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.