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Fifth Dimension 1966
Columbia LP [CS 9349] July 1966

It took considerable courage to unleash this record, Fifth Dimension in 1966. Yet its defining influence on American rock is still felt, deeply and profoundly The Byrds' volatile expression of adventure, risk and self-examination stands up to this very day

 Wings
(Ashley Hutchings / Ken Nicol)
 

When the Byrds flew in then the dance began
We all were lifted up on Californian wings
And over London streets in the drizzling rain
Well we danced to the sound of Rickenbacker strings
It was the kickstart that our young and precious lives needed then
And so we started on our long and winding trail
We played
 
Soon we found we could fly ourselves
We all were lifted up on sturdy home-made wings
And in sixty-nine in the summertime
Well we danced to the sound of Swarb's flying fiddle strings
And all the rules and safety first were left unheeded then
And with the confidence of youth well we couldn't fail
No more
 
Now the years have flown and our lives have grown
And we're held aloft by torn and tattered wings
And over city streets in the pouring rain
We still dance to the sound of thumb-and-fingered strings
Now the screams are where our children make their music now
But soon enough they'll find their fledg'ling wings
And they'll play
1996 Ashley Hutchings/Ken Nicol

1. 5D (Fifth Dimension)

2. Wild Mountain Thyme

3. Mr. Spaceman

4. I See You

5. What's Happening?!?!

6. I Come And Stand At Every Door

7. Eight Miles High

8. Hey Joe (Where You Gonna Go)

9. Captain Soul

10. John Riley

11. 2-4-2 Fox Trot (The Lear Jet Song)

this song perfectly
demonstrates the power
of a good arrangment.
a webpage from the BBC

Most people will know The Byrds'
version of the Dylan song
"Mr Tambourine Man"
but few may realise to what extent
the distinctive 12 string sound of this
60s band influenced so many who came after.
a one hour programme broadcast by
the BBC on 28th May 2005  
from 9:30pm to 10:30pm.

1966. The Byrds @ The Fillmore

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