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The 5th Dimension ‎– 1968 – Stoned Soul Picnic

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The album marks the departure of the group from their All-Pop format, toward more soulful and searching material.
Of course, the songs by Laura Nyro are the best example of this adventurous material…the title hit and “Sweet Blindness” sound glorious in this all-digital recording. But that’s just the beginning…there are great songs contributed by Jeff Comanor (“The Sailboat Song” features Ron Townson in a graceful solo), Ashford & Simpson (“California Soul“), and even Jimmy Webb pops in for the decidedly groovy “The Eleventh Song“.

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There are still some wonderful Pop songs here…”Broken Wing Bird” features Billy in an ode to recovery, and on “Bobbies Blues” Billy and Marilyn join voices for a haunting and melancholy performance.