Spirits Having Flown

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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: 6/6/2006
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227760724
  • Catalog Number: 77607
  • Sales rank: 10,212

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tragedy (5:05)
  2. 2 Too Much Heaven (4:57)
  3. 3 Love You Inside Out (4:13)
  4. 4 Reaching Out (4:07)
  5. 5 Spirits (Having Flown) (5:21)
  6. 6 Search, Find (4:16)
  7. 7 Stop (Think Again) (6:41)
  8. 8 Living Together (4:23)
  9. 9 I'm Satisfied (3:58)
  10. 10 Until (2:29)
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Album Credits

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
Ted Jensen Mastering
Karl Richardson Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Underated and Glorious Pop record

    I know it come out right on the heels of Saturday Night Fever, but this album dispels a lot of the foolish notions of the Bee Gees and Disco. This is NOT a disco album. Instead, it is a warm and glorious pop album. The songs "Too Much Heaven" and "Stop (Think again)" are worth the price of admission alone. Wonderfuly produced and indispensible for lovers of pop music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spirits (never Fly away)

    This album has been `with me` since I was 5 years old (1979). I read most people giving it very good ratings, it IS the best BeeGees album of all time and I own most of them. As an album its pure class from start to end, not like Children of the world or main course that start off good then go downhill fast. Just wish people (Including Barry Himself) would stop putting it down for `too much falsetto). It was the peak of their career and defines all that is great about the Brothers Gibb (more specifically Barry on this album). The music though should not be overlooked for the very powerful and dramatic vocals. The production is breathtaking, the little hihats and rythm parts on `Tragedy` while he holds the long notes are subtle but amazingly emotional. All the songs twist and turn different ways, favourties being The title track, Love you inside out, Living together, Search Find... all good stuff. So please ignore the nit-pickers, this album is amazing and is my 2nd favourite album of ALL TIME (mansun`s "attack of the grey lantern` being the number one - contrast eh? ;) ) So buy it/hire it/hear it - of course you should like the Bee Gees or you will never give it a fair chance, `get over` the high pitched singing and fall in love with one of the best albums of all time... Thankyou Bee Gees :)

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