Writer: Ted Nugent
Producers: Tom Werman, Lew Futterman, and Cliff Davies
Recorded: May 1976 at The Sound Pit, Atlanta, Georgia
Released: Fall 1976
|Players:||Ted Nugent–vocals, guitar
|Album:||Free-For-All (Epic, 1976)|
The title track from Ted Nugent's second solo album, “Free-For-All” was never a hit single but quickly became a rock radio staple and concert favorite.
The song was the result of a sound check jam, what Nugent calls “the direct result of the tribal upheaval that takes place during a tour.”
The Free-For-All album became Nugent's first million-seller (it's since been certified double platinum), peaking at Number 24 on the Billboard 200 and Number 33 on the U.K. chart.
There was some conflict in Nugent's band during the making of the album. Feeling that his input was being limited, singer-guitarist Derek St. Holmes left the group for a time during the sessions. His place was taken on four songs by Meat Loaf, who Nugent had met when the singer was doing a production of Hair in Detroit that led to a brief recording contract with Motown. St. Holmes ultimately returned to the band.
Free-For-All also marks the debut of drummer Cliff Davies as part of Nugent's production team. He would also work in that capacity for Nugent's Cat Scratch Fever and Double Live Gonzo! albums.