Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Avalanche - Free

Hear The Track Here

Although this is billed as an Avalanche track, it would be fair to say that the main mover and shaker on this track is Micheal (NAV) Foster. Producer, engineer, songwriter, guitarist, singer; the man does the lot and probably makes the coffee for everybody too - in which case black, no sugar thank you. He is joined on this track by session musicians Mike Corsini (bass) and Tommy Dion on drums so no Easton brothers on this track either. Mike Corsini is, of course, Avalanche's regular bass player but I guess you knew that already if you are a fan of this excellent, tight classic rock band.

Like a lot of Avalanche tracks, Free has a chequered history. First written in 1978 and performed by Avalanche in their live shows back in the day, it was originally recorded in 1981. This remixed version has been updated somewhat by the Navalator (Ed: he means Mike Foster) and remixed last year I believe. As such it is classic Avalanche fayre: crunchy guitars, top rate production and a decent song to undrepin the whole thing.

As an incentive to anyone who loves classic rock, I defy you to listen to the first twenty seconds. Its a racing certainty that you will be listening to the rest of the track too. Just listening to those opening chords puts you right back when rock was young and full of piss and vinegar; and so it should I guess. If I had to be really truthful, I think I prefer the current Avalanche material in terms of energy and drive but as far as classic rock tracks go, it doesn't get much more classic than this. Hugely redolent of bands such as Blue Oyster Cult and Boston this is big hair rock with a vengence.

Highly Recommended classic rock from the masters.

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