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Living Eyes

Living Eyes

October 1, 1981
4.8 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews

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To start off describing this album, can I tell you how much my heart skipped a beat when I found this record at a thrift shop? (Actually it turned out it was the empty sleeve, but anyway!) Perhaps more so the Bee Gees `lost album' than their unreleased A Kick In The Head is Worth Eight In The Pants, It took me four months to download this shrouded rarity of an album.
Released in 1981, Living Eyes was mostly dismissed by fans and critics. Everyone seemed tired of the Bee Gees music, and more interested their legal and personal matters. Living Eyes is a sweet poetic song, but the album's title track barely made the charts. The release quickly faded away, and Living Eyes fell into the diamond in the rough category.
He's A Liar is the second track on the album, but was mistakenly the first single. Perhaps the brothers went the opposite extreme in trying to change their sound. This one reminds me of the chase scene at the end of the original Terminator, and it has a big 2 in my play count column. Ahem. Moving on.
Paradise should have been the single. This album is less on the Barry solo falsetto fest and more of the classic lyrics and harmonies that made the brothers. Barry and Robin sound excellent here. Again my marker, even my mom likes this one!
By golly if you don't sing along to at least one part of Don't Fall In Love With Me, you aren't human. The first Robin track on the album has you hooked from its opening orchestral revving through Robin's staple whail fest. The lyrics are excellent and Robin's voice seems stronger than when we last heard it. This song should be called Paradox, because you can't help falling in love with it.
Soldiers is in the style of the brothers story type song, but it's falsetto tone can seem at odds with its rough soldier lyrics.
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After the previous huge success of "Spirits having flown" and "Saturday night fever",Living Eyes was one of the most confident albums the brothers Gibb ever made.Sadly the world was in a post Disco era and this album never got the recognition that it deserved.Wildflower is Mo's best song ever,"Be who you are" is Barry's most dramatic."Cryin every day" is Robins masterpiece.You will not be disappionted in this underestimated album.A must for a true fan.
Not to mention these boys have just been awarded CBE's.
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Living Eyes:
Following the disco backlash of 1980, the Bee Gees were looking for a new sound. Desperately trying to escape the "Saturday Night Fever" syndrome, they created "Living Eyes". Topping "Saturday Night Fever" and the #1 smash follow up, "Spirits Having Flown" proved to be a difficult task. Unfortunately, "Living Eyes" failed to pull the brothers out of the shadows of the "fever". Just because radio, most fans and the public did not embrace this album, doesn't mean that there aren't some fantastic songs contained in it. Like a lot of post-fever, underrated Bee Gees albums, "Living Eyes" was a gem that was entirely overlooked. I love this album. I think it's one of the best that the Brothers have ever done, but I just don't think that the world was ready for such a drastic difference from their sounds of the 70's. The title track, "Living Eyes" is a wonderful harmony ballad. The brothers' signature three part harmonies are as impeccable, and brilliant as ever. "Paradise" is another fantastic ballad, while "Don't Fall in Love with Me" proves to be one of Robin's finest leads ever. Maurice's EXCELLENT "Wildflower" will always remain a favorite off of this album. Barry's beautiful, "Nothing Could Be Good" and vocally exceptional, "Be Who You Are" are both very memorable tracks. Robin's "Crying Everyday" is a great, up-tempo song that is very easy listen too. Although "Living Eyes" didn't produce the success after "Fever" that the Bee Gees were looking for, it is still a great album, and will always remain a favorite of mine.
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Although recognized as a badly done album, but in fact it's good! Becuase people were used to listening to the great disco songs, so when all the sudden the style of the Bee Gees had changed, they weren't ready, but also because of the hate of disco. All tracks in this album shows a special feeling that comes from the music. For example, Be Who You Are, it may sound boring at the start with all those strings, but the main chorus is absolutely heart-touching. Fanastic album to listen to, better find one!
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This harmonic and melodic masterpiece was the inevitable shifting of gears and direction after the giant Saturday Night Fever and Spirits Having Flown albums, as well as Barry's work with Striesand. Unlike some of the other bands that had ridden the whole disco thing to commercial heights and sounded lost and adrift afterwards (GQ, Con Funk Shun, etc) this album saw the Bee Gees moving in a credible new direction. Strong melodies that stayed with the listener after one play, great singing, and an overall blend of pre disco Bee Gees song crafting with the vocal interplay they'd started developing in the mid '70s with 'Nights on Broadway'.
Admittidly the first post disco recording was going to face tough going in some quarters, some listeners were determined to make the Bee Gees the collective whipping boys of the whole cultural thing that consumed the disco idiom, others may have hoped the band would record SNF 2 and pull the whole thing from the ashes. Whatever the reasons, the commerical failure of the album was clearly the result of cultural shifts and marketing forces that had little to do with the quality of the recording. Twenty plus years later, with the bagage the Bee Gees accumulated during the late '70s removed it should be possible to listen to this CD as music and not a litmus test for whether or not disco [was bad] and the white suited chickens were coming home to roost. Sooner or later the record company should realize what they have here, understand why it bombed, and realize that a bunch of people would love to buy this recording IF THEY'D JUST MAKE IT AVAILABLE ONCE MORE.
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