Deep Cuts Live Album From London’s Royal Albert Hall Includes Free’s Biggest Hits
Los Angeles, CA (JUNE 22, 2018)
… Starting today, fans worldwide can stream the new project from Paul Rodgers
, Paul Rodgers – Free Spirit – Celebrating The Music of Free
, released on Quarto Valley Records
. This hits and deep cuts live recording, taped from a sold-out performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall, celebrates the 50th anniversary of Free. Called a “must have for any fan of Free and Paul Rodgers,” Free Spirit
is available across all digital platforms, and will be available
, and vinyl
on June 29
“I was emotionally rapt at Paul’s Free Spirit show. Free were heroes to us when I was at college, and the Fire and Water album was one of our essential bibles. Still is!!!” —Brian May (Queen)
“It’s a given that rock enthusiasts will be jamming along with Rodgers’ grooves forever.” —Billboard
“Let’s be honest this man could sing your weekly shopping list and still give you goosebumps. For fans, it gives a chance to hear songs like ‘Love You So’ and ‘Catch A Train’ performed live for the first time as Free never got the opportunity to.” —The Rockin’ Chair
This 16-song collection includes inspired performances of rock hits like “All Right Now,” “Wishing Well,” “Fire and Water,” and many deep tracks—some of which were never performed live by the original band, such as “Love You So” and “Catch a Train.” Along with this collection, those who purchase the Blu-ray and vinyl can expect exclusive footage and bonus tracks from opening acts Jasmine Rodgers
, artist and multi-instrumentalist daughter of Paul, and Deborah Bonham, rock/blues vocalist and sister of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.
“I have been making music for a long, long, long time, so to get supercharged and re-inspired to perform was a revelation,” says Rodgers. “I loved the Free Spirit Tour and the guys who helped create the magic. I hope you feel it too. Just lose yourself in the music and let it fuel your soul.”
According to Robert Plant “Paul Rodgers [is] the voice of all British voices,” and to Eric Clapton, “Paul Rodgers is the real deal.” Beginning his iconic music career as a founding member, main songwriter, and frontman for Free, Rodgers is regarded as one of the greatest vocalists in rock history by contemporaries and fans. Rodgers has sold over 125 million records worldwide with his legendary bands Free, Bad Company, The Firm and as a Grammy-nominated solo artist.
“We are very excited and extremely honored to be part of this historic event,” says Bruce Quarto, president of Quarto Valley Records. “This performance, perfectly captured in a variety of formats, is truly a rare event that any Paul Rodgers fan will definitely want to watch and listen to, over and over again.”
This summer Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers front the co-headlining Stars Align Tour, with Ann Wilson of Heart, and opening act Deborah Bonham.
About Paul Rodgers:
Growing up in the sprawling industrial North Yorkshire city of Middlesbrough, Paul Rodgers formed his first band at the ripe age of 14. Shortly after at 18, he formed Free along with late guitarist Paul Kossoff. They gained international success with the Rodgers / Fraser smash single “All Right Now.” For five decades, Rodgers has been recording and performing. He has written, recorded, produced and released 30 albums and has sold 125 million records. He has received numerous awards: the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music (other recipients include John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Elton John), an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Teesside University, BMI’s 5 Million US Radio Plays Awarded for “All Right Now”, the Chairman’s Award from the US Music Business Association, and more. He has recorded and/or performed with Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Brian May, Sam Moore, Joe Walsh, Ann Wilson, Slash, Nils Lofgren, Charlie Watts, Bryan Adams, Buddy Guy, and others. In his remarkable career, Rodgers has fronted the bands Free, Bad Company and The Firm, and continues to have a celebrated, award-winning solo career.
About Quarto Valley Records:
California-based Quarto Valley Records celebrated their fifth anniversary in 2017. Founded by tech entrepreneur Bruce Quarto, the label is dedicated to supporting and expanding the genres of rock, jazz and blues music. Passionate about supporting artists and their creative process, Quarto’s goal is to reinvent the traditional record company with a new business model that is fair and respectful to the artists.
Paul Rodgers is available for interviews, please contact:
Lynn Tinsey – Richlynn Group
Photo by Christie Goodwin