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Friday Freak Flag Flying ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ “Love’s Lines, Angles and Rhymes” ~ The 5th Dimension

The 5th Dimension 1971

This was the 6th album in 4 years for this gigantic vocalizing quintet. And yes the group of session musicians is the same crew that created Phil Spector’s Wall of sound and my God what a sound.

The arrangement of this song was about as precise as they came. Marilyn McCoo’s vocals flowing in and out of the chord changes made it an exciting tantalizing exotica. Turning this piece into part Pop, Soul, Blues and all of its harmonies from the rest of the group blending to a mix of pure perfection.

1971 itself showed many sides of the musical spectrum still letting us forage on the 60s but serving up new flavors we hadn’t yet experienced. The 5th Dimension grew, provided and closed some of the wide gap between generations. Their music soothing and savored by both.

How sweet of a time it was, like desert for all.

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Thursday “Storming and Raining” ~ Sam Baker

A befitting song for our weather here in Detroit, where it’s been raining for 3 days with 2-3 inches more on the way and more in the forecast through the next 7 days. Cold rain warmed up with a cup of Hot Blues.


Sam Baker

This artist seemed to have fallen through the cracks of the music business for whatever sad reason because he had one powerful voice.

Born in Jackson, MS on June 14, 1941 he started his career in the late 50s and shared the stage with the likes of Jimmy Reed and Clyde McPhatter. He put out his first 45 in 1960 on a local label, Copa. This tenor who also exploded into bursts of a fabulous falsetto as you can hear recorded a lot of singles for a few more labels but even though he had the talent just never could land a major one.

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