Bee Gees Gold Great Introductory Compilation
by Kristin Battestella
Itâ€™s the first Bee Gees album I ever got. I finally started to admit I liked The Bee Gees after hearing the awesome early music, and had been searching for just a compilation with the songs I liked. None of that Disco!Â
A year after I graduated High School, way back in 1999! My friend came home from college unexpectedly on a Monday night. With nothing else to do we trekked to the mall, for I wanted Beatles 1. We get to the music place and there is this simple little cassette called Bee Gees Gold. I read the track listing, and recognized 6 of the 12 songs. For 7 dollars I thought it was worth it and bought it and Beatles 1. It took me 3 weeks before I got around to listening to the Beatles tape!Â Â
Iâ€™m not sure what the criteria was for the Gold compilation. All the Bee Gees Gold records prior to Main Course, I assume. They donâ€™t go in any time order, perhaps they go in numbers sold, since How Can You Mend A Broken Heart is first. That was a given.
The second track is Holiday, which I hadnâ€™t heard before. I was hooked on it instantly with its church organ feel and deep lyrics by Robin. Unfortunately I think Holiday might get a bit lost in the mix since its followed by To Love Somebody, then Massachusetts. Dynamite!Â
I cried the first time I heard Words. How many times have we all wished if we had said something different, or said the right thing, or if we hadnâ€™t said what we said. â€˜Those gosh darn words!â€™ Barry is in his element. Iâ€™m still crying over Words, then Lonely Days comes on very slow. I must admit I was perplexed by 3 men saying â€˜Good Morning Mr. Sunshineâ€™ but of course, quickly the song turns into a rocking testament. I had remembered hearing the song before, but not knowing it was the Bee Gees. If I had a dime for every time that happens! By now, I was already convinced the tape was worth the money.Â
Side 2 begins with Run to Me,excellent, then my favorite, Iâ€™ve Gotta Get A Message To You. My World surprised me. Itâ€™s seems like such a simple little song with only a few lyrics, but the overlay of the voices, well, rocks. I Canâ€™t See Nobody blew my mind. At first I was sure it was Maurice singing, the range and sound was so different from everything else, but it is indeed early Robin. It will get stuck in your head.Â Â
I heard I Started A Joke on the radio and associated it with Laughing, by the Guess Who. I donâ€™t know why. Robin wonâ€™t tell what this song is really about, but you can tell itâ€™s very personal and it just makes you cry. And you will try and find the Vicount Jetliner Melody, trust me! The Last song is New York Mining Disaster 1941. Again â€˜This song is the Bee Gees? It canâ€™t be!â€™ It is.Â
I played this tape in the car for my dad, and he was surprised that all these songs were Bee Gees songs also. To this day whenever weâ€™ve got a long road trip, we always end up singing Lonely Days, and I am girl! I wore the tape out in two weeks, and am on my fifth dub of it. Iâ€™ve got the songs all on other cds now, in much better condition, but sometimes I still like to just pop in those original tunes that got me hooked.Â
I strongly recommend Bee Gees Gold for your car or to drift off sweetly too.Â Visit http://www.beegeesoso.com/Â for more.