- Released: January 27, 2004
- Label: Sony
Uncut - p.1174 stars out of 5
The 5th Dimension: Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Ron Townson, Lamont McLemore (vocals).
Additional personnel includes: Tommy Tedesco (guitar); Tom Scott (flute, saxophone); Jimmy Webb (keyboards); Victor Feldman (vibraphone, marimba); Hal Blaine (drums, percussion).
Producers: Johnny Rivers, Marc Gordan, Bones Howe.
Compilation producer: Rob Santos.
Recorded between 1967 & 1974. Includes liner notes by Robert Allan Arno.
Probably the best-sounding and best-annotated single-disc anthology of the Fifth Dimension's hits available, THE ULTIMATE FIFTH DIMENSION lives up to its title. A blend of Motown-style supper club soul and the sort of California sunshine pop made famous by the Association and the Mamas and the Papas, the Fifth Dimension scored hit after hit beginning with 1967's Jimmy Webb-penned "Up Up and Away" through early 1970s pop-soul gems such as "(Last Night) I Didn't Get To Sleep At All" and "One Less Bell To Answer." All the hits are present and accounted for, including the era-defining "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" and the Laura Nyro-penned hits "Wedding Bell Blues" and "Stoned Soul Picnic." This is essential listening for all sunshine-pop and soft-rock fans.