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The 5th Dimension : Portrait

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AllMusic Review by Matthew Greenwald
Along with Stoned Soul Picnic, this may very well be the 5th Dimension’s finest album. Home to one of their finest singles ever — the Bacharach/David “One Less Bell to Answer,” on which Marilyn McCoo gives the vocal performance of her career — the record also contains the surprisingly funky and rocking “Puppet Man.” Some great covers also include Dave Mason’s “Feelin’ Alright,” Jimmy Webb’s gorgeous “This Is Your Life,” and Laura Nyro’s anthemic “Save the Country.” This vibe is echoed by the album’s centerpiece, a medley of “A Change Is Gonna Come” and “People Gotta Be Free” preceded by “The Declaration.” It’s an ambitious suite, yet one that works well; it provides a great marriage between the group’s pop leanings and the counterculture of the late ’60s. Progressive, yet still encapsulating, which is the 5th Dimension’s sunny appeal, Portrait is a minor masterpiece. Famed expressionist artist Leroy Neiman’s appropriate cover and liner paintings are the icing on the cake.

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Description

Portrait is the fifth album by American pop group The 5th Dimension, released in 1970 (see 1970 in music). This is the group’s first album for Bell Records, having switched from the Soul City Records label. The cover features an impressionistic portrait by famous artist LeRoy Neiman.

NB: The shrink wrap is open at the top of the record.

Original Label: Bell Records

Manufacturer:  Speakers Corner

 

Puppet Man
One Less Bell To Answer
Feelin’ Alright?
This Is Your Life
A Love Like Ours
Save The Country
Medley: The Declaration
A Change Is Gonna Come
People Gotta Be Free

 

Additional information

Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm