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The Age Of Aquarius

April 18, 2000 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 24, 2000
  • Label: Arista
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  • Total Length: 40:50
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  • ASIN: B004LM5PSU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,072 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

The quality of the sound is excellent and I really like that artwork, too.
Matthew G. Sherwin
This album is one of the best pieces of pop/rock/soul to ever hit the airways, a turntable and now a CD player.
R. Prescott
The 5th Dimension was an excellent vocal group with beautiful melodies and creativity.
flandrin

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 2000
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I had forgotten just how excellent this recording is. The old vinyl fell by the wayside a long time ago so I was pleased to see this tremendous Fifth Dimension album finally available on CD. While there are so many truly wonderful Fifth Dimension recordings, this one is by far the best. There is not one bad song on this album. Of special merit are the songs "Hideaway" (a Jimmy Webb tune given a jazzy, infectious treatment) and "Sunshine Of Your Love" (a masterful remake of the Eric Clapton/Cream classic.) This CD went from my home stereo to my car stereo because I just couldn't get enough of it. I seem to love it more today than I did years ago when it was first released; and it still seems so fresh today. They just don't make songs or albums like this anymore. And, there are certainly no groups like the Fifth Dimension anymore. If you are looking for just one Fifth Dimension compact disc for your collection, this is the one to get. However, I'm sure it will wet your appetite for more. Your next Fifth Dimension purchase suggestion would be The Definitive Collection - an excellent overview of their career which also contains some rare material previously difficult to find on CD such as "Flashback" and "Light Sings." However, this is the CD to buy. Song for song, this is the best overall Fifth Dimension album recorded. I do wish, however, Buddah would release the LP "Individually & Collectively" on CD also. Buy this one and "Let The Sunshine In." This is a must for any true Fifth Dimension fan.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mark Mussari on August 6, 2000
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A tour de force of excellent singing and vibrant musicianship, The Age of Aquarius finds the Fifth Dimenion soaring vocally through some standout material, including songs by Laura Nyro (a powerhouse cover of "Blowin' Away"), Jimmy Webb, and Niel Sedaka. Although the 5th's version of Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love" has always reminded me of Up with People on acid, Billy Davis's gospel delivery of "Let It Be Me" is a revelation (forget the reviewer here who calls this a cover of "white" music--what myopic pigeonholing is that???); the choral singing on "Skinny Man" and "Wings of Heaven" is unbeatable at this time. Webb's jazzy "The Hideaway" rivals later work by the Manhattan Transfer (who should cover this--what an excellent song, passing into obscurity!). More importantly, the entire album reminds us that while much great musicianship surfaced in the late 1960s (e.g., Hendrix), great _singing_ was also emerging. This CD belongs in anyone's collection if s/he is serious about excellent pop music before it all became merely disposable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Collins on May 2, 2000
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Well established as a group by the time this album debuted, it's notable that this final all-new release on Soul City was 5D's last true "ensemble" record. Though there were vocal solos from Billy and Marilyn, the focus was on the group itself. Within a year of the group's move to Bell Records (with the next lp, "Portrait") there was label pressure to feature Marilyn, which set the stage for a lot of group unrest.
"Aquarius", however, blends all five voices into an effective and engaging recording. With four solid singles, this album could easily have skimped with the rest of the material. Thankfully, the "album cuts" are always a notch above average, and often compelling. 5D got their start as a "cover band," and in fairness to the concept, the group seldom picked a loser to cover. This album, like the later "LIVE! " sampled from the hits of the day, as interpreted by 5D's soulful harmonies. Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love" is invigorating in this version, which features solid rock backup. "Those Were The Days", a melancholy piece of theatrical drama, is treated to a dance-able arrangement that doesn't waste time with self-pity.
"Dontcha Hear Me..." is a stunner that features layers of vocal overdubs and a call and response verse that has a mesmeric quality. Jimmy Webb's "The Hideaway" is another gem, with a snappy sax part and great unison vocals. "The Winds Of Heaven" is another mood piece, as fast and ephemeral as a breeze with the sound of chimes and echoes.
Track for track this may not be the "best written" album in 5D's canon, but it certainly features some of their best ensemble performances ever recorded. And with a spiffy rare bonus track tacked on, this one is a must-buy for 5D diehards, as well as casual fans of oldies and vocal groups alike.
-Mic
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "jazz_fan" on June 1, 2000
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I was in sixth grade when I first bought this album and it captivated me then; it captivates me now. Clearly, the Fifth Dimension were one of the better, if not the best, vocal groups of their day and their sound is as fresh and uplifting today as it was back in '69.
From the fairly decent rock rendition of "Sunshine of Your Love" to the jazz cabaret sounds of "Hideaway", the Fifth Dimension handle a wide variety of musical styles with aplomb and distinction. Although the bonus track is a bit out of place and probably should've been relegated to a rarities album, it's an interesting piece that shows another side of the group's musical talents.
All in all, this is a very enjoyable album and I'd recommend it for all casual and serious fans of the Fifth Dimension.
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