Fire And Water

Release date
25 Jan 1988
Running length
7 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Fire And Water 4:00 64,479
2 Oh I Wept 4:28 34,175
3 Remember 4:26 25,101
4 Heavy Load 5:21 33,325
5 Mr. Big 5:57 39,624
6 Don't Say You Love Me 6:02 26,476
7 All Right Now 5:32 365,756

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Fire and Water is the third studio album by English rock group Free. Unlike their previous albums Tons of Sobs and Free it was a huge success, reaching #2 in the UK charts and #17 in the American, making it the most successful Free album. This is largely due to the album containing the hit single “All Right Now” which they later played to a crowd of over 600,000 people at the 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival, which generated them huge publicity. To this date it is the only Free album to have seen a CD reissue in America.


The album carried on the Fraser/Rodgers writing partnership that characterized the bulk of the Free canon, with five of the seven tracks being credited to them. The album was made very much with the intention of gaining the band a hit single: the band only had one song (“The Hunter” from Tons of Sobs) that would generate the ecstatic reaction they desired from an audience and they badly needed another. This commercialized ethos is immediately obvious: many of the tracks seem to be intended to be listened to individually rather than as a coherent whole and as such the relationship between the songs is less distinct than on the band’s previous albums. The tracks are arranged in a fairly basic form of alternating fast songs with slow ones.

Like their previous album there is little that could be called hard rock such as their debut album had contained, with the album continuing the fairly lightweight soulful sound of their previous album. There are also no blues songs, that being a genre where the band had their roots.

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  • RainTheLady

    Ah yes. Great album, really. I didn't know All Right Now when I bought it, but once I took it home that night (Shut up, Eddie Money.), I recognized it. It was amazing, really, borderline religious not seen since I got my first album of my favorite band. Now, whenever I hear Alright Now on the radio (Actual Radio, but Last.Fm's is good, too), I flip and fangirl like it's 1964. The title track, even more so.

    10 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Bentwick09

    Heavy Metal??? hahahaha [2]....

    2 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Suspiria69

    Fuck me. One of the best albums I've heard for a long while.

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
  • JaredMackie

    Decent album, but their debut was much better.

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • rockmetalrules

    Proto metal, maybe, along the lines of Blue Cheer, but metal, no I don't think so. Great blues rock with a bit of a heavy edge to it, yes.

    14 May 2013 Reply
  • callitjjazz

    discazo de la reputisima madre

    28 Sep 2012 Reply
  • guajinho

    Heavy Metal??? hahahaha

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
  • captainbeyond52

    free has more soul because they were blues and r-n-b based not!! heavy metal

    10 Aug 2011 Reply
  • iRollingStone

    Indeed, When did Free become metal? I'm open for a lot, but comparing Black Sabbath with Free is just way off... Free has a bit of funk in it, and the tunes of Rock 'n Roll and Black Sabbath focussed on creating a new sound, which later was labeled 'metal'. Correct me if i'm wrong, but imo they are not comparable :D

    6 Sep 2010 Reply
  • thekin_k

    All Right Now

    28 Aug 2010 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    Free are metal? Since when?

    17 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Droughttx

    Free is by far my favorite of the British 'metal' bands. Compared to Sabbath and Zepelin, Free just has much more soul.

    28 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Kissandra

    Wow, the tracks are really messed up now. Great album, love it.

    19 Jun 2010 Reply
  • DECL63

    One of the best albums made, Rodgers is just awsome

    17 Jun 2010 Reply
  • gleisdreieck

    Oft kopiert, nie erreicht!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    28 Feb 2009 Reply
  • joplin4

    FANTASTIC O YES LOOOOOOOVE..............................

    27 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Lissof_leuf

    Classic and Fantastic!!!!!!!!!

    13 Feb 2009 Reply

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  • theapril-sea

    it's genius

    14 Sep 2008 Reply
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