Jean Carn

Free Love

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Title a song "Free Love" and, hey, it's a no-brainer; a term that sprang from the sexual revolution of the '60s, just write about the seemingly great bunch of goodies you get when you share a bed with someone whom you might know their first name. What a bold choice the songwriting/production duo of Gamble & Huff made when they chose to go another route. As Jean Carn's debut single for their Philadelphia International label, the chugging "Free Love" was a tasty, tuneful harbinger for what unfortunate consequences can come about when you give it up too "freely." Gamble & Huff's choice is even more refreshing considering that it was "the swinging '70s," an era when such dalliances were thought of as commonly potentially deadly; that would change in the next decade. As the lead single from her Jean Carn album and arranged by Bobby Martin, "Free Love" went to number 23 R&B in the spring of 1977. Another Philly soul favorite along the same lines was First Choice's "Smarty Pants."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Jean Carn 1976 Sony Music 4:07
10 All Time Soul Classics, Vol. 1: The Best of Philadelphia International 1994
Various Artists
The Best of Philadelphia International Records, Voll. 1 1995
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets
Closer Than Close: The Best of Jean Carne 1999 Capitol 3:20
Jean Carn/Happy to Be With You 2004 Diablo (UK) 4:05
Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia 2008
Various Artists
Legacy / SMG 4:05