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Free – Forever (Eagle DVD/CD Set)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: B-     Concerts: B



Free was a great British Rock group that were launched in 1968, but they are usually considered a 1970s band due to the success of hits like All Right Now and their lead singer Paul Rodgers, a quintessential lead Rock vocalist whose work in Bad Company continued his winning ways for decades to come.  Free – Forever is a surprisingly rich anthology of their work with all kinds of great footage and concert performances that show how great they were live.


Eagle Vision has issued this double DVD set, breaking down what they were able to get into interesting halves.  DVD 1 has the In Session footage as they do three songs for the German TV music show Beat Club and five songs for the British Granada TV series Doin’ Their Thing, both in 1970.  Then five promotional clips rightly dubbed Original Videos (including All Right Now, The Stealer, My Brother Jake, Love You So, Wishing Well) are also here.  DVD 2 is the In Concert disc and has audio only with video montages on three sons for their 1970 Isle Of Wight concert.  The result is an amazing collection any serious music or Rock music fan would want to go through.



The 1.33 X 1 image may vary throughout this set and come from film and analog video sources (including old analog tape versions of film footage not found by the time these discs were pressed), but at its best, the film and video can look really good.  Unfortunately, there is enough footage that does not look as good as it should and the Music Videos (which were mostly filmed) should look better than this.


The DTS 5.1 (where available) easily outdoes the Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 sound throughout, though the quality of the sources of sound can also very.  Unfortunately, even the best sound here is not much more than good stereo, though the DTS can bring good qualities out of the material the Dolby cannot.  Extras include interviews, The Freelist, Camera Access and alternate edits with multi-angles of the Isle Of Wight show, plus a thin booklet inside the foldout book that itself is contained in a slipcase.


Let’s hope Eagle starts doing this with every act they can.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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