found the CD's last Friday (Free Will 1971 and 2004). I would have written
you sooner, but as you can (or could) plainly see from the look on my
face - I'm speechless.
The "Tony Caputo Tapes" CD, . . .carried me home. As I think
I told you when we had lunch a couple years back, THE reason why the
abominable live recording that I had (which I "conned" out
of Don Meiksner) existed in a bazillion formats (cassettes, etc.) was
because there WAS nothing to listen to on the way home from one of Free
Will's Shows that even approached what we had just witnessed (a gazillion
You guys were, and still are, all so individually gifted and talented
that the synergy of you guys coming together is, literally, beyond reproach.
And not incidentally, kudos to George, who completely shines in the
Caputo Tapes. I always knew that, but he gets buried in most of the
I also loved the live 2004 CD. Thanks for playing the "right"
guitar (lol). I wish I was there to see it. And thanks to all of the
band for playing. I'll be there next time.
I also need a couple more CD's. Watch for my check. See ya soon.
Rick P., Reno, Nevada
I received the CD's I ordered, and thank you very much. I was really
surprised how fast the turn around time was!!! I listened to the Live
at J-E HS, and I loved it. Much less distortion then I was expecting,
too. It was/is a great representation of the band back then. Then it
made me think of what kids today are missing out on, and how we were
spoiled back then, having such a venue to go to, almost weekly!!!
It was really nice to hear Joe calling out to the fans in between songs
to get everybody pumped up. I remember him doing that so often. And
I know I had to be at that show, my friends & I would go to the
Free Will shows all the time no matter where they were. Some of our
most favorite times were at the Country Tavern, in Iona Corners. Thanks
for making this stuff available, I have been spreading the word to my
friends. I will be sending for that Tony Caputo CD in a couple of weeks,
so save one for me!! So, thanks again, and I hope there will be a Free
Will reunion sometime soon!!
Pat M., Auburn, NY
Today was such a dark, gloomy, rainy day that I said the heck with the
housework and spent most of the day listening to the Free Will CD's.
Two songs from the Tony Caputo tapes caught my attention right off -
"Someplace is Something" and "Get That Shinin' Sun".
I remember hearing these from the Fabin's gigs summer of '70 and this
is the first time hearing them since. They both hold up well and enjoyed
hearing them again. Nice melodies. Finally a studio version of "Candy
Man" and "Carry Me Home". These two were probably my
favorites from this period of the band. Awesome bass runs on Carry Me
Home Mk1 from John.
I really liked the tamer demo of Whiskey Woman and after listening several
times I actually prefer this solo than the RCA version in how you build
it up to a crescendo into the more familiar licks. When I play this
cd along with the Free Will '69 disc I try to imagine what these tracks
might have turned out like with a producer to polish them up. Or better
yet, what if you knew then what you know now with recording and production
techniques and you produced them how could they could have been.
I find it difficult to believe that with these demo's from both discs
that the band didn't get a deal sooner. They are that good. This lineup
from '69 ( with Bill Irvin) into '71 was and always has been my favorite
and these demos from both periods bring back special memories. The live
at J-E High was a really hot gig. A reminder on just how good the band
was at that time. The entire band was hot and firing on all cylinders.
Your guitar playing was truly exceptional that night . A riveting version
of Not Fade Away. I remember when you used to seque into My Generation
at some shows. Great live version of Candyman and one of the best versions
of Stormy Monday that I have heard when it seemed like everyone was
recording one back then. All that distortion gives the recording a certain
charm to it. If you play this next to the Jukin' Bone at the Dino and
Free Will On Stage the band is still electric. Like fine wine the band
got better with age. I thought during Ave Breakdown you would launch
into State Police Boogie. Another reminder of the great boogie number
at Fabins. A personal thank you for playing Ridin With The Devil and
Carry Me Home at the Dino. Awesome live versions. Speaking of Fabins,
if there is a good quality tape how about a cd from a one of those shows?
And if you have something more than the radio broadcast of your and
Joe’s legendary reunion tour of '81, which was some of the best
rock I have ever heard from you and Joe.
Once again, thanks so much for making these available. You made one
fan very happy. And you have my word of honor that I will not duplicate
any of these.
John D., Auburn, NY
is the first time that I have listened to the two Jukin' Bone albums
in their entirety in probably 25 years. The only tracks that I listened
to were the ones on the Buried Bones CD. To be honest with you, I hated
these albums when first released. Hated the recording, production and
the concept with Whiskey Woman. Bitterly disappointed. Way Down East
was a little bit better but by then the dream had died.
That being said - I surprised myself at how much I actually enjoyed
listening to these albums again. Maybe the passage of time curbed those
feelings and a great remastering on CD certainly sounds better than
my vinyl copy ever did. As you have said before the songs have always
been good. First time I have heard Can't Judge in all that time. Going
Down was really my favorite when it first came out having loved Jeff
Beck’s version. And it was great listening to Cara Lynn again.
Still a bona-fide hit single if there ever was one. Maybe these albums
weren't so bad after all. They are classics in their own right.”
John D., Auburn, NY
so much for the new 2 on 1 CD - you did a fantastic improvement in the
We have enjoyed it so much! ...we are fans 35 years later & 2000
Thanks for thinking of us! Rock on! Nancy & Hyde”
Nancy & Hyde P., Bacliff, Texas
the disc today....it sounds great!!! Thanks again, keep on rockin'...now
let me go disturb my neighbors with some JB!!!
All the best
Gary G., Alexandria, VA
I received the new 2 on 1 remaster, sounds great. I'm totally digging
it, can't get the tunes out of my head actually!
Keep on Rockin'
Mike P., Rochester, NY
I got the CD in the mail yesterday and I have to tell you that you did
a great transfer job, very clean sound. Great to hear the old tunes.
Thank you for all the great songs and live gigs that I got to see with
Free Will, Andy Pratt, and the All Stars . Four fellow faculty members
at my college have become fans this morning after listening to a few
of my favs on the CD. I will be in touch and hope to see you during
one of my return visits back home.
Your friend in music,
Steve M., Clearwater, FL
I'm completely blown away after listening to your playing and the groove
and dynamics that Free Will ('69-'71) owned on these CD's. Thank God
for magnetic tape. Endless respect to you.”
Bob B., Genoa, NY
“FREE WILL LIVE AT EAST HIGH 1969”
arrived this afternoon and I put it on after dinner and it DID NOT DISAPPOINT!
Excellent recording and the band sounds just as hot as I remembered
them. I got a RUSH on hearing the Spirit medley again after all these
years!! along with I'm Tired. This is a must! If you weren't around
to hear them back then well, NO ONE ELSE was playing this kind of music
back then. Every show was electrifying.
I have great memories of this line up. I Believe To My Soul was always
a show stopper, and Heart Full of Soul shows off Mark’s arranging
skills way back then.
Thanks Ron for the recording and
thanks Mark for mastering it and making it available for all of us.”
John D., Auburn, NY
“Mark, my package arrived
today, thanks. That’s faster than I ever got any cd when ordering
from anywhere! Hooked you up to my P.A. and blasted it. It was almost
like being there !!
Anyone that is a Mark Doyle or
Joe Whiting, or Doyle Whiting, or Free Will or Jukin’ Bone fan
must get this CD !!
your yearbook and replace it with this disc!”
is one of the greatest Free Will CDs ever. It's all different stuff
from the other CDs I have of these guys. I HIGHLY recommend it!!”
Pat M., Auburn, NY