The debut international long-player by the Bee Gees may shock anyone who only remembers them for their mid- to late-'70s disco mega-hits, or their quirky early-'70s romantic balladry. Up untilthey'd shown a penchant for melodic songs and rich, high harmonies, in the process becoming Australia's answer to the Everly Brothers.
When the Bee Gees arrived in London late inhowever, they proved quick studies in absorbing and assimilating the progressive pop and rock sounds around them. In one Tough Talk - King Curtis - Live At Smalls Paradise swoop, Bee Gees - The Bee Gees First became competitors with the likes of veteran rock bands such as the Hollies and the Tremeloesand this long-player, Bee Gees' 1stis more of a rock album than the group usually got credit for generating.
Parts of it do sound very much like the Beatles circa Revolver, but there was far more to their sound than that. The three hits off of Bee Gees' 1st"To Love Somebody," "New York Mining Disaster ," and "Holiday," were gorgeous but relatively somber, thus giving Bee Gees' 1st a melancholy cast, but much of the rest is relatively upbeat psychedelic pop. Robert" and "Taxman," but it's difficult to dislike a song with such delicious rhythm guitars and a great beat, coupled with the trio's soaring harmonies; "Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You" was close in spirit to the Moody Blues of this era, opening Anywhere But Here - Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Munk - Passage (File, Album) a Gregorian chant backed by a Mellotron, before breaking into a strangely spaced-out, psychedelic main song body.
Robin Gibb 's lead vocals veered toward the melodramatic and poignant, and the orchestra did dress up some of the songs a little sweetly, yet overall the group presented themselves as a proficient rock ensemble who'd filled their debut album with a full set of solid, refreshingly original songs.
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