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The Essential: 5th Dimension

The 5th Dimension

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Album Review

With their smooth blend of upbeat soul and pure sunshine pop, the 5th Dimension had a bright run of hits in the late '60s for Johnny Rivers' Soul City record label, including 1967’s “Up-Up and Away,” 1969’s “Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In,” and a trio of fine covers of Laura Nyro songs with 1968’s “Stoned Soul Picnic” and “Sweet Blindness” and 1969’s “Wedding Bell Blues.” Rivers sold Soul City Records to Bell Records in 1970 and the group’s recording contract transferred to Bell in the deal, and while the 5th Dimension continued to track quality material, the hits began to dry up — they did release yet another fine Nyro song, “Save the Country,” in 1970. This two-disc, 36-track set collects the best sides from the group’s Soul City and Bell Records run, a period spanning 1967 to 1975.

Customer Reviews

One of the Best!!!

I only recently discoverd the 5th dimension....and i must say I love them!
This cd not only gives you the classics Wedding Bell Blues, One Less bell to Answer, Up Up and Away,Stoned Soul Picnic, and Aquarius/ Let the Sunshine In...But some great hidden gems like No Love in the Room and California My Way!! In my opinnion a must have!!!

Biography

Formed: 1966 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Fifth Dimension's unique sound lay somewhere between smooth, elegant soul and straightforward, adult-oriented pop, often with a distinct flower-power vibe. Although they appealed more to mainstream listeners than to a hip, hardcore R&B audience, they had a definite ear for contemporary trends; their selection of material helped kickstart the notable songwriting careers of Jimmy Webb and Laura Nyro, and their biggest hit was a medley from the hippie musical Hair, "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine...
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