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Ultimate 5th Dimension

The 5th Dimension

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The 5th Dimension were just about the most successful harmony group of the 1960s and The Ultimate 5th Dimension is easily the most comprehensive single-disc collection on the market. It documents the heyday of the group, mostly their late-'60s tenure with Johnny Rivers' Soul City label and a few tracks from their '70s stay at Bell, and it focuses on their singles -- their hit singles, that is. Each of the 20 songs here (the 21st track is a previously unreleased song, "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye") was a Top 35 hit or better. "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In" and "Wedding Bell Blues" were their number one smashes; they also had four more Top Ten hits. Even more importantly, they had so many great songs. Their sunny harmonies and lush arrangements gave songs like Laura Nyro's "Sweet Blindness," Jimmy Webb's "Paper Cup," and Neil Sedaka's "Workin' on a Groovy Thing" a light, happy feel that makes them the very definition of "good-time oldies." The disc features liner notes with new interviews with original members of the 5th Dimension, rare photos, and improved sound and is compiled by the group's producer, Bones Howe. This collection is a perfect introduction to the group and should be on every pop music fan's wish list. Even if you already have all their first five albums (which Buddha so graciously reissued before going belly-up and BMG Heritage has kept in print), you will want this disc, since it distills their career into about an hour or so of pure, heavenly gold.
© Tim Sendra /TiVo

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1
Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures) (Digitally Remastered 1997)
00:04:47

Bill Holman, Arranger - Bob Alcivar, Arranger - Bob Irwin, Mastering Engineer - Bones Howe, Arranger - Bones Howe, Engineer - Bones Howe, Producer - Dennis Budimir, Guitar - Galt MacDermot, Composer - Galt MacDermot, Lyricist - Gerome Ragni, Composer - Gerome Ragni, Lyricist - Hal Blaine, Drums - Hal Blaine, Percussion - Jim Rado, Composer - Jim Rado, Lyricist - Jimmy Rowles, Keyboards - Joe Osborn, Acoustic Bass - Larry Bunker, Congas - Larry Bunker, Percussion - Larry Bunker, Performer - Larry Knechtel, Keyboards - Mike Deasy, Guitar - Pete Jolly, Keyboards - The Bill Holman Strings & Brass, Performer - The Fifth Dimension, Performer - Tommy Tedesco, Guitar

(P) Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Stoned Soul Picnic (Album Version)
00:03:26

Bill Holman, Arranger - Bob Alcivar, Vocal Arranger - Bob Irwin, Mastering Engineer - Bones Howe, Engineer - Bones Howe, Producer - Hal Blaine, Drums - Hal Blaine, Percussion - Jimmy Rowles, Keyboards - Jimmy Rowles, Piano - Joe Osborn, Acoustic Bass - Larry Bunker, Marimba - Larry Bunker, Percussion - Larry Bunker, Performer - Larry Knechtel, Keyboards - Larry Knechtel, Piano - Laura Nyro, Composer - Laura Nyro, Lyricist - Mike Deasy, Guitar - Ray Pohlman, Acoustic Bass - Ray Pohlman, Arranger - Ray Pohlman, Guitar - The Bill Holman Brass, Performer - The Fifth Dimension, Performer - The Sid Sharp Strings, Performer - Tommy Tedesco, Guitar

Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by Arista Records, LLC

3
Up-Up And Away (Digitally Remastered 1997)
00:02:37

Al Casey, Guitar - Al Casey, Performer - Bob Irwin, Mastering Engineer - Bones Howe, Engineer - Hal Blaine, Drums - Hal Blaine, Percussion - Jim Webb, Arranger - Jim Webb, Composer - Jim Webb, Conductor - Jim Webb, Keyboards - Jim Webb, Lyricist - Joe Osborn, Acoustic Bass - Joe Osborn, Guitar - Johnny Rivers, Producer - Larry Knechtel, Keyboards - Larry Knechtel, Piano - M. Gordon, Producer - Marty Paich, Arranger - The Fifth Dimension, Performer - Tommy Tedesco, Guitar

Originally released 1967. All rights reserved by Arista Records LLC

4
One Less Bell to Answer (Keely Smith Cover)
00:03:27

Bill Holman, Arranger - Bob Alcivar, Arranger - Bob Alcivar, Vocal Arranger - Bob Irwin, Mastering Engineer - Bones Howe, Arranger - Bones Howe, Engineer - Bones Howe, Producer - Burt Bacharach, Composer - Burt Bacharach, Lyricist - Dennis Budimir, Guitar - Fred Tackett, Guitar - Gary Coleman, Percussion - Gary Coleman, Performer - Gary Illingworth, Piano - H. David, Composer - H. David, Lyricist - Hal Blaine, Drums - Hal Blaine, Percussion - Jimmy Rowles, Piano - Joe Osborn, Acoustic Bass - Larry Bunker, Congas - Larry Bunker, Percussion - Larry Bunker, Performer - Larry Knechtel, Keyboards - Larry Knechtel, Organ - Larry Knechtel, Piano - Marilyn McCoo, Vocal - Mike Anthony, Electric Guitar - Mike Deasy, Electric Guitar - The Fifth Dimension, Performer - Tommy Tedesco, Guitar

Originally released 1970. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Sweet Blindness (Laura Nyro Cover)
00:03:22

Bill Holman, Arranger - Bob Alcivar, Vocal Arranger - Bob Irwin, Mastering Engineer - Bones Howe, Engineer - Bones Howe, Producer - Hal Blaine, Drums - Hal Blaine, Percussion - Jimmy Rowles, Keyboards - Jimmy Rowles, Piano - Joe Osborn, Acoustic Bass - Larry Bunker, Marimba - Larry Bunker, Percussion - Larry Bunker, Performer - Larry Knechtel, Keyboards - Larry Knechtel, Piano - Laura Nyro, Composer - Laura Nyro, Lyricist - Mike Deasy, Guitar - Ray Pohlman, Acoustic Bass - Ray Pohlman, Arranger - Ray Pohlman, Guitar - The Bill Holman Brass, Performer - The Fifth Dimension, Performer - The Sid Sharp Strings, Performer - Tommy Tedesco, Guitar

(P) 1968 Arista Records LLC

6
Puppet Man (Neil Sedaka Cover)
00:02:56

Bill Holman, Arranger - Bob Alcivar, Arranger - Bob Alcivar, Vocal Arranger - Bob Irwin, Mastering Engineer - Bones Howe, Arranger - Bones Howe, Engineer - Bones Howe, Producer - Dennis Budimir, Guitar - Fred Tackett, Guitar - Gary Coleman, Percussion - Gary Coleman, Performer - Gary Illingworth, Piano - Hal Blaine, Drums - Hal Blaine, Percussion - Howard Greenfield, Composer - Howard Greenfield, Lyricist - Jimmy Rowles, Piano - Joe Osborn, Acoustic Bass - Larry Bunker, Congas - Larry Bunker, Percussion - Larry Bunker, Performer - Larry Knechtel, Keyboards - Larry Knechtel, Organ - Larry Knechtel, Piano - Mike Anthony, Electric Guitar - Mike Deasy, Electric Guitar - Neil Sedaka, Composer - Neil Sedaka, Lyricist - The Fifth Dimension, Performer - Tommy Tedesco, Guitar

Originally released 1970. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
If I Could Reach You
00:03:06

Bob Alcivar, Vocal Arranger - Bob Irwin, Mastering Engineer - Bones Howe, Engineer - Dennis Budimir, Guitar - Fred Tackett, Guitar - Gary Illingworth, Organ - Gary Illingworth, Piano - Hal Blaine, Drums - Jimmy Rowles, Piano - Joe Osborn, Acoustic Bass - Larry Bunker, Congas - Larry Bunker, Percussion - Larry Knechtel, Keyboards - Larry Knechtel, Organ - Larry Knechtel, Piano - Michael O'Martian, Keyboards - Michael O'Martian, Piano - Mike Anthony, Guitar - R. McNeill, Composer - R. McNeill, Lyricist - The Bill Holman Brass, Performer - The Fifth Dimension, Performer - The Sid Sharp Strings, Performer - Zavier, Guitar

(P) 1972 Arista Records LLC

8
Go Where You Wanna Go (The Mama's and The Papa's Cover)
00:02:22

Al Casey, Guitar - Al Casey, Performer - Bob Irwin, Mastering Engineer - Bones Howe, Engineer - Hal Blaine, Drums - Hal Blaine, Percussion - Jeffrey Phillips, Composer - Jeffrey Phillips, Lyricist - Jim Webb, Arranger - Jim Webb, Conductor - Jim Webb, Keyboards - Joe Osborn, Acoustic Bass - Joe Osborn, Guitar - Johnny Rivers, Producer - Larry Knechtel, Keyboards - Larry Knechtel, Piano - M. Gordon, Producer - Mark Gordon, Producer - Marty Paich, Arranger - The Fifth Dimension, Performer - Tommy Tedesco, Guitar

(P) 1967 Arista Records LLC

9
Medley: The Worst That Could Happen/Wedding Bell Blues
00:05:09

Bill Holman, Arranger - Billy Davis Jr., Vocal - Bob Alcivar, Arranger - Bob Alcivar, Vocal Arranger - Bones Howe, Arranger - Bones Howe, Engineer - Bones Howe, Producer - Dennis Budimir, Guitar - Hal Blaine, Drums - Hal Blaine, Percussion - Jim Webb, Arranger - Jim Webb, Composer - Jim Webb, Conductor - Jim Webb, Lyricist - Jimmy Rowles, Keyboards - Joe Osborn, Acoustic Bass - Johnny Rivers, Guitar - Larry Bunker, Congas - Larry Bunker, Percussion - Larry Bunker, Performer - Larry Knechtel, Keyboards - Laura Nyro, Composer - Laura Nyro, Lyricist - Marilyn McCoo, Vocal - Mike Deasy, Guitar - Pete Jolly, Keyboards - The Bill Holman Strings & Brass, Performer - The Fifth Dimension, Performer - Tommy Tedesco, Guitar

(P) Recorded Prior To 1972. All Rights Reserved By Arista Records LLC

10
Paper Cup (Remastered 2000)
00:02:41

Bones Howe, Producer - Jim Webb, Arranger - Jim Webb, Composer - Jim Webb, Conductor - Jim Webb, Lyricist - The Fifth Dimension, Performer

(P) Recorded Prior To 1972. All Rights Reserved By Arista Records LLC

11
(Last Night) I Didn't Get To Sleep At All
00:03:09

Bob Alcivar, Vocal Arranger - Bob Irwin, Mastering Engineer - Bones Howe, Engineer - Bones Howe, Producer - Dennis Budimir, Guitar - Fred Tackett, Guitar - Gary Illingworth, Organ - Gary Illingworth, Piano - Hal Blaine, Drums - Jimmy Rowles, Piano - Joe Osborn, Acoustic Bass - Larry Bunker, Congas - Larry Bunker, Percussion - Larry Knechtel, Keyboards - Larry Knechtel, Organ - Larry Knechtel, Piano - Marilyn McCoo, Vocal - Michael O'Martian, Keyboards - Michael O'Martian, Piano - Mike Anthony, Guitar - The Bill Holman Brass, Performer - The Fifth Dimension, Performer - The Sid Sharp Strings, Performer - Tony Macauley, Composer - Tony Macauley, Lyricist - Zavier, Guitar

(P) 1972 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Blowing Away (Remastered 2000)
00:02:29

Bill Holman, Arranger - Bob Alcivar, Arranger - Bones Howe, Arranger - Bones Howe, Producer - Laura Nyro, Composer - Laura Nyro, Lyricist - The Fifth Dimension, Performer

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
The Girls' Song (Digitally Remastered 1997)
00:03:41

Armin Steiner, Engineer - Bob Irwin, Mastering Engineer - Bones Howe, Engineer - Bones Howe, Producer - Dennis Budimir, Performer - Hal Blaine, Performer - Jim Webb, Arranger - Jim Webb, Composer - Jim Webb, Conductor - Jim Webb, Lyricist - Joe Osborne, Performer - Johnny Rivers, Performer - Larry Knechtel, Performer - Mike Deasy, Performer - The Fifth Dimension, Performer - Tommy Tedesco, Performer

(P) Recorded Prior To 1972. All Rights Reserved By Arista Records LLC

14
Carpet Man (Digitally Remastered 1997)
00:03:03

Armin Steiner, Engineer - Bob Irwin, Mastering Engineer - Bones Howe, Engineer - Bones Howe, Producer - Dennis Budimir, Performer - Hal Blaine, Performer - Jim Webb, Arranger - Jim Webb, Composer - Jim Webb, Conductor - Jim Webb, Lyricist - Joe Osborne, Performer - Johnny Rivers, Performer - Larry Knechtel, Performer - Mike Deasy, Performer - The Fifth Dimension, Performer - Tommy Tedesco, Performer

(P) Recorded Prior To 1972. All Rights Reserved By Arista Records LLC

15
Love's Lines, Angles And Rhymes (Diana Ross Cover)
00:04:08

Bob Alcivar, Vocal Arranger - Bob Edmondsen, Trombone - Bob Irwin, Mastering Engineer - Bones Howe, Engineer - Bones Howe, Producer - Bud Brisbois, Trumpet - Catherine Gotthoffer, Harp - Chuck Findlay, Trumpet - Dennis Budimir, Banjo - Dennis Budimir, Electric Guitar - Dennis Budimir, Guitar - Dorothea Joyce, Composer - Dorothea Joyce, Lyricist - Fred Tackett, Electric Guitar - Gary Illingworth, Performer - Gary Illingworth, Piano - Hal Blaine, Band Leader - Hal Blaine, Drums - Hal Blaine, Percussion - Jack Arnold, Performer - Jim Horn, Flute - Jim Horn, Saxophone - Jimmy Rowles, Piano - Joe Osborn, Acoustic Bass - Lanny Morgan, Flute - Lanny Morgan, Saxophone - Larry Bunker, Congas - Larry Bunker, Percussion - Larry Knechtel, Keyboards - Larry Knechtel, Organ - Larry Knechtel, Piano - Lew McCreary, Trombone - Marilyn McCoo, Vocal - Mike Anthony, Electric Guitar - Mike Deasy, Electric Guitar - Ollie Mitchell, Trumpet - Pete Christlieb, Flute - Pete Christlieb, Saxophone - Ray Triscari, Trumpet - The Fifth Dimension, Vocal - The Sid Sharp String Section, Performer - Tom Scott, Flute - Tom Scott, Saxophone - Victor Feldman, Performer - Zavier, 12 String Guitar

(P) 1971 Arista Records LLC

16
Ashes To Ashes
00:03:50

Artie Butler, Piano - B. Potter, Composer - B. Potter, Lyricist - Bob Alcivar, Arranger - Bob Alcivar, Conductor - Bob Alcivar, Vocal Arranger - Bob Irwin, Mastering Engineer - Bones Howe, Engineer - Bones Howe, Producer - D. Lambert, Composer - D. Lambert, Lyricist - Dennis Budimir, Guitar - Hal Blaine, Drums - Hal Blaine, Tambourine - Joe Osborn, Acoustic Bass - Larry Bunker, Congas - Louie Shelton, Electric Guitar - Mike Melvoin, Piano - Rene DeKnight, Vocal Arranger - The Fifth Dimension, Performer

(P) 1973 Arista Records Inc

17
Save the Country
00:02:38

Bill Holman, Arranger - Bob Alcivar, Arranger - Bob Alcivar, Vocal Arranger - Bob Irwin, Mastering Engineer - Bones Howe, Arranger - Bones Howe, Engineer - Bones Howe, Producer - Dennis Budimir, Guitar - Fred Tackett, Guitar - Gary Coleman, Percussion - Gary Coleman, Performer - Gary Illingworth, Piano - Hal Blaine, Drums - Hal Blaine, Percussion - Jimmy Rowles, Piano - Joe Osborn, Acoustic Bass - Larry Bunker, Congas - Larry Bunker, Percussion - Larry Bunker, Performer - Larry Knechtel, Keyboards - Larry Knechtel, Organ - Larry Knechtel, Piano - Laura Nyro, Composer - Laura Nyro, Lyricist - Mike Anthony, Electric Guitar - Mike Deasy, Electric Guitar - The Fifth Dimension, Performer - Tommy Tedesco, Guitar

Originally released 1970. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

18
California Soul
00:03:11

Bill Holman, Arranger - Bob Alcivar, Vocal Arranger - Bob Irwin, Mastering Engineer - Bones Howe, Engineer - Bones Howe, Producer - Hal Blaine, Drums - Hal Blaine, Percussion - Jimmy Rowles, Keyboards - Jimmy Rowles, Piano - Joe Osborn, Acoustic Bass - Larry Bunker, Marimba - Larry Bunker, Percussion - Larry Bunker, Performer - Larry Knechtel, Keyboards - Larry Knechtel, Piano - Mike Deasy, Guitar - Nick Ashford, Composer - Nick Ashford, Lyricist - Ray Pohlman, Acoustic Bass - Ray Pohlman, Arranger - Ray Pohlman, Guitar - The Bill Holman Brass, Performer - The Fifth Dimension, Performer - The Sid Sharp Strings, Performer - Tommy Tedesco, Guitar - Valerie Simpson, Composer - Valerie Simpson, Lyricist

Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

19
Never My Love (The Association Cover)
00:03:55

Donald Addrisi, Composer - Donald Addrisi, Lyricist - The Fifth Dimension, Performer

Originally released in 1971. All rights reserved by Arista Records, LLC.

20
Workin' On A Groovy Thing
00:03:08

Bill Holman, Arranger - Bob Alcivar, Arranger - Bob Irwin, Mastering Engineer - Bones Howe, Arranger - Bones Howe, Engineer - Bones Howe, Producer - Dennis Budimir, Guitar - Hal Blaine, Drums - Hal Blaine, Percussion - Jimmy Rowles, Keyboards - Joe Osborn, Acoustic Bass - Larry Bunker, Congas - Larry Bunker, Percussion - Larry Bunker, Performer - Larry Knechtel, Keyboards - Mike Deasy, Guitar - Neil Sedaka, Composer - Neil Sedaka, Lyricist - Pete Jolly, Keyboards - R. Atkins, Composer - R. Atkins, Lyricist - The Bill Holman Strings & Brass, Performer - The Fifth Dimension, Performer - Tommy Tedesco, Guitar

(P) 1969 Arista Records LLC

21
Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
00:03:34

Bob Alcivar, Arranger - Bob Alcivar, Vocal Arranger - Bones Howe, Arranger - Bones Howe, Engineer - Dennis Budimir, Electric Guitar - Hal Blaine, Drums - Joe Osborn, Acoustic Bass - John D. Loudermilk, Composer - John D. Loudermilk, Lyricist - Larry Knechtel, Piano - Marilyn McCoo, Vocal - The Fifth Dimension, Performer - Tommy Tedesco, 12 String Guitar

(P) 2004 Arista Records LLC

Album Description

The 5th Dimension were just about the most successful harmony group of the 1960s and The Ultimate 5th Dimension is easily the most comprehensive single-disc collection on the market. It documents the heyday of the group, mostly their late-'60s tenure with Johnny Rivers' Soul City label and a few tracks from their '70s stay at Bell, and it focuses on their singles -- their hit singles, that is. Each of the 20 songs here (the 21st track is a previously unreleased song, "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye") was a Top 35 hit or better. "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In" and "Wedding Bell Blues" were their number one smashes; they also had four more Top Ten hits. Even more importantly, they had so many great songs. Their sunny harmonies and lush arrangements gave songs like Laura Nyro's "Sweet Blindness," Jimmy Webb's "Paper Cup," and Neil Sedaka's "Workin' on a Groovy Thing" a light, happy feel that makes them the very definition of "good-time oldies." The disc features liner notes with new interviews with original members of the 5th Dimension, rare photos, and improved sound and is compiled by the group's producer, Bones Howe. This collection is a perfect introduction to the group and should be on every pop music fan's wish list. Even if you already have all their first five albums (which Buddha so graciously reissued before going belly-up and BMG Heritage has kept in print), you will want this disc, since it distills their career into about an hour or so of pure, heavenly gold.
© Tim Sendra /TiVo

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