Free / Heartbreaker

Agreed that Andy Fraser was irreplaceable, however Tetsu Yamauchi (who was later to succeed Ronnie Lane in The Faces) rendered an exemplary job in the bass chair for Free despite the fact that the band was falling apart for various reasons. Tetsu follows Fraser’s a lot less-is-a lot more modus operandi, and also adds a tinge of fuzz to his tone, which fills the space left by Kossoff’s reduced role. Had the guitarist been healthy, this platter, which is essentially a Paul Rogers solo outing, would have been huge.