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Up-up and Away: The Definitive Collection

Definitive is right: The two discs of Up-Up and Away: The Definitive Collection collect everything you’d ever want, and perhaps more, by the premier supper-club soul combo of the ’60s. The Fifth Dimension’s attempts at period hipness — singing the Declaration of Independence or dressing like blaxploitation-flick stars — were a bit strained. But the hits (”One Less Bell to Answer,” ”Wedding Bell Blues,” and on and on) still sound warm, elegant, and just funky enough. And later tracks like ”Together Let’s Find Love” and a version of Laura Nyro’s ”Black Patch” are grittier than you may remember. B+

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