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Up Up and Away: The Definitive Collection
     

Up Up and Away: The Definitive Collection

by The 5th Dimension
 
Where are the Fifth Dimension now that we need them? The gaudily garbed vocal quintet could likely make a hit out of "Seasons of Love" from the Broadway musical "Rent," much the way they did 30 years ago for "Age of Aquarius" and "Let the Sunshine In" from "Hair." They might even have sung the Declaration of Independence for the benefit of our confused leaders --

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Where are the Fifth Dimension now that we need them? The gaudily garbed vocal quintet could likely make a hit out of "Seasons of Love" from the Broadway musical "Rent," much the way they did 30 years ago for "Age of Aquarius" and "Let the Sunshine In" from "Hair." They might even have sung the Declaration of Independence for the benefit of our confused leaders -- well, actually, they did sing it, on a track called "The Declaration." This remarkable track, along with all the essentials, is part of UP UP AND AWAY. It's a collection full of surprises, most notably a number of early, psychedelicized songs from Jimmy Webb, like "Paper Cup" and "Carpet Man," but it also includes the hits -- songs like "One Less Bell to Answer" and "I Didn't Get to Sleep at All (Last Night)." Contemporary audiences might be more familiar with the pop standards, but it's good to remember that the Fifth Dimension began as a far more adventurous group with a wealth of good songs -- the best of which are reprised here.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jim Newsom
The subtitle on this anthology is correct: this is truly the definitive collection of the 5th Dimension's music, including all the hits and most of the album cuts that anyone could want. The 20-bit digital mastering provides a crisp, bright audio experience, and the joyous harmonies bring back the positive side of the late-'60s/early-'70s era in which the songs were recorded. The megahits are all here: Jimmy Webb's "Up, Up and Away," Laura Nyro's "Stoned Soul Picnic" and "Wedding Bell Blues," the Bacharach/David opus "One Less Bell to Answer," the beautiful "(Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All," and the Grammy-winning number one smash from the spring of 1969, "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" from Hair. There are "not quite Top Ten" hits like "Sweet Blindness," "Go Where You Wanna Go," "California Soul," "Workin' on a Groovy Thing," "Blowing Away," "Save the Country," and "Love's Lines, Angles, and Rhymes." What a run this quintet had on the pop charts from 1967 to 1972. This two-disc set successfully makes the case for the 5th Dimension to be remembered among the finest purveyors of pop song vocal harmony in the rock era. Baby boomers will delight at the memories this collection conjures up, and will find surprises they may have forgotten or never known: "Paper Cup," "Carpet Man," "Puppet Man," "Light Sings," and the group's medley of "The Declaration/A Change Is Gonna Come/People Gotta Be Free." Listening to Up Up and Away: The Definitive Collection is a great antidote for the blues, lifting the listener up with a smile and reminding those who may have forgotten that there once was a time when it seemed that music really could bring everyone together.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/1997
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0078221896122
catalogNumber:
18961

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Performance Credits

5th Dimension   Primary Artist
Pete Christlieb   Flute,Saxophone
Bill Perkins   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Rowles   Piano,Keyboards
Tom Scott   Flute,Saxophone
Pete Jolly   Keyboards
Lanny Morgan   Flute,Saxophone
Mike Deasy   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jimmy Webb   Conductor,Keyboards
Montego Joe   Conga
Louie Shelton   Electric Guitar
Hal Blaine   Percussion,Drums,Leader
Bud Brisbois   Trumpet
Dennis Budimir   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Larry Bunker   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Marimbas,Bells,Mallets,Vibes
Artie Butler   Piano
Gary Coleman   Percussion,Mallets
Billy Davis   Vocals
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Catherine Gotthoffer   Harp
Jim Horn   Flute,Saxophone
Isaiah Jones   Piano
Larry Knechtel   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Tack Piano
Lew McCreary   Trombone
Lamonte McLemore   Vocals
Mike Melvoin   Electric Piano
Ollie Mitchell   Trumpet
Ray Pohlman   Bass,Guitar
Sid Sharp Strings   Strings
Fred Tackett   Guitar
Tommy Tedesco   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Ron Townson   Vocals
Ray Triscari   Trumpet
Zavier   Guitar,12-string Guitar
Rudy Stevenson   Guitar
Gary Illingworth   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano
Mike Anthony   Electric Guitar
Casey   Guitar,Sounds
Joe Osborn   Bass,Guitar

Technical Credits

Bill Holman   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
James W. Alexander   Composer
Jimmy Webb   Arranger
Galt MacDermot   Composer
Bob Alcivar   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
David Blumberg   Arranger
Larry Bunker   Contributor
Rene Deknight   Vocal Arrangements
John Florez   Producer
Marc Gordon   Producer
Bones Howe   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Willie Hutch   Composer
Dennis Lambert   Composer
Marty Paich   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Ray Pohlman   rhythm arrangement
Brian Potter   Composer
Johnny Rivers   Producer
Armin Steiner   Engineer
Quaglieri   Reissue Producer
James Rado   Composer
Gerome Ragni   Composer
Mike Ragogna   Liner Notes
Gary Illingworth   Arranger
Randy McNeill   Composer

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