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Paul Kossoff
« on: September 30, 2016, 01:31:57 PM »
Paul Francis Kossoff (14 September 1950 19 March 1976) was an English guitarist best known as a member of Free. He was ranked 51st in Rolling Stone magazine list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

At age 15 helped to found the band Black Cat Bones. The band played with touring blues piano player Champion Jack Dupree, did many supporting shows for Fleetwood Mac and other gigs with Fleetwood Mac cofounder Peter Green. Kossoff jammed and spent hours discussing blues playing and players. Kossoff's bandmate in Black Cat Bones was drummer Simon Kirke, and the two went on to play on Champion Jack Dupree's April 1968 album When You Feel the Feeling You Was Feeling.

In April 1968 Kossoff and Kirke teamed up with Paul Rodgers (vocals) and Andy Fraser (bass) to form Free. They did the Transit circuit for two years and recorded two albums: Tons of Sobs (1968) and Free (1969). Both albums showcased the band's blues- and soul-influenced sound, a style which was in contrast to some of their progressive and heavier counterparts at the time.

Success came in 1970 when their third album, Fire and Water (1970), spawned the big hit "All Right Now". The band played the Isle of Wight festival to both audience and critical acclaim. Sellout tours in the United Kingdom, Europe, and Japan followed, but after the release of the next album, Highway (1970), band pressures led to a split. The live album Free Live, recorded in 1970, was released in 1971 as a farewell record. While Rodgers and Fraser pursued unsuccessful solo projects, Kossoff and Kirke teamed up with Texan keyboard player John "Rabbit" Bundrick and Japanese bass player Tetsu Yamauchi to release the 1971 album Kossoff, Kirke, Tetsu and Rabbit.

Free reformed and released the album Free at Last (1972). Following its release Fraser decided he had had enough and quit to form Sharks. Free drafted Tetsu and Rabbit for Free's 1973 album Heartbreaker (1973) after which the group disbanded.

When Free supported Blind Faith in the United States (1969), Eric Clapton was impressed enough to ask Kossoff to demonstrate his vibrato technique to him.

Kossoff's unhappiness with the end of Free and his drug addictions contributed to a drastic decline in the guitarist's health. On a flight from Los Angeles to New York on 19 March 1976, Kossoff died from heroin-related heart problems. The day before, he had a jam session with keyboard player Dennis Provisor. He was cremated and interred at the Golders Green Crematorium. His epitaph reads "All Right Now".

One of his guitars, a 1957 Fender Stratocaster, was purchased after his death by Dave Murray, who as a member of Iron Maiden used it between 1978 and 1990.

Here is some of Paul's best:

Rehearsal Black Cat Bones      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlUJXfix5gQ

Black Cat Bones-Help Me     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fb4UNfdEDGY

Black Cat Bones-Bad Blood     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rNywheOkIg&list=PLjPKpq62L2-RK0QFRSBaGXLgx8vb79qrs&index=20

Guitar Heroes-Paul Kossoff   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SB3sN1b_LPs

Free-Alright Now Isle of Wight      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g96ZaqXR8uk

Free-Moonshine      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YylGLV_nANU

Free-Mr Big      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2SvmTM-zps

Free-I'll Be Creepin'     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qK8O3UoqN8

Free-I'm A Mover       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1pG3aqC7v0

Kossoff Kirke Tetsu and Rabbit-I'm On The Run    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjeY3KAgK_E

Kossoff Kirke Tetsu and Rabbit-Fool's Life     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-Np4xtT-W4

Back Street Crawler-Time Away      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhECE6ro6TA&list=PLjPKpq62L2-RK0QFRSBaGXLgx8vb79qrs

Long Way Down To The Top   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eRb6k8Du4E&list=PLjPKpq62L2-RK0QFRSBaGXLgx8vb79qrs&index=2

The Band Plays On    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKX__SPKn6g&index=5&list=PLjPKpq62L2-RK0QFRSBaGXLgx8vb79qrs

Free       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FREtWhk92NI

Purely Paul    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Utex8QZxpcQ





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Re: Paul Kossoff
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2016, 04:57:00 PM »
Great stuff. Awesome under rated player Paul. Some of that stuff was really good. I'm mostly only familiar with some of the Free stuff, which was great.
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Re: Paul Kossoff
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2016, 11:12:19 AM »
The Free live album has been a favorite for me especially the song Be My Friend,his vibrato is one of the best around. Along with Rory Gallagher he is definitley soooo underrated. Shame drugs cut his life short....

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Re: Paul Kossoff
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2016, 12:22:49 PM »
Gave the Free Live album a listen. Very Good, Kind of a peek into what Bad Company would become. Some great guitar from Kossoff.

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Re: Paul Kossoff
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2017, 07:03:34 PM »