People In Motion (Rose City Sound RCS 73218) 1973?
There was a time not too long ago when I would have instantly thumbed my nose at an album like this. But having since been bitten by the “sunshine pop” bug, groups like the 12-member Forever Free now provide a welcome diversion from my usual menu and rock, psych and folk. Finding the truly good examples can still a signiﬁcant challenge, but I’d say these folks deﬁnitely nail the vibe. As a custom 1p, People In Motion is noticeably home-made, but the group’s charm is intact as they stroll through covers of songs like ‘Love Is Surrender’, ‘Monday Monday’, ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’, ‘Save The Country’, ‘I’ve Got Conﬁdence’ and Free Design’s ‘You Could Be Born Again’, Sincere exuberant unpolished guy/gal harmonies and solo vocals, backed by simple yet creative amateur arrangements of piano, electric piano, organ, acoustic and electric guitars, trombone, trumpet, ﬂute and rhythm section. Listen for that big lengthy drum solo in the middle of ‘Along Came Jesus’. It all comes across like a humble primitive Free Design demo tape – and I mean that in a positive sense. From a small Portland, Oregon studio, released in an attractive thick gate-fold cover. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet.