The 5th Dimension

Earthbound

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The 5th Dimension's lone album for the ABC label was also the final recording from the group's original lineup. It was a reunion with Jimmy Webb, who produced and arranged all the songs and contributed five originals, as well as the album prologue that leads into a version of George Harrison's "Be Here Now" (titled here as "Be Here How"). More a curiosity than a crucial component of the group's discography, it peaked at merely number 136 on the Billboard 200. Neither one of its singles, the trifle "Walk Your Feet in the Sunshine" and the slightly more substantial "Magic in My Life," charted at all. The original material is either adequate or substandard, while versions of "I've Got a Feeling" and "Moonlight Mile" aren't particularly inspired. Bill Como's ARP synthesizer adds a unique flavor, at least in the context of the group's discography. Not even an impressive assortment of session musicians -- including drummers Harvey Mason and Jeff Porcaro, keyboardist David Paich, and guitarist Larry Coryell -- makes the set all that attractive to anyone but the most devout 5th Dimension fans. Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis bailed after a tour in support of it. In 2014, Real Gone issued the album on compact disc for the first time.

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