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You Could Be Born Again [Extra tracks]

The Free DesignAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 18, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 1968
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Light In The Attic
  • ASIN: B0002C9ZBG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,998 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Could Be Born Again
2. A Leaf Has Veins
3. California Dreamin'
4. The Windows of the World
5. Eleanor Rigby
6. Quartet No. 6 in D Minor
7. I Like the Sunrise
8. I Found Love
9. Daniel Dolphin
10. Happy Together
11. Ivy On A Windy Day
12. An Elegy
13. Close Your Mouth (It's Christmas) [Bonus Track]
14. Christmas Is The Day (Bonus Track)

Editorial Reviews

Repressing. Digitally remastered reissue of this Soft-Psych vocal band's 1968 sophomore album. Features 14 tracks including cover versions of popular songs of the time such as the Beatles' Eleanor Rigby, as well as two Christmas bonus tracks, Close Your Mouth (It's Christmas) and Christmas Is The Day, both originally released in 1968. Includes 16-page color booklet with unseen photos and new liner notes by Sean O'Hagan (High Llamas).

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4.0 out of 5 stars An Elegy May 26, 2008
Format:Audio CD
You Could Be Born Again, released in 1968 is the second album by The Free Design. The group was a family act, the members were all members of the Dedrick family. Despite the title, this is no Christian rock, this is a moving blend of 60's pop, jazz rhythms and amazing multi-part vocal harmonies.

I first became aware of the Free Design when Stereolab named a song and an EP after the group in 1999 (great song and EP, I love "Escape Pod"). Having listened to most of their catalog by now I can definitely see the Free Design's influence on Stereolab and associated groups like the High Llamas. While they have a twee/sunshine pop edge that can be a little to cutesy at times, there is a lot of variety and some excellent songwriting on their albums make them quite enjoyable, Born Again is no exception.

Like some of their of other releases, there are a few covers that most people will recognize on this album, those being: The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby", The Turtles' "Happy Together" and The Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreamin' ". While I felt "Eleanor Rigby" fell short, both of the other two covers were great and very different from the original versions (at least in terms of vocal arrangements).

Of the original material, the closer "An Elegy" is an absolute standout. Eerie strings accompany a sad tale delivered via an incredible vocal from one of the Dedrick sisters. The song is beautiful and haunting and is so different from the sunny, happy mood of the rest of the album. It is a true showcase of what makes The Free Design not just fun, but smart and interesting.

Other good tracks include "Daniel Dolphin", "I Found Love" and "Quartet No 6 In D Minor". "Daniel Dolphin" is strange story about a dolphin and features some neat psychedelic lyrics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars solid harmonies drive this one July 8, 2011
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Their first disc was perhaps a little more pop friendly than this one but their at least several tracks on here that are extremely well crafted pop songs. The jazz influence is evident on other tracks and there are a number of covers here. The first cd 'kitss are fun' had some good covers too. I went ahead and bought this bands entire catalog because they were quite interesting and can really sing well. The brothers played quitars and hnd the sisters laid out sweet singing as well. Thier next cd 'heaven and earth' is better than this one pop wise but still you can't go wrong with any one of this groups cds. It's soft listening at it's finest and the band to me bridges the gaps between older pop and jazz and just pop. This one added a sister to the mix and that only improved the singing here too. The first track may have inspired the term 'born again' , I don't know it's about singing songs and not religion and should have been a hit single. Few bands were as sweet as this one and yet made incredible music anyways.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER WINNER FROM WINNERS June 20, 2013
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NOTHING HAS CHANGED WITH THE GROUP EVEN THOUGH THIS AN OLDER ALBUM.MY FANTASY WOULD BE O SEE THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER VS. FREE DESIGN. THAT WOULD BE GREAT!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this group February 25, 2013
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Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I keep humming the songs, I really love this group and I miss their music. I got great service and delivery
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