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


SUDDENLY


FIRST OF MAY


GIVE YOUR BEST


MELODY FAIR


WHISPER WHISPER


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).

26 comments:

Randy Johnson said...

never heard this album, but I will cheerfully admit to liking the BeeGees before they went disco. And I could tolerate them after that.

Todd Mason said...

Is that a little joke (perhaps for Bill), Dr. v. Sgt. Pepper?

I actually preferred the BeeGees' disco work to the IDEA album, certainly, given that one of my most-hated songs ever is on it (a song I learned to hate well before SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER arrived), but there is little chance I wouldn't prefer this album to IDEA, as well. But I've never been much of a Gibb fan, and there were plenty of disco artists who were talented, even beyond the obvious such as Donna Summer or such notable one-hitters as Gloria Gaynor...and such parodists as Blondie chose to be so famously.

Evan Lewis said...

Dr. Pepper? Yikes, I must have been thirsty when I typed that. I'm fixing it.

Richard R. said...

I liked the BeeGees from the first album, which I still have on CD, and even like the disco years stuff, which is catchy as hell, no matter what the over-all scene was like. I'm not as enthralled by this one as you, but it is good.

Todd Mason said...

BEEGEES: ONE NIGHT ONLY will be a pledge offer to public stations in August from syndicator American Public Television.

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