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Bee Gees Audio CD
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The Bee Gees were a British singing group consisting of three brothers: Barry Gibb and twins Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb. Not only were they successful in their own right, with seven Grammys to their name, their body of work has been re-interpreted by a huge variety of other artists, from Elvis and Dolly Parton to Billy Corgan and Feist. Of their 35 albums, 200 million copies have been sold, ... Read more in Amazon's Bee Gees Store

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  • Audio CD (22 Jan 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino UK
  • ASIN: B000KN7BOA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Listen  4. One Minute Woman (Remastered LP Version) 2:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. In My Own Time (Remastered LP Version) 2:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You 3:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Craise Finton Cook Royal Academy Of Arts (Remastered LP Version) 2:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. New York Mining Disaster 1941 2:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Cucumber Castle (Remastered LP Version) 2:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. To Love Somebody 3:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Close My Eyes (Remastered LP Version) 2:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Can't See Nobody 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Please Read Me (Remastered LP Version) 2:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Close Another Door (Remastered LP Version) 3:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Turn Of The Century (Mono LP Version) 2:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Holiday (Mono LP Version) 2:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Red Chair, Fade Away (Mono LP Version) 2:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. One Minute Woman (Mono LP Version) 2:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. In My Own Time (Mono LP Version) 2:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You (Mono LP Version) 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Craise Finton Cook Royal Academy Of Arts (Mono LP Version) 2:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Mono LP Version) 2:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Cucumber Castle (Mono LP Version) 2:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. To Love Somebody (Mono LP Version) 3:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. I Close My Eyes (Mono LP Version) 2:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. I Can't See Nobody (Mono LP Version) 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Please Read Me (Mono LP Version) 2:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Close Another Door (Mono LP Version) 3:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Turn Of The Century (Early Version) 2:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen30. One Minute Woman (Early Version) 2:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Gilbert Green (Early Version) 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen32. New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Version One) 2:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen33. House Of Lords 2:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen34. Cucumber Castle (Early Version) 2:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen35. Harry Braff (Early Alternate Version) 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen36. I Close My Eyes (Early Version) 2:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen37. I've Got To Learn 2:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen38. I Can't See Nobody (Alternate Take) 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen39. All Around My Clock 2:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen40. Mr. Wallor's Wailing Wall 2:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen41. Craise Finton Cook Royal Academy Of Arts (Alternate Take) 2:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen42. New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Version Two) 2:390.99  Buy MP3 


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About time, too! 23 Aug 2007
By Quiverbow TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Bee Gees fans have waited years for something like this to find its way onto the shelves: a CD chock full of unreleased material. Whilst every artist that ever was has managed to issue demos, alternate takes and various other sundry bits and pieces, the Gibb brothers have remained silent until now. (OK, there was the demo version of 'E.S.P' but you had to buy a four CD box set to get it.) Has the wait been worth it? Absolutely!

Disc One has the 14 track mono and stereo versions of 'Bee Gees 1st', which in itself is a fine album, but its the second CD of bonus tracks that makes it worth getting for your collection. Of the fourteen previously unissued songs, five have never made it in any form onto any official release.

Both 'House Of Lords' and 'Mr Wallor's Wailing Wall' would have made either decent additions to their first LP, the latter being a music hall style 'comedy', or as replacements for the ponderous 'Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You'. On hearing the remaining three, 'Gilbert Green', 'I've Got To Learn' and 'All Around My Clock', none could match what was eventually included in the final line-up. Then again, maybe they were never intended to make it anyway.

Of the nine alternate versions, one has to hope 'Harry Braff' was an early run through and not one deemed to be the definitive take. One of the two early versions of 'New York Mining Disaster' ends with a strange oscillating sound that is completely out of place with the rest of the song: fortunately, the idea, if it was intentional, was dropped. The remaining takes are different enough to be interesting, unlike some of the mish mash served up by The Beatles on their 'Anthology' set.

If this is the standard both the Bee Gees and Rhino have set themselves, one can only look forward to the next release.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Pop Pleasure with a Psychedelic Flavour 3 Mar 2010
By Greywolf TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Once upon a time, the Brothers Gibb sailed from Australia and landed in Swinging London. Late 60s psychedelia was in full flood. Sergeant Pepper was released on June 1st, 1967. The following month, the Bee Gees appropriately named 'First' album emerged in its wake. Revealed on this double disk edition is an album of pure pop perfection, sprinkled with enough magical, psychedelic pixie-dust to endear it to a legion of fans at the time. Honestly, pop albums don't come much better than this. The opening track, 'Turn of the Century,' sets out the Gibbs' stall, packaging the then-popular Edwardian revival into a Carnaby Street friendly tune about time-travel. The mysterious 'Holiday' follows, replete with a simple-sounding but impenetrable lyric. 'Red Chair, Fade Away' is similarly opaque. But now we have the benefit of the really excellent booklet provided with this set, in which the inspirations behind the songs are recalled and explained. Many forty-year mysteries are answered in the process.
For me, the highlight of the album comes with tracks 6 to 8, beginning with the awesome, droning chant of 'Every Christian Lion-hearted Man...,' moving on to the delightfully chirpy yet mildly demented 'Craise Fenton Kirk: Royal Academy of Arts,' and then to their bizarre hit single, 'New York Mining Disaster, 1941.' Perhaps only in the experimental 60s could a downbeat song about people dying in a mining disaster become a pop hit. It is, though, a mesmerising performance backed by brilliant production. The same could be said of every track on the album. These boys were announcing their arrival and proving themselves to be great tune-smiths, fine, oblique lyricists and damn fine singers of Beatles-esque harmonies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bee Gee's First in Sound 1 Dec 2009
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This has to be one of their best sounding remastered albums. The track "Holiday" is amazing. Beautifully produced with great bonus tracks. No hestation in recommending this to anyone. Why can't all albums sound like this?
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Debut Album! 27 Jan 2007
By Martin A Hogan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Wrapped in a snug fold-out digipak, this Rhino re-issue of Bee Gees First is a wonder to behold. Being the first international album by the three brothers, Rhino has beautifully remastered the original into one CD that has all the original fourteen songs in Stereo and Mono. These are different sounding recordings and not simply Stereo condensed into Mono. Classics like, "To Love Somebody", "Holiday" and their first big hit "New York Mining Disaster 1941" are given new life. In fact, the latter song has four different versions included here.

Disc 2 contains fantastic Alternate Versions and preciously unreleased material. Compare Barry's lead vocal of "One Minute woman" to Robin's take. Or compare the orchestral and instrumental differences between originals and Alternate Takes of "I Close My Eyes" and Turn Of The Century". It must have been a tough decision to make regarding songs choices. The Bee Gees show a remarkable sense of humor with "Mr. Wallor's Wailing Wall" and Beatle-esque perfection with "Gilbert Green" and "House Of Lords". With 42 songs and a running time of well over 100 minutes, this is a long awaited release. This album made it to #7 on the Billboard charts in 1967! Also includes a colorful booklet packed with trivia, history, album and single photos as well as comments from Barry and Robin Gibb.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their first was better than many bands' best. 8 Aug 2007
By lighten_up_already2 - Published on Amazon.com
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It seems that so many albums from the 60's were just a hit or two with a lot of filler. Not this one! I finally got around to ordering it, mainly because I just wanted a definitive version of "New York Mining Disaster 1941" which my father bought as a single when I was a child.

I was amazed at how wonderful this album is to listen to all the way through. Sure, they sounded sort of like the Beatles (at one time I actually thought Holiday was a Beatles song) but they were brilliant.

To me the real underrated jewel of this album is "I Can't See Nobody". This was the B-side of "New York Mining Disaster 1941" and is genuinely beutiful in it's own right, and I believe could have been a monster hit. Hearing it remastered through a quality sound system was mind-boggling.

So, my advice is to pay the money and find a place to relax and enjoy this masterpiece. And, if your only impression of the Bee Gees is from the Disco era (ah ah stayin' alive, stayin' alive) then you are in for quite a surprise!

Just thought I'd add that I got around to listening to the bonus disk and it was certainly worth it. Some of the alternate takes are really great.

It occured to me that some of this early Bee Gees sounds a lot like the progressive stuff that The Move was doing around that time. Really interesting.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Debut Album! 18 Jan 2008
By Martin A Hogan - Published on Amazon.com
Wrapped in a snug fold-out digipak, this Rhino re-issue of Bee Gees First is a wonder to behold. Being the first international album by the three brothers, Rhino has beautifully remastered the original into one CD that has all the original fourteen songs in Stereo and Mono. These are different sounding recordings and not simply Stereo condensed into Mono. Classics like, "To Love Somebody", "Holiday" and their first big hit "New York Mining Disaster 1941" are given new life. In fact, the latter song has four different versions included here.

Disc 2 contains fantastic Alternate Versions and preciously unreleased material. Compare Barry's lead vocal of "One Minute woman" to Robin's take. Or compare the orchestral and instrumental differences between originals and Alternate Takes of "I Close My Eyes" and Turn Of The Century". It must have been a tough decision to make regarding songs choices. The Bee Gees show a remarkable sense of humor with "Mr. Wallor's Wailing Wall" and Beatle-esque perfection with "Gilbert Green" and "House Of Lords". With 42 songs and a running time of well over 100 minutes, this is a long awaited release. This album made it to #7 on the Billboard charts in 1967! Also includes a colorful booklet packed with trivia, history, album and single photos as well as comments from Barry and Robin Gibb.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THIS is The Bee Gees?!!! 5 Mar 2009
By Douglass R. Farrell - Published on Amazon.com
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"Is it, in fact, unfair to criticize a formerly great artist for his latter day sins?"

The above question, put forth by the character 'Barry'(memorably played by Jack Black) in the movie High Fidelity must be considered when analyzing this fantastic debut by The Bee Gees. Arguably, what was accomplished by the Bee Gees in this album leaves one to tear out their hair when they consider what became of them a mere ten years later. Yes, in this case, it is fair to lump a heaping helping of criticism at the Bee Gees for their latter-day sin of selling-out to the "Disco Craze" of the late 70's(although, admittedly, 'Stayin' Alive' and 'Jive Talking' were pretty incredible).

What is heard on this album is not just good music, but a mere confirmation of what made records of the 60's better than all the rest. 'Bee Gees' 1st' is highlighted by 'New York Mining Disaster 1941' and 'Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You', along with some other delights such as 'Craise Finton Kirk Royal Academy of Arts' and 'I Can't See Nobody'.

This particular package contains both the stereo and mono recordings of the album(Disc One) in addition to a bonus disc of outtakes and previously unreleased bonus tracks(Disc Two).

Hesitate not, ye grand appreciators of outstanding music. Get this album.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great & Historic Album! 6 Mar 2011
By Shining Star - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Ah yes! The year was 1967 and a band led by 3 brothers born on the Isle of Man who then later moved from Manchester, England to Australia while still very young, were about to begin a now almost 45 year journey of masterful compositions, perfect 3 part harmonies along with songs and albums that would change popular music for all times. The Bee Gees have seen many transformations and incarnations, but the song had remained the same with these guys prior to Maurice's passing (RIP).

They produced amazing material and were one of those bands whose catalog would be appreciated by so many from across the musical landscape worldwide. They are mostly and unfairly just remembered for their incredible mid to late 70's material which put them on a level that, overall, may never have been reached before or since. However, this album, their mainstream debut, shows that this band was making great music from it's inception, yes, they were outstanding songwriters and performers in their adopted home of Austrialia as far back as 14 years old!

The first song, "Turn Of The Century" starts us off on a wonderous journey. You hear the brothers displaying their incredible 3 part vocal harmonies that while not unheard of at this time, was certainly at the head of the class at that time. They were beating groups like the Byrds and Beatles at their own game and they were just teens! The "Holiday" has such gorgeous orchestrations and vocals and you can hear the deep lyrical content the brothers were able to obtain even at such a young age.

"Red Chair, Fade Away", "One Minute Woman" & "In My Time" are great classic mid to late 60's rock and roll songs that shows the band having fun and enjoying the music that's being made. "Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You" is one of my all time favorites and along with "New York Mining Disaster 1941" truly showcases the brothers incredible concepts and lyrical content skill level. There's not a weak moment on this album and each song seems to give you a snapshot of the musical movements throughout the 1960's up to that point which is truly remarkable. .

While all 3 brothers were great songwriters, the primary writers listed on this and all of their subsequent albums were Barry & Robin. This is a shame cause Maurice, by all the brothers admissions, was the primary writer of all the melodies and played several intruments on all of their albums. They were every bit the writers of any of the other great writers who were a part of the british invastion time period. They are not given the full credit for the brillant music they produced which has stood the test of time as contemporaries like Townshend/Entwhistle, Jaggar/Richards, Page/Plant, Lennon/McCartney, Waters/Gilmour, etc. They should be at the beginning of every conversation when the topic of greatest songwriting tandems is discussed.

While this is not technically their "1st" album (they released 2 previous LP's in Australia) it is, however, as previously stated, their 1st international album and the first time they achieved true exposure outside of their adopted home of Australia were they were already major stars. With this album, they would be introduce to the world who would be given a glimpse of what was to come. With this album they would begin a journey that would take them across the world bringing gorgeous harmonies, majestic melodies and thought provoking lyrics along for the ride.
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