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Freedom

Freedom at Last (Vinyl)

Review by Gary Hill

This vinyl release has a great old time rock vibe. Of course, it’s not a new release, but rather a reissue, so that makes sense. If you dig stuff like Grand Funk and the Guess Who, you will like this.

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Track by Track Review
Side 1
 
Enchanted Wood

This fairly fast rocker reminds me a lot of Grand Funk with some old school psychedelia in the mix. It’s a great tune, really. I love the instrumental section.  

Down In The Bottom
The cool riff that drives a chunk of this song is classic. The whole piece has a bit of an old school raunch and roll vibe. It’s another great cut, really. The extended jam on this really rocks.
Have Love Will Travel
With a very 1960s kind of vibe, this is a bit of a garage band kind of thing. It’s fun stuff.
Cry Baby Cry
Take the kind of sound we got in the last song. Add in some Guess Who. You’ll be in the general direction of this classy old school rocker. This has a nice balance between mellower music and more rocking stuff.
Time of the Season
I love this killer cut. It’s a cover of the classic Zombies song and it’s suitably tasty. It’s not a big change from the original version, but it sure captures much of the same magic. It’s one of the best songs here, really.
Hoodoo Man
Another cover, this is a killer blues song. It’s very faithful electric blues kind of rendition in some ways. Yet, there is a 1960s hard rock sound, too.
Side 2
               
Built For Comfort

A mid tempo blues rocker, this is another classy riff driven ride.

Fly
1960s styled rock, this also calls to mind The Guess Who just a bit. It’s a cool cut, however you label it.
Never Loved A Girl
More of a stripped back blues rocker, this is solid, but not a big change or real standout.
My Life (Is Starting From Today)
This is more psychedelic rock music. It’s not bad, but the formula is starting to wear a bit thin.
Can't Stay With Me
There is no huge change here either. This is more of a melodic rocker, though. In that regard it works a bit better. The Guess Who is again a good reference.
Dusty Track
A bit more of a stripped down bluesy rocker, this is good stuff, but again, not a real standout.
 
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