Free-for-All (Ted Nugent album)

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Free-for-All
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1976
StudioThe Sound Pit, Atlanta, Georgia
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length38:28
Label Epic
Producer Tom Werman, Lew Futterman, Cliff Davies
Ted Nugent chronology
Ted Nugent
(1975)
Free-for-All
(1976)
Cat Scratch Fever
(1977)
Singles from Free-for All
  1. "Dog Eat Dog" / "I Love You So I Told You a Lie"
    Released: November 1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [1]
Classic Rock Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [2]
Christgau's Record Guide B– [3]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 9/10 [4]
Rolling Stone (favorable) [5]

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. [6]

Contents

Background

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. [7] Additionally, St. Holmes was unhappy with Tom Werman's production, saying that the producer was watering down the band's sound. [7]

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. [8] 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. [8]

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. [7]

Track listing

All songs written by Ted Nugent, except where noted, all songs arranged by Nugent, Rob Grange, Derek St. Holmes and Cliff Davies.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Free-for-All"3:20
2."Dog Eat Dog"4:04
3."Writing on the Wall"7:08
4."Turn It Up"3:36
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."Street Rats" 3:36
6."Together" Rob Grange, Cliff Davies 5:52
7."Light My Way" Derek St. Holmes, Rob Grange 3:00
8."Hammerdown" 4:07
9."I Love You So I Told You a Lie" Cliff Davies 3:47
1999 CD reissue bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
10."Free-for-All" (live)5:13
11."Dog Eat Dog" (live)6:21
12."Street Rats" (alternate version with Derek St. Holmes on vocals)4:14

Personnel

Band members

Additional musicians

Production

Charts

Weekly charts

YearChartPosition
1976 Swedish Albums Chart [9] 14
Billboard 200 (US) [10] 24
Australia (Kent Music Report) [11] 84
RPM100 Albums (Canada) [12] 31
UK Album Chart [13] 33

Singles

YearTitleChartPosition
1976"Dog Eat Dog" RPM100 Top Singles (Canada) [14] 73
Billboard Hot 100 (US) [15] 91

Certifications

CountryOrganizationYearSales
U.S. RIAA 19922× Platinum (2,000,000) [6]
Canada CRIA 1978Gold (50,000) [16]

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