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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1971
  • Release Date: January 1, 1971
  • Label: Bee Gees/Reprise
  • Copyright: 2008 Barry Gibb, The Estate of Robin Gibb and The Estate of Maurice Gibb, under exclusive license to Warner Strategic Marketing Inc., a Warner Music Group Company.
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  • Total Length: 35:55
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  • ASIN: B00124MCC2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,692 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Absolutely one of my favorite Bee Gees albums.
smoothdancer29
Overall, some great songs, some good songs, and just a couple dull songs makes this a good enough album to want.
duke14
Wish I could say that for the rest of the album.
Tracy Copeland

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Frank R. Schoonover on December 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When Cucumber Castle(see review)became their first commercial flop due to Robin's absence,the album and it's accompanying film of the same name were both their first disappointments. Likewise, Robin's solo album(Robin's Reign)was also a commercial flop.

When Robin returned(it would take his father constantly pressuring him and it would have Stigwood filing a lawsuit on him for leaving to get him to return),the Bee Gees began work on their next album.Robert Stigwood was also in tow to co-produce the album with them.A single entitled Lonely Days was released in November of 1970.It became their first stateside top five single (#3,in the U.K.,it reached #31) and their first stateside gold single.2 Years On would be released a month later.It would restore them to the top forty on the US albums chart by reaching #32.

Robin's return restored the magic.There were still bitter rivalries going on between them.You can easily see this by observing that the brothers collectively write only three songs together(Back Home,Man For All Seasons and Lonely Days)Robin and Maurice wrote two together(title track and Sincere Relation).The remainder would be solo writing efforts with Barry writing four(Portrait Of Louise,The 1st Mistake I Made,Tell Me Why and Every Second,Every Minute),Robin writing two(Alone Again and I'm Weeping)and Maurice writing only one(Lay It On Me).Despite the negative circumstances,the brothers admirably set aside all personal differences to work together.The result is a very eclective and beautiful pop album.Arguably,it's one of pop music's finest moments.

2 Years On features some of the brothers finest songwriting moments.Lonely Days reflects how the days and nights would be if a man didn't have his woman around.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Barry Gibb once mentioned that "2 Years On" was the weakest album the trio had recorded. True. Granted that it garnered the huge American hit "Lonely Days", the rest of the album seems like leftovers from their attempts at solo careers. Wince while listening to "I'm Weeping". Shake your head in bewilderment at "Tell Me Why". "Lay It On Me" passes the test, but it seems Maurice shot his entire solo wad on that one.

Do note however, that the song "2 Years On" is a rare early Robin and Maurice collaboration. "Man For All Seasons" clearly hints at the Gibbs' easily obtained falsettos to come. "The 1st Mistake I Made" is a surprising success, if a bit long. Strong emotional strings and guitar/piano riffs can't help but 'get you'. Otherwise the remainder of the songs are 'fluff'. This 'fluff' led to a magnificnet album less than a year later. The fantastic "Trafalgar"; the album that brought the Brothers Gibb into maturity. This album still contains more great cuts than not.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Two Years On is a great BeeGees album. The songs show many vocal talents and harmonious varieties. One example is one of my favorite song on the album,"Alone Again". They also add harmonies in "Man For All Seasons" and "Portrait of Louise". "Lonely Days" is the biggest hit on this album, reaching #1 in the U.S. You'll probably want to sing this song, even if your a woman. "Every Second, Every Minute" is shockingly a great song, and "I'm Weeping" is a great ballad-type solo by Robin."Back Home" and "Lay It On Me" are the only boring songs on this album. "Tell Me Why" is a classic and the album song "Two Years On" is an incredible song, although some of the notes are used way too much. I also love Robin's "Sincere Relation". I'm very curious of who George is."The 1st mistake I Made" sounds alot like "Alive", except that same tune repeats over and over and over again. It just gets boring after a minute. But overall, this album has two hit songs, and the rest of them are also incredible.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Well, what can I say--a friend of mine awoke my interest in this LP long after I bought it--the first time I heard it I didn't pay much attention--but after a second hearing--I loved it--this is an excellent example of the Brothers Gibb's three part harmony--"A Man For All Seasons" deserved more airplay back in 1971--this was when the Brothers focused on their ARTISTRY and not what the record label thought the public wanted to hear--this is music history that should be noted and studied in the years to come--"Back Home" is a rocker (I mean --Alan Kendall on lead guitar--he can jam with the best of em), and good ol Moe Gibb shines with "Lay It On Me"; "Sincere Relation" can compete with the mood music of today as well as "The First Mistake I Made"--but "Portrait of Louise"? I tell you, they just don't record songs like that anymore--call me a sentimentalist--so what? If you haven't heard "2 Years On" (or any Bee Gees LP/CD pre "Saturday Night Fever"), you are in for a treat that will (pardon the cliche), tantalize the palate. Happy Listening!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Barg on July 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This may not be the Bee Gees' best album, but there is a lot to like about it. It sounds as though the brothers are feeling each other out in order to get the magic back. They succeed very well on a couple of songs. Lonely days gives me the feeling that they are back together and Alone Again in my opinion has the greatest harmonies of the Bee Gees' career. I would recommend this album for that song alone.
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