(1969) ATCO label. Original inner sleeve. Purchased in 2006 Rhino Records Claremont, California. All songs written and recorded by Maurice, Robin and Barry Gibb. Before disco, the Bee Gees produced many pop hits. This album was released in 1969 and I can count seven out of twelve on the record that peaked in the top 20 of Billboard Top 100. Quite a feat considering their first album was released in 1967 and this one is just 2 years later.
- Holiday (2:52)
- I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You (2:59)
- I Can’t See Nobody (3:43)
- Words (3:13)
- I Started A Joke (3:04)
- Spicks And Specks (2:52)
- First Of May (2:48)
- World (3:12)
- Massachusetts (2:22)
- To Love Somebody (2:58)
- Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You (3:32)
- New York Mining Disaster 1941 (2:09)
Many artists have covered their songs and have had hits in their own right. I am thinking specifically of Al Green’s cover of How Can You Mend A Broken Heart. Their songs have also been used in memorable film scenes. Here I am specifically referring to the scene in The Fighter and the singing of I Started A Joke.
I can’t finish this post until I write a bit on the inner sleeve. Back in the day an inner sleeve was sometimes used as an advertising vehicle for a label to promote albums in their catalog. The inner sleeve with this album is one of these. “FROM THE ATCO CATALOGUE” at the top and a 7X8 quadrant filled with the covers of ATCO label releases. It was a nice surprise to buy an album with this type of inner sleeve. You would study it to see how many releases you already owned and which ones you still wanted to buy. You could also discover new artists. Ever heard of Relax With Bent Fabric by Bent Fabric? How about Come On, React by The Fireballs?