- Audio CD (August 3, 2004)
- Original Release Date: 1987
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Polydor
- ASIN: B000001FLX
- Average Customer Review: 161 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,527 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Best of Bee Gees, Vol. 1
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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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There is more diversity to be found in the remaining tracks. "I Can't See Nobody" opens with an absolutely gorgeous string intro, and the strings continue throughout the track. "I Started A Joke" is distinguished by clever use of wordplay: "I started to cry, which started the whole world laughing...I finally died, which started the whole world living". "To Love Somebody" is one of the Bee Gees' biggest early hits. Janis Joplin later covered it, and I prefer her emotional version. The lyrical content of these remaining tracks mostly concerns love affairs that didn't end well. But this does not mean that the album as a whole is depressing. While the lyrics describe real problems, the musical arrangements allow the listener to experience the tracks without too much sadness.