Bee Gees
Bee Gees 1st


4.0
excellent

Review

by JP Patino Izquierdo USER (17 Reviews)
September 18th, 2015 | 20 replies


Release Date: 1967 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Before the hits and the falsettos there were The Bee Gees

We like it or not, the Bee Gees were one of the biggest bands in pop history thanks to their many disco singles in the seventies; albums like Saturday Night Fever's soundtrack are filled with cheesy, yet ultra catchy classics, but it is that success the one that overshadows their earlier work in the sixties and the fact is, that many people will laugh when you tell them that they used to be as important in the psychedelic pop scene as bands like The Zombies or The Beach Boys.

"1st" was the first album by the band released worldwide and even if it has some flaws is still an essential record for every psych pop fan.

So, how do you describe the band's original sound?, well, just saying they were a psych pop band will only give a glimpse of what they had to offer, the truth is they just weren't as talented instrumentally speaking as bands like Love and their songwriting wasn't as good as Brian Wilson's but there were some aspects in their style in which they were the kings, the most important of them?: The vocal harmonies

During this era Barry's voice was way more than just ultra-high pitched falsettos, the sound he created combined with his siblings's voices was just perfect. In 1st we can see a band full of life with happy and catchy songs like Red Chair, Fade Away, or calm ballads like the beautiful Holiday, they created a palette full of different atmospheres in here without a single note being out of place, the harmonies aren't exaggerated like in most of their seventies albums, they're warm, happy when needed or melancholic when they're supposed to, but always, always extremly catchy. Probably the best two examples of what they were capable of are To Love Somebody and New York Mining Disaster, the first one is one of the band's classic songs and shows what a powerful voice Barry really had, probably the best in the genre, while the second one is the first glance of what would be the band's most important contribution to the psych pop era: A sadder, more tragic side of the genre that would later lead Chris White to write the classic that Butcher's Tale became in Odessey and Oracle, and that would evolve into the own Bee Gees's sound in what would become, not the best, but by far one of the most innovative albums in the genre: Odessa

The band's international debut isn't a perfect album, the instrumentation while still superb is extremly influenced by the one bands like The Beach Boys showed in their album Pet Sounds with many baroque accompaniments and the lyrics aren't something out of this world even if a couple of songs in here show some incredible songwriting (the band would latter change this in Odessa) but still manages to stand on its own among many pop classics; many of the songs in here are actually timeless tunes that deserve as much praise as other band's hits of the time.

The Bee Gees would continue with their psychedelic style for a few more years, releasing their three other fundamental albums: Horizontal, Idea and Odessa before their decline and, with some time, their revival as a Disco band, full of classic hits but with very inconsistent albums.

In 1967 the Bee Gees were:

Barry Gibb - Lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Robin Gibb - Lead vocals, organ
Maurice Gibb - Backing vocals, bass guitar, piano
Vince Melouney - Lead guitar
Collin Petersen - Drums



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MrSirLordGentleman
September 18th 2015


13692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

As always, I would appreciate if you guys can tell me if there are any typos since english isn't my first language, anyway, band is actually pretty underrated



To Love Somebody - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykU8iSKkJR0



Holiday - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJmRdE3WBgE

TheCrocodile
September 18th 2015


2925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This didn't have a review???

MrSirLordGentleman
September 18th 2015


13692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sputnik doesn't care about pre 90's music tbh

IHateRadiohead
September 18th 2015


342 Comments


I would like more contributors/staff/anybody who's good at reviewing to do more overlooked past music. Some albums I'm surprised don't have reviews and some of the reviews they do have are shit (Marvin Gaye didn't die for a 3.0 on What's Going On?)

MrSirLordGentleman
September 18th 2015


13692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There are many great reviewers that have written many reviews but aren't promoted to contribs just because they review old albums

Jethro42
September 19th 2015


16207 Comments


^Yeah like Nagrarok and ReturnToRock for instance. Nagrarok was even not interested to get promoted, and it's no doubt one of the best reviewers of the site.

I'm curious to listen to that Bee Gees' album. It was into my to listen to list. Posd your review.

MrSirLordGentleman
September 19th 2015


13692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks Jethro!



All of their albums from this to Odessa are worth checking, but I admit all of them are a little bit inconsistent sometimes, so you may want to check the Best of Bee Gees compilation which takes the best songs from this era. By far one of the best compilations I've heard

Jethro42
September 19th 2015


16207 Comments


I just listened to ''To Love Somebody'', as suggested by you in their compilation thread.. I already know that song and dig it.

Friday13th
September 19th 2015


7149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Heard a few good songs and gotta say even better than the disco stuff!

manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 19th 2015


12091 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Very good review for a great album, pos.



I also like how these guys were also responsible enough (compared to Deep Purple's In Rock) to clearly show that their album title was Bee Gees 1st. That must have saved this thread a few comments.

MrSirLordGentleman
September 19th 2015


13692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Friday: Don't know if better but definitely more consistent!



@manosg: I'm still on the Deep Purple in Rock side haha

manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 19th 2015


12091 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha, same here

e210013
September 21st 2015


3166 Comments


SirLord:

"the Bee Gees were one of the biggest bands in pop history thanks to their many disco singles in the seventies; albums like Saturday Night Fever's soundtrack are filled with cheesy, yet ultra catchy classics, but it is that success the one that overshadows their earlier work in the sixties and the fact is, that many people will laugh when you tell them that they used to be as important in the psychedelic pop scene"

This is truly right. The people almost only know their disco pop musical fase and they completely unaware the importance of their first musical period, especially their great innovative album Odessa.

Great review, pos.



Anthracks
September 25th 2015


6655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so very pleasant

KILL
September 25th 2015


81241 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so very pretty and witty and gay

Friday13th
September 25th 2015


7149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^ got that West Side Story reference

MrSirLordGentleman
September 25th 2015


13692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

YOUUUUUUUU DON'T KNOW WHAT IT'S LIIIIIIIIIKEEEEE

BABY YOU DOOOOOOON'T KNOW WHAT IT'S LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIKE

ZackSh33
October 6th 2015


690 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Cant believe i missed this review



Pos for bee gees reasons and for someone giving this a proper review

facupm
April 7th 2016


11693 Comments


prob the gayest band ever with good and bads

MrSirLordGentleman
April 7th 2016


13692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love even their gay era for the catchy hits



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