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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
If anyone needs conclusive proof that the brothers Gibb weren't always the chest-medallion-flashing kings of mainstream disco or, since about 1980 on, meaningless AOR washouts, the nearly 40-minute collection of the Bee Gees' earliest hits will suffice in spades. At their perhaps, in hindsight surprising best, the threesome, along with capable if generally unremarkable rhythm section members Melouney and Colin Peterson, created a slew of tender, affecting, and quite lovely hits. While the Stones/proto-metal crowd of the time probably thought them unbearably wimpy, their songwriting acumen, combined with their harmonies, fine production by Robert Stigwood, and ace ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
If anyone needs conclusive proof that the brothers Gibb weren't always the chest-medallion-flashing kings of mainstream disco or, since about 1980 on, meaningless AOR washouts, the nearly 40-minute collection of the Bee Gees' earliest hits will suffice in spades. At their perhaps, in hindsight surprising best, the threesome, along with capable if generally unremarkable rhythm section members Melouney and Colin Peterson, created a slew of tender, affecting, and quite lovely hits. While the Stones/proto-metal crowd of the time probably thought them unbearably wimpy, their songwriting acumen, combined with their harmonies, fine production by Robert Stigwood, and ace orchestral/band arrangements by Bill Shephard, holds up astonishingly well. For all that the band clearly was often following the lead of the more elaborate Beatles songs of the same time -- consider the watery piano line opening "Words" as one example of many -- the Bee Gees didn't so much ape as they did come up with their own flavor. Considering that everyone from Catherine "Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You" and Jimmy Somerville "To Love Somebody" to Low "I Started a Joke" and Jose Feliciano "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" has covered something from this collection is testimony to the songs' continuing influence. Other times the connections to the future are subtler but still present -- "I Can't See Nobody," sonically and lyrically, has the same deep blue/string-backed feeling as Verve's "History." Sometimes the line between emotion and deep schmaltz is pretty fine, admittedly. However, when Robin's lead vocal on "I Started a Joke" hits the high notes while his brothers add soft backup as the music swells, it's just one example of many why the Bee Gees deserved their long overdue induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2008
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 081227988500
  • Catalog Number: 516197
  • Sales rank: 1,203

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bee Gees Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Robin Gibb Vocals
Barry Gibb Guitar, Vocals
David Katz Violin
Maurice Gibb Vocals
Vince Melouney Guitar
Colin Petersen Drums
Bill Shepherd Singers Conductor
Bill Shephard Conductor
Technical Credits
Bee Gees Arranger, Producer
Ossie Byrne Producer
Phil Dennys Arranger
Maurice Gibb Composer
Robert Stigwood Producer
Bill Shepherd Singers Arranger
Tom Coyne Mastering
Haig Adishian Cover Design
Bill Shephard Arranger
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Or should the rating be 5 Prozac Bottles??

    OK, OK. You can talk all you want about yer Smiths and yer Joy Division and even yer Leonard Cohens about how well they convey pain and lonliness. Well, these jokers are regular Kathie Lee Giffords compared to the early Bee Gees. If you only know the Bee Gees by their upbeat disco hits of the 1970s, nothing will prepare you for the excessively depressive ballads that make up this CD. Every song on this platter is guaranteed to have you running for your nearest bottle of Prozac. (Or is that cyanide?) The tracks are beyond maudlin, but the melodies are quite beautiful and the lyrics are charming in a

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