The Free Design were a New York City-based, mostly studio-orientated band that did seven albums between 1967 and 1973. Siesta Records released three compilations of songs from all of those early recordings. Bubbles was the first in 1998, and even though it lacks "Kites Are Fun," the only song to remotely approach anything that could be referred to as a hit, this collection is the best of the three. "2001 a Hit Song," "My Brother Woody," and "One by One" are all standout tracks, blending a Brian Wilson-style of rich orchestration with a choral pop singing approach, simultaneously innocent and sophisticated. For those who can't afford to pay collectors prices for the first albums on vinyl, these Siesta collections are a must. Pick up Bubbles and hear those sounds that Stereolab, Cornelius, Louis Philippe, and many other contemporary pop music artists are so crazy about.
AllMusic Review by Terrance Miles