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Editors’ Notes

The Bee Gees' third album, released in 1968, calms with its gentle psych and ornate pop. It’s an exquisitely sung, performed, and arranged album that rocks a bit more than their previous two albums without sacrificing any of the songcraft, which, in many ways, was influenced by The Beatles. The songs bloom with a full-band sound, equal parts melancholy countryside and Carnaby Street fanfare: The swooning mellotron and lashing acoustic guitars make “Indian Gin & Whiskey Dry” about the best two-minute ode to drinking in all of pop, while the popping “Kitty Kan” would’ve made a killer Hollies song. The brassy and hypnotically morose “I Have Decided to Join the Air Force” finds the sad protagonist signing up for war because it’s better than suffering a lonely home life. The soaring and dramatic “When the Swallows Fly” (with a title from Wordsworth) balladizes the idea of flight, while a flute and mellotron back up Barry Gibb’s pensive and Lennonesque vocals on the beautifully folksy “Kilburn Towers.” And, truly, “I Started a Joke” did get the whole world singing to The Bee Gees, if only their hits.

Customer Reviews

Best Bee Gees album of the 60's

My late mother bought me this album in '67 or'68 from a bargain rack on the bottom floor of an old pharmacy in Winston Salem NC. I was 8 years old. Now I'm 52 and have worn out 3 records, one tape, and 2 cd's listening to it. Only Main Course is better.


this is one of my favortie albums of all time in memory of robin gibb r.i.p (1949 - 2012)

but where's the song jumbo




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 (Remastered), Bee Gees
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock, Psychedelic, Pop/Rock, Soft Rock
  • Released: Aug 1968

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