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A spin-off of Procol Harum, Freedom was formed by guitarist Ray Royer and drummer Bobby Harrison. Both of them were in Procol Harum's lineup at the outset for their debut "A Whiter Shade of Pale" single, but were ousted almost immediately when Procol singer, Gary Brooker, enlisted his former bandmates from the Paramounts, Robin Trower and Barry Wilson, as replacements. Freedom's early sound, perhaps unsurprisingly, echoed Procol Harum's in its prominent use of organ and piano, as well as heavy rock guitar, and like Procol Harum's early records, captured late British psychedelia as it was starting to inch toward progressive rock. Freedom wasn't a Procol Harum clone, though, with a somewhat poppier take on psychedelia that was closer to Traffic than Procol Harum. Their initial lineup only released two singles in 1968 before breaking up, also recording a soundtrack for an obscure Italian film by Dino De Laurentis, Attraction/Black on White. The soundtrack LP was given a limited release in Italy -- so limited, in fact, that the group members themselves were unaware that it had come out. Recorded with noted future producers Eddie Kramer and Glyn Johns engineering, this was reissued on CD in 1999, and is actually a pretty good if derivative slice of late-'60s British psychedelia. In 1968, Harrison decided to reorganize the band completely -- in fact, so totally that he was the only remaining original member. More albums came out in the late '60s and early '70s which, in keeping with overall British rock trends of the period, were in a much heavier, hard, bluesier style. These were middle-of-the-pack, or a little lower than the middle-of-the-pack, efforts with nothing to make them stand out from the crowd in a clogged field. They did get to tour the U.S. as support for Black Sabbath and Jethro Tull, and broke up in 1972 after some personnel changes. Harrison became the lead singer in the little-known Snafu, while guitarist Roger Saunders, from the later incarnation of the band, did some session work, joined Medicine Head, and played in Gary Glitter's group during the '80s. ~ Richie Unterberger
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  2.   Dusty Track
  3.   Trying To Get a Gimpse of You
  4.   My Life
  5.   We Say No by Freedom & Whiskey
  6.   Orient Express
  7.   Can't Stay with Me
  8.   Toe Grabber
  9.   The Truth is Plain To See by Freedom & Whiskey
  10.   Where Will You Be Tonight?
  11.   Freedom
  12.   Cry Baby Cry
  13.   Freestone
  14.   Together
  15.   Blank Stare by Freedom
  16.   Going Down by Freedom
  17.   Miss Little Louise
  18.   I Refuse by Freedom
  19.   Dream
  20.   Asian Child
  21.   Pay The Price by Freedom
  22.   To Be Free
  23.   Life In A Noose by Freedom
  24.   The Game is Over by Freedom & Whiskey
  25.   The Butt of Deception by Freedom & Whiskey
  26.   The Better Side by Freedom & Whiskey
  27.   In Search of Something
  28.   Nobody
  29.   Have Love, Will Travel
  30.   Pretty Woman
  31.   Direction
  32.   Childhood Reflections by Freedom & Whiskey
  33.   Hoo Doo Man
  34.   Trying to Get a Glimpse of You
  35.   Sweaty Feet
  36.   Children Of Strike
  37.   Built for Comfort
  38.   Brainbox Jam
  39.   Fly
  40.   London City
  41.   Attraction/Black on White
  42.   Ain't No Chance to Score
  43.   Thanks
  44.   Relation by Freedom & Whiskey
  45.   Freedom Slam by Freedom
  46.   Time of the Season
  47.   Down in the Bottom
  48.   Never Loved a Girl
  49.   Decidedly Man by Freedom & Whiskey
  50.   Enchanted Wood
  51.   Through the Years
  52.   Man Made Laws
  53.   Attraction-Black On White/With You by Freedom & Whiskey
  54.   Get Yourself Together
  55.   Born Again by Freedom & Whiskey
  56.   Frustrated Woman
  57.   Me And You by Freedom
  58.   Voiceless by Freedom
  59.   Seeing is Believing by Freedom & Whiskey

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