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

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