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Editors’ Notes

The Bee Gees’ third international release, Idea, though again featuring the sympathetic orchestration that characterizes much of their early pop period, is the sound of a self-contained group coming into its own — even as tensions threatened to splinter them apart. In a welcome but unexpected move, guitarist Vince Melouney sings lead on “Such A Shame,” a report on the band’s then current tenuous state. The rest is pure Bee Gees — Barry, Maurice and Robin — rich in harmony and melody. “I’ve Got to Get a Message to You” and “I Started A Joke” were the two deserved hit singles, while their melancholy side once again received a solid airing with the haunting “In the Summer of His Years,” the gorgeously string-laden “Kilburn Towers” and the fatalistic “Swan Song.” Though in a desperate state, the group would go on to record and release the landmark Odessa within six months. The deluxe edition of Idea includes several worthwhile gems, including the previously unissued “Bridges Crossing Rivers,” the seasonal melodrama of “Come Some Christmas Eve or Halloween” and “Completely Unoriginal,” a track the group recorded to diffuse the tension of making their serious artistic statement. 

Customer Reviews

Two Hits And Some Nice Songs...

The hits were "I've Gotta Get A Message To You" and "I Started A Joke". The other songs I liked were found on the Best of the Bee Gees - Volume Two, but taken from this album - "Kilburn Towers" and "Let There Be Love". "Such A Shame" sounds like an early stab at a 'Country' type of song.

One thing you gotta admit these cats could sing

The Bee gees are a Great example of family harmony. The best harmony in the universe of music is family harmony . Their voices just blend so beautiful . They also wrote some great tunes . I love the old stuff reminds me of many years ago .

For Fans of the Original Sound

Somewhere between the Motown sound of the 50s and the Disco era of the 70s, the Bee Gees came along with very haunting harmonies that fit well with the period (just think Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Searchers, etc). While their biggest fans came to know them as disco kings, this original sound has its own place in rock's pantheon. To point out the obvious, it won't be for everybody. Only problem with this cd is that it's packed a lot of B songs around the hits "I Started a Joke" and "I've Gotta Get a Message to You."


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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Idea (Deluxe Version), Bee Gees
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Soft Rock, Psychedelic, Pop/Rock
  • Released: Aug 1968

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