BEE GEES - Bee Gees' 1st (1967) & Horizontal (1968) & Idea (1968) & Odessa (1969) [Expanded & Remastered, 2006/9]
The Bee Gees are the most successful band of brothers in music history and remain the only recording artists to write and co-produce six straight #1 singles. Their legendary career includes seven platinum albums, over 60 charting singles, eight Grammys, and induction into the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame. Born in England and raised in Australia, the group was signed by Robert Stigwood and rose to global superstardom with the five-man lineup featured on their early classics: harmonizing brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb, and Australian instrumentalists Vince Melouney and Colin Petersen.
Originally released in 1967, Bee Gees' 1st is a harmony-heavy, rock-flavored masterpiece that instantly put the group at the forefront of the wave of hit music coming out of the U.K. The album delivered a trio of Top 20 smashes: "To Love Somebody," "New York Mining Disaster 1941," and "Holiday." The first disc of this lavish expanded edition contains both mono and stereo versions of the original album. The second disc features 14 previously unreleased tracks, including alternate versions of most of the album cuts, plus the recording debuts of "Gilbert Green," "House Of Lords," "All Around The Clock," and other rarities.
1968'S Horizontal boasts adventurous arrangements and production and features the signature hit "Massachusetts," a chart-topper in Britain that went to #11 in the U.S. Also features the standouts "World" (a global hit), "And The Sun Will Shine," "Harry Braff," and the psychedelic title tracks. Disc 2 features thirteen rarities including nine previously unreleased tracks, among them "Out Of Line," "All My Christmases Came At Once," plus the seasonal medley "Silent Night/Hark The Herald Angels Sing."
Idea followed in August '68 and the Bee Gees cracked the Top 10 on the U.S. Billboard singles chart for the first time with the classics "I've Got To Get A Message To You" (#8) and "I Started A Joke" (#6). Disc 2 includes alternate mixes of "Idea," "Kitty Can," and "Let There Be Love," the film songs "Chocolate Symphony" and "Gena's Theme" and many more rarities and previously unreleased picks including two rare Coca-Cola commercials, "Another Cold And Windy Day," and "Sitting In The Meadow."
Odessa is the sixth studio album by the Bee Gees, originally released on 30 March 1969. Regarded as the most significant of the group's Sixties albums, it was released as a double vinyl record initially in an opulent red flocked cover with gold lettering. An ambitious project, originally intended as a concept album on the loss of a fictional ship in 1899, it created tension and disagreements in the band regarding the album's direction; finally, a dispute over which song to release as a single led to Robin Gibb temporarily leaving the group. The album was not well received by the public or the music press on release, and led to a decline in the group's fortunes until their disco period in the mid 1970s. Released in March 1969 by Polydor Records in the UK and Atco Records in the US, it was the group's fourth album released internationally, their sixth overall, and their only double album of original music. Odessa would be the final album for the band's original incarnation, and this was the last album to include guitarist Vince Melouney.
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