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Album Review

The Bee Gees' second R&B album, Children of the World, had the advantage of being written and recorded while the group was riding a string of Top Ten singles and the biggest wave of public adulation in their history off of the Main Course album. The group felt emboldened, but was also hamstrung by the absence of producer Arif Mardin, whose services were no longer available to them now that RSO Records had severed its ties to Atlantic Records. So they produced it themselves, all six bandmembers doing their best to emulate what Mardin would have had them do, with assistance from Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson. The result still sounds a lot like Mardin's production from the previous album, and the group was in very good form — stretching out not only on disco numbers like "You Should Be Dancing," but also delivering beautiful soul ballads such as "You Stepped Into My Life" and "Love So Right" on side one, while side two featured a last look back at the older, more romantic Bee Gees sound. The album was also somewhat experimental in its way, making more use of synthesizers in a pop music setting than had ever been heard on a mainstream, commercial long-player before; not all of it works, because the technology wasn't quite perfected yet, but "Boogie Child," "Love Me," and "The Way It Was," as well as the title track were quite daring on a production level in their time, for a group shooting for millions of sales. Overall, the album isn't quite as beguiling as Main Course, which was a liberating experiment from start to finish. Children of the World is beautifully sung, but the group's sound changed here as well, Barry Gibb's falsetto now dominating the vocals, with Robin and Maurice Gibb moved out of center stage. But it's still one of the most enjoyably lighthearted albums in the group's history, and the dance numbers provided a fore-taste of their work on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.

Customer Reviews

"I Just Wanna Lay My Love On You!"

.."What You Doin' In Your Bed At Night?".."You Should Be Dancin', Yeah!".. {This is the album Eddie Izzard's character is holding in "Mystery Men" when he professes "Disco's Not Dead!"} In fact; With "Main Course" & "Children Of The World"; "Disco" was just being Born; Especially on Top 40 Radio Stations @1976! (O.K.; It would take the enormous success of the "Saturday Night Fever" Soundtrack to move Disco Music from the Cities to the Suburbs!) But we have to praise the enormously talented & versatile Brothers Gibb for continuing their Lush Pop Romantic Harmonies from the 1960's into the 1970's!<Thank You: Barry, Robin & Maurice; For many years of making us all sing & dance along with you!> Grimmbo.

A product of its time???

My mom's cousins were visiting from out of town on my birthday and they went out to their car and gave me the 8 track tape version of this album. I must have listened to it 100 times or so. This album has some of the Bee Gees greatest hits, You Stepped Into My Life, You Should Be Dancing, Love So Right, and Children of the World. With this album, I became a fan of the Bee Gees and I still am today. Here's praying for the healing of Robin Gibb who is experiencing some serious health issues.

My very first album

I never owned any records as a kid. This came out in the 70's when I was around 10 or so. My parents bought me this album for Christmas, to paly on my new record player, and I had never heard of these guys, had no clue who they were, but definitely recognized the music when I started playing it. I loved it, still do, every song worth it totally. Great times...wish I could go back and do it all over again.


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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Children of the World, Bee Gees
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Soft Rock, R&B/Soul, Pop/Rock, Disco
  • Released: Sep 1976

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