Soul & Inspiration [Bonus Tracks]

Soul & Inspiration [Bonus Tracks]

by The 5th Dimension
     
 

Not only was Soul & Inspiration (1974) the 5th Dimension's last outing on Bell Records, it served as the penultimate long-player to feature the original quintet of Lamonte McLemore, Ron Townson, Billy Davis Jr., Marilyn McCoo, and Florence Larue. Behind the scenes,See more details below

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Not only was Soul & Inspiration (1974) the 5th Dimension's last outing on Bell Records, it served as the penultimate long-player to feature the original quintet of Lamonte McLemore, Ron Townson, Billy Davis Jr., Marilyn McCoo, and Florence Larue. Behind the scenes, band politics as well as the power structure at the record label ultimately led to a parting of ways between the 5D and their longtime producer Bones Howe. Even though the project is replete with good to above-average performances, it undeniably lacks the sonic cohesion that had become their collaborative calling card. Understandably, many of the album's highlights are likewise remnants from Howe's tenure. The title track -- an update of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil's "(You're My) Soul & Inspiration" -- opens the affair. The funky interpretation of Bill Withers' "Harlem" has some of the refined Philly soul flair that John Florez brought to the project. On the other hand, McCoo's lead vocal is the only thing that makes the cover of the Eagles' "Best of My Love" tolerable. More pointedly, one can easily measure Howe's absence as the melody and talent are so full of unexplored possibilities. The Davis-sung "My Song" is a keeper, with the vocalist leading the pack behind an equally gritty horn-driven score courtesy of ace arranger H.B. Barnum. While "No Love in the Room" might have accurately described the internal acrimony within the 5D's camp, Florez did no one any favors by setting it to an ersatz four-on-the-floor disco backing track. The lull is then broken by a pair of absolute gems. The heartfelt Howe-directed "House for Sale" and Barnum's sensitive and melodic rendering of "Somebody Warm Like Me" -- prove the 5D still possessed their singular brand of enduring pop-meets-R&B vocal magic. Incidentally, the latter was penned by Tony Macaulay, the author of the combo's "(Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep."

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2007
Label:
Collector's Choice
UPC:
0617742078329
catalogNumber:
7832

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Tracks

  1. Soul & Inspiration  -  5th Dimension
  2. Harlem  -  5th Dimension
  3. The Best of My Love  -  5th Dimension
  4. My Song  -  5th Dimension
  5. Hard Core Poetry  -  5th Dimension
  6. No Love in the Room  -  5th Dimension
  7. House for Sale  -  5th Dimension
  8. Somebody Warm Like Me  -  5th Dimension
  9. Salty Years  -  5th Dimension
  10. I Don't Know How to Look for Love  -  5th Dimension
  11. As Long as There's an Apple Tree  -  5th Dimension
  12. Out in the Country  -  5th Dimension
  13. Rusty Hands of Time  -  5th Dimension
  14. Somebody Warm Like Me  -  5th Dimension
  15. Love Story  -  5th Dimension
  16. Back Together  -  5th Dimension

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

5th Dimension   Primary Artist
Marilyn McCoo   Vocals,Soloist
Bud Shank   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Louie Shelton   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bob Alcivar   Conductor
Hal Blaine   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Dennis Budimir   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Artie Butler   Piano,Conductor,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Billy Davis   Vocals,Soloist
Florence LaRue   Vocals
Lamonte McLemore   Vocals
John Myles   Piano,Conductor
Ron Townson   Vocals
Joe Osborn   Bass,Guitar

Technical Credits

Bob Alcivar   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements,Vocal Conductor
H.B. Barnum   Arranger,Producer
Artie Butler   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Richard Cason   Arranger,Producer
John Florez   Producer
Grover Helsley   Engineer
Bones Howe   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Michael Lietz   Engineer
John Myles   Vocal Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements,Vocal Conductor
D'Arneill Pershing   Arranger
Armin Steiner   Engineer
Barnes Howe   Engineer
Gene Sculatti   Liner Notes
Vic Anesini   Mastering
Robert Allan Arno   Liner Notes
Oleg Lopatin   Composer
Rob LoVerde   Mastering

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