Article from Music World Magazine
‘Kossoff, Kirke, Tetsu, Rabbit’ album, released on Island Records, 1972. Dominated by Bundrick’s songs and keyboards, and some of the best guitar work yet recorded by Kossoff. The album, except for the absence of Paul Rodgers, passes very well for a ‘Free’ album. Rabbit sounds as if he was once a ‘Leon Russell’ type, white R&B stylist whose potential excesses have been tempered by his admirable interests in small combo formats like ‘Free’s. His keyboard work shows all of the depth and facility of ‘Russell’s without being weighed down by the latter’s annoying tendency to over arrange, over sing, and generally over-do everything. Rabbit ’s sense of taste makes him a perfect keyboard player for ‘Free’, because it decorates without overwhelming the rest of the band. On ‘FREE’S “Heartbreaker” album, Kossoff appears on about half the cuts, as savage as ever, while Rodgers and an American guitarist friend of Rabbit ’s, known only as ‘Snuffy’, fill in on the rest. Wonder of wonders, Snuffy sounds enough like Kossoff to get by more than adequately. Side two of the album picks up a more consistent intensity. Bundrick ’s pretty ballad, ‘Muddy Water’, and his ‘Common Mortal Man’ features anguished performances by everyone. That really shows how well Rabbit’s writing and playing contributes to this Band.