Freedom (2)

Profile:
American disco-funk band from Jackson (MS), formed in the late 1970s.
Core members are:
Larry Addison: Keyboards & Lead Vocals
Ray Smith: Bass, Percussion & Vocals
Robert Black: Trumpet & Percussion
David Thigpen: Saxes, Percussion & Vocals
Joe Short: Lead Vocals & Percussion (d. 1981)
Tyrone Armstrong: Guitars
Victor Mason: Drums & Percussion
Adolph Adams: Lead Vocals & Percussion.

Additional Members:
Charles Gilliam: Flute
Carl Marsh: Synthesizers
Chalmers Davis: Keyboards
Robert Scott: Moog Synthesizers
Richard Morgan: Trombone
Henry Rogers: Trumpet

Founded by Victor Mason, Caleb Armstrong and Ray Smith in 1976 while they were students at Jackson State. Signed up by Malaco Records, Freedom hit the radio stations and clubs in NYC with their second single "Get Up and Dance" from their debut album Farther Than Imagination in 1979. The track immediately found its way into the old school hip-hop community as being one of the key samples used by the DJ's like Grandmaster Flash, Darryl Calloway (DJ Darryl C) of The Crash Crew, just to name a few (the song was also covered by West Street Mob in 1981). "Dance Sing Along" was a minor hit from the same album. The group released three more albums into the 80's, however without success. They slowly dissolved in the mid-80's after the percussionist and falsetto vocal Joe Leslie Short was tragically killed in 1981.
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Albums

M-6357-B Freedom (2) - Farther Than Imagination album art Freedom (2) Farther Than Imagination (Album) Malaco Records M-6357-B US 1978 Sell This Version
MAL-7362 Freedom (2) - Free album art Freedom (2) Free(LP, Album) Malaco Records MAL-7362 US 1980 Sell This Version
MAL 7403 Freedom (2) - Changes Of Time album art Freedom (2) Changes Of Time(LP, Album) Malaco Records MAL 7403 US 1981 Sell This Version
MAL 7418, 7418 Freedom (2) - Are You Available? album art Freedom (2) Are You Available?(LP, Album) Malaco Records, Malaco Records MAL 7418, 7418 US 1984 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

1000-1F Freedom (2) - Can't You See album art Freedom (2) Can't You See Freedom (6) 1000-1F US 1977 Sell This Version
7032-25A, 7032-25B Freedom (2) - High On You / It's Over album art Freedom (2) High On You / It's Over(7") Freedom (6), Freedom (6) 7032-25A, 7032-25B US 1977 Sell This Version
147 Freedom (2) - Dance Sing Along / Get Up And Dance album art Freedom (2) Dance Sing Along / Get Up And Dance T.K. Disco 147 US 1979 Sell This Version
MX-1060 Freedom (2) - Get Up And Dance / Summer Memory album art Freedom (2) Get Up And Dance / Summer Memory (Single) Malaco Records MX-1060 US 1979 Sell This Version
TKD-421 Freedom (2) - Get Up And Dance album art Freedom (2) Get Up And Dance T.K. Disco TKD-421 US 1979 Sell This Version
M-1057 Freedom (2) - Dance Sing Along / Set You Free album art Freedom (2) Dance Sing Along / Set You Free (Single) T.K. Disco M-1057 US 1979 Sell This Version
MAL-2065 Freedom (2) - The Funktionary album art Freedom (2) The Funktionary Malaco Records MAL-2065 US 1980 Sell This Version
MAL-1201 Freedom (2) - Come On And Dance / Caught (Special Way) album art Freedom (2) Come On And Dance / Caught (Special Way) Malaco Records MAL-1201 US 1980 Sell This Version
MAL-2073 Freedom (2) - Funny Way album art Freedom (2) Funny Way(7", Single) Malaco Records MAL-2073 US 1980 Sell This Version
KTF-25005 Freedom (2) - Four Funky album art Lee Moore, Fern Kinney, Honky (3), Freedom (2) Lee Moore, Fern Kinney, Honky (3), Freedom (2) - Four Funky(7", Single) Kelo Music KTF-25005 Brazil 1980 Sell This Version
MAL-2075 Freedom (2) - At The Party / I Give You Love album art Freedom (2) At The Party / I Give You Love Malaco Records MAL-2075 US 1981 Sell This Version
MAL 2077 Freedom (2) - You album art Freedom (2) You(7", Single) Malaco Records MAL 2077 US 1981 Sell This Version
MAL-1207 Freedom (2) - Whodat album art Freedom (2) Whodat(12") Malaco Records MAL-1207 US 1982 Sell This Version
MAL 1227 Freedom (2) - All For You album art Freedom (2) All For You Malaco Records MAL 1227 UK 1984 Sell This Version
MAL-2102 Freedom (2) - It's You / Are You Available? album art Freedom (2) It's You / Are You Available?(7", Single) Malaco Records MAL-2102 US 1984 Sell This Version
EXPAND 85 Freedom (2) - Keep Feelin' / Get Up And Dance album art Betty Wright / Freedom (2) Betty Wright / Freedom (2) - Keep Feelin' / Get Up And Dance(12") Expansion EXPAND 85 UK 2001 Sell This Version
SCTI 1026 Freedom (2) - Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll / Get Up And Dance album art Vaughan Mason & Crew / Freedom (2) Vaughan Mason & Crew / Freedom (2) - Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll / Get Up And Dance(12") Black Beats SCTI 1026 UK 2003 Sell This Version

Compilations

PCD-3794 Freedom (2) - Get Up And Dance - The Best album art Freedom (2) Get Up And Dance - The Best(CD, Comp) P-Vine Records PCD-3794 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
TOCP-64197 Freedom (2) - Get Up And Dance - The Best Of Freedom album art Freedom (2) Get Up And Dance - The Best Of Freedom(CD, Comp) Malaco Records TOCP-64197 Japan 2002 Sell This Version