1967 The 5th Dimension ‎– The Magic Garden

The Magic Garden is the second album by American pop group the 5th Dimension, released in 1967 (see 1967 in music). Considered a concept album, it tells the story of a couple’s love and the end of their relationship. In more recent discussions of the album, that love affair is said to be about Jimmy Webb — who authored 10 of the album’s 11 tracks — and his time with singer and then-girlfriend Susan Horton. The only non-Jimmy Webb song on the album, “Ticket to Ride”, is an unused track from the group’s first album, Up, Up and Away, the title track of which was also written by Webb.


1  Prologue (Jimmy Webb) 1:23
2  The Magic Garden (Jimmy Webb) 2:50
3  Summer’s Daughter (Jimmy Webb) 2:51
4  Dreams/Pax/Nepenthe (Jimmy Webb) 3:39
5  Carpet Man (Jimmy Webb) 3:07
6  Ticket To Ride (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) 4:14
7  Requiem: 820 Latham (Jimmy Webb) 4:26
8  The Girls’ Song (Jimmy Webb) 3:46
9  The Worst That Could Happen (Jimmy Webb) 3:03
10  Orange Air (Jimmy Webb) 2:28
11  Paper Cup (Jimmy Webb) 2:58
12  Epilogue (Jimmy Webb) 0:59

The Band

VocalsBilly Davis
VocalsFlorence LaRue
VocalsMarilyn Mccoo
Background VocalsLamonte McLemore
Background VocalsRon Townson

Other Musicians

BassJoe Osborn
DrumsHal Blaine
GuitarDennis Budimir
GuitarJohnny Rivers
GuitarMike Deasy
GuitarTommy Tedesco
KeyboardsLarry Knechtel

Liner Notes

Producer – Bones Howe
Arranged By – Jimmt Webb,
Conductor – Jimmy Webb
Coordinator – Marc Gordon
Engineer – Armin Steiner, Bones Howe

Illustration – Wayne Kimbell
Photography – George Rodriguez

Record Company – Liberty Records, Inc.
Recorded At – Sound Recorders, Hollywood
Recorded At – Western Recorders