Spirits Having Flown

Spirits Having Flown

by Bee Gees
     
 

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Spirits Having Flown is regarded today as something of a letdown, representing the tail-end of the Bee Gees' period of greatest success, perhaps because it preceded a two-year layoff that, in turn, heralded a decline in their fortunes. At the time, however, no one heard anything less than what they expected -- beautiful slow dance numbers ("Too Much Heaven,"See more details below

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Spirits Having Flown is regarded today as something of a letdown, representing the tail-end of the Bee Gees' period of greatest success, perhaps because it preceded a two-year layoff that, in turn, heralded a decline in their fortunes. At the time, however, no one heard anything less than what they expected -- beautiful slow dance numbers ("Too Much Heaven," "Love You Inside Out"), achingly gorgeous romantic numbers ("Reaching Out"), soaring ballads ("Spirits (Having Flown)"), and pounding dance-rock numbers ("Tragedy"). If a few songs on the LP's second side, like "Stop (Think Again)" or "Search, Find," weren't quite up to that high standard, even the latter song displayed dazzling interwoven vocals on the choruses (which were pretty infectious) that made the trip worthwhile. The record showcased the usual superb singing, and featured the most delicate and ambitious production and arrangements in their history. It may have lacked the spirit of freedom and experimentation found on Main Course or Children of the World, but in its place was a boldness that manifested itself not only in the singing, but also the most intricate and ambitious production and arrangements of the group's entire history. This was also the first Bee Gees album to get serious airplay on black radio stations, a major breakthrough for the trio and one of the last bits of unfinished business in the group's move into soul music, which also likely helped -- along with three chart-topping singles, the major tour that followed, and the network television special in the wake of the tour -- in propelling Spirits Having Flown to 35 million sales.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/06/2006
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227760724
catalogNumber:
77607
Rank:
16984

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Performance Credits

Bee Gees   Primary Artist
Herbie Mann   Flute
Robin Gibb   Vocals
Gary Brown   Saxophone
Barry Gibb   Guitar,Vocals
Stan Webb   Horn
Peter Graves   Horn
Albhy Galuten   Synthesizer,Bass,Conductor
Daniel Ben Zebulon   Percussion,Conga
Bonaroo Horns   Horn
Neal Bonsanti   Horn
Dennis Bryon   Drums
Dennis Byron   Drums,Band
Hog Cowart   Bass
Kenneth Faulk   Horn
Maurice Gibb   Bass,Vocals
Alan Kendall   Bass,Guitar,Band
Joe Lala   Percussion,Conga
Lee Loughnane   Horn
James Pankow   Horn
Walter Parazaider   Horn
Whit Sidener   Horn
George Terry   Guitar
Blue Weaver   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Band,Vibes,ARP
Stanley Webb   Horn
Bill Purse   Horn
Harold Cowart   Bass,Saxophone
Gary Brown   Bass,Saxophone

Technical Credits

Bee Gees   Producer
Robin Gibb   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Albhy Galuten   Producer,String Conductor
Ed Caraeff   Art Direction
Maurice Gibb   Composer
Karl Richardson   Producer,Engineer

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