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Odessa Import

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Catalogue number 825 451-2 on the Polydor label with the following tracks: 1> Odessa (City On The Black Sea) [7:33], 2> You'll Never See My Face Again [4:16], 3> Black Diamond [3:27], 4> Marley Purt Drive [4:26], 5> Edison [3:07], 6> Melody Fair [3:48], 7> Suddenly [2:29], 8> Whisper Whisper [3:24], 9> Lamplight [4:47], 10> Sound Of Love [3:27], 11> Give Your Best [3:26], 12> Seven Seas Symphony [4:09], 13> I Laugh In Your Face [4:09], 14> Never Say Never Again [3:28], 15> First Of May [2:48], 16> The British Opera [3:17].
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • ASIN: B000001FE0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album was originally supposed to be a 'concept' work for the Brothers Gibb. Though it may not have finished to be what the Gibbs had originally intended, it stands to be one of their finest works ever.
In retrospect, I believe this work is highly important. First, it proves that 'pre-disco' as well as 'post-disco'life existed (exists) for the Bee Gees.
The melodies (Odessa, You'll Never See My Face Again, Sound of Love, Whisper Whisper, Lamplight etc.)display a unique blend of R&B, classical rock and 'Beatlesque' sound that only the Gibbs could produce. The melodies and harmonies (as well as the orchestrial blendings) are absolutely stunning.
Much of this album reminds me of The Moody Blues and Electric Light Orchestra from nearly. Who got there first? Who cares? The music is hauntingly beautiful. Definately worthy of a serious listening and sincere admiration. Keep in mind, the brothers were 19 (Robin and Maurice) and 21 (Barry) when they wrote the music for this album.
Even though I have been a fan of The Bee Gees since 1967, I never really cared for the Disco era. I was somewhat saddened to see them move from their Beatlesque sound to Disco. I am thrilled to see that their 80s and 90s music reflects more and more of their original stylings.
In my opinion no one comes close to The Bee Gees when it comes to sheer talent in versatile writiing. After all, it was The Bee Gees that wrote the biggest selling Country and Western single ever (Islands In The Stream, written for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Pardon).
These men deserve much more credit than what they have ever received for their contribution to pop music. They are righ up there with Lennon and McCartney, Gershwin, Rogers and Hammerstein (of their respective eras).
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There's no doubt that the Gibb brothers are masters at writing timeless music with great melodies, catchy lyrics and perfect 3-part harmony, but delving deep into their vast catalog of music finds, "Odessa", the grandest of them all. Coming off three hugely successful albums, with the most recent being the joyful "Idea", The Bee Gees set out and created an album with many varying styles, with grand orchestration and moving epics such as the title track, Odessa (City On The Black Sea) and beautiful ballads such as Melody Fair. There were several choices for singles such as "Never Say Never Again" and "Marley Purt Drive", but the first and only single was ultimately "First Of May", a wonderful choice in its own right.
The packaging on the Deluxe Edition is first rate. The original red velvet cover has been restored as well as track by track details, plus several photos from the period. The bonus disc "Sketches For Odessa" gives us a glimpse into the evolution of these great songs as well as some unreleased tracks that were left off the original album. This is a must for any Bee Gees fan or any fan of 60's baroque pop.
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First off, the packaging...in a lovely, luxurious red velvet BOX, not a slipcase as I originally thought it would be...with the title gold embossed. Open it up and the treasures flow out...first a round red Bee Gees sticker, then a huge poster (double-sided), then a great photo-packed booklet (love the B&W cover, and Robin's buggish sunglasses...he looked downright alien-ish...a precurser to Flaming Lips head genius Wayne Coyne!!)...with incredible, informative liner notes that said what we've always known...prior CD issues were crap (abridged, bad sound, etc) and this was an opportunity to give "Odessa" the full glory treatment, and info on EVERY song...all versions.

Now, the songs, oh man, THE SONGS!!!! There are 3 CDs (as I guessed it would be when I first heard of this deluxe (an understatement if there ever was one) release...CD1 is the 17-track album in stereo, CD2 is the album in MONO (first time released in the US) and CD3 is the REAL treat, the 23-track "Sketches For Odessa"...cool and fascinating demos, alternate takes (sometimes both), 2 UNRELEASED tracks and a promo spot for the album from some record stores, not the radio.

I won't go into the riches of the songs TOO much, but the lovely folks at Reprise/Rhino must have known about how grand this album is (possibly the Bee Gees' best album ever, a true masterpiece) and how crap prior issues were, so they pulled out all the stops and made this clearly the best-sounding CD version of the album. I don't know what is better, the stereo or the mono...they both sound great. I love the songs on "Odessa", exquisite orchestral pop with killer melodies & 3-part harmonies and excursions into alt-country/rootsrock a la The Band, and orchestral interludes...
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Ok, so I bought the original album when it came out. ok, so I bought the album on reel to reel. Ok, so I bought the album when it came out on cd. Ok, so I bought the UK mono Odessa because it was never released in the U.S. I think I've pretty well covered any aspect of this classic release other than 8 track. I have been waiting for this remaster like the 1st, Horizontal, Idea package. I can't take it out of my disc player.

The best side 1 of any recording I have ever heard-Odessa, You'll Never See My Face Again, Black Diamond. It's not just pop music, it's not just rock, it's not just harmony vocals, it's not just the orchestral backing, it's not just country influences, this encompasses the spectrum of music. Marley Purt Drive, love it, Give Your Best(ow!), Whisper Whisper, where'd this come from, Vince Melouney the forgotten lead guitarist, where'd he go. Disc 3 with demos and the scat singing that is how they developed their songs is just wonderful to listen to. Melody Fair, Edison and those fantastic three part harmonies. Maurice and his prowess as one of the first masters of the mellotron shines on disc 3. Wow. All that and nothing said about 1st of May........I'll take side b-Lamplight and the two versions on disc 3. Take it all in, it's a classic from a golden era of popular music.
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