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One Sunny Day: Singles & Rarities 1968-1978
     

One Sunny Day: Singles & Rarities 1968-1978

by Design
 
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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2012
Label:
Rpm Records Uk
UPC:
5013929599192
catalogNumber:
2959919

Tracks

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,Bass Guitar
Ken Freeman   Synthesizer
Steve Gray   Keyboards
Alan Hawkshaw   Keyboards
Jim Lawless   Percussion
Barry Morgan   Percussion,Drums
Thatcher   Banjo,Guitar,Ukulele
Rex Bennett   Drums
Johnny Dean   Percussion,Drums
Jeff Matthews   Acoustic 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
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
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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