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Re: BCB 130 - The Bee Gees

Postby Quaco » 24 Jul 2014, 21:20

"Don't Want to Live Inside Myself" is a strange one. There is a potentially fantastic song there. The chorus is simply fabulous. But they needed to work a bit harder on the verses, and especially the recording: one of the most amateurish, lackluster performances on a major record. Sounds like a demo when you put the drums on after the piano -- which is probably exactly what happened. They should have sprung for a re-recording.
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Re: BCB 130 - The Bee Gees

Postby Phenomenal Cat » 26 Jul 2014, 16:23

Quacoan wrote:"Don't Want to Live Inside Myself" is a strange one. There is a potentially fantastic song there. The chorus is simply fabulous. But they needed to work a bit harder on the verses, and especially the recording: one of the most amateurish, lackluster performances on a major record. Sounds like a demo when you put the drums on after the piano -- which is probably exactly what happened. They should have sprung for a re-recording.


This is really strange, because I'm listening to it right now, expecting Syd Barrett-levels of incongruence, but with the tambourine locking it all in, it sounds just fine. The drums come in a tad late on the last verse, which would be tricky even in a live setting. Are you sure you've got the right song?

Played this yesterday. Like Most Bee Gees albums, Side One is virtually flawless.

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Re: BCB 130 - The Bee Gees

Postby Guy E » 28 Jul 2014, 14:57

Phenomenal Cat wrote:
Played this yesterday. Like Most Bee Gees albums, Side One is virtually flawless.

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I've always loved the Bee Gees, but I just finally acquired Mr. Natural this past year. It is a good and satisfying listen, much better than I was expecting. It peaked at #178 on the Billboard charts, but better things were to come.
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Re: BCB 130 - The Bee Gees

Postby Snarfyguy » 28 Jul 2014, 16:35

Look what just came in the mail:

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Their 3 original Australia/NZ-only LP's, reissued for first (sic) time ever with original track listings and in original sleeve artwork. Digitally re-mastered from original analog master tapes


I used to have this stuff (and more) on a bootleg double CD set, but the jewel case disintegrated and I don't know where the discs went. I have the materials spread out on different releases in the Rare, Precious and Beautiful series and some other odd semi-legit looking LPs, but it's great to have it all in one place.

Some of it's pretty dumb, but a lot of it's great.
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Re: BCB 130 - The Bee Gees

Postby Phenomenal Cat » 28 Jul 2014, 16:38

I hadn't ever even seen an Australian album cover by The Bee Gees (I have the Brilliant at Birth 2-CD set). I may have to check these out.
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Re: BCB 130 - The Bee Gees

Postby Phenomenal Cat » 28 Jul 2014, 16:40

From 1965 - My favorite (they later remade it, but I like this version best)

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Re: BCB 130 - The Bee Gees

Postby pig bodine » 28 Jul 2014, 16:45

Phenomenal Cat wrote:From 1965 - My favorite (they later remade it, but I like this version best)




That sounds pretty advanced for 1965--I'll have to find that.

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Re: BCB 130 - The Bee Gees

Postby Snarfyguy » 28 Jul 2014, 16:46

Phenomenal Cat wrote:I hadn't ever even seen an Australian album cover by The Bee Gees (I have the Brilliant at Birth 2-CD set). I may have to check these out.

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Re: BCB 130 - The Bee Gees

Postby Phenomenal Cat » 28 Jul 2014, 16:52

Fucking Robin.
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I want everybody to be free
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Move in next door and marry my son
You must think I’m crazy!

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Re: BCB 130 - The Bee Gees

Postby Quaco » 28 Jul 2014, 17:56

Phenomenal Cat wrote:
Quacoan wrote:"Don't Want to Live Inside Myself" is a strange one. There is a potentially fantastic song there. The chorus is simply fabulous. But they needed to work a bit harder on the verses, and especially the recording: one of the most amateurish, lackluster performances on a major record. Sounds like a demo when you put the drums on after the piano -- which is probably exactly what happened. They should have sprung for a re-recording.


This is really strange, because I'm listening to it right now, expecting Syd Barrett-levels of incongruence, but with the tambourine locking it all in, it sounds just fine. The drums come in a tad late on the last verse, which would be tricky even in a live setting. Are you sure you've got the right song?

Yeah, that's the one. It's a whole series of things, the whole performance. It sounds like the piano was done to a click track, then the drums were added later. That fill into the last chorus is the worst bit, but the whole thing is wrong!
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Re: BCB 130 - The Bee Gees

Postby Snarfyguy » 28 Jul 2014, 20:44

Phenomenal Cat wrote:Played this yesterday. Like Most Bee Gees albums, Side One is virtually flawless.

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Now playing. These guys have a very odd idea of how to sequence an album side. :lol:

Quality stuff though, you're right.
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Re: BCB 130 - The Bee Gees

Postby Phenomenal Cat » 28 Jul 2014, 20:46

Turk Thrust wrote:
Phenomenal Cat wrote:From 1965 - My favorite (they later remade it, but I like this version best)




That sounds pretty advanced for 1965--I'll have to find that.


Barry did this one live. He said, "After we wrote this one, we knew we could actually write songs".
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Re: BCB 130 - The Bee Gees

Postby Guy E » 28 Jul 2014, 23:06

Snarfyguy wrote:
Phenomenal Cat wrote:Played this yesterday. Like Most Bee Gees albums, Side One is virtually flawless.

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Now playing. These guys have a very odd idea of how to sequence an album side. :lol:

Quality stuff though, you're right.

It's amazing how far you've come in a few short years, Snarfyguy. From holding the Brothers Gibb Guilty as Charged of Disco Crimes Against Humanity to recognizing a potential career-capsizing MOR flop like Mr. Natural as "quality stuff." :lol:

When you start with those 60's albums the group is hard to deny.
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Re: BCB 130 - The Bee Gees

Postby Phenomenal Cat » 28 Jul 2014, 23:54

Guy E wrote:It's amazing how far you've come in a few short years, Snarfyguy.


Yeah - you changed, man.
Now, I’m liberal, but to a degree
I want everybody to be free
But if you think that I’ll let Rick Santorum
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You must think I’m crazy!

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Re: BCB 130 - The Bee Gees

Postby GoogaMooga » 28 Jul 2014, 23:58

they were more interesting in and after 1975 than before, main course is their masterpiece
1966 and all that

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Re: BCB 130 - The Bee Gees

Postby Phenomenal Cat » 29 Jul 2014, 00:01

GoogaMooga wrote:main course is their masterpiece


Why would you say that?
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Re: BCB 130 - The Bee Gees

Postby GoogaMooga » 29 Jul 2014, 00:06

Phenomenal Cat wrote:
GoogaMooga wrote:main course is their masterpiece


Why would you say that?


they found their sound that took them into the stratosphere of popularity
1966 and all that

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Re: BCB 130 - The Bee Gees

Postby Phenomenal Cat » 29 Jul 2014, 00:09

GoogaMooga wrote:
Phenomenal Cat wrote:
GoogaMooga wrote:main course is their masterpiece


Why would you say that?


they found their sound that took them into the stratosphere of popularity


Does finding their sound necessarily make Main Course a "masterpiece"?
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Re: BCB 130 - The Bee Gees

Postby toomanyhatz » 29 Jul 2014, 00:13

I'd take issue with the equation of 'stratosphere of popularity' and 'masterpiece' as well.

Unless Led Zeppelin IV can be judged the same way.
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Re: BCB 130 - The Bee Gees

Postby GoogaMooga » 29 Jul 2014, 00:17

they found their sound and did it best on that one
a lot can be said for the following albums too
1966 and all that