Bee Gees’ 1st

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Bee Gees’  1st
(1967)  ATCO label.  Purchased used from Groovers Physical Music in Riverside, California probably in 2014. Replaced inner sleeve. I’m just gonna say it, I really like the Bee Gees.  Always have.  Before Saturday Night Fever, before Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake Barry Gibb Talk Show.  This talented trio of brothers originally from England, then moved to Australia, then back to London are exceptional songwriters and performers.  This debut album contains fourteen completely original songs written by the bros and they weren’t even 20 years old yet!

SIDE 1

  1. Turn Of The Century  (2:24)
  2. Holiday  (2:52)
  3. Red Chair, Fade Away  (2:16)
  4. One Minute Woman  (2:14)
  5. In My Own Time  (2:12)
  6. Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You  (3:32)
  7. Craise Finton Kirk Royal Academy Of Arts  (2:15)

SIDE 2

  1. New York Mining Disaster 1941  (2:09)
  2. Cucumber Castle  (2:02)
  3. To Love Somebody  (2:58)
  4. I Close My Eyes  (2:19)
  5. I Can’t See Nobody  (3:43)
  6. Please Read Me  (2:13)
  7. Close Another Door  (3:22)

Again I appreciate the information you can find from reading liner notes:

This their first album, recorded under the auspices of Robert Stigwood, and their Australian Producer Ossie Byrne, contains 14 tracks–all original compositions by Maurice and Robin (both 17) and Barry Gibb (19).

Holiday reached number 16 on Billboard Top 100.  In My Own Time and Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You are heavily influenced by the Beatles. New York Mining Disaster 1941 reached 14 on Billboard Top 100.  To Love Somebody reached 17 on Billboard Top 100 and has been often covered by many.  It is hard to believe they were so young when they penned these!  Amazing. Their contribution to the pop catalog is impressive and important.

I need to share a quick word on where I purchased this album.  Groovers Physical Music is near the University of California Riverside in a dilapidated strip mall.  Found the place when I looked up (on the internet) independent record stores to visit on Record Store Day.  The owner is a character.  Knowledgeable, passionate about records and collecting. The store is pretty well organized and typical in that the walls are covered with prized collectible albums with hefty price tags.  With the demise of major retail record stores, it is the independent record store that gets credit for keeping the medium alive and in demand.

 

Bee Gees’ 1st

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