Bee Gees First - Polydor 1967
Tracks: 1. Turn of the Century / 2. Holiday / 3. Red Chair, Fade Away / 4. One Minute Woman / 5. In My Own Time / 6. Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You / 7. Craise Finton Kirk Royal Academy of Arts / 8. New York Mining Disaster 1941 / 9. Cucumber Castle / 10. To Love Somebody / 11. I Close My Eyes / 12. I Can't See Nobody / 13. Please Read Me / 14. Close Another Door // 1. Turn of the Century [Early) / 2. One Minute Woman [Early) 3. Gilbert Green [#] / 4. New York Mining Disaster 1941 [Version One]/ 5. House of Lords [#] / 6. Cucumber Castle [Early ) 7. Harry Braff [Early) / 8. I Close My Eyes [Early) / 9. I've Got to Learn [#] / 10. I Can't See Nobody [Alt. ) 11. All Around My Clock [#] / 12. Mr. Wallor's Wailing Wall [#] / 13. Craise Finton Kirk Royal Academy of Arts [Alt. / 14. New York Mining Disaster 1941 [Version Two]
This album wasn’t really the Bee Gees’ First - two albums with the three Gibb brothers had been previously released in Australia. “The Bee Gees 1st” was their first internationally released album, and the first to come out after their return to Britain.
Musically it’s one of their most succesfull early albums. There is a great basic approach that ofter was lost on their following albums, where the ballads often suffered from heavy orchestration.
Moreover the songwriting on this album is consistently of high standards. Three of their finest singles “New York Mining Disaster”, “Holiday” and “To Love Somebody” is featured here along with other great tracks like “Red Chair Fade Away”, “I Can’t See Nobody” and “Cucumber Castle”. In fact, there are no throwaways on the albums, and the Bee Gees really do sound like a band on this album.
On the new digitally remastered version the sound is crystal-clear, and it a great pleasure to listen to these old songs again. The second CD features alternate versions of many of the songs, and several are at least as good as the originally released versions. I especially like “One Minute Woman” - which has only the basic band instrumentation. A couple of the previously unreleased songs are quite good too - “Gilbert Street” is one.
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