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Up Up and Away: The Definitive Collection

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The 5th Dimension 5/20/1997

Review

The subtitle on this anthology is correct: this is truly the definitive collection of the 5th Dimension's music, including all the hits and most of the album cuts that anyone could want. The 20-bit digital mastering provides a crisp, bright audio experience, and the joyous harmonies bring back the positive side of the late-'60s/early-'70s era in which the songs were recorded. The megahits are all here: Jimmy Webb's "Up, Up and Away," Laura Nyro's "Stoned Soul Picnic" and "Wedding Bell Blues," the Bacharach/David opus "One Less Bell to Answer," the beautiful "(Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All," and the Grammy-winning number one smash from the spring of 1969, "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" from Hair. There are "not quite Top Ten" hits like "Sweet Blindness," "Go Where You Wanna Go," "California Soul," "Workin' on a Groovy Thing," "Blowing Away," "Save the Country," and "Love's Lines, Angles, and Rhymes." What a run this quintet had on the pop charts from 1967 to 1972. This two-disc set successfully makes the case for the 5th Dimension to be remembered among the finest purveyors of pop song vocal harmony in the rock era. Baby boomers will delight at the memories this collection conjures up, and will find surprises they may have forgotten or never known: "Paper Cup," "Carpet Man," "Puppet Man," "Light Sings," and the group's medley of "The Declaration/A Change Is Gonna Come/People Gotta Be Free." Listening to Up Up and Away: The Definitive Collection is a great antidote for the blues, lifting the listener up with a smile and reminding those who may have forgotten that there once was a time when it seemed that music really could bring everyone together. ~ Jim Newsom
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Up, Up and Away The 5th Dimension 2:35
  3. 2 Go Where You Wanna Go The 5th Dimension 2:21
  4. 3 Learn How to Fly The 5th Dimension 2:46
  5. 4 Another Day, Another Heartache The 5th Dimension 2:30
  6. 5 Paper Cup The 5th Dimension 2:40
  7. 6 Carpet Man The 5th Dimension 3:2
  8. 7 Stoned Soul Picnic The 5th Dimension 3:25
  9. 8 Sweet Blindness The 5th Dimension 3:21
  10. 9 California Soul The 5th Dimension 3:10
  11. 10 Wedding Bell Blues The 5th Dimension 2:40
  12. 11 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In The 5th Dimension 4:46
  13. 12 Workin' on a Groovy Thing The 5th Dimension 3:7
  14. 13 Blowing Away The 5th Dimension 2:28
  15. 14 The Girl's Song The 5th Dimension 3:40
  16. 15 The Worst That Could Happen The 5th Dimension 2:36
  17. 16 Orange Air The 5th Dimension 2:24
  18. 17 I'll Be Lovin' You Forever The 5th Dimension 3:22
  19. 1 One Less Bell to Answer The 5th Dimension 3:27
  20. 2 Puppet Man The 5th Dimension 2:55
  21. 3 Save the Country The 5th Dimension 2:37
  22. 4 Medley: The Declaration/A Change Is Gonna Come/People Gotta Be Free The 5th Dimension 10:6
  23. 5 Dimension Five The 5th Dimension 4:11
  24. 6 On the Beach (In the Summertime) The 5th Dimension 3:27
  25. 7 Love's Lines, Angles, and Rhymes The 5th Dimension 4:7
  26. 8 Light Sings The 5th Dimension 3:26
  27. 9 Time and Love The 5th Dimension 3:28
  28. 10 Never My Love The 5th Dimension 3:54
  29. 11 Together Let's Find Love The 5th Dimension 3:35
  30. 12 (Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All The 5th Dimension 3:7
  31. 13 If I Could Reach You The 5th Dimension 3:4
  32. 14 Black Patch The 5th Dimension 4:24
  33. 15 Living Together, Growing Together The 5th Dimension 3:47
  34. 16 Everything's Been Changed The 5th Dimension 3:44
  35. 17 Ashes to Ashes The 5th Dimension 3:26
  36. 18 Flashback The 5th Dimension 3:37
  37. 19 No Love in the Room The 5th Dimension 3:3

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