- Vinyl (2 Aug. 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Extra tracks
- Label: Sundazed
- ASIN: B00000JUEB
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Fifth Dimension [VINYL] Extra tracks
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THE BYRDS Fifth Dimension (1999 US limited edition Sundazed 14-track stereo LP pressed on 180gram VIRGIN VINYL includes three bonus tracks - Eight Miles High [original Dec. 65 RCA studios version] Why? [single version] and I Know My Rider. Housed in a gatefold picture sleeve. The vinyl and sleeve are in near as new condition LP5059)
Top Customer Reviews
"I see you", written by McGuinn and Crosby, is more of the same. It has an unusual time signature for rock plus flattened chords more evocative of jazz. Dissonant improvising guitar cuts right across at times. Not quite as memorable as "Eight Miles High" but still well worth having. This is the album on which Crosby emerges as a songwriter in his own right. "What's happening" on which his name features is limited melodically but has good guitar effects, making it the third psychedelic number on the album.
Whilst less obviously str.iking than "Eight Miles High" , "I come and stand at every door " pushes the ominous button to an even greater extent. Pete Seeger is, once again the inspiration for McGuinn. It's an adaptation of a poem by a Turkish poet on the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.Read more ›
With its curious mix of smooth folk-pop ("Wild Mountain Thyme" & "John Riley"), straight R&B ("Hey Joe" & "Captain Soul"), new and now dated recording techniques ("2-4-2 Foxtrot"), political commentary ("I Come And Stand At Every Door"), drug references ("What's Happening! " and "5D") and brilliant innovation ("Eight Miles High" and "I See You"), this record perfectly captures the diverse influences swirling around the music scene in early 1966. And... while the end result now appears unfocused it clearly reflects the problem facing creative pop groups of the time: how to assimilate these new, untested and rapidly developing influences into any form of cohesive, commercially viable whole.
The Beatles did it much better with "Revolver" but the Byrds came an admirable second with "Fifth Dimension": more flawed, less polished and much less satisfying but, at the time, equally important in that it showed that a group previously filed under "mainstream pop" was no longer bound by its past or the expectations of its record buying public. Alongside Revolver's "Tomorrow Never Knows", "Love To You" and "I Want To Tell You", Fifth Dimension's "Eight Miles High" and the wonderful "I See You" sent a clear message that the music world was in the process of radical change. The impact of these tracks on fans expecting more of the same - i.e.Read more ›
Fifth Dimension opened up a new Pandora's Box of tricks and most of the time they worked.
There's no Bob Dylan songs, but this time the band don't need them as they put out some fantastic tracks, including 2 versions of Eight Miles High.
There's also some traditional folk numbers Wild Mountain Thyme and John Riley, which soar to great heights to this listerner.
Another superb song is a bonus track, Why.
The Byrds just sound right to me more times than not!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It blew me head off me shoulders, without a doubt one of the Byrds best albums.Published 8 months ago by Mr Roger Mitchell
Not the best Byrds album. Sometimes their diversity works against them. Having said that the Byrds do hold a special place in my heartPublished 13 months ago by G. Moore
A great collection of songs from one of the legendary American bands of the sixties, highlighting the great vocals of Roger McGuinn.Published on 25 Jan. 2014 by richard jones
This has to be one of the finest Byrds albums. The original line up without Gene Clark.It must be worth the purchase price just to listen to Wild Mountain Thyme, Eight Miles High,... Read morePublished on 8 Dec. 2011 by Comet4d
This 1996 Sony edition of Fifth Dimension contains additional material, tacked on to the last track (17). Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 2010 by Acee White