You Could Have Been Born Again

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The Free Design's second album offers fewer original songs than its predecessor, but a sound every bit as fresh and original as that earlier album. Chris Dedrick provides the title track, an upbeat, uplifting piece, not as hauntingly beautiful as "Kites Are Fun," but pretty in its own right, and followed by the ethereal "A Leaf Has Veins." The quartet also takes the risk of inviting comparisons with their West Coast rivals, the Mamas & the Papas, turning in a swinging rendition of "California Dreamin'," as well as gorgeous, ornate covers of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" and Bonner & Gordon's "Happy Together," though perhaps the best moment here is their harmonized ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The Free Design's second album offers fewer original songs than its predecessor, but a sound every bit as fresh and original as that earlier album. Chris Dedrick provides the title track, an upbeat, uplifting piece, not as hauntingly beautiful as "Kites Are Fun," but pretty in its own right, and followed by the ethereal "A Leaf Has Veins." The quartet also takes the risk of inviting comparisons with their West Coast rivals, the Mamas & the Papas, turning in a swinging rendition of "California Dreamin'," as well as gorgeous, ornate covers of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" and Bonner & Gordon's "Happy Together," though perhaps the best moment here is their harmonized cover of Duke Ellington's "I Like the Sunrise" from "The Iberian Suite." The overall tone of You Could Be Born Again is more subdued and sophisticated than the group's debut, but it is also a more elaborate album musically, with a larger array of support musicians. The originals -- of which the prettiest examples are "I Found Love," "Daniel Dolphin," and "Ivy on a Windy Day" -- mesh nicely with the covers into a beguiling whole with a slightly spacy, psychedelic tone beneath its quiet elegance. Worth tracking down on vinyl for its classic gatefold design or buying on CD as a Japanese import.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2005
  • Label: Light In The Attic
  • UPC: 826853000611
  • Catalog Number: 6

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Free Design Primary Artist, Ensemble
Urbie Green Trombone
Dick Hyman Keyboards
Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar
Lyle "Rusty" Dedrick Trumpet
Buddy Morrow Trombone
Harold Lieberman Trumpet
Jay Berliner Guitar
Stan Webb Woodwind
Ray Alonge French Horn
Ralph Casale Guitar
Al Casamenti Guitar
Donald Corrado French Horn
Chris Dedrick Vocals
Ellen Dedrick Vocals
George Devens Percussion
Paul Faulise Trombone
John Frock Trumpet
John Frosk Trumpet
Paul Griffin Keyboards
Phil Kraus Percussion
Bill Lavorgna Percussion, Drums
Tony Miranda French Horn
Tony Mottola Guitar
Joe Palmer Woodwind
Romeo Penque Woodwind
Harvey Phillips Tuba
Max Pollikoff Violin
George Ricci Cello
Russ Savakus Bass
Julius Schachter Violin
Harvey Shapiro Cello
Joe Soldo Woodwind
Joe Venuto Percussion
Julius Schacter Violin
Earl Chopin French Horn
Jason Dedrick Vocals
Bob Papaleoni Percussion
Sandy Zynczak Vocals
Technical Credits
Enoch Light Producer
John Phillips Composer
Michelle Phillips Composer
Chris Dedrick Arranger, Composer
Phil Ramone Liner Notes, Director Of Engineering
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