Best of Bee Gees, Vol. 1 Import
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MP3 Music, June 1, 1969
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Killer 12-track set of early hits. Fts "Massachusets", "New York Mining Disaster"...
Long before they reinvented themselves as the kings of Saturday Night Fever, The Bee Gees were an amazing Australian trio singing songs that were more rooted by lilting folk guitar melodies than dance floor beats. The high, almost falsetto, harmonies were in place even in their hits of the mid- and late-1960s. The melodicism of hits like "Holiday" and "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" had a darker, even eerie, quality compared to the more typically melancholy "To Love Somebody." Comparing the music on Best of the Bee Gees, Volume I to the later antics of the Brothers Gibb is the proverbial apples and oranges. It's clear that the boys truly knew how to craft a hit regardless of the genre, but it does beg the question, "Will the real Bee Gees please stand up?" While both periods have their moments, the smart money seems to be on their earlier work. --Steve Gdula
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For this aging Baby-Boomer, this is the Bee Gees at their best--not a disco song in sight--just the Gibb brothers' voices wrapped around timeless melodies like "To Love Somebody," "Holiday," Massachusetts," "Words" and "I've Gotta Get a Message to You." ["I Started a Joke" is an equally exquisite song, but am I the only one completely baffled by the lyrics?]
As has been noted earlier, this is not exactly the original Best of the Bee Gees released in 1969. "Spicks and Specks" (which topped the charts in Australia before the band broke out in the U.S.) has been replaced by the duet "Tomorrow Tomorrow' (a minor hit at #73 and recorded during Robin's two-year hiatus from the group). [Attention Polygram: Why only 12 tracks and 37 minutes? Couldn't you have left "Spicks and Specks" on the disc? And while you're at it, why not also add the minor hit "Jumbo" (#57) from 1968?]
After getting this CD, get Best of Vol. 2 and you'll have all of the big hits and also-rans from the pre-disco Bee Gees. [Note: Vol. 2 has a more generous 14 tracks and runs nearly sixty minutes.]
If you're old enough to remember the Bee Gees before they became the reigning kings of disco in the Seventies, this is a must-have purchase. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
There are two reasons that this album stands out. The first is their extraordinary harmony singing. Like so many other brothers' singing acts (the Shoes, the Louvin Brothers, and, of course, the Everly Brothers), their voices just blend together better than most others' voices.
The second reason for their success are the excellent songs. All of the songs are at least decent, and several are masterpieces. "Holiday," "Words," "To Love Somebody," and "Massachusetts" are classics that have been recorded over and over by various recording artists over the years.
I am not sure that all fans of the later music of the Bee Gees will love this album, but I know that all fans of sixties pop will adore it.
An outstanding compilation of songs with one vision - unconditional love. Their orchestration, which included strings, trumpets and even a harp was unmatched by anyone at the time, and was a harbinger of things the Moody Blues were to do later at another level. Even a wall of sound that Phil Specter could love was never strong enough to overwhelm great vocal work.
The lucky ones of us (read: us old heads)can never hear "Words", "I Can't See Nobody", "First of May", "Tomorrow, Tomorrow" and of course "To Love Somebody" without the most delicious heartache.
A must own!