BEE GEES – ” 1st Bee Gees ” Released: July 14th, 1967

Posted: March 15, 2018 in CLASSIC ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Similar to Pink Floyd, The Bee Gees really didn’t become megastars until the next decade, though they did have a good deal of success as a psychedelic pop band in the late sixties. It’s not a stretch to say that Bee Gees 1st is the best album effort that the Bee Gees released during their entire career Bee Gees’ 1st was the group’s debut album for the UK Polydor label a psychedelic pop album. The album cover was designed by Klaus Voormann who had previously done the cover for Revolver .

The Gibb Brothers’ perfect harmonies match perfectly with the various psychedelic styles they use without any hiccups; in one album, the Bee Gees play off the Beatles, the Moody Blues, and the British pastoral style of the Kinks to keep your attention, but the Bee Gees were mainly focused on creating short, radio ready pop songs that were easily digestible and without any extended jamming or crazy instrumentation (no song on this album is over 3:45). For an album that’s based so strictly in pop, the Bee Gees have a surprising range of songs – from the Revolver-esque “In My Own Time” or the hazy “Please Read Me,” to the straight pop ballad “To Love Somebody,” to the gloomy “New York Mining Disaster 1941” or “Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You,” the Bee Gees do a great job in altering their sound over the course of just fourteen tracks.

Drummer Colin Petersen and lead guitarist Vince Melouney, both Australians, were hired to make the Bee Gees into a full band. Both played on the first English album and became official members of the group between its completion and release. Petersen had played with the Bee Gees at St. Clair studio in 1966 on the Spicks and Specks sessions and was officially added first,

Released 14th July 1967 (UK).

Reprise Records (sister label to Atco under Warner Music Group) reissued the album with both stereo and mono mixes on one disc and a bonus disc of unreleased songs and alternate takes. (This 2-CD set on Reprise corrected the fluttering on the lead-off stereo track “Turn of the Century”. The mono version never had this problem.)

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Bee Gees
  • Barry Gibb – lead, harmony and backing vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Robin Gibb – lead, harmony and backing vocals, organ
  • Maurice Gibb – harmony and backing vocals, bass guitar, piano, organ, harpsichord, mellotron, guitar
  • Vince Melouney – lead guitar
  • Colin Petersen – drums

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