Friday, August 18, 2006

The Free Design "First 3 albums"
(US Sunshine Pop, Soft Psych, Folk)

The commercial failure of the Free Design remains one of the most baffling mysteries in the annals of pop music -- with their exquisitely celestial harmonies, lighter-than-air melodies and blissful arrangements, the group's records were on par with the work of superstar contemporaries like the Beach Boys, the Association and the Cowsills, yet none of their singles even cracked the Hot 100. The Free Design originally comprised siblings Chris, Bruce and Sandy Dedrick, natives of Delevan, New York whose father Art served as a trombonist and arranger with Vaughn Monroe; when Chris moved to New York City in 1966 to attend the Manhattan School of Music, he recruited Bruce (now living on Long Island) and Sandy (a teacher in Queens) to form a folk group, and soon the trio emerged as a popular attraction on the Greenwich Village coffeehouse circuit.In time Chris began composing original material for the Free Design to perform, and with the assistance of their father, the siblings cut a demo, ultimately signing with producer Enoch Light's audiophile label Project 3. The title track from their 1967 debut LP Kites Are Fun was also their first single, cracking the Top 40 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart but reaching only number 114 on the pop chart -- somewhat amazingly, it was the Free Design's biggest hit. Another Dedrick sister, Ellen, joined the group after graduating high school, making her debut on 1968's You Could Be Born Again. "2002--A Hit Song," from 1969's Heaven/Earth, satirically addressed the Free Design's continuing inability to make a commercial impact, but still the group's chart woes continued, and with their next effort, 1970's Songs for Very Important People, they targeted a new audience -- children. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide


Anonymous Anonymous said...

the psychiest among them, thanks!

18 August, 2006 20:42  
Anonymous deb said...

I have the first album. Delightful light psych. You could post one of their albums from 1968 or 1969.

18 August, 2006 21:11  
Anonymous ronan said...

Hello there Lizardson,

I just discovered your site a couple of days ago, and what a wonderful place it is! I’ve picked up some really excellent obscure stuff that I never expected to get to hear, so thank you very much! I’m eternally grateful.

Now I see your also into ‘Free Design’, another real favourite of mine. If you want my vote, I’ll go for ‘Heaven/Earth’, as it’s the only one of their original albums I don’t have – it seems to be very hard to come by.

Thanks again Lizardson, I’ll be dropping by quite a bit in future, if you don’t mind!


18 August, 2006 22:01  
Anonymous Andy said...

Can I suggest that you post them all in chronological order? Or am I just greedy?
Thanks in advance!

18 August, 2006 22:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the folkiest one ;D

19 August, 2006 00:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would also like to see you post them all at 320kbps.

19 August, 2006 02:35  
Anonymous Karel said...

I don't know "The Free Design" so
I leave it up to you....

Thanks for all the great music you serve here!

19 August, 2006 02:59  
Anonymous deb said...

Wow with these glowing reviews, it is so hard to choose from. Anyone of the following are acceptable

As before the 1968 or 1969 albums and the One from 1970 with "Stars" in the title. Can't you post them all? :)

19 August, 2006 04:28  
Anonymous ronan said...

Thanks for posting 'Heaven/Earth' Lizardson. Much appreciated - and it's the version with extra tracks!

Would you recommend 'Cosmic Peekaboo'? I've heard it's pretty good for a reunion album.

Keep up the great work,


24 August, 2006 19:21  
Blogger Scraps said...

Thanks so much for linking to new downloads for this! That was fast!

05 November, 2006 09:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, can you repost please 1968 and 1969 Free Design albums?

01 May, 2007 06:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That you so much for these. Love the nice pleasant good natured vibe of The Free Design, hope to find the other albums as well.

11 December, 2007 09:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. Only just discovered this band and found it difficult to find the CDs

26 January, 2009 18:59  
Blogger Harry said...

Which album has 'Love you' on?

30 April, 2009 07:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

link's gone; would love a repost

These are no longer available on CD

16 May, 2010 09:06  

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