Free – Fire and Water album autographs supplied by Pete Houghton

Andy Qunta… Fabulous! Great band, great album!

Tony Court-holmes… saw them live can not remember where

Neil Partrick… That’s, like, really free.. (not).

Chris Jolly… Saw them perform most of this album at the IOW festival in 1970… Splendid they were too!

Dave Nattress… Wonderful band, incredible album, the best for me and I’ve got just about everything Free did, several times over. Paul Rodgers, back then and still a fantastic vocalist, an idol for me undoubtedlt, Andy Fraser, such a unique bass player – RIP, Paul Kossoff, amazing unique sound from his battered old Les Paul – RIP, Simon Kirke, as solid a drummer as anyone. All so very young when they got together in 68/69. Andy Fraser was 15, Paul Kossoff 17 I think, PR and SK maybe a year older. Saw them at Brighton Dome in 1971/1972 – I’d think I’d remember but unsure. By which time Andy Fraser had left to be replaced by Tetsu Yamauchi and I think Paul Kossoff was unavailable and “health issues” had brought about his departure from the band, and filling in was Rabbit , (John Bundrick) ,on keys. I have found an old poster on the www for October 18th 1972 and think this is the only one they played at The Dome. It has been said that somewhere in the world “All Right Now” is being played on a radio station every minute of every day. That’s good earnings for Paul Rodgers and Andy Fraser’s estate and a good few more who are getting a cut also! Any Free fans check out “Paul Rodgers Free Spirit” a CD and DVD recorded at the RAH in 2018 – all the best tracks. What a collector’s piece this autographed album must be.

Pete Fisher… Recommend Free’s “Songs Of Yesterday” boxed set…

Pete Prescott… I saw Free in Sep 72 on Kossoff’s last tour. He was out of it sadly. Tetsu and Rabbit wee in the gig. It was at Fairfield Hall Croydon. I’ve seen Rodgers a good few times over the years. Amazing singer.

Dave Nattress… Indeed Pete, I have The Songs of Yesterday box set, also the fantastic Bio by David Clayton who ran the Free Appreciation Society. It’s been rumoured for a while that there may be more archive stuff to come but as yet I’ve heard agreement by the parties who have a shout in getting it together has not yet been reached.

 

High Mileage & Babylon – Hastings Pier 14th May 1977

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supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey… Best remembered as the founding keyboardist with Mott the Hoople, Terence “Verden” Allen was born May 26, 1944 in South Wales. He was in a number of bands following departure from Mott, one of which was Cheeks who he formed in 1976. This was quickly followed by the formation of HIGH MILEAGE, which featured Martin Chambers on drums, Paul Oaldenall on bass, and guitarist Dave Tedstone. Tedstone was another Hereford local, who was well known to Verden through his stints with the Doc Thomas Group and Lee Starr and the Astrals. High Mileage soon gave way to Verden Allen’s Seven Inches, which also featured Martin Chambers. Curiously HIGH MILEAGE isn’t even mentioned in Allen’s biography and skips from ‘Cheeks’ straight to ‘Seven Inches’. So if you saw High Mileage on The Pier, you were capturing a very rare gig.I can’t remember seeing them at this gig on May 14th, 1977…..but probably did….does anybody else remember them?  Also….Babylon! Was this the prog rock group that was formed in 1976 by Rick Leonard, Rodney Best, Doroccas, J. David Boyko, and Gary Chambers (As far as I am aware no relation to Martin Chambers…or was he)? They released one album, 1978’s Babylon, before breaking up that same year.

John Storer…This was one I missed. Had been to see The Vibrators the previous Saturday, and had spent shedloads of money on Thursday 12th May at Ye Olde Pump House celebrating Eric Cawthraw’s 25th, Mick Hurton’s 22nd and my 21st birthdays. It had been a night full of Thunderstorms (Mr Cawthraw will know exactly what I mean). So skipped this one as the following week, The Damned and The Adverts were playing and pay day was still two weeks away!

Mick O’Dowd… Good find Sarah. I’m not familiar with either band either.

Sarah Harvey… As for Babylon…they seem like a band who would appear on the pier but they were formed in Florida, so not sure…. but they were the only Babylon around at that time and all the dates seem to coincide with their short existence.

Eric Cawthraw…  just seen John Storer’s remark on ‘Thunderstorms’: a vicious little cocktail that slides down your neck so easy that you’ve had too many before you know it. After-effects ? – I hear you say…..well, the name is appropriate – it’s like having you head inside a car-crusher…only worse. Garry Peters and Mick Watson introduced the recipe to a bar in Florida – the barman got blitzed, but no surprise there!  It’s a bit like o/d-ing on orange juice: Take a small bottle of orange juice add a measure of Canadian Club and another of Cointreau a dash of soda water and ice – bingo, imbibe and hold on to your hat! Vince Bristow came in to the Pump House one evening and shouted ‘my round!’ – I think there were 9 of us along the bar, all on Thunderstorms having large ones in pint glasses and Vince paid up! It was another 3 weeks before Vince had to buy another beer as we bought him ales in turn. Then there were those evenings on the Green Chartreuse….how are we still alive!!!

Phil John… Saw him last year at The O2 when the original Mott the Hoople reformed for a short tour. They played to an audience of 9000 people. Not bad going for a band that had played only 3 gigs since 1975.

Pete Houghton… I saw High Mileage on the pier the line up was Verden Allen ,Martin Chambers , Paul Oaldpenall And Someone Called David S I can’t read his autograph as they signed a sheet of paper for me.

supplied by Pete Houghton