A third issue is in a much more 'disjointed' form at the moment, but really just needs compiling. So don't think for one minute I've been sitting in the sun with my feet up drinking fancy cocktails over the summer. It's been a long slow marathon (slog, I might say!), certainly not a sprint at any point, but work continues, and these issues are looking pretty good. The impending batch will handle things up to the release of 'Free Live!'. How I deal with the split and splinter bands is yet to be decided. Maybe playing KKTR tonight will provide some inspiration for that upcoming endeavour!

In the meantime, spare Koss a thought today, and if you have time play a little of his music. I'll begin my own listening pleasure at 7pm BST exactly if anyone cares to join in. There is no better plan, and lets face it -  there's nowt on the tele!