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Fifth Dimension Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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The 1966 classic plus the RCA studio version of Eight Miles High; I Know My Rider; Psychodrama City ; alternate and single versions of Why , and an instrumental take of John Riley .

1. 5D (Fifth Dimension)
2. Wild Mountain Thyme
3. Mr. Spaceman
4. I See You
5. What's Happening?!?!
6. I Come and Stand at Every Door
7. Eight Miles High
8. Hey Joe
9. Captain Soul
10. John Riley
11. 2-4-2 Fox Trot (The Lear Jet Song)
12. Why? [Single Version][*]
13. I Know My Rider (I Know You Rider) [*]
14. Psychodrama City [alternate mix][*]
15. Eight Miles High [Alternate RCA Studios Version][Alternate Take][*]
16. Why [Alternate RCA Studios Version][Alternate Take][*]
17. John Riley [Version 1][*][Instrumental]

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0012GMUTU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,141 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One of the best, ever, period.
S. F Gulvezan
True, some tracks, especially the Lear Jet song really stick out as just plain weird.
B. Schuman
The Byrds "Fifth Dimension" #24 in 1966, is their 3rd album release.

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Don Schmittdiel on December 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I would have rated the Byrds original 'Fifth Dimension' disc as a four star effort, but the six bonus tracks offered on this remastered package easily promote the collection to five star status. In fact, the bonus tracks, which essentially form a third album side to the original vinyl release, are collectively superior to either of the two album sides put together by the band in 1966.

This album, along with 'The Notorious Byrd Brothers' established The Byrds as the true 'American Beatles', a title usually reserved for the Beach Boys. The Byrds, however, were a much more dynamic force than the Beach Boys in the 1960's. With this album, the band broke the ice of the Psychedelic Era, and with 'Notorious...' helped usher in the Country-Rock genre, with a nod to Buffalo Springfield. It's quite remarkable to realize that the RCA version of 'Eight Miles High' was recorded at the end of 1965, signifying the bands stature as the founders of psychedelic rock. It wasn't a fluke as other psychedelic contributions from the disc attest, including 'I See You', 'What's Happening', and 'The Lear Jet Song'. Even though the lyrics to most of the songs were not truly acid-based or even acid-laced, they were acid-friendly, and Roger (still at the time aka "Jim") McGuinn's adaptation of his jangling guitar to mimic John Coltrane's jazz saxophone and as a sitar is a stroke of psychedelic genius. Had the band been bold enough to release a full-fledged psychedelic montage by replacing the rather placid folk tracks ('Wild Mountain Thyme', 'I Come and Stand at Every Door', and 'John Riley') with the likes of 'Why', 'I Know My Rider', and 'Psychodrama City', this album would be the only competition 'Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band' would have to being the greatest album ever.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By regnad kcin on June 20, 2010
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If you don't look back and put this album in perspective it might be difficult to recognize how important and ground breaking the Byrds were. In 1966 The Rolling Stones were just breaking away from R&B covers, the Who- were not in this country, Jimi Hendrix was backing up the Isley Brothers, the Beach Boys had just released Pet Sounds and the Beatles- well they were in a league of their own but the Byrds with the Fifth Dimensions it was obvious that they weren't just folk music played loud.
The cover only shows four Byrds: McQuinn, Crosby, Hillman and Clarke but Gene Clark's 8 Miles High was the track that created controversy - we know now that it is isn't the drug sung that some people thought it was and other people wished it was. It's about flying to London.
David Crosby delivers three great songs: I See You ,What's Happening and Why. Roger McQuinn takes charge with the Fifth Dimension, Mr. Spaceman, Hey Joe, 2-4-2 Fox Trot (the Lear Jet Song).
The Byrds playing is sharp, crisp and innovative. Their trademark tightly knit harmonies surround electric guitars that were just starting to really distort. It's almost the Summer of Love a year early but it's clearly an important American band hitting its creative stride.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gregor von Kallahann on July 10, 2011
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I had always heard about those canned radio interviews that groups used to do back in the '60s (you know the ones in which a disk jockey would read scripted questions and play back the pre-recorded answers by group members--and just IMAGINE the things that could go wrong!). I don't believe I'd ever heard one before though. These promos were usually done in support of a tour, I'm told, making it appear that the band no sooner had gotten into town than they headed straight for the radio station to have a parlay with their best ever friend, the local DJ.

So it's fascinating--if a bit peculiar--to have such an aural hisory document included as a bonus track on this re-release of this 1966 classic. The answers to the scripted questions actually are, for the most part, thoughtful, perceptive and pretty much reflective of the relatively mature and serious-minded band they'd always been presented as. They weren't, as Crosby reminds of twice in the supposed interview, "candy floss." No, they were never that. They were, however, a band in transition, and the common wisdom about this album, is that it reflects that state of flux. But then, in 1966, who wasn't??

I was 13 when I first heard "Eight Miles High," and to say it was totally unlike anything else on the radio at that time (or anything the band had done up to that point) would be an understatement. I remember just kind of sitting there dumbfounded as it came over the car radio as my mother was driving me home from school. As if by magic, it ended just as we drove in the driveway and she cut the engine (AND the radio). I just sat there dazed for a few seconds--almost as though a little bit of the cosmos had cracked open and revealed itself.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Wileytown on August 6, 2003
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Reading the other reviews, you get a concensus that Younger Than Yesterday and Notorious Byrd Brothers are finer Byrd albums, but 5th Dimension is the band's most seminal. That pretty much sums it up.
The Beatles may well be the greatest group of all time, but for a few months...... in early '66......the Byrds were ahead of even the Fab Four. This album demonstrated so many possibilities for rock music that it should be considered the first truly "experimental" rock record. Not only did it open many doors, it encouraged doors to be opened......any doors. So, while their next two records can be considered better "Byrd" albums, 5th Dimension is the Byrds greatest contribution to music in general terms. It changed the landscape of what rock music could be.
I was glad to see 5th Dimension finally remastered. The original stereo version of the album was poorly mastered and in bad need of an overhaul. Although the remastering is not perfect, it is definately an improvement over what had been previously available for the last 30 years, both on LP and CD. The mono version is far superior, so I hope some day a remastered mono mix will be available on CD. If you love this album and still have a turntable, I recommend seeking the mono version on the LP.
And the songs? Well, there's not much else to add that hasn't already been said. There are a couple of observations I'd like to share:
I will put in my vote for What's Happening being a fine song. McGuinn's guitar sounds more like Irish bagpipes than a sitar.
Crosby guitar work on the Columbia version of Eight Miles High is brilliant. If you listen to any latter-day versions performed by McGuinn without Crosby, you'll find it lacking that punch during the solo.
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