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The 5th Dimension - Portrait [Bell Records BELL 6045] (1970)

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The 5th Dimension



Released: 1970
Label: Bell Records
Catalog: BELL 6045
Pressing: Bestway Products Inc.
Genre: Funk / Soul

Matrix / Runout (Side A):
Bell 6045 1-6045-SA [ARTISAN LOGO] 4-1-70 4-2-70

Matrix / Runout (Side B):
Bell 6045 4-1-70 6045-SB [ARTISAN LOGO]
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Puppet Man
02 One Less Bell To Answer
03 Feelin' Alright?
04 This Is Your Life
05 A Love Like Ours
06 Save The Country


07 The Declaration
08 A Change Is Gonna Come
09 People Gotta Be Free

10 Dimension 5ive
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Matthew Greenwald []

Along with Stoned Soul Picnic, this may very well be the 5th Dimension's finest album. Home to one of their finest singles ever -- the Bacharach/David ''One Less Bell to Answer,'' on which Marilyn McCoo gives the vocal performance of her career -- the record also contains the surprisingly funky and rocking ''Puppet Man.'' Some great covers also include Dave Mason's ''Feelin' Alright,'' Jimmy Webb's gorgeous ''This Is Your Life,'' and Laura Nyro's anthemic ''Save the Country.'' This vibe is echoed by the album's centerpiece, a medley of ''A Change Is Gonna Come'' and ''People Gotta Be Free'' preceded by ''The Declaration.'' It's an ambitious suite, yet one that works well; it provides a great marriage between the group's pop leanings and the counterculture of the late '60s. Progressive, yet still encapsulating, which is the 5th Dimension's sunny appeal, Portrait is a minor masterpiece. Famed expressionist artist Leroy Neiman's appropriate cover and liner paintings are the icing on the cake.

The 5th Dimension - Greatest Hits On Earth [Arista AL 4002] (1972)

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The 5th Dimension


Greatest Hits On Earth

Released: 1972
Label: Arista
Catalog: AL 4002
Genre: Pop Rock
Note: 1976-1978 reissue of Bell 1106

T R A C K L I S T:
01 (Last Night) I Didn't Get To Sleep At All
02 Stoned Soul Picnic
03 One Less Bell To Answer
04 Medley: Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)
05 Wedding Bell Blues
06 Save The Country
07 Love's Lines, Angles And Rhymes
08 Puppet Man
09 Up, Up And Away
10 Never My Love
11 Together Let's Find Love
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Greatest Hits on Earth is a greatest hits compilation for The 5th Dimension, released in 1972. []

The 5th Dimension's Biography

The 5th Dimension is an American popular music vocal group, whose repertoire includes pop, R&B, soul, jazz, light opera and Broadway—the melange was coined as ''Champagne Soul.''

Formed as The Versatiles in late 1965, the group changed its name to the hipper ''The 5th Dimension'' by 1966. They became well-known during the late 1960s and early 1970s for their popular hits: ''Up, Up and Away'', ''Stoned Soul Picnic'', ''Medley: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)'', ''Wedding Bell Blues'', ''Never My Love'', ''One Less Bell to Answer'', ''(Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All'', and The Magic Garden LP.

The five original members were Billy Davis Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore, and Ronald Townson. They have recorded for several labels over their long careers. Their first work appeared on the Soul City label, which was started by Imperial Records/United Artists Records recording artist Johnny Rivers. The group later recorded for Bell/Arista Records, ABC Records, and Motown Records.

Some of the songwriters popularized by the 5th Dimension went on to careers of their own, especially Ashford & Simpson, who wrote ''California Soul''. The group is also notable for having more success with the songs of Laura Nyro than Nyro did herself, particularly with ''Stoned Soul Picnic'', ''Sweet Blindness'', ''Wedding Bell Blues'', ''Blowin' Away'', and ''Save the Country''. The group also recorded songs by well-known songwriters such as ''One Less Bell to Answer'', written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and the songs and music of Jimmy Webb, who wrote their hit ''Up, Up and Away.'' The group recorded an album composed almost entirely of Webb songs called The Magic Garden.

The 5th Dimension's famed producer, Bones Howe, used Bob Alcivar as the singers' vocal arranger, as well as The Wrecking Crew, a renowned group of studio musicians including drummer Hal Blaine, for their recording sessions. []
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