Horizontal - Polydor 1968
The album may at times come out slightly rushed with songs of uneven qualities, unlike their very consisten debut. On the other hand there is also an overall more convincing “band-feel” to the album.
The two big hits “World” and “Massachusetts” need no special mention - both being fine examples of early Bee Gees sound
Some of the ballads like “Really and Sincerely” come out too heavily orchestered with strings etc. - but there is a good handful of songs, where you get the feeling that this was really a band at this point. “The Earnest of Being George” and “Lemons Never Forget” are unusually raw for Bee Gees songs, and “Change is Made” may very well the closest the Bee Gees ever came to recording a blues. The simple arrangement for the simple melodic “Birdie Told Me” is very nice, too.
On the second bonus CD there are some real gems too. “Barker of the UFO”, “Sir Geoffrey Saved the World” and “Sinking Ships” and great examples of the often very high standards of the groups B-sides. And of course, “Words” - another big hit for the band.
Among the previously unreleased songs I really like “Out of Line” and the Christmas recordings are surprisingly good too. Another fine release, with a booklet telling part two of the band’s early history - of course to be continued on “Idea”