The 5th Dimension

Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In

Composed by Galt MacDermot / Gerome Ragni / James Rado

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Taken from the then-hugely successful rock musical Hair, this song was the 5th Dimension's biggest and most lasting record. The musical was already becoming a cultural phenomenon when the group saw it in 1968. Enraptured by the music, the band took the idea to producer Bones Howe, who constructed this mini-suite. The first section is a slick blend of soul and rock and is buttressed by lyrics with astrological references -- perfect for the time. The second section is a gospel meltdown, led by Billy Davis Jr.'s spontaneous in-the-studio vocal performance, which took the entire song over the goal line. It certain ways it may seem dated today, but the overall message of unity is, in the end, timeless.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Age of Aquarius 1969 Buddha Records 1:29
Billboard Top Rock & Roll Hits: 1969 1969
Various Artists
Rhino 4:51
Live!! 1971
Greatest Hits on Earth 1972 Arista 4:49
No Image 1986 Rhino
Sullivan Years: The Mod Sound 1990
Various Artists
TVT
Soul Classics [Stardust] 1991
Various Artists
Import
Good Morning, Vietnam, Vol. 1 1992
Various Artists
Disky 4:47
Billboard Top Rock 'n' Roll Hits: 1968-1972 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 4:51
Forrest Gump 1994
Original Soundtrack
Epic 4:48
Mellow Sixties 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 4:40
Up Up and Away: The Definitive Collection 1997 Arista 4:49
Soul Brothers & Sisters of the 60's 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:49
#1 Hits of 1965-1969 1998
Various Artists
GNP/Crescendo 4:49
Dick Bartley Presents Collector's Essentials on the Radio, Vol. 4 1998
Various Artists
Varese
The Best of the 5th Dimension [Japan] 1999 Eternal Best 4:50
The Summer of Peace, Love and Music, Vol. 2 [2000] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:47
Master Hits 1999 Arista 4:49
20th Century Time Capsule 1999
Various Artists
Buddha Records 4:44
Very Best of the 5th Dimension [Camden] 1999 BMG / BMG International 4:48
Greatest Hits of the 60's [Platinum] 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc
Positively 60's 2000
Various Artists
Capitol 4:48
Classic: California Rock 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:51
The Woodstock Generation: Let the Sunshine In 2001
Various Artists
Woodstock Records 4:48
Dick Clark's #1's: 50's to 70's "When AM Radio Was King" 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 4:49
Cosmic Grooves: Aquarius 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 4:50
Flower Power Generation: Aquarius 2001
Various Artists
Disky 4:47
Simply the Best of the 60's [2001 Boxset] 2001
Various Artists
BMG 4:48
Top Hits of the Sixties: Coolest Hits 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 4:49
Good Morning Vietnam: A Soundtrack for a Generation 2004
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 4:44
No Image 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Ouver
Straight from the Heart Live, Vol. 1 2005
Various Artists
Shout! Factory
Rock & Roll: The First 50 Years/The Late '60s: 25 Top 10 Hits 2005
Various Artists
Var├Ęse Sarabande 4:51
In the Summertime [Crimson] 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:54
Ultimate 16: Spirit of the '60s 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 4:49
Collections 2006 Legacy / Sony BMG
The Classic Sixties Collection: 1969-1970 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Simply the Best of the 60s [2007] 2007
Various Artists
Sony BMG 4:47
Super Hits 2007 Sony Music 4:48
Movie Songs Live 2007
Various Artists
Shout! Factory
Die Hit Giganten, Vol. 23 2007
Various Artists
Sbm Records / Sony BMG 3:53
Top Hits of the 60s: Coolest Hits 2007
Various Artists
Collectables 4:49
No Image 2008
Various Artists
sbc
No Image 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution / Sony Music Entertainment 4:48
Feelin' Groovy [Mood]
Various Artists
Mood Media Entertainment 4:50
Good Morning, Vietnam
Various Artists
Disky
Pure... Movies [Sony]
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:46
No Image 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment
'60s Music Revolution 2012
Various Artists
Time / Time/Life Music 4:48
'60s Music Revolution: Let the Sunshine In 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:48
100 Hits: 60s Originals 2013
Various Artists
100 Hits 4:49
Top 40: '60s Pop 2014
Various Artists
Crimson
Silence Is Golden 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:53
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