Recorded between 1967 & 1974. Includes liner notes by Robert Allan Arno. Probably the best-sounding and best-annotated single-disc anthology of the Fifth Dimension's hits available, THE ULTIMATE FIFTH DIMENSION lives up to … see full wiki
They rose to the top of the pop music world virtually overnight! This talented quintet, originally known as The Versatiles, formed in Los Angeles in 1966 and within a year they had secured a recording contract with Johnny Rivers' fledgling Soul City label. Rivers loved the sound but hated their name and as a result group member Ron Townsend came up with the name we would all come to know so well...The Fifth Dimension. And it did not take very long for the group to make its presence felt. Their very first release "Go Where You Wanna Go" cracked the Billboard Top 20. Just five months later the group would score a major hit with Jimmy Webb's "Up Up and Away". Yes, The Fifth Dimension was on its way! Over the next six years the group would prove to be a dominant force in American popular music amassing a total of nearly 30 charted singles and a dozen hit albums. All in all, the group boasted an impressive total of 14 gold records for their efforts.
"The Ultimate Fifth Dimension" from Arista records features just about all of the important hit singles most folks would remember from the radio. Enjoy once again some of the early pop favorites including songs like "Stoned Soul Picnic ", "Sweet Blindness", and "Save the Country" all from the pen of talented songwriter Laura Nyro. And of course no Fifth Dimension collection would be complete without the rollicking 60's anthem "Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In" from the summer of 1969. Oddly enough, that one happens to be one of my least favorite 5D tunes. I would also like to recommend to you some of their groups less popular tunes including "Workin' On A Groovy Thing", "Carpet Man" from 1967 as well as one of my personal favorites "Ashes To Ashes", a terrific tune that went largely unnoticed back in 1973.
The music industry and fans alike were shocked when Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. announced that they were leaving the group in 1975. The husband and wife team recorded "You Don't Have To Be A Star" for ABC records in 1976 and it climbed all the way to #1. McCoo and Davis went on to appear in a number of successful Broadway productions. And what became of the rest of The Fifth Dimension? Original members Florence LaRue, Lamont McLemore and RonTownsend managed to keep the group together and continued to make appearances around the country. However, the days of The Fifth Dimension as chartbusters had long since come to an end.
In the summer of 1991, all five members of the original Fifth Dimension agreed to reunite for a series of concerts, It was the first time that they had worked together in 15 years. I was lucky enough to catch one of those shows. And believe me the magic was still there! Unfortunately, Ron Townsend would pass away in 2001. For those who consider themselves huge fans of The Fifth Dimension you just might consider reaching a little deeper into your pocket and investing in the 1997 2 CD set "Up Up and Away: The Definitive Collection". That collection offers a total of 36 terrific tracks as well as an extremely well done booklet. But for just about anybody else "The Ultimate Fifth Dimension" would be a great choice. No re-records here. These are all the original Soul City and Bell recordings you owned years ago. Take my word for it. This is one disc you are sure to play again and again and again. Highly recommended!
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