1991 – 21 years after it’s first release ‘All Right Now’, by Free made No.2

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Paul Rodgers

1991 – 21 years after it’s first release ‘All Right Now’, by Free made No.2 in the UK singles chart after being re-issued to coincide with its use in a Wrigleys Chewing gum TV ad.

Lryics:

Oh woh wohooh, ow
There she stood in the street
Smiling from her head to her feet
I said: “Hey, what is this now baby”
Maybe, maybe she’s in need of a kiss
I said: “Hey, what’s your name, baby
Maybe we can see things the same
Now don’t you wait or hesitate
Let’s move before they raise the parking rate”, ow
All right now, baby it’sa all right now
All right now, baby it’s a all right now, oh my wow
Let me tell you now, uh,
I took her home to my place
Watching every move on her face
She said: “Look, what’s your game, baby
Are you tryin’ to put in shame”
I said: “Slow, don’t go so fast
Don’t you think that love can last”
She said: “Love, Lord above, eh
Now you’re tryin’ to trick me in love”, ow
All right now, baby it’sa all right now
All right now, baby it’s a all right now, oh my I said
Ooh
Yeh
come on come up
Let me tell ya what is about now
Right now
Took her home yeh to my place
Watching every move on her face
She said: “Look, uh what’s your name, baby
Are you tryin’ t`put me in shame”
I said: “Slow, don’t go so fast
Don’t you think that love can last”
She said: “Love, Lord above,
Now you’re tryin’ to trick me in love”, ow
All right now, baby it’sa all right now yeh
All right now, baby it’s a all right now,
All right now, baby it’s a all right (now), yeah
All right now (baby it’s all right now) baby baby baby, it’s all right
All (right now), yeh
It’s all right, it’s all right, it’s all right, yeah,
All right now, baby it’sa all right now
Yeah, we’re so happy together, ow
(Baby Baby Baby it’s all right
It’s all right, now yeah alright

“All Right Now” is a rock single by the English band Free. The song, released in the summer of 1970, hit #1 on the UK rock music charts, #2 on the UK singles chart and #4 on the U.S. charts. “All Right Now” originally appeared on the album Fire And Water, which Free recorded on the Island Records label, formed by Chris Blackwell. In 1991, the song was remixed and re-released, reaching #8 on the UK singles chart.

“All Right Now” was a #1 hit in over 20 territories and was recognised by ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) in 1990 for garnering 1,000,000 plus radio plays in the U.S. by late 1989, and in 2000 an Award was given to Paul Rodgers by the British Music Industry when “All Right Now” passed 2,000,000 plus radio plays in the UK.

The song has recently found a home as part of the encore set for Queen + Paul Rodgers. Before “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”, it offers the fans one more chance to sing along. Curiously, one of the engineers during the recordings of “All Right Now” was Roy Thomas Baker, who would later become Queen’s producer (he mixed “Killer Queen”, “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Don’t Stop Me Now” among others).

According to drummer Simon Kirke, “All Right Now” was written by bassist Andy Fraser in the Durham Students’ Union building, Dunelm House. However, Paul Rodgers has stated unintentionally whilst performing with Queen that he wrote the lyrics to “All Right Now”. This remark can be heard on the Queen + Paul Rodgers CD, Return of the Champions, when “All Right Now” starts.

Versions / Mixes

There are (at least) two mixes of Free’s “All Right Now”. The most popular version heard on album rock stations is 5:29 and a shorter mix is 4:13. The shorter one has a more complex guitar riff at the lead-in. The difference appears in the first seven seconds of the two tracks before Rodgers’ “Whoa, whoa, whoa”. The jazzier riff is apparent throughout the entire recording; there are also several slight variants to the bassline.

Furthermore, there are two mixes of the common 4:13 version. The first is the original ‘1970s’ version; this was later remixed using exactly the same vocal track, but replacing the guitars and drums with heavier, rockier sounding ones.

There is an interesting outtake on their box-set, and a version on Free Live!

Credits

* Written by Andy Fraser and Paul Rodgers
* Produced by Andy Fraser, Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke and Paul Kossoff

* Paul Rodgers — Lead vocals
* Paul Kossoff — Guitar
* Andy Fraser — Bass guitar
* Simon Kirke — Drums

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