FREEDOM was formed in the summer of 1967 by two ex PROCOL HARUM members BOBBY HARRISON and RAY ROYER. Both had been dismissed from Procol after 'internal disagreements' They became the first clients of Jonathon Weston who had been Procol’s Manager (until he had been ousted just before Harrison and Royer). They all had something to prove.They were immediately commissioned by Dino De Laurentis (famed Italian producer) to write the score for an Italian film 'Black On White' and in 1968 wrote and recorded 14 tracks within 2 months. The band was then asked to appear in the actual film by the director Tinto Brass playing the songs as a commentary to a film virtually without any dialogue.
When Life Was In Black and White was the first album from the Dave Stapleton Quintet. Winning rave reviews for their accessible yet contemporary take on their approach to form and composition from Jazzwise and Guardian, DSQ won a number of fans throughout the UK. Based in Cardiff, DSQ performed extensively and built a formidable reputation as one of the most hotly tipped bands to emerge in some time.