januari 14, 2017

The 5th Dimension - Let The Sunshine In (1969) - Lp

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.

The five original members were: Billy Davis Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore, and Ronald Townson. They have recorded for several different 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 would later record 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 covered music by well known songwriters such as the song "One Less Bell to Answer", written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and the songs and music of Jimmy Webb, who penned their hit "Up, Up and Away", including an entire recording of Webb songs called The Magic Garden.

The 5th Dimension's famed producer, Bones Howe, utilized 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.

Side A
A1. Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In (medley from the American Musical “Hair”)  (3:50)
A2. California Soul (3:14)
A3. The Magic Garden (2:41
A4. Ticket To Ride (4:00)
A5. Sweet Blindness (3:24)

Side B
B1. Up Up And Away (2:40)
B2. The Girl´s Song (3:43)
B3. Go Where You Wanna Go (2:15)
B4. Carpet Man (3:05)
B5. Learn How To Fly (2:50)
B6. It´s A Great Life (3:05)

Credits

Billy Davis, Jr., Marilyn McCoo, Florence LaRue, Lamont McLemore, Ron Townson - vocals
Hal Blaine - drums, percussion
Joe Osborn - bass
Larry Knechtel - keyboards
Pete Jolly, Jimmy Rowles - keyboards
Mike Deasy, Dennis Budimir, Tommy Tedesco - guitar
Larry Bunker - mallets, congas, percussion
Bones Howe - producer, arranger, engineer
Bob Alcivar - arranger, vocal arrangements
Bill Holman - arranger

Notes

Release: 1969
Genre: Rock, Funk / Soul 
Style: Pop Rock, Soul, Easy Listening 
Label:  S.R International/Liberty Records
Catalog# 79541
Price: € 10,00

Vinyl: Goed
Hoes: Goed

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