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Time Tunnel

by The Fifth Estate

TIME TUNNEL - First new release from The Fifth Estate since the 70s. Full of Intergalactic, Stellar, Big, Meaty Beaty, 60s/70s-ish, but Modern Rock and Roll! Picks up right where they left off with their chart topping, gold record, arena performing.
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1. Time Tunnel
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2. It's Not Right (long album version)
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3. Crazy Little Thing
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4. One of a Kind
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5. Enchanted
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6. Things Change
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7. She's a Devil
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8. Missing Something
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9. Perfect World
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10. Rockin Tonight
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11. You Came Along
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12. See If She Dances
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13. Just Talk
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14. Supreme Confusion
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The Fifth Estate (band)

Their new album, TIME TUNNEL, was recorded in 2010/11 and was released on 11-11-11. It was produced with the assistance of and mixed by Shel Talmy, the original producer for The Kinks, The Who, The Easybeats, Manfred Mann, early Jimmy Page and David Bowie.

The Fifth Estate is a Gold Record, top of the Billboard Charts, rock and roll band, originally formed just outside of NYC in Stamford, Connecticut as The D-Men in early 1964. They played consistently through 1970 when they all went into independent projects. They have had a compilation album out in 1993 and a "Best Of The Fifth Estate" put out by Master Classics in 2011.

In the early years (as The D-Men) the band played many small shows and local clubs, but soon gravitated to Greenwich Village and larger clubs where they often played six nights a week for long stretches. Early on, as The D-Men, they released three singles, two on Veep/United Artists and one on the Kapp labels, which along with much of their later material has become collectors' items and established them as a central part of the garage rock movement. Boston Skyline released a 28-song collection of their music in 1993 and published a 41-page booklet of their story.

The band made a number of appearances on television, including Hullabaloo, on which they performed "I Just Don't Care". The program was at that time co-hosted by Brian Epstein, who expressed an interest in signing them. They later won a Murray the K call-in contest for best new release over The Dave Clark Five and The Animals in 1965. In 1966 they changed their name to "The Fifth Estate.

The Fifth Estate released the single "Love Is All A Game" on the Red Bird label, which became a regional hit, and still receives airplay around the country as they again have become more highly regarded through their connection with the garage band revival and garage rock movements in general. They had a national/international hit in 1967 with "Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead" which reached #11 on the Hot 100, which they recorded and released around the world in five different languages (Japanese, Italian, French, German and English). According to Cashbox It is in the Top 100 record releases of 1967. For over 40 years it has been the biggest hit with the highest chart position of any Harold Arlen or Wizard of Oz song performed by any artist. Two other releases skimmed the bottom of the charts, although not making an impact in America, although in 1968 their own "Morning Morning" was a sizable hit in Australia.

The original five member band lineup was consistent for six years. In that time they recorded about 100 songs, and released 13 singles and one album. Sam and Dave joined them on stage and sang "Soul Man" with them at one of their theater shows, while one of the Vandellas sang and recorded one of their tunes with them as her next release. They also appeared in a 1967 TV episode of Malibu U, with weird overlays and film footage. The Monkees covered The Fifth Estate's version of "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" on episode 58 of their TV show in 1968, "The Frodis Caper".

The Fifth Estate also toured with acts such as The Lovin' Spoonful, The Turtles, The Byrds, The Easybeats, Count Five, The Electric Prunes, The Music Explosion, The Buckinghams, The Ronettes, Gene Pitney. They also did the Upbeat TV program with another Greenwich Village band, The Velvet Underground. In 1970 they all went off on different projects, but have since reformed and continue to perform and record.

Rick Engler - guitar, fuzz bass, lead vocals, harmonica
Ken 'Furvus' Evans - drums, vocals
Doug 'Duke' Ferrara - bass, lead harmony vocals
Wayne 'Wads' Wadhams - harpsichord, piano, organ, lead vocals
Bill Shute - guitar, shugro 8, vocals
Chuck LeGros - vocals, harmonica (1966)
Bob 'Bobby Lee' Klein - lead vocals, keyboards, guitar (1969 + 2006>)

US singles discography as The D-Men:
"Don't You Know" b/w "No Hope For Me" (Veep/United Artists 1206-A / July 1964)
"I Just Don't Care" b/w "Messin Around" (Veep/United Artists 1209-A / March 1965)
"So Little Time" b/w "Every Minute of Every Day" (Kapp 691-A / May 1965)

As The Fifth Estate:
"Love Is All a Game" b/w "Like I Love You" (Red Bird RB 10-064 / 1965)
"Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" b/w "Rub-a-Dub" (Jubilee Records 45-5573 / 1967)
"The Goofin Song" b/w "Lost Generation" (Jubilee Records 5588-A / 1967)
"Heigh Ho" b/w "It's Waiting There for You" (Jubilee Records 5595-A / 1967)
"Morning, Morning" b/w "Tomorrow Is My Turn" (Jubilee 5607-A / February 1968)
"Do Drop Inn" b/w "That's Love" (Jubilee Records 5617-A / April 1968)
"Coney Island Sally" b/w "I'll Let You Know" (Jubilee Records 5627-A / July 1968)
"Night On Fire" b/w "I've Never Been" (Evolution Records 1011 / September 1969)
In 1969, two unauthorized singles were released under the band name and without their participation.

Time Tunnel (Roxon Records LLC RR1001/2011)
Ding Dong! The Witch Is Back: 1964-1969 (Boston Skyline BSD 116/1992)
Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead (Jubilee Records JGS 8005 / 1967)

Other albums of early unreleased material due out in 2012.



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Leicester Bangs

Time Tunnel
5.0 out of 5 stars Leicester Bangs Review (2012):, 6 Jan 2012
By Leicester Bangs "words-R-us" (Leicester, England)

The Fifth Estate - Time Tunnel (Roxon Records LLC)
The Fifth Estate are undoubtedly best known for their 1967 hit "Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead", which they recorded
in five different languages and scored chart success throughout the record-buying world. In 1970 they split to pursue
solo projects, but sporadically reform for gigs and the occasional recording project.

Their latest record "Time Tunnel" has been co-produced and mixed by legendary knob-turner Shel Talmy (David Bowie,
The Who's "My Generation", The Kinks, etc.) and he's performed a sterling job keeping the band's garage credentials intact. Often groups of a certain vintage feel the need to smooth away the rough edges, let the studio gadgetry take the strain, and flatten their fervor. Not so with The Fifth Estate, as "Time Tunnel" is as raw and immediate as any recording made by any Nuggets era group, and is all the more refreshing for its urgent, unfussy delivery.

Standout tracks come thick and fast: the title track gets the ball rolling with Rick Engler and Bob Klein supplying choppy guitar chords and the rhythm section of Doug Ferrara (bass) and Ken Evans (drums) holding down the beat - we truly are taken back in time as the quartet revisit 1966, or thereabouts, in some style. "It's Not Right" borrows it's theme from late `70s new wave, but regrets nothing and "Crazy Little Thing" is the sort of maximum R&B that's been wowing live audiences since the Stones waded ashore at Eel Pie Island.

Well worth tracking down, whether you're looking to revisit a particularly fun part of your youth, or a mere whippersnapper eager to find out what all the fuss is about.

Ben Jarvis

Time Tunnel
I heard the band on Sirius XM and bought the CD. The sound is great and the energy and tunes likewise.
Was like a true trip to the 60s/70s but with some real cool modernish twists, but the sound was better and the songs more developed and the lyrics more adult, but not always. A break and better than most of the original stuff we been
hearing for years now. Like i wished more music was today.

Craig Fenton

Time Tunnel
Fifth Estate review - by Craig Fenton * * * * *
The Fifth Estate began life in Stamford, Connecticut 1964 as the D-Men. They were soon working regularly in New York City and Greenwich Village.

A television appearance on the Hullabaloo program caught the attention of co-host Brian Epstein (managed the Beatles). There was
talk about Brian signing the band but it never materialized before Brian's untimely death.

In 1965 legendary New York City disc-jockey Murray the K held a call in contest for the best new release. The D-Men trumped the Animals and the Dave Clark Five.

1966 would see the name change to the Fifth Estate. A single Love Is All A Game became a hit around the northeast USA and to this day the seven inch recording has lost none of its luster.

1967 would see the international smash Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead peak at #11 on the Top 100. It was recorded in five languages. As often happens a group's most noted release is not stereotypical of their signature sound. The Fifth Estate are very much a heavyweight hybrid, mixing American Garage Rock with the British Invasion. Ding Dong! resonated as a novelty song (based on the Wizard of Oz). Its merits should never be underestimated though. It has great and at times intricate singing and playing, especially for the times and for teenaged band mates. This is further evidenced by the substantial airplay, the sales, the longevity, and the Monkees performing it in a 1968 TV episode.

The Fifth Estate's energetic stage presence and solid song catalog earned them billings along side the Byrds, Loving Spoonful, and the Turtles to name a few until 1970 when they would cease to perform regularly.

A 1990's release on Boston Skyline of Ding Dong! The Witch Is Back: 1964-1969 serves up the songs of the D-Men as well as the Fifth Estate with many rarities included.

In 2011 we fast forward to the future and press rewind to yesteryear. The Fifth Estate with assistance from producer Shel Talmy
(David Bowie, Kinks, and The Who are some of his credits) have released Time Tunnel. Original members Rick Engler (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica, and keyboards), Doug Ferrara (bass, vocals, keyboards, and percussion), and Ken Evans (drums, vocals, and percussion), are joined by Bob Klein (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harpsichord, and piano). Klein had been a member of the band in 1969. Sadly, Wayne Wadhams (harpsichord, piano, organ, lead vocals) passed away in 2008.

The Fifth Estate's Time Tunnel CD (Roxon Records LLC RR1001) establishes instant credibility with a faithful and sincere remembrance
of the 1960's sound. They don't go through the motions, on the contrary they embrace music's most important decade.

The opening song which serves as the title cut may conjure memories of hearing the Who on I Can't Explain, but is every bit as The Fifth Estate have always sounded. With a spike to your throat the second number It's Not Right is full of the raw energy that emerged from the neighborhood garage in the 1960s. A preeminent song Enchanted is paralleling a more mystical side of The Yardbirds. Just Talk captures the integral parts of a British Invasion rocker. The hindmost tune Supreme Confusion is the longest of the fourteen gems, clocking in a shade over five minutes. It amply captures the imperative balance between vocal inflection and instrumentation of that later 60s period.

There are many superlatives regarding the Fifth Estate's Time Tunnel. With this new release there is one more and it is integrity. They could have easily tried to justify new time, new rules, and new sound. For the old rocker in all of us and for the new ones as well we are appreciative they remained in the time tunnel.

Now in 2012 their latest release The Fifth Estate - Anthology 1 (Fuel/Universal Music Group), containing 40 mostly never before released 60's recordings, gives more depth and feel to the chronological growth of this band. Their music here shows them to be a true mirror to the 60s and all the amazing musical output and changes that most important decade was to produce. From their Greenwich Village upbringing and stance they chose to stay just to the left of the then big "Commercial" bull's eye, and in doing so seemed always able to anticipate the next change. This is most obviously evidenced by their biggest hit Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead, which very accurately anticipates the Beatles Sergeant Pepper release a couple of months later. It seems to have been their very camped out yet ultimately accurate statement of what was to come. The same is true throughout this very interesting and sometimes amazing 2 CD release.

Craig Fenton

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