Free - "Forever" DVD
From Aural Innovations #35 (January 2007)
Free are one of my all time favourite bands and this collects up every piece of high quality video that is known to exist. Most of it is from April to October 1970, so it hardly covers their career from '68-'73. A lot of years are missing and as these are mostly TV programs, the band plays the songs pretty straight and restrained it seems. Which is a pity, but you get to see them and appreciate what a great band they were. There is a section of short interviews with each surviving member about their huge hit, All Right Now. Not that interesting. Paul Kossoff's brother made an interesting film with Paul and his dad and also some live concert footage but sadly with no audio, but it is quite cool to see. You can see in the bands eyes they are stoned, whereas on the TV programs they are looking pretty straight. Great stuff. The second DVD is their complete performance from the Isle of Wight Festival 1970. Maybe someday the footage from the Japan tour 1972, Swedish TV, etc will turn up.
Reviewed by Scott Heller