If you don't look back and put this album in perspective, it might be difficult to recognize how important and ground-breaking The Byrds were. In 1966, it's almost the summer of love, The Rolling Stones had released "Between the Buttons", The Who were just starting to get noticed, The Jimi Hendrix Experience hadn't quite formed yet, The Beach Boys had released "Pet Sounds" and The Beatles - well they were in a league of their own, but it was obvious that The Byrds with "Fifth Dimension" weren't just playing loud folk music. The Byrds are sharp, crisp and innovative. Their trademark of tightly knit harmonies surrounded by electric guitars that were just starting to really distort. This album clearly shows an important American band hitting its creative stride.
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