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Monday, December 20, 2010
WILMER & THE DUKES - I'M FREE
Out of all the early compositions written by Jagger/ Richards, "I'm Free" is one that had so much promise but was seemingly very rushed in the Rolling Stones own recording and didn't meet its potential until the band revived it in their 1969 concerts.
However, one year before the Stones revival, upstate New York show band Wilmer & The Dukes cut a fully realized version of the song that, to my ears, takes it to its full potential (perhaps the Stones themselves heard this version which caused them to revisit the song? hmmmmm)
Wilmer & The Dukes were one of those bands that played the bar/ fraternity circuit that were oh-so-common in the 60's; judging by their brilliant reading of this song, the band must have been a fantastic live group.