In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s the UK pop charts were dominated by several writers such as Roger Greenaway,Tony Macaulay, Roger Cook, Barry Mason, Mike Hazelwood and Albert Hammond in various combinations who wrote and produced such classics as “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” (New Seekers), “Build Me Up Buttercup” (Foundations), “Down On The Beach Tonight” (Drifters), “Melting Pot” (Blue Mink) and “Little Arrows” (Leapy Lee).
The Fortunes were formed in the early 1960’s and were composed from two sets of musicians Rod Allen, Glen Dale, Barry Pritchard (born Birmingham, England), a vocal trio and then later adding Andy Brown (born Birmingham, England) who was a drummer and a keyboard player, Dave Carr. This resulted in them being signed to Decca Records (UK) and Press Records (US). In 1963 their first single was credited as The Fortunes and The Clifftones, which was a mixture of both sets of musicians but was unsuccessful. It would take 5 releases for them to hit the charts, and they did it in spectacular style by having a UK #2 and US #7 hit with “You’ve Got Your Troubles”. The song writing partnership that helped The Fortunes for the single was the aforementioned Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway.
Other hits came their way to varying degrees. Glen Dale left the group in 1966 and they left Decca Records and signed to United Artists, however hits become harder to find despite becoming involved with songs for the Coca-Cola corporation in the US (“It’s The Real Thing”) and having already replaced Glen Dale, Dave Carr decided to leave in 1968 making the band a four piece. The Fortunes later signed for Capitol Records for both US and UK markets in 1971.
Freedom Come, Freedom Go became a minor hit in the US peaking at #72, however in the UK the song became their 4th top ten hit single reaching #6 in October 1971 with an impressive 17 week run on the Top Fifty. It also became a top twenty hit in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. What I like about this track is the various instruments you can hear, from a brass section and strings to drums, bass, banjo and various percussion sounds, all these arranged by Lew Warburton.
There is a catchy sing-a-long chorus which is at the beginning of the track rather than using a verse to start.
The verses seem to tell the story of a rich girl with freedoms to go and do as she pleases. But when it comes to love what price would have to be paid.
The B-side is called “There’s A Man” which is a piece of harmonised pop with a string lead backing track, almost Bee Gees in style.