Happy birthday Robin and Maurice Gibb (of The Bee Gees) (1949). The #1 song in 1962? “Telstar” by The Tornados.
Always really liked The Bee Gees. The 1st LP (on either Reaction or Atco) was one of the first records I asked for, probably about 1967/8 or so. Guess I’d heard “Holiday” on the radio, and it sounded like The Beatles! But fans of The Bee Gees’s debut album know they are all carefully crafted pop classics, and, yes, some of it sounds like The Beatles, as though The Beatles were somehow from Manchester instead of Liverpool.
EXPLOSION! The Rexall drug store had Bee Gees LP’s for CHEAP! My collection was made flesh by Rexall drug store! (Sadly, no longer there). But I definitely got “Horizontal” and “Idea” for less than $2 each. Same deal for the first two “Rare Precious & Beautiful” volumes, the yellow cover and the purple cover. So, now it’s the beginning of 1969, and I have 5 albums by The Bee Gees already!
A brief word about the Atco innersleeve, as found in most Bee Gees LP’s – it taught me to make lists. I pondered over all of what I didn’t know. Chickenman?
In 1969, I was 11 years old and I was still in elementary school. Not quite in junior high yet. There aren’t very many bands that I owned more than 4 LP’s of. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones…maybe Frank Zappa?
My late brother, Jim Kane, had already shown me about British-pressed LP’s; better quality! Some of the covers seemed flimsy, but the LP itself – TOP QUALITY. So, I set about finding British Bee Gees LP’s. The best bet was Lewin’s Record Paradise on Hollywood Blvd., in downtown Hollywood.
Then The Bee Gees dropped “Odessa” on the universe!
Well, a British copy of “Odessa” would’ve cost almost $10, an absolutely unfathomable amount! More than what 3 new US LP’s would’ve cost. So, no UK “Odessa” for me, then. My main 2LP of “Odessa” is a Japanese 80’s R.S.O. with real nice flocking. It probably cost more than US$30 @ Yen3,500! But – what an album!
As the original 5 Bee Gees began to splinter, a Robin Gibb solo LP appeared. So, Robin Gibb had the honor of getting a hit with an electronic drum machine!
Well, I love The Bee Gees. Glad that Barry Gibb is still amongst us. His O.S.T. for “Hawks” is amazing. Oh, go find UK mono copies of “Horizontal” and “Idea”, absolutely amazing, just amazing. I don’t believe I have a mono “Odessa”, but I am certain they exist. The 1st Bee Gees LP on Reaction / Atco is still a favorite.
I was surprised at there being HDCD releases by The Bee Gees, “Their Greatest Hits – The Record” is wonderful. And there are several others, too.