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Lushly orchestrated and lyrically complex, Odessa marked a creative breakthrough for the brothers Gibb. Released as a two-disc set in 1969, the album interweaves vignettes of loss and dislocation with the sort of poignant love balladry that The Bee Gees had made their trademark. A nostalgic aura pervades these songs, captured in the album’s grand orchestral arrangements and the melancholy imagery of tunes like “Odessa (City on the Black Sea),” “Black Diamond," and “Lamplight.” The tracks' sonic range is impressive, stretching from the old-time country strains of “Give Your Best” to the swelling string flourishes of the instrumental “Seven Seas Symphony.” Overtones of Victorian whimsy color “Edison,” while “Suddenly” adds some needed folk-rock drive. The bittersweet, Christmas-themed “First of May” and the elegantly tender “Melody Fair” are baroque pop gems that rank among the band’s best work. Odessa is a milestone in British symphonic rock, as well as a high point in The Bee Gees’ canon.

Biography

Formed: 1958 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Relying on their top-notch songwriting and impeccable vocals, the Bee Gees were able to craft a long-running career that began in the late '50s in Australia. Along the way they became a hit-producing psychedelic pop group in England during the '60s, the biggest disco band in the world in the '70s, and had a late comeback as adult contemporary crooners in the '90s. Their long-reaching influence...
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