Upping the quality stakes were the musicians working on the band’s releases, a roster including the likes of Clem Cattini, Herbie Flowers, Alan Hawkshaw and Chris Spedding.
Arrangements came in from Alan Parker, Syd Dale and Herbie Flowers, while productions duties fell to the talents of Adrian Kerridge and Robert Kirby.
In his notes for this April 2019 50th Anniversary compilation of their work, culled from their albums Design, Tomorrow Is So Far Away, Day of the Fox and In Flight, along with three previously unreleased tracks, Kingsley Abbott writes:
“For most of the sixties, any British groups with an interest in vocal harmonies looked first to what was happening on the American charts.
“As the decade rolled on, British groups were producing music that could stand shoulder to shoulder with their American cousins.
“This collection of Design’s recordings proves exactly how improved they had become. It is evident from their dipping and soaring vocals that Design were at least the Americans’ equals.”