Rare Earth

Last week I reviewed The Magic Garden, and noted it was brilliant but not well known enough to even be regarded as a cult album. Even rarer is another album that Jimmy Webb produced and wrote much of the material for the 5th Dimension, and indeed it was the last album that the 5th Dimension released with their original line-up in 1975. The album is Earthbound and it has never seen CD release. And while it does not have the quality or consistency of The Magic Garden, it is still very much worth a listen.

The Fabs I’ve Got A Feeling and the Stones Moonlight Mile may not be obvious choices for a sunshine¬† pop band, but the group manages to make original and soulful renditions of these songs. You also get five little known Jimmy Webb originals with the title track and When Did I Lose Your Love being particularly powerful.

As noted, this album isn’t available on CD but I did find it particularly satisfying as a very rare work celebrating top songwriting and singing talents. A few well-placed internet searches may help you to get hold of this album…..

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