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.

 

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About ChristopherMammal

I've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.

Posted on May 18, 2014, in Mammal's Merry Memories and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Didn’t Deep Purple cover Wishing Well – or did I imagine that?

    Either way, here’s another song, just because it’s called Wishing Well too:

  2. ChristopherMammal

    Deep Purple did cover Wishing Well, although I don’t believe they did it as well as Free. I seldom prefer covers to the originals. Bad Company did a pretty good cover too.

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