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Fifth Dimension (album) by The Byrds 

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Fifth Dimension
Fifth Dimension by The Byrds (1966)
Overall rank: 1,455th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 207 votes)
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Accolades: Top 20 albums of 1966 (15th)
Top albums of the 1960s (137th)
Best albums of all time (1,455th)

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Fifth Dimension is ranked 5th best out of 22 albums by The Byrds on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Byrds is The Notorious Byrd Brothers which is ranked number 744 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 3,261.

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From dmercado 09/28/2017 06:19
This album's a mixed bag with very high points (8 miles high to be exact) and a slew of mediocre filler to compensate for the departure of Gene Clark - the main songwriter. So we'll take it track by track:

Eight Miles High and 5D are incredible songs that deserve reviews of their own and marked a pivotal point in psychedelic rock.

Mr. Spaceman is no throwaway - it's the Byrd's first foray mixing country with 60's rock, later blossoming into Sweetheart of the Rodeo with Gram Parsons. I See You and WhAt's HAppEninG?!?! are good tracks with sounds and themes built on in the next two albums. Captain Soul and 2-4-2 Fox Trot try out Stax and special effects to less noteworthy results.

There are 4 covers. Wild Mountain Thyme and John Riley are very good rock adaptations of traditional British songs, surpassing the Joan Baez versions. I Come And Stand At Every Door is a decent cover of the Pete Seeger adaptation. Hey Joe was "discovered" by David Crosby but the band refused to record; then The Leaves and Love made it a minor hit. This version is worse and my least favorite inclusion. Crosby should have included Psychodrama City instead.
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From BrunoDMartins 03/06/2017 17:08
Favorite Tracks: Eight Miles High, Mr. Spaceman & 5D (Fifth Dimension)
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From garycottier 05/23/2016 17:05
The first Byrds album after the official departure of Gene Clark. Fifth dimension, sees the band moving away from their folk/rock roots towards something more interesting. The first two thirds of the LP is brilliant, with, 5D, I see you, and, whats happening?, all very good, although, Mr. Spaceman, is a throwaway country rock number. Eight miles high, is off course a classic, and along with, Mr. Tambourine man, the bands most important single. The album though, starts to run out of steam towards the end with an okay cover of, hey Joe, a pointless instrumental, captain soul, and closing track, 2-4-2 Fox trot. Fifth dimension, is a very good album but it certainly isn't in the same class as the other heavyweights of 1966 (revolver, pet sounds, and, blonde on blonde), but is still an exciting leap forward for the Byrds.
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From Nobodyisemo 03/13/2016 14:44
I Come and Stand at Every Door, 5D, and Eight Miles High are great. It's a pioneering psychedelic rock album. It's inconsistent as heck, and the traditional covers are totally out of place compared to the ones on their other albums. There's enough substance to give it a few listens, and it's super short.
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From Dakatalbum 09/15/2015 15:59
The first side is perfect. From the catchy "Mr. Spaceman" to the acid/psychedelic "I see you". Crosby's "What's happening" shows us his talent as a songwriter. Sise 2 is weaker, but starts with the highlight "Eight miles high", with it's amazing raga/jazzy solo. It's not their best album, but it's highly influential for the 1960s. It only peaked at number 24, but who cares anymore. This album is a cult status. A turning point for the band.
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From hahol 10/12/2014 12:31
Ragarock. The Byrds invented new genres in rock. Coltrane inspired the guitarsolo on Eight miles high and it still sounds modern to me. 5D is another gem.
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From junodog4 09/21/2014 19:24
When bands change their sound, it's a gamble. Sometimes they ruin a good thing, sometimes they reinvigorate their music and reinvent themselves. The Byrds managed to change several times and still stay solid. This album is exhibit A.
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From ffudnebbuh 09/01/2012 13:16
Love this album, "5-D" is my favorite Byrds song.
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From kingdomhearts678 06/25/2012 08:12
Awesome album, my personal favorite by the Byrds. Eight miles high is brilliant
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