Saturday, October 04, 2008

Album Of The Day #75: FIFTH DIMENSION - The Byrds

Title: Fifth Dimension

Artist: The Byrds
Label: Columbia
Year: 1966
Songs: 5D (Fifth Dimension)*/Wild Mountain Thyme**/Mr. Spaceman*/I See You***/What's Happening?!?#/I Come And Stand At Every Door##/Eight Miles High###/Hey Joe (Where You Gonna Go)+/Captain Soul++/John Riley+++/2-4-2 Fox Trot (The Lear Jet Song)*
Written by: *Roger McQuinn, **Traditional, arranged by Roger McQuinn, David Crosby, Chris Hillman & Michael Clarke, ***Roger McQuinn & David Crosby, #David Crosby, ##Nazim Hikmet, ###Gene Clark, Roger McQuinn & David Crosby, +Billy Roberts, ++Roger McQuinn, David Crosby, Chris Hillman & Michael Clarke and +++Bob Gobson & Ricky Neff
Produced by: Allen Stanton
Thoughts: I only have two Byrds albums, this and Younger Than Yesterday, so I'm definitely a newbie when it comes to them. The tracks here are just amazing, particularly the brutal "Eight Miles High". There's also "Mr. Spaceman" and "5D (Fifth Dimension)". "Captain Soul" is a fun instrumental and "I Come And Stand At Every Door" is just odd. I guess it just proves how unique the Byrds are. Crosby's cover of "Hey Joe" might be the only weak spot on the LP, just because it seems kind of pedestrian, compared to any version of it you might be familiar with (perhaps the one by that guy named Hendrix...). I love the oddball ending of "2-4-2 Fox Trot (The Lear Jet Song)". It's just funny as hell. I don't care that it's just a chant over random engine sounds, the track is still funny. If you can't see that, get a sense of humor.
Rating: 8/10

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