The Free Design
Cherry Red’s El label takes a deep dive into the psychedelic world of The Free Design, sort of an underground Spanky and Our Gang – or sunshine pop, New York City-style. (Most of their material was recorded with Phil Ramone at his A&R Studios.) This 4-CD slipcased box features seven complete albums and bonus mono mixes and rarities. The group’s rich harmony versions of such songs as “The 59th Street Bridge Song,” “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” “Happy Together,” “California Dreamin’,” and “Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street” only tell part of the group’s fascinating story. This box set reveals it all.