Magic Garden [Rev-Ola]

Magic Garden [Rev-Ola]

by The 5th Dimension
     
 

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This record did contain the small hits "Paper Cup" and "Carpet Man," but the group, or more likely arranger/conductor Jim Webb, was probably shooting for something a bit higher than the Top 40. Aside from a misfired cover of the Beatles' "Ticket to Ride," Webb wrote everything on this album, which -- with between-track segues, lyrics expounding dreams and possibility,… See more details below

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This record did contain the small hits "Paper Cup" and "Carpet Man," but the group, or more likely arranger/conductor Jim Webb, was probably shooting for something a bit higher than the Top 40. Aside from a misfired cover of the Beatles' "Ticket to Ride," Webb wrote everything on this album, which -- with between-track segues, lyrics expounding dreams and possibility, and dense orchestral settings -- seemed to be aiming for a song cycle of sorts. It's not Pet Sounds, however, or even Van Dyke Parks' Song Cycle. It's overambitious MOR pop-soul with mild psychedelic colors, and a bit ludicrous, though not unattractive due to the typically conscientious harmonies. "Orange Air" is probably the group's best shot at pseudo-psychedelia; "The Girls' Song," on much firmer MOR territory, was done much better by Jackie DeShannon; and "The Worst That Could Happen," Webb at his most disagreeably sentimental, was covered for a huge hit by the Brooklyn Bridge about a year later. A recent biography of cult singer/songwriter Nick Drake, by the way, revealed that this album, along with such estimable underground classics as Love's Forever Changes and Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, was a special favorite of his because of its combination of rock and orchestration. That means it might suddenly become a lot harder to find in the dollar bins, although many of those copies will probably find their way right back there after Drake fans play it once or twice. [The album was also reissued by Soul City under the title The Worst That Could Happen.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2008
Label:
Rev-Ola
UPC:
5013929455924
catalogNumber:
259
Rank:
57849

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

5th Dimension   Primary Artist
Norman Blake   Synthesizer
Marilyn McCoo   Group Member
Billy Davis   Group Member
Florence LaRue   Group Member
Lamonte McLemore   Group Member
Ron Townson   Group Member
Joe Foster   Synthesizer

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Bones Howe   Producer,Engineer
Armin Steiner   Engineer
Woody Woodward   Art Direction
Joe Foster   Producer
Andy Morten   Producer,Author,Artwork,Interviewer

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