ANDY FRASER R.I.P. 1952-2015
Free bassist Andy Fraser, the writer of All Right Now - who had previously fought both AIDS and cancer - has died at his home on March 16, 2015 in California. He was 62. The cause of death has not been confirmed, but he’d been dealing with AIDS and cancer in recent years. In the 1980s he was diagnosed with HIV and a form of cancer called Kaposi’s Sarcoma and he battled with suicidal thoughts which, he wrote on his website, were only alleviated when he came out as gay. Fraser had recently been a leading light in the Rock Against Trafficking charity.
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London 1973 [no label, 1CD]
Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London, UK; March 31, 1973. Very good BBC broadcast.
Midnight Hour, Radiohuset, Stockholm, Sweden; December 12, 1971. Excellent FM broadcast.
Thanks to jswetch for sharing the Shark tracks at Dime.
This short Sharks set is being seeded now in tribute to Andy Fraser, who passed away… and, by request. Thanks to the original taper (from long ago) and seeder (from a few years back).This was Andy’s post-Free project that he only stayed with for one album, First Water. That is available now on CD, much more reasonably than it was a few years ago when this was first seeded. I actually saw Sharks opening for Gentle Giant in NYC, but it was the Busta Cherry on bass version, and not the incarnation with Andy.
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Thanks to Jeff James; bpthree; and the person who shared the Free in Sweden tracks at Dime.
This great sounding radio show comes from a well packaged boot entitled “Radio Free”. It also contained four BBC tracks as outtakes, but I have chosen not to include them, as at least one is officially released, and the other three may be studio outtakes instead of BBC stuff. You obviously can’t trust anything you read on a boot as gospel. These guys even went to the extent of having the disc look like the pink Island label, with the customary bootleg “Not for sale - radio broadcast only” on the disc.
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Sharks: reseed > TLH for torrent creation
Free: “Radio Free” boot silver CD > Sony CPD-XA20ES CD playback > TASCAM CDRW-700 > Trade CD-R > (wav) EAC (secure mode) > (flac) Trader’s Little Helper level 6 (align on sector boundaries)
Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.
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Sharks - London; March 31, 1973
Track 01. Snake and Swallowtails 5:44 (9.6MB)
Track 02. Follow Me 3:29 (5.8MB)
Track 03. Ol Jelly Roll 4:14 (7.1MB)
Track 04. Colours 4:13 (7.1MB)
Track 05. World Park Junkies 3:34 (6.0MB)
Andy Fraser - bass, keyboards, background vocals
Snips - lead vocals
Chris Spedding - guitar
Marty Simon - drums
Free - Stockholm, Sweden; December 12, 1971
Track 06. The Stealer 4:10 (7.0MB)
Track 07. Fire And Water 4:23 (7.4MB)
Track 08. Ride On A Pony 5:08 (8.6MB)
Track 09. Heavy Load 6:12 (10.4MB)
Track 10. Woman 4:48 (8.1MB)
Track 11. Love You So 5:47 (9.7MB)
Track 12. All Right Now 5:15 (8.8MB)
Track 13. Be My Friend 6:06 (10.3MB)
Track 14. Mr Big 7:04 (11.9MB)
Paul Rodgers - lead vocals
Paul Kossoff - guitar
Simon Kirke - drums
Andy Fraser - bass, piano
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