Free: Paul Rodgers (vocals, guitar, piano); Simon Kirke (guitar, drums, percussion, background vocals); Paul Kossoff (guitar); Rabbit (piano, organ, glockenspiel, background vocals); Tetsu Yamauchi (bass, percussion).
Additional personnel: Snuffy (guitar); Rebop Kwaku Baah (congas).
Recorded in October and November 1972.
Personnel: Paul Rodgers (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano); Snuffy, Paul Kossoff, W.G. Snuffy Walden (guitar); John "Rabbit" Bundrick (piano, electric piano, organ, keyboards, glockenspiel, background vocals); Tetsu Yamauchi (bass guitar, percussion); Simon Kirke (drums, percussion, background vocals); Rebop Kwaku Baah (congas, percussion).
Audio Remixer: Andy Johns.
Recording information: Island Studios (10/1972-11/1972).
Photographer: Dick Polak.
The last Free album, 1973's HEARTBREAKER, is essentially a snapshot of a band in disarray. The group had already broken up once and decided to regroup one last time, but only singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke had a major say in the proceedings.
Guitarist Paul Kossoff was beset by drug problems, but did manage to play on half of HEARTBREAKER, which, despite all the hardships surrounding the recording, stands as a classic Free album--including such gems as "Wishing Well," the title track, and "Muddy Water." After splitting up Free for good after HEARTBREAKER, Rodgers and Kirke would reappear shortly with the successful Bad Company, while Kossoff launched Back Street Crawler, before succumbing to a drug-induced heart attack in 1976.