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Bee Gees, The - 1975 Main Course

ARTIST: Bee Gees, The
ALBUM: Main Course
YEAR: 1975
CD REISSUE: Reissue List..


LINEUP: Barry Gibb - lead & backing vocals, rhythm guitar * Robin Gibb - lead & backing vocals * Maurice Gibb - bass, guitars, backing vocals

Additional Musicians: Alan Kendall - lead guitar, steel guitar * Dennis Bryon - drums, percussion * Blue Weaver - piano, keyboards, synthesizer, clavinet * Joe Farrell - saxophone * Ray Barletto - percussion * Don Brooks - harmonica * Arif Mardin- orchestral arrangements * Gene Orloff - concertmaster

TRACK LISTING: 01 Nights On Broadway * 02 Jive Talkin' * 03 Wind Of Change * 04 Songbird * 05 Fanny (Be Tender With My Love) * 06 All This Making Love * 07 Country Lanes * 08 Come On Over * 09 Edge Of The Universe * 10 Baby As You Turn Away


After their previous LP 'Mr. Natural', the Bee Gees were up for a change. The R&B based album while very good came up zilch in the singles department and barely charted in America. At the suggestion of Eric Clapton, the band recorded their follow-up 'Main Course' at sunny Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida and the results were astounding.

The Songs
There seems to be two camps when it comes to Bee Gees fans and their hordes of detractors. On one side those who love the early and colourful Beatlesque albums and on the other the 'Saturday Night Fever' crowd who are convinced the Bee Gees were solely a disco band and turned away in droves after the glittery movement bottomed-out commercially; making Barry, Maurice and Robin tragically unhip seemingly overnight. The sad part is in dissing the Bee Gees middle work, they've missed out on what I think is the trio's best album: 'Main Course'. The record and its singles were the soundtrack to my troubled summer of 1975 and to this day the sound of 'Nights On Broadway' brings to mind the first time I saw a hot, humid and smog layered Manhattan from the back of my parents packed station wagon while on our way to a new and unknown life in one of the city's vast suburbs. The bubbly disco R&B of 'Jive Talkin' went all the way to number one and while both tunes were the band's first experiments in disco as well as their trademark falsetto vocal style; the album is wildly diverse moving into both country rock and mellow soft rock territory which includes the sets jewel 'Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)'. I can listen to this poptastic beauty over and over again and never grow tired of it. Beautiful stuff and say what you will about these guys, they knew how to write killer hooks wrapped around to-die-for melodies like few before or after. The countrified pop of 'Come On Over' was a huge hit for Olivia Newton John the following year and the fun 'Edge Of The Universe' was pulled as a single off 1977's 'Here At Last.. The Bee Gees Live' and became a moderate hit that year.

In Summary
All in all a remarkable album from three men that while often misunderstood, never failed to deliver high quality pop, no matter what style they chose to dabble in. I give 'Main Course' my highest recommendation. [word count 415]

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#1 | jefflynnefan on March 06 2016 22:53:55
Great review! And I agree that this is their best album! 'Nights On Broadway' and 'Fanny' have held up to still be my favorite songs by the Bee Gees.
#2 | dangerzone on March 07 2016 00:33:42
The title track is surely one of the best songs of the 70's. A great album.
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