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ARTIST
TITLE
The Magic Garden
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
CRREV 259CD CRREV 259CD
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RELEASE DATE
9/8/2008

"Here at Rev-Ola we re proud to present this true undisputed classic of orchestrated, psych-tinged soft pop. The 5th Dimension are one of the most successful American bands of the late '60s. Hey, everybody knows their hit versions of 'Up, Up And Away' and 'Aquarius!' However, in 1968 they were teamed up with producer Bones Howe and wunderkind composer/arranger/all-round bona fide musical genius beyond redoubt, Jimmy Webb, who presented them with a complex song cycle based on his own tumultuous relationship with his partner. Nestling between such dyed-in-the-wool classics as 'Carpet Man,' 'The Girls Song,' 'The Worst That Could Happen' (which all became hit singles for other artists) and the life-affirming title track (as covered by Dusty Springfield no less) are such lesser-spotted Webb gems as Summer s Daughter and Paper Cup . The whole cycle is linked with beautifully ornate pieces of orchestration, sitar flourishes and ethereal vocals. The contractual obligation inclusion of an earlier recording of The Beatles 'Ticket To Ride' was originally shoehorned into the middle of the running order but we've taken the liberty of shuffling it to the end so it no longer interrupts the flow of the cycle. One hears accolades like great albums of the '60s bandied around willy-nilly these days but on this occasion we can state it with confidence."