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Very Best Of Free Design Import

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UK compilation for the influential vocal group that recorded seven albums for Enoch Light's famed Audiophile label between 1967 & 1973. Cherry Red Records 2001.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 5, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Cherry Red UK
  • ASIN: B00005N52H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,398 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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First, a confession: I didn't really appreciate The Free Design on my first exposure to them--and I got to see them perform LIVE! Talk about "pearls before swine," when I saw this delightful vocal group in the early 1970's at Central Islip Senior High School, I must've rolled my eyes through much of the show. I really would've preferred Alice Cooper or Black Sabbath. Well, looking back, this music has aged better than some of the Coop's stuff, that's for sure. Thanks to a local thrift store and [...] I rediscovered this quirky family band. Think Carpenters-In-Jazz-Lab without a care in the world. All the instruments and voices are real. There's a naive freshness here coupled with musical skillsets that are sorely missing today. You can tell this group was still absorbing pop influences like The Beatles. If you've reached a stage in life where you'd like to hear real people sing with real voices while playing real instruments, this might be a good place to start. Kites are fun! --Tony Madejczyk
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The fact their career lasted from 67-73 (5 albums?) means this group were not slackers. Cutting to the chase: All tracks sound profesional, there are probably between 4 and 7 tracks that are worth the price of admission, depending on your taste. (I like 2, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16). Clever vocal and musical arrangements, unique only in their integration of several styles (jazz and chorale among them). Some sappy lyrics but not excessive (see Love Generation). While this group has the squeeky clean sound of many a commerical jingle (think they did some for that matter), this was a REAL group and is evident in their work. They are who they are (2 brothers and 2 sisters). If you are into Sunshine Pop, I'd give this an even higher rating. When the career dips into the 70's, the work starts resembling the Carpenters. Note: I wish Karen Carpenter had done a version of You Are My Sunshine as found on this CD! Still big in Japan for reasons unknown. (some have suggested the cover art appeals to 90's Japanese sensibilities).
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When I was a senior in high school my ensemble sang the song "Love You" by the free design. 25 years later, I have two girls 7 & 9 who love music. At times of reminiscing, I find myself singing those words "Give a little time to the child within you, don't be afraid to be young and free, undo the locks and throw away the keys and take off your shoes and socks and run you." Now I understand the words to the song, my kids, maybe not so much, but this album is second to none! The Free Design has certainly stood the test of time, their sound is as refreshing now as it was when I first heard them, in a choral room, in Tucson, Arizona. Thank you Mr. Franz for introducing us! Get this album, get it for your kids, get it for yourself, or get it for your kids and listen to it in secret, I'll never tell!
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I'm a child of the '60s but I had never heard of this group until I heard their song "Love You" over the closing credits of "Stranger Than Fiction." This prompted me to look the group up and get this collection of their best songs. It's good stuff with sophisticated harmonies, and I'm glad I got it.
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It's sad that this group wasn't the huge hit it should have been. They make The Mamas and the Papas sound like a grade school chorus. Smooth voices, tight harmonies - every song is a pleasure to listen to. We discovered them when we heard one of their songs used in a commercial!
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