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

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