The Best of Paul Kossoff

The Best of Paul Kossoff

by Paul Kossoff


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In the early '70s, Paul Kossoff was a much-heralded young guitarist from a much-heralded young rock band called Free. In a short period of time, Kossoff and his cohorts punched out some classic rock. A brief solo career followed for the inspired axeman, but his untimely death in 1976 from a drug-related heart attack put an end to the potential that his peers and fans were looking forward to seeing fully realized. All one can do is celebrate and enjoy what this stylistically unique and utterly precocious musician left behind, and this 17-track disc, which culls Kossoff's best work from both his days with Free and as a solo performer, is an excellent way to do just that. A player who made his name with unusual phrasings, brazen fills, and an intuitive use of sustained notes -- and rarely going for fretboard-smoking speed -- Kossoff had a prototypical signature sound. His ability to do the work of two guitarists -- Free, for the most part, was a barebones guitar/bass/drums/singer outfit -- was one of his greatest strengths and, despite a good deal of studio dubbing, you can hear it in places on this album. The best cuts are definitely the eight Free tracks, which include the raunchy "The Hunter," the good-time rock-blues of "Ride on a Pony," the dramatic "Fire and Water" and "Mr. Big," and the band's all-time classic, "All Right Now." On yet another Free number, "The Stealer," Kossoff delivers one of his most searing solos, ripping arcane sounds from his Les Paul as if communicating a secret language through the instrument. The material from Kossoff's solo disc, Back Street Crawler, and the band of the same name which he subsequently assembled, is not to be sniffed at either. The songs, with the possible exceptions of "Molten Gold" and "New York New York," may not be as distinctive, but Kossoff's playing is. Throw in the fact that this album also features the singing of the inimitable Paul Rodgers (who later formed Bad Company), the stunning bass work of boy wonder Andy Fraser, and a swag of other fine musicians, and this one's vintage, baby, vintage.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2003
Label: Track (Navarre)
UPC: 0823566009924
catalogNumber: 342
Rank: 45012

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Kossoff   Primary Artist,Guitar,Group Member
Free   Group
Paul Rodgers   Group Member
Back Street Crawler   Group
Andy Fraser   Group Member
Tony Braunagel   Group Member
John "Rabbit" Bundrick   Group Member
Simon Kirke   Group Member
Mike Montgomery   Group Member

Technical Credits

Alexis Korner   Liner Notes
Junior Wells   Composer
John Martyn   Liner Notes
Steve Cropper   Composer
Free   Producer
Paul Rodgers   Composer,Liner Notes
Steve Smith   Producer
Back Street Crawler   Producer
Andy Fraser   Composer,Liner Notes
Paul Kossoff   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Tony Braunagel   Liner Notes
John "Rabbit" Bundrick   Composer
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Simon Kirke   Composer
Mike Montgomery   Composer
Gary Rossington   Liner Notes
Jean Roussel   Producer
Terry Slesser   Composer
Guy Stevens   Producer
Terry Wilson   Composer
Richard Digby-Smith   Liner Notes
Al Jackson   Composer
Gered Mankowitz   Cover Photo
David Kossoff   Liner Notes
Phil Sutcliffe   Liner Notes
John V. Kelly   Producer
David Clayton   Liner Notes

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