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

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