Bee Gees: Classic or Dud

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Yeah, sometimes the mono mix is the better sounding. I think that's the only reason. I certainly prefer the mono of SF Sorrow. I don't think I need a 3cd version of Odessa. I bet the public library will get a copy of it eventually.

Trip Maker, Wednesday, 14 January 2009 16:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah, I'm hoping to hear more about what this beast offers, before buying or rejecting it. The packaging sounds great: a red velvet box (get your mind out of the gutter) like the original vinyl release. But are the demos etc gorgeous? And how's the remastered sound?

Euler, Wednesday, 14 January 2009 17:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

8 months pass...

anyone know where i can get the original bee gees recording of "emotion?" (not the samantha sang version). downloaded "their greatest hits: the record" which has an AWFUL remix/rerecording of the song.

akaky akakievich, Wednesday, 30 September 2009 20:53 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

The song "ESP" is great! I've been listening through the Tales box this morning, and it's a pretty strange listen: from the string-laden Beatlesque pop of the late 60s, to the country rock of the early 70s, to the r&b and disco of the mid 70s, to the gloss of the 80s. It all works, somehow; these were guys with great voices and even better connections, and between those they tapped into various zeitgeists that allowed them to make timely pop records in several different eras without sounding silly like, I dunno, the Monkees in 1987.

Euler, Saturday, 7 November 2009 10:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

"Nights On Broadway" remains the best thing they ever did (to my ears).

Alex in NYC, Saturday, 7 November 2009 13:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

"Lonely Days" has always been my go to Bee Gees tune. Rhyming nonchalant with restaurant gets me every time.

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 7 November 2009 14:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

That's an outstanding one, yes.

I wrote an passionate piece about the `Gees on this blog not too long back.

Alex in NYC, Saturday, 7 November 2009 19:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

an passionate!

Alex in NYC, Saturday, 7 November 2009 19:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

11 months pass...

The Samantha Sang album is all kinds of awesome

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Sunday, 31 October 2010 19:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

BBC doc available until Sunday and bloody brilliant:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b010tbk5/Bee_Gees_In_Our_Own_Time/

piscesx, Saturday, 30 April 2011 13:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

11 months pass...

Unlycky bastards. The Kennedy family of pop? :(

The GeirBot (Geir Hongro), Saturday, 14 April 2012 16:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

afaik, none of the Bee Gees were assassinated. So, no.

Dancing with Mr. T (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 14 April 2012 17:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Robin out of his coma now, apparently...?

heavy is the head that eats the crayons (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 23 April 2012 01:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

I had a dream of a place far away.
I followed a river where the dead man would play.
And I'm leaving in the morning.
And I'm leaving in the morning.
And I won't die, so don't cry. I'll be home.

buzza, Monday, 23 April 2012 01:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

I am going to pretend that all the devotional Bee Gees listening I've done in the past week have had a hand in this

heavy is the head that eats the crayons (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 23 April 2012 01:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

what he said. robin still has rough road ahead of him, but still. love these guys so fucking much.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 01:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Another one bites the dust ...

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 20 May 2012 22:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

man...

dell (del), Sunday, 20 May 2012 23:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wow. Just re-discovering their music...of course I knew he was sick, but this might affect my enjoyment. Bee Gees music is eternal and not something one associates with cancer.

I remember struggling with brother Andy's death as a child. RIP.

โตเกียวเหมียวเหมียว aka Bulgarian Tourist Chamber (Mount Cleaners), Sunday, 20 May 2012 23:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sisig Steve (stevie), Sunday, 20 May 2012 23:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

rip robin my favourite bee gee

Sisig Steve (stevie), Sunday, 20 May 2012 23:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

i know he was really ill but this one hurts

buzza, Sunday, 20 May 2012 23:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

a sad week for disco (and other genres)

Lee971 (Lee626), Sunday, 20 May 2012 23:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

jesus, fuck this. g'night, Robin

Stormy Davis, Sunday, 20 May 2012 23:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Awesome live vocal of a very underrated song:

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 21 May 2012 14:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

I love bustin' out classic Bee Gees for those (most?) that only know their disco stuff:

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 21 May 2012 15:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

Mr. Natural is all time

RIP Robin

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 21 May 2012 15:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

If we had someone who was willing to run the poll, I'd say we should bump this one up a la Beasties...

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 21 May 2012 15:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'd be happy to do it but I kinda doubt we'd get many votes...

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 21 May 2012 15:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah nobody has heard those early-mid 70s records. well not nobody but... can't imagine we'd get too many folks repping for deep cuts from 'life in a tin can'

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Monday, 21 May 2012 16:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've got all kinds of love for Trafalgar, Mr. Natural, and To Whom it May Concern myself, but yeah these are not popular opinions

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 21 May 2012 16:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Monday, 21 May 2012 16:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

big o has this pretty good unreleased solo album from 1970. http://bigozine2.com/roio/?p=1101
RIP. unmistakeable style and voice.

tylerw, Monday, 21 May 2012 16:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

tyler, watch that video above. beautiful footage. beautiful song.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Monday, 21 May 2012 16:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah that is wonderful

tylerw, Monday, 21 May 2012 16:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've got all kinds of love for Trafalgar, Mr. Natural, and To Whom it May Concern myself, but yeah these are not popular opinions

IF ONLY THERE WERE A WAY TO FIND OUT.

Seriously, Shakey, why don't we suggest this in the poll thread! If there's any time we could maximize votes, it would be now.

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 21 May 2012 16:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oddly, the only three Bee Gees albums I've ever owned were To Whom, Tin Can and Mr. Natural; radio promos I brought home. Sold 'em, and honestly can't remember much of any of them, but that clip of Mr. Natural brought the memory of that one back big time.

Soccer mom, hopeless and lost, in utter despair (Dan Peterson), Monday, 21 May 2012 17:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Tin Can is pretty crap

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 21 May 2012 17:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

I was just spinning some Bee Gees and 'Nights on Broadway' came up, which I love...and I remembered Fallon & Timberlake used it as the SNL Barry Gibb Talk Show theme song and I got SO teary and then I had to laugh at myself and ugh I'm just so bummed

I know Robin was sick but still, I really hate not having him anymore. I loved them for so long.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 21 May 2012 17:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

every time I watch a live clip I still get blown away by how there's barely any drop-off between them in the studio and them on stage...

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 21 May 2012 17:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

that's what happens when you've been performing since you were like 6 years old. they were pros.

barry sometimes seems to be fake-playing guitar in live gigs.

robin looks almost normal there.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Monday, 21 May 2012 18:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah I've noticed the fake-playing too

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 21 May 2012 18:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Had no idea the Bee Gees completely missed the UK album charts from late 1970-76. Main Course was huge in the US.

Conversely, they were all but banned from US radio in the early to mid 80s, the Bee Gees having been the biggest target of the disco backlash. I doubt many Americans have heard "You Win Again".

I really like Mr. Natural, a transitional album that catches them just as they were starting to search for a new sound.

Lee971 (Lee626), Monday, 21 May 2012 21:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

My pals and I made the trek to Memphis to interview Alex Chilton once, back before he was really famous, and he was living with his mom down there and had no money. We're sitting in this biker bar and he goes off about Gibb's "Robin's Reign," very amusing:

"I mean, I like everything, you know, but then again what I would do would be something different. But Robin Gibb’s solo album, this is before the Bee Gees went disco, he had quit the group, he though he was too great to be in it. I didn’t find it until 1977. I was in New York. I was going through this record store and I always kind of liked Robin Gibb the way he’d stand there like Bette Davis (puts finger in cheek). You know, I thought his songs were the best songs they had done and I saw this album and had to buy it and took it home and it was really great."

<3 alex chilton

buzza, Monday, 4 June 2012 06:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

2001 ilx vmic

buzza, Monday, 4 June 2012 06:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

attention ye robin gibb mourners -- bee gees polling in effect, 10 ballots received and we would love more contributions :D

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 9 June 2012 04:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

Do your civic duty people.

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 9 June 2012 12:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

Robin's vocal on "Black Diamond" is so virtuosic. When he shifts into his throat and then does that fake soul impression on the repetition of the "He wa' leavin' in the morning" line - that's really something else.

― Tim Ellison

so otm

buzza, Saturday, 15 December 2012 11:08 (2 years ago) Permalink


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