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Live And Rehearsals At Far East [Gypsy Eye 081, 1CD]
Live at the Korakuen Stadium, Tokyo, Japan; July 22, 1972. Rehearsals in King Studios, Tokyo, July 1972. Very good to excellent soundboard.
Thanks to the person who shared this on the net in 2006.
Bassist Andy Fraser left the band in mid-1972 due to Paul Kossoff’s unreliability in being able to perform at shows or even showing up. The remaining members recruited Japanese bass player Tetsu Yamauchi and keyboardist John “Rabbit” Bundrick, who had worked with Kossoff and Kirke during Free’s initial split, recording Kossoff, Kirke, Tetsu and Rabbit and what would be Free’s final album, Heartbreaker. Free disbanded in early 1973. - wikipedia
gsparaco commented at collectorsmusicreviews.com:
For a band on their last legs they give a mesmerizing performance and come close to upstaging the headliners (ELP)… Free get their attention with “Seven Angels.” This song was freshly written and wouldn’t be available until the following year’s LP Heartbreaker. Full of drama, this is one of the best songs of the entire set. Rabbit Bundrick takes the vocals for his own song “Unseen Love” and tells the audience “at the end there is a chorus, a melody, you can sing with us.” It is, like the previous song, an extremely dramatic piece of writing. Their set ends with the Stones cover “Honky Tonk Women” and “Fire And Water.” (The actual setlist is as follows: I’m On The Run, Like Water, Lady, Seven Angels, Unseen Love, Heartbreaker, Honky Tonk Women, Fire And Water.)
Free’s complete set can be found on Complete Korakuen Live! (Private Masters 040) and Fire & Water (TNT Studio) which also has several tracks from the rehearsal tape made by Rabbit Bundrick.
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Rehearsals, King Studios, Tokyo, July 1972
Track 01. Seven Angels (8.9MB)
Track 02. Fire And Water (7.3MB)
03. Heartbreaker - Omitted*
Track 04. Lady (7.5MB)
Track 05. I’m On The Run (9.7MB)
06. Easy On My Soul - Omitted*
Bonus Track from BBC Archives
12. All Right Now (removed/never shared)
* Available on the Heartbreaker Remaster release.
Paul Rodgers - vocals, guitar
John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick - keyboards
Tetsu Yamauchi - bass
Simon Kirke - drums
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