One Sunny Day: Singles & Rarities 1968-1978

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
After putting out Design's first four albums on two separate CD two-fers, the RPM label went the extra mile with this 20-track compilation. Five tracks appeared on 1972-1974 singles; two were on a 1973 German single sung in the German language; one surfaced on a 1978 Australian B-side, and the others were gathered from outtakes and demos, including a solo demo each from group members Tony Smith and Jeff Matthews. Within the terrain of male/female vocal harmony-oriented pop
ock, Design explored a fairly wide territory, and the odds and ends here reflect this. Some of it is clean-cut sunny pop including a version of "Day by Day," from...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
After putting out Design's first four albums on two separate CD two-fers, the RPM label went the extra mile with this 20-track compilation. Five tracks appeared on 1972-1974 singles; two were on a 1973 German single sung in the German language; one surfaced on a 1978 Australian B-side, and the others were gathered from outtakes and demos, including a solo demo each from group members Tony Smith and Jeff Matthews. Within the terrain of male/female vocal harmony-oriented pop
ock, Design explored a fairly wide territory, and the odds and ends here reflect this. Some of it is clean-cut sunny pop including a version of "Day by Day," from Godspell, that Design was unable to finish before Holly Sherwood's version became a hit. Some of it's close to haunting British folk particularly "Children of the Mist", a direction they should have pursued more, though Design were never going to be that freaky or folky. "All-Purpose, Omni-Directional, Black and White American Sun Shades" a Tony Smith solo demo from 1968 is something like a cross between the early Bee Gees and Californian folk-rock. "Island of Love" is close to calypso; "You Take My Breath Away" recalls early solo Paul McCartney; "As It Was" is so close to early-'70s Elton John that it brings to mind Neil Innes' Elton John parody "Godfrey Daniel" from the U.K.'s Rutland Weekend Television series. "Never Been a Love Like This," from 1975, almost goes pop-disco. It's a little like listening to a rock variety show of sorts with the edges sanded off to present a wide repertoire at schools and community organization lunches without any authorities objecting. It's hardly brilliant, yet as unnervingly eclectic as any middle-of-the-road pop
ock group. For all that, it's usually listenable, though the mileage you get with individual tracks will vary widely according to your specific tastes. Like RPM's previous Design reissues, the packaging is exceptional, with vintage photos/graphics and detailed track-by-track liner notes from Design singer/keyboardist Barry Alexander.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2012
  • Label: Rpm Records Uk
  • EAN: 5013929599192
  • Catalog Number: 2959919
  • Sales rank: 123,917

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Design Primary Artist
Herbie Flowers Bass Guitar, Keyboards
Terry Britten Electric Guitar
Tony Carr Percussion, Drums
Kenny Clare Drums
Roger Coulam Keyboards
Vic Flick Electric Guitar
Brent Forbes Bass Guitar
Eric Ford Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Ken Freeman Synthesizer
Steve Gray Keyboards
Alan Hawkshaw Keyboards
Jim Lawless Percussion
Barry Morgan Percussion, Drums
Les Thatcher Banjo, Guitar, Ukulele
Rex Bennett Drums
Johnny Dean Percussion, Drums
Jeff Matthews Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Gerry Butler Keyboards
Barry Alexander Keyboards, Vocals
Sydney Dale Synthesizer, Percussion
Bob Jenkins Drums
John Blanshard Percussion
Tony Campo Bass Guitar
Jeff Watts Bass Guitar
Tony Smith Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Alan Parker Guitar, Electric Guitar
Geoff Ramseyer Vocals
Gabrielle Field Vocals
Les Cerkel Drums
Kathy Manuell Vocals
John Mulcahy-Morgan Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Roy Willcox Saxophone
Technical Credits
Robert John Composer
Design Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Herbie Flowers Composer, Producer
Bobby Hebb Composer
Michael Gately Composer
Mike Brown Remastering
Ashley Howe Engineer
Adrian Kerridge Engineer
Ed Welch Composer
Emma Stephenson Composer
Jeff Matthews Composer
Barry Johnston Producer, Liner Notes, Images
Stephen Schwartz Composer
Barry Alexander Composer
R. Arnie Composer
Peter Lach Composer
Mick Flinn Producer
Alec Reid Producer
John Mulcahy-Morgan Composer
Sandie Banks Composer
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