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All Right Now

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Free



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In the CD Molton Gold - An Anthology, Free drummer Tom Mautner explains: "'All Right Now' was created after a bad gig in Durham, England. Our repertoire at that time was mostly slow and medium paced blues songs which was alright if you were a student sitting quietly and nodding your head to the beat. However, we finished our show in Durham and walked off the stage to the sound of our own footsteps. The applause had died before I had even left the drum riser. When we got into the dressing room, it was obvious that we needed an uptempo number, a rocker to close our shows. All of sudden, the Inspiration struck (bass player Andy) Fraser, and he started bopping around singing ALL RIGHT NOW... He sat down and wrote it right there in the dressing room. It couldn't have taken more than 10 minutes." (thanks, Annie - Boston, MA)
This is the first hit song with vocals by Paul Rodgers. He later joined Bad Company and also played with The Firm and Queen.
The song is about a guy who picks up a girl on the street and takes her home for sex.
This song really took off after Free's performance at the Isle of Wight Festival on August 31,1970 at the East Aftom Farm, Aftom Down, where over 600,000 people attended the festival. Los Angeles disc jockey Joe Benson told Paul Rodgers during an on air interview that "All Right Now" is playing over the airwaves somewhere around the world once every 45 seconds. (thanks, John - Port Orchard, WA)
When Paul Rodgers teamed up with Queen in 2004 to tour as Queen + Paul Rodgers, this was a regular part of their set list and a crowd favorite.
The album version is over a minute longer than the radio edit, which had a shorter guitar solo. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
The song has soundtracked numerous commercials in the UK, most famously in 1990 when it featured in a TV ad for Wrigley's chewing gum, which generated enough interest to return the tune to the UK charts. "I can't keep track of where it's turned up," Paul Rodgers ruefully told The Independent April 7, 2010. "Island Records owned the publishing rights to all our songs in perpetuity. In theory, they're supposed to call me and ask, 'Can we use this song in this way?' but they often don't. I think if the money's good enough, they just go, 'Yes! Wrigley's? YES!!'"
A less satisfactorily tie-in came when the song was used to advertise a foot-odour powder on television. "You use this stuff on your feet and the song comes on to signify that your feet are All Right Now, you see," Rogers said acidly. "I rang Chris Blackwell about it. He had it taken off pretty smartly."
The song has been covered by many bands and artists including Mike Oldfield, Rod Stewart, Christina Aguilera, the Runaways and, ex-Wham! backing singers Pepsi & Shirlie.
This topped a 2010 online fan poll by UK radio station Planet Rock for the "Greatest Rock Singles." Said Paul Rodgers: "When I started writing 'All Right Now' the lyrics and the melody flowed easily. It felt special and it's still special to me and the fans. It's a 'must play' in my solo set."
Andy Fraser recalled the writing of the song to Mojo magazine October 2012: "We'd started work on our third album, Fire and Water and things were going well. The idea for 'All Right Now' came about on a rainy Tuesday night in some godsforsaken minor city - I can't remember where - in England. We were playing a college that could have held 2,000 but had something like 30 people out of their heads on Mandrax bumping into each other in front of us. They didn't notice when we came on or when we went off.

Afterwards there was that horrible silence in the dressing room. To break the intensity, I started singing, 'All right now…come on baby, all right now.' As if to say, Hey, tomorrow's another day. Everyone else started tapping along. That riff was me trying to do my Pete Townshend. We listened to everything, though: The Beatles, Stax and Motown, Gladys Knight And the Pips was one of our main influences then.

Paul (Rodgers) said he wrote the lyrics while he was waiting for us to pick him up for another gig. We used to have a dressing room amp, so every night we'd do the song and add a bit, until we tested it live."
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Comments (46):

A true classic rock song with a lot of changes. All the musicians shine on this one.Too bad they didn't make more music together. Also check out "Fire & Water","Oh I Wept" & "I'll Be Creepin'".
- dane, Green Cove Springs Fla., FL
Paul Rodgers when he was singing and writing with Free, he had such a powerful voice ...it was young....and the drive to hear people clap drove him to what he is today. i dont think MONEY had anything to do with it in the start. tho i maybe wrong, to me money isnt the driveing force in a child's mind and that was what all the band members were at the time in FREE. I hear all about how some people that are jaded because they didnt acheive anything great in their lives.....talk about how they cant beleave how Paul rodgers was voted best singer,....well, lets take a little time and look at the facts. Paul Rodgers fronted the band Free, after Free, which became a world wide success. All right Now. and Paul's voice shine like a jewel in a strippers navel. from there Paul formed Bad Co, world wide success , i dont think i need to speak of the many songs he wrote with Bad Co. After Paul left to spend time with his new family. Led Zeps drummer John (bono) Bonham. passaway in his sleep after pratice one night.....this hit Paul very hard. Jimi Page started comeing over to Pauls house where Paul had a recording studio and they both wrote songs and were just haveing fun is all....keeping their minds off their good friends death. then boom, there was The Firm, again World wide success ......and these guys never sat down and told each other.....we are gonna be a smash hit......after the Firm.....Paul joined the band Queen......that by its self was some big shoes to fill, and to pull it all off the way he did......god shined on this man.....this band was already a world wide success when he stepped into Eddie Mercury's realm , but he did it....and Eddie would be proud at the fine job Paul did and helpped keep his music alive......now Paul is doing his own gig.......just watch......it will be a World Wide success also........dont think that all the good songs have been wrote....cause Paul has alot more to give us in his sound....and myself,....im looking forward to it.....i seen him in Muskogee Civic Center back in Aug of 2012. what a show, he played all his great songs from Free, Bad Co, the Firm, and i think some new stuff he's working on.....my self, i would hate to think of my life and the many times all those songs played and became memorys to me and so many others. Paul if you ever need a good guitar player in your band....i would love to have a chance to play music with you, i live in Webbers Falls , Oklahoma. stop by sometime and drop in,.....im sure we could have a nice cup of tea or whatever.....i live by a river...so....fishing is great....Thank you so much for all youve given me thru my life in your songs......yes....Paul Rodgers is one of the greatest singers to date......look at his history......Paul Mullins....guitar.......Webbers Falls , Oklahoma 74470
- Paul, webbers Falls, OK
I was the recording engineer for the single version of "All Right Now" when working for Island Studios in 1970. I did quite a lot of work on the album as a whole, but only that track was wholly mine; I did not mix the album version, which accounts for the different (inferior?) mix. There are extra overdubs on the single version (added when that was chosen to release), and a very difficult edit (on the 2" multitrack tape) at the start of the instrumental section - during which the band and Chris Blackwell (Island boss) went off to the pub and left me to it! It was only the second stereo single released in the UK (the first being Bowie's "Space Oddity"), which accounts for the rather conservative stereo balance - double tracked guitars right and left, etc.
- Roger, Welwyn, United Kingdom
My sense of what was being implied when this song came out goes a little deeper than what's written here. And I'm surprised that there's supposedly no more behind the lyrics with a deeper symbology than merely comming up with a better applause at gigs. Amongst other reasons, the title, "All Right Now" means something quite different from what's assumed as 'Alright Now' in the outward context of the lyrics. To me anyway, the lyrics also seemed to imply how everything that makes for reality is in the, All Right Now. Synonymous with the later Van Halen tune, "Right Now". Was I really hearing something in it that wasn't intended by Free?
- Steven, Seattle, WA
The story of Free concocting this song for audience applause manipulation confirms my longstanding impression (since I was a teenager listening to Hendrix and Cream and King
Crimson and Cactus and Zappa) that All Right Now was one of the worst bastardizations of rock 'n roll. It doesn't resonate with the anguished idealism or fornicatory release of the 60s or 70s - it's just commercial drivel, jerking audiences off musically so they'll clap longer. Pathetic! They were just a bunch of hacks trying to sound like an American band and make a buck. The lyrics are terrible, as if written by an autistic punk on 'ludes. And the guitar "power chords," as clumsily as they are played, suck the energy out of the tune, adding nothing to excite the listener. I now consider it a primary example of the intrusion of commercial prostitution into the rock 'n roll culture.
- DrYattz, Atlanta, GA
David Kossof was born of Russian Jewish parents in London. He was also actively involved in the Nationwide Festival of Light protesting against the commercial exploitation of sex and violence, and advocating the teaching of Christ as the key to re-establishing moral stability in Britain.
- Robert, Houston, TX
Paul Kossoff certainly was the younger son of actor David Kossoff. However David was anything but a ' TV Christian evangelist'! He was born to poor Russian Jewish parents in London.
- Arthur, Auckland, New Zealand
well back in the early seventies (when I was a teen) they played this song to death on the AOR local FM radio stations. Its an ok song but geez!
that said...did like Bad Company alot and believe that MR Rogers is a helluva singer.
- doug, kansas city, MO
This song brings back many memories of high school days. I recall football games...prom dance and all the days in between listening to this song. Got to be one of all time favorites.
- pam, taylor, MI
Johnny; L.A. CA writes, "I cannot believe Paul Rodgers was voted best singer of the 70's, he is very overrated. All Right Now brings nothing new to the table, listen to the lyrics: (Some were edited because I Do not want to waste all yur time) Whoa-oh-oh-oh-woha There she stood in the street smilin' from her head to her feet; I said, "Hey, what is this? Now maybe, baby, maybe she's in need of a kiss." I said, "Hey, what's your name baby? Maybe we can see things the same. All right now, baby, it's a-all right now. All right now, baby, it's a-all right now...." Confusing the ability to sing with the words of the song a bit, no? GIMME A BREAK! When you can sing like Paul Rodgers, especially in his days with Free, you can sing the phone book and make it rock, okay??
- Dave, Easton, PA
After decades you´ll find a few classics left at the end of the street called pop-music: this´ll be smoke on the water, highway to hell, stairway to heaven, a few more and All Right Now. And like with most immortal hits, it´s just simple lyrics and guitar riff, but it said it all in a minute and still does!
- curd, Mannheim, Germany
Paul Kossoff was the son of David Kossoff, the TV Christian evangelist. It is only a rumour that paul had an illegitimate brother, the product of a liaison between David, his father, and an unknown Spanish lady, and that the son was named Juan.
- Jeff, Crawley, United Kingdom
To the people who dissed the song, what kind of songs were you writing at 15?
- Tracey, Puyallup, WA
I could not pin point what the difference between the LP mix and the single mix, but I knew there was a difference. One other thing is that the LP version sounds much more raw than the single version. It seems that the single version is the pop version or "softer mix" ,if you will, as they do with a number of rock artists/acts today. And then the LP mix is the version that most rock oriented stations spin. It has that authentic guitar rock sound - of which I somewhat prefer.
- Eugene, Minneapolis, MN
Quote -Anyone notices that the bassline behind the chorus sounds like it's lifted straight from the intro to the Beatles' "Get back"? Guess those fast-paced staccato beats were among the stock techniques employed by the British groups in the late 60's/early 70's to play bluesy, hard rock music.
- Sunny, , Hong Kong- UnQuote
I think Sunny is referring to the Bass part which runs through the whole guitar solo.Technically quite tricky to play. The main phrase is played on the second fret of a 4 string bass but the little interspersed sympathetic notes are played on the 17th and 19th frets.
- Richard, London, United Kingdom
For me,Paul Rodgers voice is at it`s most expressive on,"Be My Friend and Fire and Water. Be My Friend also has a wonderful guitar break.Superb band ,magnificent singer,great songs i.m.o.
- Jim, Glasgow, Scotland
Yea thats true Cara, He does rock out more in Free and I do like his voice a lot better. He didnt really scream or anything in Bad Co but there still both great bands. Its a shame he didnt do that more in Bad Co cause i love bad co but they would have been better if he rocked out.
- Ozzi, Brookhaven, PA
Is it just me or does Paul Rodgers rock out a lot more when he was with "Free"
He never really used his voice to its full potential with Bad Company..
in my opinion..

Great song, one of my all time favorites..
- Cara, Santa Barbara, CA
Liked the version on 'Free Live' best.
- Lester, New York City, NY
Anyone ever notice the mix on the single version and the album version are different? The album version's rhythm guitar is very "lazy" compared to the single version, which is very agressive when you compare the two, and just about jumps out of the speakers! You really notice it in the first 30 seconds. AFAIK, the single version isn't available on CD, but is very much worth tracking down. The difference is amazing!
- Bill, St. Paul, MT
Anyone notices that the bassline behind the chorus sounds like it's lifted straight from the intro to the Beatles' "Get back"?
Guess those fast-paced staccato beats were among the stock techniques employed by the British groups in the late 60's/early 70's to play bluesy, hard rock music.
- Sunny, , Hong Kong
This was reissued in the UK in 1990 and second time around peaked at No 5. The orginal release in 1970 brought the band to international audiences for the first time, but soon after Free split up. By 1972 the band had reformed, only to disband again in 1974. Paul Rodgers later went on to form Bad Company who had numerous hit singles and albums before splitting up in the late 1980s. Unfortunately, Paul Kossoff died at the early age of 25 in the late 1970s when his drug problems finally got the better of him
- Dave, Cardiff, Wales
Good song. I like the beat it has, plus the opening riff.

They play this a lot at sports events.
- Matthew, East Brunswick, NJ
But it's just the way he sings "Whoa-oh-oh-oh-woha"!!!
- Robert, tWeed vAlley, Australia
Odd lyrics. For a while it seems like an homage to free sex and having the street smarts to tell when a gal is amenable to it. Then part way into the second verse, after the gal has already gotten into the car with the guy and maybe has even made it all the way to the guy's pad, she acts like casual sex was the last thing on her mind and accuses the guy of knavery! Of course, maybe she has a point since the guy then justifies himself by invoking lasting love! Whatever, dude. Wasn't this song used in a beer commercial at some point? One of many songs from back in the day that had an extended instrumental break edited out for AM radio airplay. Guitarist Paul Kossoff died of a drug induced heart attack in 1976 at age 25.
- fyodor, Denver, CO
Amazingly not mentioned on Vh1's list of Top 100 Rock songs (Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit was, however, #41). Go figure.
- Jay, Atlanta, GA
Rogers lives in White Rock (suburb of Vancouver) and I've seen him play at bars here a couple of times. He still has an awesome voice. If you get a chance to see him live, even with Queen, you won't be disappointed.
- rob, vancouver, Canada
To explain briefly, Free formed in London in 1968 when guitarist Paul Kossoff, then a member of the blues unit Black Cat Bones, was taken to see vocalist Paul Rodgers' group Brown Sugar by a friend, drummer Tom Mautner. After deciding to form their own band, Kossoff and Rodgers recruited drummer Simon Kirke (since Mautner was at university) and 16-year-old bass phenom Andy Fraser from the ranks of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers; with the aid of Alexis Korner, who also suggested the name Free, the fledgling band signed to the Island label, issuing their bluesy debut Tons of Sobs in 1968. Free's eponymous 1969 follow-up expanded on their roots-based sound, incorporating rockers like Albert King's "The Hunter", as well as muscular ballads like "Lying in the Sunshine" into the mix.
- John, Jersey City, NJ
Who the hell is Tom Mautner? As a couple other people have already said, Simon Kirke was the drummer with Free, and Bad Co. as well I believe... Paul Rodgers' and Freddie Mercury's vocal styles are incomparable if you ask me. Paul is the consummate blues/rock singer. It's not just about the lyrics, it's the strut, the swagger, the prowess. That and it's absolutely filled with emotion. Listen to "I'm a Mover" by Free and you'll hear what I mean. That's why I don't think Paul is suited to Queen's songs. They need an operatic vocalist, with a higher range and falsetto all over the place.
- Sam, Shanghai, China
This was performed in Hallam FM Arena in Sheffield for the Queen + Paul Rodgers Tour I think Paul sounds good when he collaberates with Brian May and Roger Taylor.
- nathan, l-burg, KY
Johnny. I have to agree with Mitch. If you listen to any Bad Company stuff, you'll know what I mean. Btw, this is a great song!!
- Stefanie, Rock Hill, SC
P.S. Im not trying to knock mercury on any way
- mitch, St. Louis, MO
If you feel Paul Rodgers is overrated you need to hear some of his stuff with Bad Company. The song Seagull is absolutely amazing.
- mitch, St. Louis, MO
I cannot believe Paul Rodgers was voted best singer of the 70's, he is very overrated. All Right Now brings nothing new to the table, listen to the lyrics: (Some were edited because I Do not want to waste all yur time) Whoa-oh-oh-oh-woha
There she stood in the street smilin' from her head to her feet; I said, "Hey, what is this?
Now maybe, baby, maybe she's in need of a kiss."
I said, "Hey, what's your name baby? Maybe we can see things the same.
All right now, baby, it's a-all right now.
All right now, baby, it's a-all right now.

What is so great about this? Nothing. A blaring guitar cannot make a rock song good. That's it. Freddie, you beat Paul Rodgers all the way.
- Johnny, Los Angeles, CA
This absolutely great rock & roll classic is featured on the final scene of one of the episodes of the freaking awesome TV series "Supernatural" of theWB. It slides in quite well, because the guys just came out safely from one of their dangerous and creepy adventures. That´s another reason why I like this series: the producers know their rock & roll!!
- myrna maria, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, United States
There was a later "chart Friendly"version released much later,which was a complete re mix,and also had a completely different drum sound.Every time I hear that version I cringe.
- Gerry, Downpatrick, Ireland
Paul Rogers was constantly voted as the best rock singer in the seventies :P Yes, over Freddie Mercury! Freddie, while being a great singer, was more of an opera singer then a rock singer. Paul rogers remains the best rock singer to this day.
- Derek, Brampton, Canada
Paul - The advice is good - listen to the music and stop trying to pick holes in it - artistic licence is accepted for classical poetry and opera
please dont say you scan rock songs for the anatomically possible contexts therein = lighten up and listen!
Mick, Ireland
- mick eccles, naas, Ireland
This song is on the new live Queen album featuring Paul Rogers.
- Paul, Rothesay, New Brunswick , Canada
Hell of a guitar riff. i love it.
- Andy, Tualatin, OR
Simon Kirke was the drummer for Free. For their entire existence, I believe. And one hell of a drummer.
- Mark, New Orleans, LA
Free performed on the final day of the Isle of Wight Festival in August 1970, and prior to their gig Pete Townshend personally congradulated them for having such a great song which was at that time, heading up the charts. At the gig, Free played in front of a crowd estimated at 600,000 people, the largest event of its kind.
- Barry, New York, NC
Tom Mautner wasn't the drummer when they wrote All Right Now.
- keewa, Fairbanks, AL
Yes, it is impossible to "smile from your head
to your feet". The concept of an actual "Stairway to Heaven", "highway to Hell"
or ability to "knock on Heaven's Door" are
also physically impossible. Maybe you shouldn't
take things so literally. You'd probably enjoy
the music more.
- C.C., LAKE CHARLES, LA
it's physically impossible to smile from your head to your feet. the only way that would be possible is if your feet were on top of your head and your mouth was wide enough to reach them.
- paul, concord, NH
Paul Rogers sings the lead. He later went on to become the lead singer from Bad Company.
- Adam, Lake Forest, IL
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