Free Free Live! on Limited Edition Japanese Import SHM-SACD
To call Free master blues rockers only tells part of the story. Their musicianship was peerless, built on the flexible and calming rhythms of bassist Andy Fraser and drummer Simon Kirke. On top of this were stunning, staggering guitar parts from Paul Kossoff, while Paul Rodgers topped it all off with a voice that was smooth and emotive.
This live album was recorded in Sunderland and Croydon, places where the band had a strong following, during January and September 1970. Although only two tracks, namely "The Hunter" and "All Right Now," could be used from the Sunderland show, producer Andy Johns did use a lot of the crowd noises from that gig between tracks, to create a virtually seamless live experience.
Interestingly, the final song on the album is actually a studio recording, and is one of four they did before splitting up; the other three surfaced on the Highway album. One of the pleasures of this album is that the original recordings were clearly not altered in the studio. Everything is heard as it happened on stage. And what it proves overall is that Free were a masterful live band.
Free Live! is a fine representation of how good the four were when in this environment and the enthusiastic crowd response is utterly authentic and sets the atmosphere for the whole event. Because that’s what this album is...a true event. Capturing Free at their peak!
SHM-SACD (Super High Material SACD) is the ultimate Super Audio CD that utilizes the materials and technologies that were developed for the SHM-CD to further enhance the audio-resolution. These discs are made with polycarbonate developed for the screen of the liquid crystal display. As it has a higher transparency, players can read the signal more faithfully. Also, it excels in fluidity, which enables you to cast a more accurate pit. What works wonders for a low resolution format such as CD should offer even greater sonic improvements in a real high resolution format such as SACD.
• 2-channel Single Layer SACD
• Two-channel SACD layer only, to secure enough reflectance and not to compress DSD file
• Label of the disc is printed with a special green ink called 'Onsho Shiyou,' which minimizes diffuse reflection
• Carefully selected master audio is used, from existing DSD files to newly converted from analog tapes
• This disc will ONLY work on a Super Audio Disc Player