Thursday, June 30, 2011
Forgotten Music: ODESSA by the Bee Gees
It's fashionable these days to dis the Bee Gees, along with every other recording artist tainted with Disco (and most deserve the dissing). But eight years before succumbing to Saturday Night Fever, these guys released their masterpiece, their answer to Sgt. Pepper, the four-sided concept album called Odessa.
Released in 1969, this album has so many good songs it was hard to pick just six, but I knuckled down and did the deed. Two of these, "Give Your Best" and (especially) "Whisper Whisper" sound like they could have been recorded by the Beatles. The only clunkers are a couple of orchestral numbers, in which the Gees themselves barely took a hand.
MARLEY PURT DRIVE
FIRST OF MAY
GIVE YOUR BEST
FORGOTTEN MUSIC is brought to you each month at this time by Mr. Scott Parker (and by me when I can remember, which is too seldom).