|Studio album by|
|Recorded||August 22, 1969-March 20, 1970|
|Studio||Wally Heider Recording, Hollywood, CA|
|Genre||R&B, pop, soul, sunshine pop, psychedelic soul|
|The 5th Dimension chronology|
Portrait is the fifth album by American pop group The 5th Dimension, released in 1970 (see 1970 in music). This is the group's first album for Bell Records, having switched from the Soul City Records. The cover features an impressionistic portrait by famous artist LeRoy Neiman.
The album languished in the mid-1960s on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts after the release of its first three singles, none of which entered the Top 20 of the American pop music charts. Bell Records, hoping to see a return on the investment they made by signing The 5th Dimension after the group's contract at Soul City Records ended, made a fourth and final attempt at a hit - a relatively uncommon practice at the time - with the release of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "One Less Bell to Answer". The single rose all the way to #2 by Christmas 1970, becoming one of the group's greatest hits of all time. As a result, Portrait began climbing the charts once again, eventually peaking at #20. The single features Marilyn McCoo on lead vocal, and ushers in The 5th Dimension's transition from pop to adult contemporary artists. McCoo from this point became the primary vocalist for the group's subsequent chart hits, including "Last Night (I Didn't Get to Sleep at All)", "Love's Lines, Angles and Rhymes", "Never My Love", "If I Could Reach You", "House for Sale", "Everything's Been Changed" and "Flashback". This became a source of friction for the group as time went on, and was in part responsible for McCoo and husband Billy Davis, Jr. leaving the group after the release of Earthbound in 1975.
*bonus track on CD
As mentioned on the liner notes of the album, this was one of the first albums to be recorded on a 16-track recorder, and was recorded at the Wally Heider Studios in Hollywood. The sketches of the vocal recording sessions included in the album cover art are dated January 13 and January 14, 1970.
Album - Billboard (North America)
Singles - Billboard (North America)
|1970||"The Declaration"||Pop Singles||60|
|1970||"On the Beach (In the Summertime)"||Pop Singles||54|
|1970||"Puppet Man"||Pop Singles||24|
|1970||"Save the Country"||Black Singles||41|
|1970||"Save the Country"||Pop Singles||27|
|1970||"One Less Bell To Answer"||Pop Singles||2|
NOTE: "On the beach" does not appear on the original issue of Portrait, although released as a single in 1970. It appears as a bonus track on the CD reissue of Portrait.