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Editors’ Notes

The Brothers Gibb’s first internationally released album, after penetrating their native Australian market with smaller releases, 1st is a fully realized collection of mid-60s pop packed with the requisite Beatles-esque harmonies, tasteful orchestration, psychedelic production experiments, elusive and suggestive lyrics, and radio hits (“New York Mining Disaster 1941,” “Holiday,” “To Love Somebody”) necessary to ensure the group’s reputation as serious pop contenders. Their quick rise to stardom was the result of a stunning maturity beyond their teenaged years (Barry was barely 21, with his younger twin brothers only turning 18). Beyond the self-penned hits, the album also features several creative standouts of the era. “Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You” revels in a Revolver era psychedelia. “One Minute Woman” and “I Can’t See Nobody” are simple orchestrated numbers exhibiting the group’s sharp melodic sense. “Craise Finton Kirk Royal Academy of Arts” shuffles with a playfully recorded “underwater” vocal sound that’s since been imitated by indie-rock bands throughout the years, most notably Guided By Voices. The reissue generously adds rare demos that are musically strong and not just of historical value, as the multiple versions of “Mining Disaster” point out.

Customer Reviews

Trying To Find The Pulse Of America...

This is experimental in that the Bee Gees did not know what style would get them radio airplay in the USA. Therefore they experimented with many styles, sometimes "Beatlesque", sometimes "Country", sometimes Ballads, sometimes "Rock", sometimes "Pop". Four songs from this early album got them radio airplay in America (at least in Los Angeles) - "To Love Somebody", "Holiday", "I Can't See Nobody", and "New York Mining Disaster 1941". This was also a point in time where mono versus stereo versions were being experimented with; as the FM radio bandwidth was just beginning to be explored. This album and it's extensive list of additional cuts shows that they were looking for their niche. When they found it in the mid-1970's, we all saw how far their talent took them.

Eduardian Pop, Great Melodies

Before the Brothers Gibb hit a vein and the motherlode with disco hits, they were very viable competition for the Beatles durng the Rubber Soul era when everyone pulled out their harpsichords; the Stones' "As Tears Go By" comes to mind. So this is not for everybody, but brilliant orchestration, arrangements and harmonies. Red Chair, Fade Away is a very catchy song, about what I don't know. Great to see iTunes finally got the Bee Gees.


The Bee Gee's are mainly seen as a disco act by most but they had a very successful and viable career before "Saturday Night Fever" and this album proves it. "To Love Somebody" is the standout track on here for me, but overall this is an excellent album. Highly reccomended!


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 extended past sales figures and saw their sound and style mirrored in acts as disparate as Justin Timberlake...
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  • $19.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Pop/Rock, Psychedelic, Soft Rock
  • Released: Jul 1967

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