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The group was formed in 1994 by Felix J. Gauder and Olaf Bossi, the producers of Das Modul.

Together with Charles Simmons, the frontman and singer of "The Free" who is educated in classic music,
they composed and arranged their music in a high-tech homestudio. They spent weeks composing and
arranging intro, strophe, bridge and refrain so it should be a perfect rhythm, with groove and melody all
in one piece. With meticulous detailwork and with great enthusiasm the result was the typical "The Free"
chart- and clubcompatible Euro-Pop-House musicstyle and also some sentimental Soul-ballads.
The group also had a female singer: Iris Trevisan.

But in the middle of 1995 Iris Trevisan left the group for health reasons and she was replaced by a
new female singer: Ayla J.

The Free have had big hits with "Born Crazy", "Lover On the Line", "Dance the Night Away" and later with "Loveletter from Space".

In an 2003 interview Charles Simmons got the question: "Is it possible, that The Free is making comeback someday?", and he answered: "Honestly, I don't think so. It was fun while it was going on, but we're all doing different things now. Olaf is attending Audio Engineering school, Felix is now producing Jimmy Sommerville, and has a hit project called Novaspace. I'm doing mostly R&B, Hip-Hop and Pop projects, and Alida (Ayla J) is married and lives in the USA. We've all moved on, but The Free was a nice ride".

The Singles

Title: Born Crazy
Released: 1994
Tracklisting:
Track 1.
Track 2.
Track 3.
Track 4.
Born Crazy (Radio Edit)
Born Crazy (Extended Mix)
Born Crazy (Adlib Club Mix)
Born Crazy (Trance Reprise)
3:46
6:20
5:24
5:02

Title: Born Crazy (Remix)
Released: 1994
Tracklisting:
Track 1.
Track 2.
Track 3.
Track 4.
Born Crazy (Tranceport-Mix)
Born Crazy (Extended-Club-Mix)
Born Crazy (Radio Remix)
Born Crazy (Tranceport-Vocal-Mix)
6:13
7:16
7:40
6:27

Title: Lover On The Line
Released: 1995
Tracklisting:
Track 1.
Track 2.
Track 3.
Track 4.
Track 5.
Lover On The Line (Radio Version)
Lover On The Line (Extended Version)
Lover On The Line (Who Pays The Bill? Mix)
Lover On The Line (Bump And Grind Mix)
Lover On The Line (Space Phone Mix)
3:50
6:12
5:11
4:24
5:05

Title: Lover On The Line (Remix)
Released: 1995
Tracklisting:
Track 1.
Track 2.
Track 3.
Lover On The Line (Radio Remix)
Lover On The Line (Offbeat Remix)
Lover On The Line (Neonrave Mix)
3:49
5:31
5:33

Title: Dance The Night Away
Released: 1995
Tracklisting:
Track 1.
Track 2.
Track 3.
Track 4.
Dance The Night Away (Radio Edit)
Dance The Night Away (Extended Version)
Dance The Night Away (Neonrave Mix)
Dance The Night Away (Deep Night Mix)
3:45
6:16
5:25
5:16

Title: Dance The Night Away (Remix)
Released: 1995
Tracklisting:
Track 1.
Track 2.
Track 3.
Dance The Night Away (Radio Remix)
Dance The Night Away (Energie Remix)
Dance The Night Away (Struck by Sunlight Remix)
4:05
5:31
6:19

Title: Shout
Released: 1996
Tracklisting:
Track 1.
Track 2.
Track 3.
Track 4.
Shour (Radio Edit)
Shour (Extended Version)
Shour (Hysteric Mix)
Shour (Drop Dishes Mix)
3:23
5:10
5:35
8:12

Title: Shout (Remix)
Released: 1996
Tracklisting:
Track 1.
Track 2.
Track 3.
Shour (DJ Quicksilver Remix)
Shour (Jules Vernes Remix)
Shour (Radio Edit)
7:24
6:44
3:22


Title: Loveletter From Space
Released: 1996
Tracklisting:
Track 1.
Track 2.
Track 3.
Track 4.
Track 5.
Track 6.
Loveletter From Space (Soul Radio Edit)
Loveletter From Space (House Radio Edit)
Loveletter From Space (Extended House Mix)
Loveletter From Space (Extended Soul Mix)
Loveletter From Space (Dance Mix)
Drop Da Letter
3:42
3:51
5:09
5:02
6:06
6:32


Title: Loveletter From Space (Remixes)
Released: 1996
Tracklisting:
Track 1.
Track 2.
Track 3.
Track 4.
Track 5.
Track 6.
Track 7.
Loveletter From Space (Doug Laurent Radio Edit)
Loveletter From Space (Doug Laurent Club Mix)
Loveletter From Space (DJ Quicksilver Remix)
Loveletter From Space (Love House Mix)
Loveletter From Space (Space House Mix)
Drop Dishes Letter
Loveletter From Space (Doug Laurent Instrumental Club Mix)
3:17
5:54
6:30
6:09
7:01
6:32
5:54

The Albums


Title: Crazy World
Released: 1996
Tracklisting:
Track 1.
Track 2.
Track 3.
Track 4.
Track 5.
Track 6.
Track 7.
Track 8.
Track 9.
Track 10.
Track 11.
Track 12.
Track 13.
Love on the Line (Radio Edit)
Shout! (Extended Version)
Good Girls
Born Crazy (Radio Edit)
Loveletter from Space
Happy
Dream
Anna
Children of the Night
Dance the Night Away (Extended Version)
Lover on the Line (Offbeat Remix)
Shout! (DJ Quicksilver Remix)
Dance the Night Away (Struck by Sunlight Remix)
3:51
5:09
3:53
3:46
4:05
5:14
4:50
5:03
5:35
6:16
5:31
7:25
6:19

I n f o r m a t i o n
© Niklas Adolfsson 1997-2014
Biography based on a German biography © Bear Music Factory 1996

Thanks to Andrew for some information.
Thanks to D-Man'94 for some tracklistings and covers.

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