Earthbound (The 5th Dimension album)

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Earthbound
The Fifth Dimension-Earthbound.jpg
Studio album by The 5th Dimension
Released August 1975
Genre Popular, Soul
Length 37:28
Label ABC
Producer Jimmy Webb
The 5th Dimension chronology
Soul & Inspiration
(1974)
Earthbound
(1975)
Star Dancing
(1978)

Earthbound is the twelfth album by American pop group The 5th Dimension, released in 1975 by ABC Records. It is the last album in the group's original line-up with Billy Davis, Jr., Marilyn McCoo, Florence LaRue Gordon, Lamonte McLemore and Ron Townson. After touring with the 5th Dimension in support of this album, Billy Davis, Jr. and Marilyn McCoo (being married since 1969) left the group to work as a duo and as solo artists.[1]

In contrast to most of their previous albums, Earthbound features synthesizers prominently in many of its tracks—particularly "Magic In My Life" and "Moonlight Mile". "Magic in My Life", the second and final single released from the album (after "Walk Your Feet in the Sunshine"), was also unusual in that it was the first 5th Dimension single to feature Florence LaRue on the lead. She would frequently be the lead on successive 5th Dimension singles with various line-ups.

While the album was not commercially successful, it remains popular among many 5th Dimension fans, who consider it among the group's best work. Other fans take a dim view of it. Perhaps owing to its singular status as an ABC Records release, for decades the album remained the only one recorded by the original 5th Dimension line-up to not be issued on CD. It finally was released on CD in June 2014, through Real Gone Music.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Jimmy Webb, except where indicated.

  1. "Prologue" (Jimmy Webb) / "Be Here Now" (George Harrison) – 4:05
  2. "Don't Stop For Nothing" (J. Johnson) – 2:43
  3. "I've Got a Feeling" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 4:23
  4. "Magic in My Life" (J. Johnson) – 3:17
  5. "Walk Your Feet in the Sunshine" – 4:13
  6. "When Did I Lose Your Love" – 2:47
  7. "Lean On Me Always" – 4:28
  8. "Speaking With My Heart" – 3:40
  9. "Moonlight Mile" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 5:15
  10. "Epilogue" – 2:37[1]

Personnel[edit]

Music
Production
  • Jimmy Webb – producer and arranger
  • John Haeny – engineer (basic tracks)
  • Alan O'Duffy – engineer (vocals, strings, and mixing)
  • Carole Rubinstein – cover painting
  • Sunset Sound and Village Recorders – recording
  • Wally Heider – mixing
  • ABC Recording Studios Inc. - mastering[1]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1975 Black Albums ?
1975 Pop Albums #136

Singles[edit]

Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1975 "Walk Your Feet In The Sunshine" ? ?
1975 "Magic in My Life" ? ?

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Earthbound". Allmusic. Retrieved November 8, 2016.