Greatest Hits on Earth
The 5th Dimension
Released: September 1972
Chart Peak: #14
Weeks Charted: 24
Certified Gold: 12/12/72
Hard to beat a sales package such as this one! The Dimension's hits from the beginning, "Up, Up and Away," through "Wedding Bell Blues," "Puppet Men," "Never My Love," "Aquarious/Let the Sunshine In," "Stoned Soul Picnic," and "One Less Bell to Answer," they're all included for top sales action.
- Billboard, 1972.
Until Rhino issued its anthology, this was the best hits package for The 5th Dimension, a group that in its peak was among the best at doing light-hearted pop with a soulful foundation. Certainly, they weren't a hardcore R&B or earthy singing group, but they did put some punch into songs that were really kind of silly otherwise, like "Wedding Bell Blues." * * * *
- Ron Wynn, The All-Music Guide to Rock, 1995.
At the dawning of the age of Aquarius, this group helped pop usher in the '70s with a groovy cotton-candy mix of classic songs from the era's best writers, including Jimmy Webb and Laura Nyro, stunningly arranged by Bones Howe, with beautifully blended vocals featuring Marilyn McCoo singing her heart out. From the sultry "Stoned Soul Picnic" to the heartfelt "Last Night I Didn't Get to Sleep at All," this CD "transports you up, up and away" on a lush sing-along ride. * * * *
- Zagat Survey Music Guide - 1,000 Top Albums of All Time, 2003.
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