Free – Fire and Water (1970)

Artist Credit
Roy Baker Engineer
Fire Performer
Andy Fraser Bass, Composer, Producer
Free Primary Artist
John Kelly Producer
Simon Kirke Composer, Drums, Producer
Paul Kossoff Composer, Guitar, Producer
Richard Polak Photography
Paul Rodgers Composer, Producer, Vocals
Mike Sida Cover Design

Fire and Water is the third studio album released by the English rock group Free. It became the band’s breakthrough, achieving widespread commercial success after the band’s first two studio albums had faced a more muted response. With the “tremendous” acclaim of Fire and Water at their backs, in the words of AllMusic, Free headlined the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival and “appeared destined for superstardom”.

Specifically, Fire and Water reached No. 2 on the U.K. album chart, being listed on it for a total of eighteen weeks. In contrast, neither of the band’s prior two studio albums had charted at all. Fire and Water additionally reached No. 17 on the equivalent U.S. chart.

The album spawned the popular single “All Right Now”, praised by publications such as AllMusic as a hard rock “smash powered by [Paul] Rodgers’ gritty, visceral vocals”. The song became a Top 5 rock hit in not just the group’s native United Kingdom, but it additionally did well in multiple European countries such as Austria, France, and Germany.

 

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