Free-for-Allby Ted Nugent
hythm guitarist Derek St. Holmes' departure from the band just as recording of the album began (due to constant grappling with the Nuge about certain musical issues). To/i>
While Ted Nugent's second solo album, 1976's Free-for-All, was another raging slab of rock & roll, it wasn't quite as consistent as his self-titled debut. The main reason was due to singer
hythm guitarist Derek St. Holmes' departure from the band just as recording of the album began (due to constant grappling with the Nuge about certain musical issues). To solve the problem, producer Tom Werman convinced a then-unknown singer by the name of Meat Loaf to handle the vocal chores on the songs Derek was going to sing. While it seems like a mismatch in theory, the results were not catastrophic -- such rockers as "Writing on the Wall" (a virtual rewrite of "Stranglehold"), "Street Rats," and "Hammerdown" are classic Nuge stompers. But they would have been stronger with St. Holmes' contributions, as evidenced by a bonus outtake of "Street Rats" with St. Holmes on vocals and the turbo-charged "Turn It Up." But still, the title track is one of Ted's all-time best (featuring a downright vicious groove), as is the rocking tale about the 1967 Detroit riots, "Dog Eat Dog." Despite St. Holmes' absence (he would return in time for the album's subsequent tour), Free-for-All solidified Ted's commercial success, reaching the Top 25. [Note: As with Nugent's other 1999 reissues, an insightful essay on this Ted era by journalist Gary Graff is included, plus bonus tracks.]
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Performance CreditsTed Nugent Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Meat Loaf Vocals
Cliff Davies Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Rob Grange Bass,Guitar
Steve McRay Keyboards,Background Vocals
Derek St. Holmes Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Tom Werman Percussion
Technical CreditsBruce Dickinson Reissue Producer
Cliff Davies Producer
Lew Futterman Producer
Tom Werman Producer
Anthony Reale Engineer
Gary Graff Liner Notes
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Ted Nugent will forever be one of my three greatest influences. Though originally panned by almost everyone I knew, this was my favorite of the ''Classic'' 1970's Nugent trilogy. And yet few know that the emergence of a future rock legend was still a couple of months away when this album hit the air waves and record racks in 1976. Hidden conspicuously from the public for reasons which may only be known to Ted himself, The ''Bat Out Of Hell'' himself, Meatloaf, provided some powerful vocals on songs like Street Rats, I Love You So I Told You A Lie and my personal favorite from this album, Together! But this album was far more than just a showcase of the vocal talents of Mr. Loaf, it features what I believe is some of the soundest and most creative songwriting within the entire vast catalog of Ted Nugent. Hits Dog Eat Dog and Free For All may have garnered most of the attention but I believe there isn't a weak track in the entire set. Along with the afore mentioned tunes are songs which feature Derek St. Holmes as well. I know most who will find this album here will already know most of the songs and yet I think if you take time to listen to it one more time you may be surprised in what you find. And for those who haven't yet heard this one, take a moment to truly listen to the sound of the 1970's. It's definitely alive and well within the tracks here.
Nuge, another great LP metal lovers must have. Not quite as good as the first , but still worth spinning. Buy it.