|Studio album by|
|Studio||The Sound Pit, Atlanta, Georgia|
|Genre||Hard rock, heavy metal|
|Producer||Tom Werman, Lew Futterman, Cliff Davies|
|Ted Nugent chronology|
|Singles from Free-for All|
|Christgau's Record Guide||B–|
|Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal||9/10|
Free-For-All is the second studio album by American hard rock musician Ted Nugent. The album was released in October 1976, by Epic Records. It was his first album to go platinum.
As the recording of Free-For-All commenced, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist Derek St. Holmes left the band, citing growing personal and creative conflicts with Nugent. Two solid years of living together on the road had taken its toll on the relationship.Additionally, St. Holmes was unhappy with Tom Werman's production, saying that the producer was watering down the band's sound.
A full year before Bat Out of Hell brought him international success, vocalist Meat Loaf was brought in by producer Werman to sing on the album. Meat Loaf was paid the sum of $1,000 for his contributions to the album, which included crafting his vocal arrangements and two days of recording sessions.He says that after he agreed to do the album he was sent a lyric sheet containing just the words with no arrangements. Having no idea what the songs were going to sound like, he nonetheless created the vocal arrangements for the songs that he recorded and performed.
St. Holmes who also sang lead vocal on several songs on the album returned to the group after Free For All's release, and performed on the subsequent tour. Band management asked him to return at the request of Epic Records.
All songs written by Ted Nugent, except where noted, all songs arranged by Nugent, Rob Grange, Derek St. Holmes and Cliff Davies.
|2.||"Dog Eat Dog"||4:04|
|3.||"Writing on the Wall"||7:08|
|4.||"Turn It Up"||3:36|
|6.||"Together"||Rob Grange, Cliff Davies||5:52|
|7.||"Light My Way"||Derek St. Holmes, Rob Grange||3:00|
|9.||"I Love You So I Told You a Lie"||Cliff Davies||3:47|
|11.||"Dog Eat Dog" (live)||6:21|
|12.||"Street Rats" (alternate version with Derek St. Holmes on vocals)||4:14|
|1976||Swedish Albums Chart||14|
|Billboard 200 (US)||24|
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||84|
|RPM100 Albums (Canada)||31|
|UK Album Chart||33|
|1976||"Dog Eat Dog"||RPM100 Top Singles (Canada)||73|
|Billboard Hot 100 (US)||91|
|U.S.||RIAA||1992||2× Platinum (2,000,000)|
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