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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.   Get Yourself Together
  3.   Freedom
  4.   Ain't No Chance to Score
  5.   Together
  6.   The Game is Over by Freedom & Whiskey
  7.   Trying to Get a Glimpse of You
  8.   Thanks
  9.   Pretty Woman
  10.   Through the Years
  11.   Life In A Noose by Freedom
  12.   Freedom Slam by Freedom
  13.   Pay The Price by Freedom
  14.   Dream
  15.   Voiceless by Freedom
  16.   In Search of Something
  17.   Me And You by Freedom
  18.   Where Will You Be Tonight?
  19.   Down in the Bottom
  20.   Man Made Laws
  21.   Going Down by Freedom
  22.   Seeing is Believing by Freedom & Whiskey
  23.   Enchanted Wood
  24.   Hoo Doo Man
  25.   To Be Free
  26.   Born Again by Freedom & Whiskey
  27.   The Butt of Deception by Freedom & Whiskey
  28.   The Better Side by Freedom & Whiskey
  29.   Sweaty Feet
  30.   Frustrated Woman
  31.   Dusty Track
  32.   My Life
  33.   Never Loved a Girl
  34.   Built for Comfort
  35.   Decidedly Man by Freedom & Whiskey
  36.   We Say No by Freedom & Whiskey
  37.   Childhood Reflections by Freedom & Whiskey
  38.   Cry Baby Cry
  39.   Blank Stare by Freedom
  40.   Children Of Strike
  41.   Trying To Get a Gimpse of You
  42.   Attraction-Black On White/With You by Freedom & Whiskey
  43.   Orient Express
  44.   Toe Grabber
  45.   Nobody
  46.   Direction
  47.   Brainbox Jam
  48.   Time of the Season
  49.   Can't Stay with Me
  50.   Asian Child
  51.   Relation by Freedom & Whiskey
  52.   Have Love, Will Travel
  53.   Miss Little Louise
  54.   London City
  55.   Fly
  56.   The Truth is Plain To See by Freedom & Whiskey
  57.   Freestone
  58.   I Refuse by Freedom

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