Fifth Dimension

Fifth Dimension

by The ByrdsThe Byrds


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Although the Byrds' Fifth Dimension was wildly uneven, its high points were as innovative as any rock music being recorded in 1966. Immaculate folk-rock was still present in their superb arrangements of the traditional songs "Wild Mountain Thyme" and "John Riley." For the originals, they devised some of the first and best psychedelic rock, often drawing from the influence of Indian raga in the guitar arrangements. "Eight Miles High," with its astral lyrics, pumping bassline, and fractured guitar solo, was a Top 20 hit, and one of the greatest singles of the '60s. The minor hit title track and the country-rock-tinged "Mr. Spaceman" are among their best songs; "I See You" has great 12-string psychedelic guitar solos; and "I Come and Stand at Every Door" is an unusual and moving update of a traditional rock tune, with new lyrics pleading for peace in the nuclear age. At the same time, the R&B instrumental "Captain Soul" was a throwaway, "Hey Joe" not nearly as good as the versions by the Leaves or Jimi Hendrix, and "What's Happening?!?!" the earliest example of David Crosby's disagreeably vapid hippie ethos. These weak spots keep Fifth Dimension from attaining truly classic status.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972325828
catalogNumber: 723258
Rank: 27471


  1. 5d (Fifth Dimension)
  2. Wild Mountain Thyme
  3. Mr. Spaceman
  4. I See You
  5. What's Happening?!?!
  6. I Come And Stand At Every Door
  7. Eight Miles High
  8. Hey Joe (Where You Gonna Go)
  9. Captain Soul
  10. John Riley
  11. 2-4-2 Fox Trot (The Lear Jet Song)
  12. Why
  13. I Know My Rider (I Know You Rider)
  14. Psychodrama City
  15. Eight Miles High
  16. Why
  17. John Riley

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Byrds   Primary Artist
Chris Hillman   Bass,Mandolin,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gene Clark   Harmonica,Tambourine,Vocals
Van Dyke Parks   Keyboards
Michael Clarke   Drums
David Crosby   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Roger McGuinn   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar

Technical Credits

Chris Hillman   Composer
Joan Baez   Composer
Bob Gibson   Composer
Gene Clark   Composer
Michael Clarke   Composer
David Crosby   Composer
Jim Dickson   Producer
Roger McGuinn   Composer
Allen Stanton   Producer
Johnny Rogan   Liner Notes,Song Notes
David Fricke   Liner Notes
Bob Irwin   Producer,Memorabilia,Photo Courtesy
Hope Chasin   Packaging Manager
Francis McPeake   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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