Free, the band, is one of many early British rock groups that help innovate rock and roll in the sixties. Free is also of important note because they were pianist and singer Paul Rodgers first rock band and he went on to form Bad Company, a very success, radio popular and generally pretty damn good band.
I had never truly heard of Free prior to this moment, though upon deeper listening I confess that I have heard “All Right Now” on the radio before many times, but that is all. I absorbed the debut album with delight and then next on the playlist was “The Best of Free,” alright then. I liked the self-titled album a lot more then the greatest hits and that is an odd outcome in theory; however I believe I can pinpoint the specific factor that made me love the album “Free” and it is the song “Mouthful of Grass.”
I really enjoyed the tracks “Woman,” “Free Me,” and “Broad Daylight” but the song that plays before all three of these is the one that really won me over, “Mouthful of Grass.”
“Mouthful of Grass” is an instrumental at least it has no human voice except the chanting that at time fills the harmony which I assume is Rodger’s voice. The song is primarily a rather simple guitar song. Bass player Andy Fraser plays the six-string in “Mouthful of Grass” and the original demo version contain only the rhythm section played by Fraser and the song is built upon this simple but great guitar part. I presume lead guitarist Paul Kossoff plays the lead section of “Mouthful of Grass” which helps to flesh out the song. Between Kossoff’s guitar and Rodger’s voice “Mouthful of Grass” becomes quite a mellow masterpiece. However despite feeling a little naked on its own, the rhythm section is the truly best and most charming part of the song, as heard here in the solo version:
I consider it an honour to point to songs like “Mouthful of Grass” and have people listen to it, likely for the first time. Great music never dies and the longer you listen and the deeper you dig into the chronicles of classic rock, or any genre, you constantly discover new wonderful things. I had never even heard of Free a month ago just image what I will stumble across next? What will you discover from the past, the present or the future in your ever growing music collection? This is what it is all about, this is what you want as a music lover, this is what I live for.
- King of Braves