RELEASE
November 07, 2006
LABEL

Album Review

Studio Albums 1967-1968 is comprised of 1967's Bee Gees' 1st and 1968's Horizontal and Idea. Each reissue features both the remastered stereo and mono versions of the albums in their entirety, as well as extensive liner notes and a bonus disc that includes B-sides, alternate takes, and previously unissued tracks. Both 1st and Idea are solid, classic, early Bee Gees' recordings, featuring hits like "Holiday," "New York Mining Disaster 1941," "I Started a Joke" and "I've Gotta Get a Message to You," as well as overlooked gems such as "Indian Gin and Whiskey Dry," "Kitty Can," "Turn of the Century," "Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You" and "Craise Finton Kirk Royal Academy of Arts." Horizontal is the spottier of the three, focusing on melancholy ballads like "World," "Really and Sincerely" and "With the Sun in My Eyes," but it produced some of the group's finer moments in "Massachusetts," "And the Sun Will Shine" and "Harry Braff." All three of the bonus discs fare better than the average mismatched collection of banana peels and empty cigarette cartons that most acts try and turn into a cohesive listen, as the majority of the cuts are fully realized and for the most part orchestrated -- check out the beautifully melodramatic yuletide two-fer of "Thank You for Christmas" and "Medley: Silent Night/Hark the Herald Angels Sing," as well as the goofy psychedelic boot-stomper "Sir Geoffrey Saved the World," and the near-perfect pop of "Ring My Bell." Anyone looking for evidence of the pre-Saturday Night Fever chamber pop greatness that so many in the know use in defense of the much maligned trio should give these records a chance. The band would have been better off changing its name upon its conversion to disco, as this collection, along with 1969's Odessa and even 1970s Cucumber Castle show a group who could out-sing (and often out-write) contemporaries like the Hollies and the Zombies and celebrate pre-Sgt. Pepper's-era Beatles with enough originality to warrant a much larger chapter in the book of rock & roll history.
James Christopher Monger, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Turn of the Century [Stereo]
  2. Holiday [Stereo]
  3. Red Chair, Fade Away [Stereo]
  4. One Minute Woman [Stereo]
  5. In My Own Time [Stereo]
  6. Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You [Stereo]
  7. Craise Finton Kirk Royal Academy of Arts [Stereo]
  8. New York Mining Disaster 1941 [Stereo]
  9. Cucumber Castle [Stereo]
  10. To Love Somebody [Stereo]
  11. I Close My Eyes [Stereo]
  12. I Can't See Nobody [Stereo]
  13. Please Read Me [Stereo]
  14. Close Another Door [Stereo]
  15. Turn of the Century [Mono Version]
  16. Holiday [Mono Version]
  17. Red Chair, Fade Away [Mono Version]
  18. One Minute Woman [Mono Version]
  19. In My Own Time [Mono Version]
  20. Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You [Mono Version]
  21. Craise Finton Kirk Royal Academy of Arts [Mono Version]
  22. New York Mining Disaster 1941 [Mono Version]
  23. Cucumber Castle [Mono Version]
  24. To Love Somebody [Mono Version]
  25. I Close My Eyes [Mono Version]
  26. I Can't See Nobody [Mono Version]
  27. Please Read Me [Mono Version]
  28. Close Another Door [Mono Version]
  29. Turn of the Century [Early Version][#]
  30. One Minute Woman [Early Version][#]
  31. Gilbert Green [#]
  32. New York Mining Disaster 1941 [Version One][#]
  33. House of Lords [#]
  34. Cucumber Castle [Early Version][#]
  35. Harry Braff [Early Alternate Version][#]
  36. I Close My Eyes [Early Version][#]
  37. I've Got to Learn [#]
  38. I Can't See Nobody [Alternate Take][#][Take]
  39. All Around My Clock [#]
  40. Mr. Wallor's Wailing Wall [#]
  41. Craise Finton Kirk Royal Academy of Arts [Alternate Take][#][Take]
  42. New York Mining Disaster 1941 [Version Two][#]
  43. World [Stereo]
  44. And the Sun Will Shine [Stereo]
  45. Lemons Never Forget [Stereo]
  46. Really and Sincerely [Stereo]
  47. Birdie Told Me [Stereo]
  48. With the Sun in My Eyes [Stereo]
  49. Massachusetts [Stereo]
  50. Harry Braff [Stereo]
  51. Day Time Girl [Stereo]
  52. The Earnest of Being George [Stereo]
  53. The Change Is Made [Stereo]
  54. Horizontal [Stereo]
  55. World [Mono Version]
  56. And the Sun Will Shine [Mono Version]
  57. Lemons Never Forget [Mono Version]
  58. Really and Sincerely [Mono Version]
  59. Birdie Told Me [Mono Version]
  60. With the Sun in My Eyes [Mono Version]
  61. Massachusetts [Mono Version]
  62. Harry Braff [Mono Version]
  63. Day Time Girl [Mono Version]
  64. The Earnest of Being George [Mono Version]
  65. The Change Is Made [Mono Version]
  66. Horizontal [Mono Version]
  67. Out of Line [#]
  68. Ring My Bell [#]
  69. Barker of the U.F.O.
  70. Words
  71. Sir Geoffrey Saved the World
  72. Sinking Ships
  73. Really and Sincerely [Alternate Version][#]
  74. Swan Song [Alternate Version][#]
  75. Mrs. Gillespie's Refrigerator [#]
  76. Deeply, Deeply Me [#]
  77. All My Christmases Came at Once [#]
  78. Thank You for Christmas [#]
  79. Medley: Silent Night/Hark the Herald Angels Sing [#]
  80. Let There Be Love [Stereo]
  81. Kitty Can [Stereo]
  82. In the Summer of His Years [Stereo]
  83. Indian Gin and Whisky Dry [Stereo]
  84. Down to Earth [Stereo]
  85. Such a Shame [Stereo]
  86. I've Gotta Get a Message to You [Stereo]
  87. Idea [Stereo]
  88. When the Swallows Fly [Stereo]
  89. I Have Decided to Join the Airforce [Stereo]
  90. I Started a Joke [Stereo]
  91. Kilburn Towers [Stereo]
  92. Swan Song [Stereo]
  93. Let There Be Love [Mono Version]
  94. Kitty Can [Mono Version]
  95. In the Summer of His Years [Mono Version]
  96. Indian Gin and Whisky Dry [Mono Version]
  97. Down to Earth [Mono Version]
  98. Such a Shame [Mono Version]
  99. I've Gotta Get a Message to You [Mono Version]
  100. Idea [Mono Version]
  101. When the Swallows Fly [Mono Version]
  102. I Have Decided to Join the Airforce [Mono Version]
  103. I Started a Joke [Mono Version]
  104. Kilburn Towers [Mono Version]
  105. Swan Song [Mono Version]
  106. Chocolate Symphony [#]
  107. I've Gotta Get a Message to You [Mono Single Version]
  108. Jumbo
  109. The Singer Sang His Song
  110. Bridges Crossing Rivers [#]
  111. Idea [Alternate Mix][#]
  112. Completely Unoriginal [#]
  113. Kitty Can [Alternate Mix][#]
  114. Come Some Christmas Eve or Halloween [#]
  115. Let There Be Love [Alternate Mix][#]
  116. Gena's Theme
  117. Another Cold and Windy Day (Coke Spot #1) [#]
  118. Sitting in the Meadow (Coke Spot #2) [#]