Bee Gees, Best of Bee Gees (1969)
I love the Bee Gees – I’m not sure why you wouldn’t. If you’re a music fan you should be well aware of their pop songwriting genius. But I can understand how the “disco makeover” version of the Bee Gees can seem a little grating – I dig a lot of that stuff too, but my favourite Bee Gees material is this early stuff. Their first few years of fantastic pop singles. There are other Bee Gees hits comps that go deeper, further – but none of them are better. I first heard this on CD and it’s what first made me realise just how great this group was, certainly how great they had been. Released as something of a stopgap – the way hits albums often are – this was their first compilation, capping just a couple of years of work. Phenomenal run of hits here. One of the brothers had walked away from the band. He would of course rejoin. I like to think he sat down and listened to this before wondering, “what the fuck am I doing?!” and promptly scurried back. Found this LP just recently – floods of memories returned on first listen. Pound for pound one of the all-time best Best Ofs and greatest Greatest Hits records I reckon.
Sample Track: I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You
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