Liner Note Author: Ian McFarlane.
Recording information: Wally Heider Recording, Hollywood.
From the late '60s into the mid-'70s, the 5th Dimension were one of America's most popular vocal groups, performing polished pop vocal arrangements with a dash of soul, accompanied by expert production and some of the best studio musicians of the day. This set from the Australian reissue label Raven Records features four of the group's albums complete on a two-disc set. Released in 1970, Portrait included the hit singles "Save the Country" and "One Less Bell to Answer," while 1971's Love's Lines, Angles and Rhymes was an eclectic set that included compositions by Harry Nilsson, Paul McCartney, and Laura Nyro. Issued in 1972, Individually & Collectively featured two Top Ten singles, "(Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All" and "If I Could Reach You," and the title track of 1973's Living Together, Growing Together would prove to be the group's final Top 40 hit. While these albums were late in the cycle of the group's original lineup -- Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. would leave the group shortly after the release of 1975's Earthbound -- the 5th Dimension's skills as performers were as strong as ever, and fans of their pop-soul sound will enjoy this look at their '70s repertoire. ~ Mark Deming