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Pretend that The Bee Gees' career ended when Robin Gibb briefly quit the fraternal trio in 1969 and that their '60s output was their entire canon. As this collection of the group's '60s hits shows, the Gibbs would still stand as one of pop's most fiercely innovative, shockingly prolific acts. Incredibly, the singles gathered here represent a period of less than two years, but the artistic breadth they encompass is astounding, especially for three guys in their teens and early 20s. The influences of soul ("To Love Somebody"), folk ("New York Mining Disaster 1941"), and country ("Massachusetts") are all discernible, and Robin Gibb's soaring tenor could have given Roy Orbison a run for his money on pathos-filled tearjerkers like "I Started a Joke." But these inspirations are just grist for the Gibb mill, which consistently produced something strikingly singular. Elements of the era's baroque-pop vogue abound, but from the orchestrated elegance of "First of May" to the psychedelic harmony-pop of the inscrutable "Every Christian Lion-Hearted Man Will Show You," the Gibbs operated in a realm all their own.

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Very Good

The harmony and lyrics of this group are beyond compare. Awesome.

One Of My First LP Purchases...

This is one of the first albums I purchased with my own earned money, back when I was in Junior High School. Prior to this I had only purchased singles, but listened to my older sister's records of the Beatles, the Monkees, and others. This collection had all of the highlights of their early career. It also introduced me to several songs that never got much airplay from their albums. Unfortunately, the album review above is for their volume two record. Once again an iTunes quality control error.

The write-up is for the wrong album!

The iTunes review is for BEST OF BEE GES Vol. 2. This one was originally released on LP with SPICK AND SPECKS. By the time it came out on CD, the label could no longer secure the rights to that Australian #1, and substituted TOMORROW TOMORROW. The latter was not a big hit, but worth including as it didn't appear on any of the original albums. Still a handsome collection, and a good place to start if you want to sample the late 60's Bee Gees. "Such a Same" that guitarist Vince Melouney got left off the cover, since he was part of the group for most of these songs.


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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