Fifth Dimension

Fifth Dimension

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by The Byrds
     
 

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Although the Byrds' Fifth Dimension was wildly uneven, its high points were as innovative as any rock music being recorded in 1966. Immaculate folk-rock was still present in their superb arrangements of the traditional songs "Wild Mountain Thyme" and "John Riley." For the originals, they devised some of the first and best psychedelic

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Although the Byrds' Fifth Dimension was wildly uneven, its high points were as innovative as any rock music being recorded in 1966. Immaculate folk-rock was still present in their superb arrangements of the traditional songs "Wild Mountain Thyme" and "John Riley." For the originals, they devised some of the first and best psychedelic rock, often drawing from the influence of Indian raga in the guitar arrangements. "Eight Miles High," with its astral lyrics, pumping bassline, and fractured guitar solo, was a Top 20 hit, and one of the greatest singles of the '60s. The minor hit title track and the country-rock-tinged "Mr. Spaceman" are among their best songs; "I See You" has great 12-string psychedelic guitar solos; and "I Come and Stand at Every Door" is an unusual and moving update of a traditional rock tune, with new lyrics pleading for peace in the nuclear age. At the same time, the R&B instrumental "Captain Soul" was a throwaway, "Hey Joe" not nearly as good as the versions by the Leaves or Jimi Hendrix, and "What's Happening?!?!" the earliest example of David Crosby's disagreeably vapid hippie ethos. These weak spots keep Fifth Dimension from attaining truly classic status. [The CD reissue has six notable bonus tracks, including the single version of the early psychedelic cut "Why" (the B-side to "Eight Miles High"), a significantly different alternate take of "Eight Miles High," "I Know My Rider" (with some fine Roger McGuinn 12-string workouts), and a much jazzier, faster instrumental version of "John Riley."]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972325828
catalogNumber:
723258
Rank:
3845

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Byrds   Primary Artist
Chris Hillman   Bass,Mandolin,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gene Clark   Harmonica,Tambourine,Vocals
Van Dyke Parks   Keyboards
Michael Clarke   Drums
David Crosby   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Roger McGuinn   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar

Technical Credits

Chris Hillman   Composer
Joan Baez   Composer
Bob Gibson   Composer
Gene Clark   Composer
Michael Clarke   Composer
David Crosby   Composer
Jim Dickson   Producer
Roger McGuinn   Composer
Allen Stanton   Producer
Johnny Rogan   Liner Notes,Song Notes
David Fricke   Liner Notes
Bob Irwin   Producer,Memorabilia,Photo Courtesy
Hope Chasin   Packaging Manager
Francis McPeake   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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Fifth Dimension 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
The Byrds plunged into psychedelic music on their third outing. By 1966 Gene Clark had left the band and Jim (Roger) McGuinn had begun to assert more control. His 12 string Rickenbacker electric guitar is all over the album and bonus tracks. This is the place to hear him cut loose. David Crosby begins to emerge with What's Happening, a preview of his woozy songwriting on the next couple albums. There is space rock (Eight Miles High, I See You), folk rock (Wild Mountain Thyme, John Riley), protest music (I Stand And Knock At Every Door) and a throwaway or two (Mr Spaceman). The band even is out in front of Pink Floyd; listen to the added tape sounds on The Lear Jet Song. Although there are a few flaws, this may be the highest The Byrds ever flew.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is excellent on its' own,even without bonus tracks! Our band used Captain Soul as our Break song for a while! The Lear Jet Song,Hey Joe Excellent Stuff!"We played their fast-paced version of Hey Joe as well!" Very nice vocal harmonies and slick guitar work! One side contrasts the other side,as more rock vs folksy-rock and it really works well. Probably their BEST if you are a fan of The BYRDS!
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
At this point the Byrds are topping themselves with every new release and this third album has some fantastic cuts. Among the bonus tracks we get the greatest bonus cut ever released: the alternative version of "Eight Miles High"! What an amazing song. This version of "8 miles high" is a little more jazzy, a little more spontaneous, and it manages to even improve on the classic version everyone knows from the original album. Highly recommended.
Jess_Lea More than 1 year ago
I like to collect all the CDs by The Byrds so I just had to get this one. I only liked a few songs on it though. In my opinion the best songs are... 1. 5D (Fifth Dimension), 3. Mr. Spaceman, 4. I See You, 7. Eight Miles High