Mammal’s Merry Memories: Free – All Right Now / Wishing Well
The career of Free was short, covering only five years from 1968 to 1973. During that time, however, they established themselves as pioneers of hard rock and achieved considerable commercial success.
Their third album, Fire and Water (1970), shot them to fame, mostly because of the track “All Right Now”. It subsequently became their signature song and one of the most-requested rock songs of the century.
The former members of the band took some flak after “All Right Now” was licensed for use in a number of adverts. Good luck to the guys, I say. They’d given up being Free, but why not add some extra royalties to the retirement fund?
My favourite Free song is “Wishing Well”, from their 1972 album Heartbreaker. Like everything in music, that’s a matter of personal taste. I’m not saying “Wishing Well” is the better song, just that I prefer it.