The Dedrick children, Chris, his brother Bruce, their sister Sandra and their younger sisters Ellen and Stefanie, were born into a world of music. Their father, Art, was a trombonist and arranger, their mother a music teacher who played French horn. Uncle Rusty, a jazz trumpeter with Red Norvo. Under the influence of the Hi-Lo's and Peter, Paul and Mary, The Free Design rose through the folk scene of the Greenwich Village coffee houses, achieving national prominence with the enchanting 'Kites Are Fun'. They would prove to be at least the artistic equals of such popular contemporaries as The Association, The Mamas and the Papas, The Fifth Dimension and Harper's Bizarre, but without quite matching their commercial success. Rather than be dictated to and diluted by the majors, they chose to commit to the artistic freedom and potential to develop offered them by the producer Enoch Light through his independent set up, Project 3. While his label might not have been able to provide the resources of a Columbia or RCA, he believed in the group, gave them carte blanche and hired some of the finest session musicians in New York to back them. The decision to put their art first was justified by the extraordinary quality of the seven albums recorded between 1967 and 1972. We have Enoch Light's vision and the group's brave decision to stick to their guns to thank for the fact that this splendid music exists today. During the 1990's The Free Design enjoyed a renaissance. The enthusiastic reevaluation of their work by a new generation of international musicians; Cornelius, Beck, Stereolab and the High Llamas, who insisted that The Free Design be placed among the all-time greats of vocal harmony; to be spoken of in the same sentence as The Beach Boys and The Carpenters. With exceptions, The Free Design were at their most pure in recordings of their own compositions. 'Kites Are Fun', 'Bubbles', 'Kije's Ouija', 'My Brother Woody', 'Ivy On A Windy Day', 'Starlight', 'Daniel Dolphin', 'I'm A Yogi', 'My Very Own Angel,' and the 'Dorian Benediction', each adorned by the baroque fantasy quality which is uniquely theirs. Breathtakingly original songs full of playful, nostalgic lyrical imagery; sometimes surprisingly dark; always enormously listenable. Whilst the arrangements reflected Chris Dedrick's classical training and eclectic taste, the beautifully detailed sound must be attributed - at least in part - to the legendary sound engineer Phil Ramone, a magician whose emphasis on subtlety and nuance in performance conceived such creations as 'The Girl from Ipanema' by Astrud Gilberto, 'Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard' by Paul Simon, the Bob Dylan album, "Blood On the Tracks", and, of course, 'Bubbles' by The Free Design.
The Dedrick children, Chris, his brother Bruce, their sister Sandra and their younger sisters Ellen and Stefanie, were born into a world of music. Their father, Art, was a trombonist and arranger, their mother a music teacher who played French horn. Uncle Rusty, a jazz trumpeter with Red Norvo. Under the influence of the Hi-Lo's and Peter, Paul and Mary, The Free Design rose through the folk scene of the Greenwich Village coffee houses, achieving national prominence with the enchanting 'Kites Are Fun'. They would prove to be at least the artistic equals of such popular contemporaries as The Association, The Mamas and the Papas, The Fifth Dimension and Harper's Bizarre, but without quite matching their commercial success. Rather than be dictated to and diluted by the majors, they chose to commit to the artistic freedom and potential to develop offered them by the producer Enoch Light through his independent set up, Project 3. While his label might not have been able to provide the resources of a Columbia or RCA, he believed in the group, gave them carte blanche and hired some of the finest session musicians in New York to back them. The decision to put their art first was justified by the extraordinary quality of the seven albums recorded between 1967 and 1972. We have Enoch Light's vision and the group's brave decision to stick to their guns to thank for the fact that this splendid music exists today. During the 1990's The Free Design enjoyed a renaissance. The enthusiastic reevaluation of their work by a new generation of international musicians; Cornelius, Beck, Stereolab and the High Llamas, who insisted that The Free Design be placed among the all-time greats of vocal harmony; to be spoken of in the same sentence as The Beach Boys and The Carpenters. With exceptions, The Free Design were at their most pure in recordings of their own compositions. 'Kites Are Fun', 'Bubbles', 'Kije's Ouija', 'My Brother Woody', 'Ivy On A Windy Day', 'Starlight', 'Daniel Dolphin', 'I'm A Yogi', 'My Very Own Angel,' and the 'Dorian Benediction', each adorned by the baroque fantasy quality which is uniquely theirs. Breathtakingly original songs full of playful, nostalgic lyrical imagery; sometimes surprisingly dark; always enormously listenable. Whilst the arrangements reflected Chris Dedrick's classical training and eclectic taste, the beautifully detailed sound must be attributed - at least in part - to the legendary sound engineer Phil Ramone, a magician whose emphasis on subtlety and nuance in performance conceived such creations as 'The Girl from Ipanema' by Astrud Gilberto, 'Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard' by Paul Simon, the Bob Dylan album, "Blood On the Tracks", and, of course, 'Bubbles' by The Free Design.
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Format: CD
Label: EL RECORDS
Rel. Date: 11/27/2020
UPC: 5013929335530

Butterflies Are Free: Original Recordings 1967-72
Artist: Free Design
Format: CD
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DISC: 1

1. Kites Are Fun
2. Make The Madness Stop
3. When Love Is Young
4. The Proper Ornaments
5. My Brother Woody
6. 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
7. Don't Turn Away
8. Umbrellas
9. Michelle 1
10. Never Tell The World 1
11. A Man And A Woman 1
12. Stay Another Season 1
13. You Could Be Born Again 1
14. A Leaf Has Veins 1
15. California Dreamin' 1
16. The Windows Of The World 1
17. Eleanor Rigby 1
18. Quartet No. 6 In D Minor 1
19. I Like The Sunrise 2
20. I Found Love 2
21. Daniel Dolphin 2
22. Happy Together 2
23. Ivy On A Windy Day 2
24. An Elegy 2
25. My Very Own Angel 2
26. Now Is The Time 2
27. If I Were A Carpenter 2
28. You Be You And I'll Be Me 2
29. Girls Alone 3
30. 2002 - A Hit Song 3
31. Summertime 3
32. Where Do I Go 3
33. Hurry Sundown 3
34. Memories 3
35. Dorian Benediction 3
36. Don't Cry, Baby 3
37. Can You Tell Me How To Get To Sesame Street? 3
38. Children's Waltz 3
39. Scarlet Tree 4
40. Little Cowboy 4
41. Love You 4
42. Ronda Go 'Round 4
43. Bubbles 4
44. Daniel Dolphin 4
45. Kites Are Fun 4
46. Lullaby 4
47. Bubbles 4
48. Tomorrow Is The First Day Of The Rest Of My Life 4
49. Kije's Ouija 5
50. Butterflies Are Free 5
51. Stay Off Your Frown 5
52. Starlight 5
53. Time And Love 5
54. I'm A Yogi 5
55. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head 5
56. Howdjadoo (Fly Me Down) 5
57. That's All People 5
58. One By One 5
59. Felt So Good 6
60. Friendly Man 6
61. Light My Fire 6
62. Like To Love 6
63. You Are My Sunshine 6
64. Go Lean On A River 6
65. Going Back 6
66. Love Me 6
67. Friends (Thank You All) 6
68. Canada In Springtime 6
69. Kum Ba Yah 7
70. Peter, Paul And Mary 7
71. Pineapple Crabapple 7
72. The Symbols Ring 7
73. Stay 7
74. I Wanna Be There 7
75. There Is A Song 7
76. A Child Is Born 7
77. Love Does Not Die 7
78. Chorale 7
79. Fugue 8
80. Kites Are Fun (Mono Single) 8
81. The Proper Ornaments (Mono Single) 8
82. You Be You And I'll Be Me (Mono Single) 8
83. Never Tell The World (Mono Single) 8
84. 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) (Mono Single) 8
85. I Found Love (Mono Single) 8
86. Umbrellas (Mono Single) 8
87. Close Your Mouth (It's Christmas) (Single) 8
88. Christmas Is The Day (Single) 8
89. Ellen Dedrick Nature Boy (Single) 9
90. Ellen Dedrick Settlement Boy (Single) 9
91. Butterflies Are Free (Single Version) 9
92. To A Black Boy (Recorded 1970 - Unreleased Until 2004)

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The Dedrick children, Chris, his brother Bruce, their sister Sandra and their younger sisters Ellen and Stefanie, were born into a world of music. Their father, Art, was a trombonist and arranger, their mother a music teacher who played French horn. Uncle Rusty, a jazz trumpeter with Red Norvo. Under the influence of the Hi-Lo's and Peter, Paul and Mary, The Free Design rose through the folk scene of the Greenwich Village coffee houses, achieving national prominence with the enchanting 'Kites Are Fun'. They would prove to be at least the artistic equals of such popular contemporaries as The Association, The Mamas and the Papas, The Fifth Dimension and Harper's Bizarre, but without quite matching their commercial success. Rather than be dictated to and diluted by the majors, they chose to commit to the artistic freedom and potential to develop offered them by the producer Enoch Light through his independent set up, Project 3. While his label might not have been able to provide the resources of a Columbia or RCA, he believed in the group, gave them carte blanche and hired some of the finest session musicians in New York to back them. The decision to put their art first was justified by the extraordinary quality of the seven albums recorded between 1967 and 1972. We have Enoch Light's vision and the group's brave decision to stick to their guns to thank for the fact that this splendid music exists today. During the 1990's The Free Design enjoyed a renaissance. The enthusiastic reevaluation of their work by a new generation of international musicians; Cornelius, Beck, Stereolab and the High Llamas, who insisted that The Free Design be placed among the all-time greats of vocal harmony; to be spoken of in the same sentence as The Beach Boys and The Carpenters. With exceptions, The Free Design were at their most pure in recordings of their own compositions. 'Kites Are Fun', 'Bubbles', 'Kije's Ouija', 'My Brother Woody', 'Ivy On A Windy Day', 'Starlight', 'Daniel Dolphin', 'I'm A Yogi', 'My Very Own Angel,' and the 'Dorian Benediction', each adorned by the baroque fantasy quality which is uniquely theirs. Breathtakingly original songs full of playful, nostalgic lyrical imagery; sometimes surprisingly dark; always enormously listenable. Whilst the arrangements reflected Chris Dedrick's classical training and eclectic taste, the beautifully detailed sound must be attributed - at least in part - to the legendary sound engineer Phil Ramone, a magician whose emphasis on subtlety and nuance in performance conceived such creations as 'The Girl from Ipanema' by Astrud Gilberto, 'Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard' by Paul Simon, the Bob Dylan album, "Blood On the Tracks", and, of course, 'Bubbles' by The Free Design.