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Re: The Bee Gees

ABBAnator - 25.07.2007, 23:34
The Bee Gees
Actually as big as this band was/is in the pop/rock world, I'm surprised this topic hasn't been opened before. They no doubt deserve a topic of their own considering they are entering the "legendary" status after 5 decades of making hit songs. Very few artists share that distinction.

First a little background as to my "fandom" of the group. Well in the 70's I really was not a fan. In fact I might have loathed The Bee Gees. :? Reason being I was very anti-disco in the late 70's and The Bee Gees defined the Disco era in late 70's America. I remember really disliking the fact that every week they dominated the top 40 charts with one or another song from the Night Fever album. At the time Barry's falsetto singing really irritated me. I felt a man should not sing like someone had kicked him in the crotch. :oops: :lol: (I don't feel that way about the falsetto anymore, I can appreciate the artistry of it now. Maturity I suspect. :wink: )

Back in 2001 they released a new album. A single released from it really caught my attention, "This Is Where I Came In". I really liked this song and it made me take another look at the band. I found that in my later years I really liked alot of thier music (without my teenage prejudicies). I haven't gone so far as buying the Night Fever album. It still doesn't make me jump for joy, but I can appreciate the songs from that album and find them listenable now (believe me that's saying alot in my case :D ). I did however purchase the "Main Course" album (1975) and I like it very much. Especially "Jive Talkin", "Nights On Broadway" and "Fanny Be Tender". I also bought the album "This Is Where I Came In" and I quite like that one too.

I watched a quite extensive documentary on their career on the biography channel and found myself quite impressed by their life's story. I found them (the brothers) very personable and charming people (especially Maurice). I also was intrigued and drawn to them because of their relationship as brothers. I have 6 brothers myself so I could really relate. And I also am attracted by the family aspect of the group. Andy as well, even though he wasn't part of the Bee Gees group. There was an interesting parallel between Andy and Barry that I found similar to a relationship I have with one of my older brothers (except we aren't rock/pop singers :wink: ). The age difference and relationship struck me very similar. (12 years between them I think?)

Since I had just "discovered" them so to speak in 2001 I was very shocked and sad when Maurice unexpectedly had a heart attack and died in 2003. He was really a fine person. A great loss to the music world.

There are a couple connections to ABBA that come to mind. I understand that the Voulez-Vous album was somewhat inspired by the success of the Night Fever album. I think some of the recordings were done in the same Miami studio as the Bee Gees recorded (someone correct me here if I'm wrong). Both ABBA and the Bee Gees share the dubious fact that in the late 70's there were radio stations that had "Bee Gees free weekends" and "ABBA free weekends" meaning that the DJ's refused to play songs from those bands. A result from the success of the two groups in the "disco genre" (as they both were considered in the late 70's here in America, I never considered ABBA disco but that's another story :wink: ) and the anti-disco movement that occurred here in the US in the early 80's.

Bjorn said this about the Bee Gees:

Bjorn Ulvaeus wrote: "These are classic pop songs. Lennon and McCartney and the Bee Gees are the best and most consistent songwriters. I am green with envy"

I've compiled a few YouTube clips that define the Bee Gees for me.

This is the song that made me "discover" the Bee Gees, "This Is Where I Came In" (2001), great song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVL3b1pmdhM

This is the number one hit from the "Main Course" album (1975); "Jive Talkin" another great song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaKxRwOY0Lo

This is another great one from that album and for me it is the quintessential Bee Gees song as it features all their signature traits. Robin's "vibrato" style, the Bee Gees legendary harmonizing, and it introduces Barry's falsetto style that they later used to great effect. Maurice sings the falsetto in this example but Barry does it on the album. (this might be my favorite Bee Gees tune :D ) "Nights On Broadway":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ENEskPWk4c

This is a funny interview they gave on the David Letterman Show in 1989. Robin describes his haunted house :D :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asIVzNJs5eM

This is a now infamous interview that they gave on the Clive Anderson Show in 1996. Clive irritates Barry and Robin so much with his sarcastic remarks towards them (I'm sure he was just kidding but it really became sort of insulting) that they actually walk off the set leaving Maurice in a somewhat uncomfortable position:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PObhS3Z9YAQ

Cheers everyone and I hope you enjoy the links as much as I did,
Bruce :D

Re: The Bee Gees

Bonnie - 26.07.2007, 00:19

You're right Bruce, why did nobody here think of the Bee Gees? ABBA and the Bee Gees have a lot in common. The BGs could almost sing as high as Agnetha and Frida that's for sure :wink:

Just kidding, I think the brothers wrote some beautiful melodies and I have always been a huge fan of Saturday Night Fever.

Re: The Bee Gees

Anonymous - 26.07.2007, 00:34

Hmm, I am still not mature enough to appreciate the falsettos. I used to admire their talents but I couldn't stand the falsettos on their big 70s hits. I always loved How Deep Is Your Love and Nights On Broadway, but in these songs they do not use the falsettos as much. I later learnt to love some of their hits from the 60s and those songs along with the two I mentioned above are the reason why I bought their greatest hits cd (The Record (?)). My favourite songs from Saturday Night Fever, besides How Deep Is Your Love, are If I Can't Have You by Ivonne Elliman and More Than A Woman by Tavares. I don't like the Bee Gees' own version of More Than A Woman.

The Bee Gees are great, it's just a shame about the falsettos. A bit of a tragedy really!

Einar

Re: The Bee Gees

Maxi-saxi - 26.07.2007, 05:10

Yes I like there Music.

A shame Maurice passed away but they have written some brilliant Material over the years.


Maxi-saxi

Re: The Bee Gees

ABBAnator - 26.07.2007, 06:20

Einar wrote: The Bee Gees are great, it's just a shame about the falsettos. A bit of a tragedy really!
I'm not sure if you meant it, but that is a great pun Einar. :lol: "Tragedy" was another Bee Gee hit using the falsetto. Very clever. :wink: (if you didn't mean it that way, you should have. :lol: )

To clarify my "maturity" statement. I was just referring to myself and my own experience. Not to infer that if someone doesn't like the falsetto they are immature. It is of course just a personal taste. :wink:

Einar wrote: My favourite songs from Saturday Night Fever, besides How Deep Is Your Love, are If I Can't Have You by Ivonne Elliman ...
You might be surprised to know that "If I can't Have You" was originally written for ABBA. :shock: (I know I was)

The Bee Gees wrote number one hits in 5 decades, 1960's-2000's (either they sang it themselves or wrote it for another artist). I'm not positive, but they may have been the only group to have done that in pop/rock history. The only other artist I can think of that might have also accomplished it is Elton John, but again, I'm not sure.

Cheers!
Bruce :D

Re: The Bee Gees

Fire&Ice - 26.07.2007, 13:31

I am not a fan, mostly because of the voices :lol: but I used to listen to them in the hype of Saturday Night Fever of course! What an era, spiced up with ABBA. :wink:

I adored How deep is your love, naturally. :wink:

Re: The Bee Gees

drimnagh - 26.07.2007, 14:58

The falsetto can grate a little, it has to be said but there's no doubting their talent. I really like their later stuff- 'Immortality' is beautiful..

-J

Re: The Bee Gees

abbascots - 27.07.2007, 00:18

Hi Bruce
I do admire the Bee gee's they are fantastic singers aswel as songwriters,My favourite songs from this talented group is You win again and How deep is your love!
Johnsteven :D

Re: The Bee Gees

Anonymous - 27.07.2007, 01:29

ABBAnator wrote: Einar wrote: The Bee Gees are great, it's just a shame about the falsettos. A bit of a tragedy really!
I'm not sure if you meant it, but that is a great pun Einar. :lol: "Tragedy" was another Bee Gee hit using the falsetto. Very clever. :wink: (if you didn't mean it that way, you should have. :lol: )


Hi Bruce, of course I meant it that way :wink:

ABBAnator wrote: To clarify my "maturity" statement. I was just referring to myself and my own experience. Not to infer that if someone doesn't like the falsetto they are immature. It is of course just a personal taste. :wink:


Oh, I never assumed that you were infering that someone doesn't like falsettos they are immature. Not at all.

ABBAnator wrote: Einar wrote: My favourite songs from Saturday Night Fever, besides How Deep Is Your Love, are If I Can't Have You by Ivonne Elliman ...
You might be surprised to know that "If I can't Have You" was originally written for ABBA. :shock: (I know I was)


Yes, I knew about that. That song would surely have suited ABBA quite well. However, I do understand that they wanted to record only their own songs, and they were certainly able to write them :wink:

Einar Quote:

Re: The Bee Gees

Lammer - 27.07.2007, 05:28

Hi!

The BeeGees are FABULOUS (Barry :love4: )! I wasn't much into disco in the '70's, either, but I had liked the BeeGees long before (I was young, but my parents had albums. My sister and I performed "Nights on Broadway" on a regular basis!). I thought it was a shame they were so strongly identified as disco, at the expense of all their success beforehand (and of course, since). Furthermore, I learned on that same Biography show (excellent show) that the BeeGees had already written or come up with much of the Saturday Night Fever songs for an album before there was even the movie. The falsetto that has been mentioned here, I believe that was something they stumbled upon "accidentally," before Sat. Night Fever, and they saw it was well-received by fans. To learn about their history is to learn about the history of pop music all together. For example, the BeeGees performed while still teenagers, singing "older" songs to please adult audiences. The Beatles began writing songs for teen audiences, which was still somewhat of a new idea at the time, and the BeeGees were inspired by that.

I, too, would love to hear A/F singing "If I Can't Have You," but I'm of the opinion that it was a good choice NOT to have recorded it. Once a group begins to record someone else's songs, their success might be compromised. B/B wanted ABBA's success to be ABBA's and ABBA's alone.

As to why there hasn't been a topic about them yet, in part that may be because they were discussed a lot on the former ABBAsite forum, under the topic about If I Can't Have You having been written for/inspired by ABBA, and a few other related topics, too. I saw that Bruce (I think it was Bruce) began that topic here, too. Bruce, not having been on the former forum, you of course wouldn't have known this was discussd there. Anyway, always good to discuss it again with new people and new thoughts.

It was heartbreaking when Maurice Gibb died; may he rest in peace.

Re: The Bee Gees

Toni - 27.07.2007, 19:33

Some songs of the Bee Gees are not bad: "Lamplights", "The Only Love", "Spicks & Specks", "Massachusetts" "Words".....

My favorite songs are "Too Much Heaven" and especially "How Deep Is Your Love", one of the best songs ever written!

I have the soundtrack to "Sgt. Pepper´s Lonely Heartsclub Band", with many Beatles songs in Bee Gees versions, but I bought it, because Donald Pleasence, one of my heroes in the seventies/eighties, performed "I Want You".

Some day I will get a greatest hist collection of the Bee Gees.

Toni :wink:

Re: The Bee Gees

Hades - 28.07.2007, 13:26

May I recommend this compilation, released in 1990:
http://www.beegees-world.com/album-very.html
Although I do like some of the early stuff, my favourite songs are in the second half of the CD.

Re: The Bee Gees

Toni - 28.07.2007, 17:46

Yes, Hades, this compilation seems to be good. Thanx for the hint!


Toni :D

Re: The Bee Gees

philzone - 28.07.2007, 19:56

BeeGees also have a "Number Ones" album out. as do the Beatles and some other group I like alot. it will come to me , i just can't think of their name right now.

phil

Re: The Bee Gees

Anonymous - 29.07.2007, 06:53

Some people think the Bee Gees are Australian, but those people are mistaken. The Bee Gees grew up in Australia, but they're actually British. The same is true of Olivia Newton-John.

Re: The Bee Gees

Joe_Bear - 02.08.2007, 07:27

Zeebee wrote: Some people think the Bee Gees are Australian, but those people are mistaken. The Bee Gees grew up in Australia, but they're actually British. ...

They're born on the Isle of Man but move to Manchester before going to Australia. I saw a special on VH1 on the Bee Gees and it was pretty interesting. I don't remember why exactly they moved to Australia.

What susprised me most about the whole rockumentary - is how much Barry Gibb hated Disco, I don't know if he said it in those exact words but he vehemently denies the Bee Gees ever being a "disco band." I know it sounds strange because they provided the soundtrack to one of the most popular soundtrack ever for a movie about Saturdays at discotheque. :shock: But from Barry point of veiw he was doing his own thing with Bee Gees and writing sons for a new album when record company approached him for songs for a movie.

Barry Gibb also felt like he was punished for being too successful. Kenny Rogers said something interesting. He said the Bees Gees lived and died by their style. They were on top during Disco era and when disco fell out of favor so did they.

Actually I starting liking the Bee Gees after their hey-day with a song they wrote for Dionne Warwick - Heartbreaker. I think it is a really sad song both the lyrics and the melody.

Dionne Warwick - Heartbreaker (Live)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oMtDnPmSgk

Re: The Bee Gees

merton - 02.08.2007, 11:27

The Beegees are fantastic, up there with some of the best, easily.

The very first pop song I can remember as a child was Spicks and Specks but there are many many songs I loveof theirs. Run To Me was a great favourite, How Can I Mend A Broken Heart is wonderful and Barry Gibb sounds great on the Michael Buble version. New York Mining Disaster, First of May, Morning of my Life, Saved By the Bell....the disco years get a lot of attention but some of these earlier hits really hit the mark for me still.....

But in more recent times the 1993 album Size Isn't Everything is surprisingly underrated. Some great tracks on that including Haunted House, Folr Whom the Bell Tolls, Blue Island, Anything For You....

Cheers Merton

Re: The Bee Gees

ABBAnator - 02.08.2007, 13:27

Joe_Bear wrote: They're born on the Isle of Man but move to Manchester before going to Australia. I saw a special on VH1 on the Bee Gees and it was pretty interesting. I don't remember why exactly they moved to Australia.
As I understand it. The boys were getting into some trouble in Manchester. The father got a opportunity in Australia, so they thought it best to move.

Joe_Bear wrote: What susprised me most about the whole rockumentary - is how much Barry Gibb hated Disco, I don't know if he said it in those exact words but he vehemently denies the Bee Gees ever being a "disco band." I know it sounds strange because they provided the soundtrack to one of the most popular soundtrack ever for a movie about Saturdays at discotheque. :shock: But from Barry point of veiw he was doing his own thing with Bee Gees and writing sons for a new album when record company approached him for songs for a movie.
All the music was written and recorded before the Bee Gees were even aware of the SNF movie (Laura metioned that earlier in the thread as well). They were approached by the producers of the film to write some music for it so they just used some music they had already recorded for an upcoming album to save time.

I think I saw the documentary that you mention (I mention it in my introductory post). I don't think Barry "hates" disco. I just think he resents The Bee Gees being labeled or dismissed as just a disco group because their body of work was so much more than just the one "disco-ish" album that they are most remembered for. Some of us ABBA fans (myself included) resent ABBA being labeled as a disco group for the same reasons.

You might want to watch the "Clive Anderson" interview link that I posted. It's quite interesting. They explain a lot of what you've mentioned. Barry and Robin also storm off the stage at the end, it's quite an infamous interview for that reason. :wink:

Joe_Bear wrote: Barry Gibb also felt like he was punished for being too successful. Kenny Rogers said something interesting. He said the Bees Gees lived and died by their style. They were on top during Disco era and when disco fell out of favor so did they.
Besides the "disco" label, that statement could be applied to ABBA as well. Don't you think? Being punished for their success and falling out of favor for their distinctive style. :wink:

Fortunatetly both groups are being re-evaluated by the public and starting to get the credit they deserve. The Bee Gees have even been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

Joe_Bear wrote: Actually I starting liking the Bee Gees after their hey-day ...
As I said in the leading post, so did I. :D

Cheers,
Bruce

Re: The Bee Gees

Joe_Bear - 02.08.2007, 16:16

ABBAnator wrote: I just think he resents The Bee Gees being labeled or dismissed as just a disco group because their body of work was so much more than just the one "disco-ish" album that they are most remembered for. Some of us ABBA fans (myself included) resent ABBA being labeled as a disco group for the same reasons.

I guess I said that because I was expecting Barry to say something like "yeah disco was great, we on top, blah blah blah" but he didn't. I agree with you, but I think he really resents it. There also was some other things Barry said that suprised me, I found him interesting.

I was very young in the 70's and it was confussing when people called ABBA "disco" because I thought is 'Is Waterloo disco?' and the same with the Bee Gees I thought if someone was called disco everything they did was disco. I was young then and it took me while to understand. It is interesting why some bands got pegged as "Disco" groups why other who jumped on the disco bandwagon for an album or two didn't.
The Rolling Stones (Emotional Rescue), Rod Stewart, etc. (and I know this was discuss somewhere else)

Watching that show I heard a few songs by them I like but haven't heard in a long time, like Fanny Pretender, Nights On Braodway - oh! that reminds me of something - the Jimmy Fallon skit on SNL "The Barry Gibb Show." I love Jimmy Fallon's impersonation of Barry Gibb, he cracks me up. :rotfl2:

Re: The Bee Gees

artemis - 28.09.2007, 22:44

give me their version of 'emotion' over destiny's child anyday

Re: The Bee Gees

Joe_Bear - 29.09.2007, 05:31

artemis wrote: give me their version of 'emotion' over destiny's child anyday

I prefer Dionne Warwick's "Heartbreaker" over their version. The BG's have "Heartbreaker" on their Love Songs CD, (maybe I'm more used to her version) but they don't compare at all.

Re: The Bee Gees

ABBAFANUSA - 29.09.2007, 07:08

[quote="artemis"]give me their version of 'emotion' over destiny's child anyday[/quote]

Yeah, but give me Samantha Sang's version over the Bee Gees's lol!!!

They also do their version of "If I Can't Have You", but I much prefer Yvonne Elliman's as well as Dionne's "Heartbraker". I guess it's just cause we're used to the originals :?

Re: The Bee Gees

ABBAnator - 29.09.2007, 08:27

ABBAFANUSA wrote: They also do their version of "If I Can't Have You", but I much prefer Yvonne Elliman's as well as Dionne's "Heartbraker". I guess it's just cause we're used to the originals :?
That's probably true Pepe. We get used to a song being sung a certain way and from a particular singer, and if it turns out to be one we particularly like, any other version somehow seems "wrong". :wink:

I'd have to agree that "If I Can't Have You" and "Heartbreaker" sound better if sung by the original recording artists even though the Bee Gees wrote them.

One particular example that is the opposite for me is "Islands In The Stream", recorded by Kenny Rodgers and Dolly Parton in 1983 but written by the Bee Gees. Perhaps the biggest hit for either of those two country singers, but I heard the Bee Gees perform it a few years back for the first time (on the show "One night only" I think), and I preferred the way they did it. Kenny and Dolly did a nice job (it was a number one hit for many, many weeks back in 83) but I thought the Bee Gees harmonizing brought a nice aspect to the song that was missing from the original recording. As I said before I'm not really a fan of Barry's falsetto, but the brothers really were fantastic at harmonizing with each other. Probably some of the best harmonizing from male singers in rock history.

Bruce :D

Re: The Bee Gees

DancingQueen - 29.09.2007, 12:50

Bonnie wrote: ABBA and the Bee Gees have a lot in common.

True, the Bee Gees have that classic disco-appeal which ABBA has on some tracks to, I wouldn't describe them as a typical disco band..

I like their sound - it fits the seventies for some reason fantastic, though many would nowadays say they sound like a groupie existing of diehard gays. :roll: That is of course, a lousy way to describe this chart dominating band - they absolutely did a lot of good stuff. But of course, same goes for ABBA which is often said to be 'perfect pop'..

I must admit I really don't know much about their music like the rest of you seem to do, so my opinion is mainly based on the soundtracks they did and some other fantastic discotunes they wrote, so all tips for good song titles are welcome!

Re: The Bee Gees

ABBAnator - 30.09.2007, 05:38

DancingQueen wrote: I like their sound - it fits the seventies for some reason fantastic, though many would nowadays say they sound like a groupie existing of diehard gays. :roll:


:shock:

Re: The Bee Gees

MarryMeAgnetha - 30.09.2007, 10:07

It's interesting to compare the Bee Gees and ABBA.

Both groups were very talented songwriters and performers. Both started their careers in the sixties -- The Bee Gees as a group and ABBA as individual performers. Both were unfairly saddled with the disco label. (It's true they both put out some disco songs, but in either case they had been popular before disco and continued to make other kinds of music both during and after the disco era.)

If Björn admitted to being envious over the Bee Gees' songwriting, maybe The Beatles would have to be flattered by the way the Bee Gees' copied their singing style in their early days. When the earliest Bee Gee hits were played on the radio, some people (in the US at least) thought they were The Beatles recording under another name. The rumor was that the name "Bee Gees" came from B. G. which putatively stood for "Beatle Group". It's amazing what some people will believe.

Both The Bee Gees and ABBA, along with many other artists, appeared on the UNICEF benefit TV special and album. Also, Olivia Newton-John had a TV special that featured ABBA and the Bee Gees' younger brother, Andy Gibb, as guest stars.

One big difference between the two groups was that ABBA's career lasted "only" ten years contrasted with that of The Bee Gees which as Bruce pointed out has spanned decades. Gotta give those boys credit!

--Daniel

Re: The Bee Gees

DancingQueen - 30.09.2007, 12:28

ABBAnator wrote: DancingQueen wrote: I like their sound - it fits the seventies for some reason fantastic, though many would nowadays say they sound like a groupie existing of diehard gays. :roll:


:shock:

No kidding, I often heard people describing the Bee Gees like that, especially now the Scissor Sisters are often said to be influenced by their music and who represent the kind of a gay-image, like you might know.

Young folks nowadays aren't very involved in those old music trents.. :lol:

Re: The Bee Gees

artemis - 06.10.2007, 21:01

recently i've been listening to 'this is where i came in' a lot. quite modern in comparison to some of their other songs

Re: The Bee Gees

ABBAnator - 07.10.2007, 11:34

artemis wrote: recently i've been listening to 'this is where i came in' a lot. quite modern in comparison to some of their other songs
Barry said in an interview that he and his brothers wanted to get back to their musical roots with the album "This Is Where I Came In". I think they accomplished exactly that. :D No falsetto or disco-like rhythms. It definitely harkens back to their more "Beatlesque" roots but more modern and does not feel dated. I like it alot. :D

Bruce 8)

Re: The Bee Gees

Anonymous - 08.10.2007, 07:43

I remember seeing something on TV about someone suing the Bee Gees over How Deep Is Your Love. They played part of a recording of a song written by the person(s) who were suing the Bee Gees, and the melody was strikingly similar to the melody of the first part of the verses of How Deep Is Your Love. But the court ruled in the Bee Gees' favor.

Re: The Bee Gees

ABBA-Fridafan - 13.11.2007, 12:19

You're right, ABBA and Bee Gees have a lot in common!

My favourite BG's songs are : Stayin' Alive, How deep is your love, Tragedy, Words...

Re: The Bee Gees

Hades - 30.12.2007, 13:59

Recently I bought the excellent reissue of their 1979 double compilation album 'Greatest', that includes material from their commercially most succesful period 1975 to 1979.
The original album had two LP's of 10 tracks each. This reissue has been expanded with 2 bonus tracks on disc one: 'Warm ride' (previously unreleased track) and 'Stayin' alive' (promo 12" version).
On disc two there are 6 further bonus tracks in the shape of new remixes of songs from the Saturday Night Fever period. Personally I don't care very much for these remixes (I hope ABBA's songs will never receive this treatment).
The remastered sound quality is fantastic and the album is beautifully packaged.

Re: The Bee Gees

Anonymous - 19.03.2010, 23:50

I really love many of the songs the Bee Gees recorded in the '60s and early '70s. These three were featured in the film Melody by Alan Parker from 1971. In the Morning (or Morning of My Life) was - as far as I know - new at the time, while the other two were from the '60s.

In The Morning - Melody Fair - To Love Somebody by Bee Gees

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiIkKq25Nz8

Re: The Bee Gees

billydog - 20.03.2010, 00:04

I like them too. They made some great records and many of my favourites have already been mentioned, Immortality. You Win Again, Tragedy, How Deep Is Your Love, Run To Me, Staying Alive, Too Much Heaven....the list is never ending really.
I had a solo album By Barry called Now Voyager I belive which had a great single called Shine Shine, and a duet with Olivia Newton John called Face To Face which was gorgeous. It wasnt commerically successful here though. :(
Stuart

Re: The Bee Gees

billydog - 20.03.2010, 00:13

Hope Bruce won't mind me crashing his thread but wanted to share these two tracks with you

Link

SHINE, SHINE

Link

FACE TO FACEwith Olivia Newton~John

Stuart

Re: The Bee Gees

Anonymous - 20.03.2010, 00:35

I am sorry Billy, but after hearing this I am glad he didn't produce Agnetha in the '80s. Maybe I am just a bit allergic to the '80s. :wink:

Re: The Bee Gees

billydog - 20.03.2010, 00:44

Thats cool Einar, each to his own but I like both songs a lot :wink:
Stuart

Re: The Bee Gees

Luciangeo77 - 20.03.2010, 03:47

Thank you so much billydog for these songs,i allways love BEE GEES music,they have many comparisons with ABBA music.
my fav are-GUILTY, tragedy,night fever,how deep is your love and many many more :blob1:

Re: The Bee Gees

dixie - 20.03.2010, 05:09

I love the BeeGees and as much as I was a big disco fan, it's their earlier songs that resonate more deeply.
"Hits-Vol 1", "Hits-Vol. 2", and "Main Course" ('75) were my 1st BGs albums. "To Love Somebody" & "Lonely Days"
are two earlier songs that leave a more enduring impression on me than later, r n' b-ish ballads.
I also love "Come On Over" from "Main Course"...a lovely, country-ish
ballad that Olivia N-J made more lovely in 1976.
Their international debut lp ('67) is also great...very Beatlesque!
-dixie

Re: The Bee Gees

billydog - 20.03.2010, 09:32

Luciangeo77 wrote: Thank you so much billydog for these songs

Lucian, you are more than welcome, I really like both of them :wink:
Stuart

Re: The Bee Gees

bosnian - 20.03.2010, 12:26

The Bee Gees are great, they got a second best song catalogue after ABBA.I read somewhere Bjorn said that BG are best group ever for him. Its really shame that " If I cant have you" didnt recorded by ABBA for SNF soundtrack. It would be definitely No. 1 in USA.
Barry Gibb wrote some great songs for Barbra Straisand, Diana Ross and Dionne Warwick (great vocals) and it would be very nice to hear A/F sings Berry songs.
I usually listen Bee Gees when Im flying to my hometown rather than ABBA :shock:

Ivica

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onlyabba4me - 20.03.2010, 16:28

In the UK, The Bee Gees had 5 No.1 Singles. However, their
biggest Seller here was 'How Deep Is Your Love', which was
No.3 for 5 Weeks in late 1977/early 1978. It sold over 800,000
copies in the UK.

Its UK Top 10 Positions:,

9-6-5-3-3-3-3-3-7-7

It was also a No.1 Hit, for Take That, in 1996:,

1-1-1-4-9-10

They had 19 UK Top 10 Hits - if we count 'Immortality', with Celine Dion,
which was a No.5 Hit, in 1998.

I like a lot of their 1960's Hits. It is very sad that the very beautiful
ballads - 'World', (1967), & 'Words', (1968), only reached No.9, & No.8,
respectively, in our Charts. (Both were No.1, (2 Weeks each), in West
Germany, in 1968).

'Words', was also a UK No.1 Hit, for Boyzone, in 1996:,

1-2-3-9

The Bee Gees biggest 1960's UK Hit was 'Massachusetts':,

6-1-1-1-1-2-2-4 (1967)

It was also huge in the massive West German Record Market
- No.1 for 6 Weeks - over Christmas & New Year 1967/1968.

They were never a truly huge Album Group here. UK Chart Books
do not regard 'Saturday Night Fever' as a Bee Gees Album, as they
did not Sing, or write, every Song on it. It was No.1 for 18 Weeks, in
1978.

The only No.1 UK Album that they had as the Bee Gees, was 'Spirits
Having Flown' - No.1, for 2 Weeks, in 1979. However, despite only the 1
No.1 Album, they had 12 other Albums that reached the UK Top 10
- 5 of them made the Top 5.

Re: The Bee Gees

billydog - 22.03.2010, 11:36

Thanks for the info ^^^^^^ I really like Spirits Having Flown (the song)

Link

Re: The Bee Gees

billydog - 22.03.2010, 11:40

I think "love you inside out" was also from that album and its a belter

Link

Stuart

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ellielovesabba - 21.05.2012, 00:50
robin gibb has died
Just heard on BBC that robin gibb has passed away, I find this really sad, I thought hed pull through in the end :cry: RIP Robbin.

Re: The Bee Gees

welshabbalover - 21.05.2012, 00:51

Yet another star in as many days...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-18140862

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TheGoodOldTimes - 21.05.2012, 01:06

That's really really sad news... :cry:
I've always liked him.

R.I.P Robin Gibb

Re: The Bee Gees

Vancho - 21.05.2012, 01:10

Robin Gibb, Bee Gees Co-Founder, Dead at 62

R.I.P.

Re: The Bee Gees

Joe - 21.05.2012, 01:16

Threads merged. Please check for existing threads first!

Re: The Bee Gees

kmky - 21.05.2012, 02:32

Although not as unexpected or as personally upsetting as Donna Summers passing, I am shocked and stunned that another of my childhood heroes has passed away. R.I.P. Robin Gibb and Thank You For The Music ... The Legend Lives On!

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drimnagh - 21.05.2012, 04:09

^^^ Yes, I am saddened (but not stunned or shocked- I knew he'd been ill)- to hear of his passing. Big fan here.

R.I.P.

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Carribean - 21.05.2012, 04:53

What a sad week with all these 70's icons leaving us.

Link

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Maxi-saxi - 21.05.2012, 06:54

Just heard that is so sad Barry is the only one left It must be hard for the family Especially loosing 3 Brothers, Thought's and prayers to the family
Maxi-saxi

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I Let The Music Speak - 21.05.2012, 08:15

Very sad news. Although not entirely unexpected, it's a huge loss.

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MarryMeAgnetha - 21.05.2012, 09:12

I'm very saddened to hear about Robin's death. He made some really fine music. RIP, Robin. You will be missed.

--Daniel

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billydog - 21.05.2012, 10:28

Very sad news although not entirely unexpected with his recent illness's. But what a musical legacy Robin and his brothers have left. RIP

Link

S x

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merton - 21.05.2012, 11:07

This is turning out to be a horrible year for using favourite artists. I only just expressed my feelings about Donna Summer and here I am again.....

Oh what magic Robin and The Beegees have created over so many years with all their wonderful songs. Songs with real melody unlike much of what we hear today...

The media seems to focus on the Beegees as being disco stars but really they had many great songs before disco even came along, and one of my favourite Beegees albums Size isn't everything came much later in their careers.

When the news came that he had come out of his coma I was thrilled, thinking he was fighting back (which he probably was) and I hope that his family were able to have extra time with him.....Robin's voice was so unique and could be so moving....one of a kind. He will be sorely missed.

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ABBAnator - 21.05.2012, 11:14
Re: robin gibb has died
Very sad news.

ellielovesabba wrote: Just heard on BBC that robin gibb has passed away, I find this really sad, I thought hed pull through in the end :cry: RIP Robbin.
The last I had heard a few months ago he was responding well to his cancer treatment. I thought he would pull through as well.

That's three Gibb brothers that have died far too young. I have great empathy for Barry having lost all of his brothers now. :(

RIP to the legendary Robin Gibb. You definitely will be missed by a great many people.

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Angeleyes - 21.05.2012, 12:11

:cry: R.I.P. Robin...

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Waldo - 21.05.2012, 17:15

Such sad news yet again. Another true icon leaves us. I hope Robin's pain is now gone and he is at peace.

Hard to believe that just a couple of years ago he and Barry were on stage again with Benny and Frida.

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golliwog - 21.05.2012, 17:18

Mach's gut, Robin..... :(

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Dorrico - 21.05.2012, 18:11

Sad news indeed. Will never forget him inducting Abba into the R & R Hall of Fame.
So many of Abba's peers dying.....Very sobering.

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abbarich - 21.05.2012, 18:52

Two of my favourites from my teenage years gone within 4 days of each other. Very sad news. I really hoped he'd pull through. I feel for Barry, being the eldest brother, and seeing his three younger brothers go before him. The word classic is bandied about too freely, but like Donna, he leaves some true iconic classics behind ensuring he'll never be forgotten. RIP Robin. Rich.

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marco-esteban - 21.05.2012, 19:23

Hades wrote: Recently I bought the excellent reissue of their 1979 double compilation album 'Greatest', that includes material from their commercially most succesful period 1975 to 1979.
The original album had two LP's of 10 tracks each. This reissue has been expanded with 2 bonus tracks on disc one: 'Warm ride' (previously unreleased track) and 'Stayin' alive' (promo 12" version).
On disc two there are 6 further bonus tracks in the shape of new remixes of songs from the Saturday Night Fever period. Personally I don't care very much for these remixes (I hope ABBA's songs will never receive this treatment).
The remastered sound quality is fantastic and the album is beautifully packaged.


I have this double CD too and like it very much. As a matter of fact I listened to the whole double CD yesterday before I knew the sad news, I listen to it very often from the first to the last song. My favorite songs are from this Disco time, all the songs that can be heard on this compilation (I don't like their early songs that much), but I think there must be a few songs from after 1979 on this compilation (not sure, must check that). When it comes to the remixes, I love them very much too (different tastes are in the nature), even if not as much as the original ones. I think they are a new way to bring these songs to the dancefloors and to share them with younger people who don't like the sound of the 80's as much as the ones who lived that era in their teenage years.

Very sad that two disco stars are gone in a few days.

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drimnagh - 21.05.2012, 20:12

I don't really have any religious views or beliefs that make any sense but being Irish I tend to go along the lines of, ''He's with Maurice now.''

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golliwog - 21.05.2012, 21:16

dont forget Andy!

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drimnagh - 21.05.2012, 21:18

^^ :lol: :oops: Do you know what.. I was just about to go back and edit my post! What a numbskull! :lol:

I love 'You Win Again'.

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Dorrico - 21.05.2012, 21:34

golliwog wrote: dont forget Andy!

I was gonna reprimand you also, Joe!!
But, 'You Win Again' was my favourite too.

Re: The Bee Gees

drimnagh - 21.05.2012, 21:51

Dorrico wrote:

I was gonna reprimand you also, Joe!!



Yeah? And I'd have told you to p*** off! :evil: grrrr. :lol: :wink:

Of course, I simply meant because he was his twin. 8)

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andrewlincs - 21.05.2012, 23:37

Another marvellous talented artist has passed too soon. Robin was a genius in many ways, a prolific and ingenious writer, who together with his brothers has written some of the greatest pop music in history. I wasn't shocked by his passing to be honest, but 62 is far to young, and is a reminder that life is so precious, and can be taken in the blink mod an eye. Enjoy life and don't take things that seriously, enjoy spending time with those that make you happy, don't waste your time or breath on given situations or moments that really don't warrant it. Life is for living x x

Some of my Fav songs are I Started A Joke, Islands In The Stream. The First Of May, You Win Again to name but a few. RIP

Andrew

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abbascots - 21.05.2012, 23:58

I felt sad when i read the news today may you rest in peace Robin
JS

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I Let The Music Speak - 22.05.2012, 00:00

Hades wrote: Recently I bought the excellent reissue of their 1979 double compilation album 'Greatest', that includes material from their commercially most succesful period 1975 to 1979.
The original album had two LP's of 10 tracks each. This reissue has been expanded with 2 bonus tracks on disc one: 'Warm ride' (previously unreleased track) and 'Stayin' alive' (promo 12" version).
On disc two there are 6 further bonus tracks in the shape of new remixes of songs from the Saturday Night Fever period. Personally I don't care very much for these remixes (I hope ABBA's songs will never receive this treatment).
The remastered sound quality is fantastic and the album is beautifully packaged.
This is a good Bee Gees compilation. It's one of the few Bee Gees Greatest Hits albums (I know of only one other) to include the track "Spirits (Having Flown)". This is my favourite of their hits but it had a limited release as a single. It was a UK top 20 hit at the beginning of 1980.

Re: The Bee Gees

drimnagh - 22.05.2012, 08:18

I was thinking of Spirits Having Flown, too. Good song.

The Bee Gees rivalled ABBA in creating great melodies and killer hooks.

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Emmanuelle - 22.05.2012, 16:05

So this year we've lost :
Whitney Houston (not my taste but still a great loss to music)
Levon Helm (of The Band)
Donald "Duck" Dunn (of Booker T and the M.G.'s and The Blues Brothers)
Donna Summer :(

and now Robin Gibb? What a rotten year! :cry:

I really feel awful for his family, his mother and his two remaining siblings.

Re: The Bee Gees

billydog - 22.05.2012, 16:11

must be very hard for Barry, living through the deaths of his brothers.
The Beegees made some excellent music over the years...I really like a lot of them but if I had to pick one favourite, its probably this one...

Link


Hang your heads Steps...leave the classics alone pleeeeeaaassseeee :wink:

S x

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artemis - 22.05.2012, 20:40

i thought it was going to happen after the news that he was in a coma :(

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abbarich - 23.05.2012, 20:19

My Dad showed me a very clever video on youtube yesterday. Sorry, I don't know how to do youtube links but if you type in 'Rita Hayworth Staying Alive' you'll find the brilliant video I'm on about! 8) It's had 1.6 million hits so far. Some clever soul has made a video of old clips of Rita dancing with perfect synchronisation to the Bee Gees song Staying Alive. Very funny, tastefully done, and I'm sure Robin and Maurice would have been amused. The video made me think that all brilliant things will stay alive somehow, the image of Rita Hayworth as a vibrant young woman, the Bee Gees fantastic music.... 8) Rich.

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DistantDrums - 23.05.2012, 22:20

I'm probably the only one here that was shocled and stunned by Robins death because I never knew about his illness at all. I don't read news much to find out about such things i'm afraid.

I thoight the BeeGees were pretty good and have a few of their greatest hits on CD. I'd pick out Run to You, Stayin Alive, Too Much Heaven and You Win Again as faves of mine I was hoping that Barry and Robin would do some new songs and an Album together but sadly not to be. :( Robin R.I.P

Re: The Bee Gees

TheGoodOldTimes - 24.05.2012, 23:07

^^ I also didn't know he was ill... :cry:

Re: The Bee Gees

merton - 27.05.2012, 01:52

The thing about Robin Gibb's recordings (much like Whitney's) is that they were poignant to start with, now that he has left us, they become doubly so when one hears them again ......

Re: The Bee Gees

I Let The Music Speak - 27.05.2012, 22:22

Bee Gees Number Ones album is at number 5 in the UK albums chart, up 29 places. HMV appeared to have it at number 1 instore earlier so I was expecting better. It appears to be the only Bee Gees compilation currently available. Others released in last ten years but not apparently available are:

The Record (2002 2-CD set - best one in my opinion, apart from Spirits (Having Flown) being omitted.

Love Songs (rather a poor one as many hits missing if they don't meet the genre)

Number Ones (single disc - not as good as The Record. Excludes 1990s hits as none reached number one). Currently available.

Greatest (reissue of 1979 compilation with bonus remixes. 1970s disco era covered. And Spirits (Having Flown) is included!)

Ultimate Bee Gees (2-CD set, so another good one. Again Spirits (Having Flown) is included so gets my vote.

Re: The Bee Gees

Jim Colyer - 16.06.2012, 21:45

So sad about Robin. The Bee Gees made great music and will be played for years to come.
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