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After the enormous come-back sucess of "Main Course", the Gibbs' followed with this album and the #1 'across the charts' hit "You Should Be Dancing". Arif Mardin could not produce for them again, due to record contractual conflicts. But, at the same time, Billboard magazine had just started a "dance" chart and this single topped it the summer of 1976. Followed closely to #3 was "Love So Right", a severe 'Stylistics' sound copy. "Boogie Child" surprised everyone with it's complex instrumental backing and the funkadelic vocals.
It was another step up for the Bee Gees. Again, with too many hits to release in a year, other artists like Melba Moore "You Stepped Into My Life" and an old Gibb friend Yvonne Elliman, "Love Me", snatched these songs up and made them their own giant hits. Radio Host Casey Kasem remarked during the showcasing of "Love So Right", that the Bee Gees have had more songs copied by any other artists, other than the Beatles! This was in 1976 before "Saturday Night Fever".!
The title track made a big hit in Europe and several other tracks became concert staples. Who knew that the next studio album would be the biggest selling soundtrack of all time?
"Children Of The World" is another amazing groundbreaker. History will probably never repeat itself like this again.
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on 1 April 2015
Having only heard some of this album briefly when it was released in 1976, it remained for me almost forgotten after the `Saturday Night Fever' tsunami swamped us all the following year. `Children Of The World' marks a high water mark of the Bee Gees R&B period and demonstrates clearly the influence master producer and arranger Arif Mardin had on the Gibb brothers. Borrowing stylistically from all the R&B of the day, `Children Of The World' shows that soul, funk and R&B were at the heart of the Bee Gees `70s output rather than the simplistic `disco' label that became toxic by the end of the decade. Songs like `Jive Talkin', `You Should Be Dancing', and subsequently `Night Fever' made a large if unintended contribution to defining the disco movement. With artists like Yvonne Elliman and Tavares having chart-topping success covering many of their songs in a heavier `disco' style that along with the global success of Saturday Night Fever, permanently sealed the Bee Gees association with disco.

Unlike `Spirits Having Flown' the follow up album post SNF, `Children Of The World' feels altogether a more complete work with a greater sense of itself. This may be as a result of the central role all three brothers played on this album that seems less evident on `Spirits Having Flown'. `Children Of The World' also has a pleasing spread of R&B styles. The opening track, the 4-on-the-floor club classic `You Should Be Dancing', quickly makes way for `You Stepped Into My Life', a cool funk track that racks up the anticipation of a rounded musical experience to come. It doesn't disappoint. More funk awaits with a standout track `Boogie Child' featuring an exceptional string and horn arrangement, perfectly complimented by soul ballads `Love So Right' and `Love Me', the Yvonne Elliman hit. Title track `Children Of The World' brings up the rear with its flawless a-capella opening and ending that certainly left me with the urge to listen to the whole thing again from the start.

Memorable songs, high production values and some of the finest studio musicians combine to make `Children Of The World' a classic. Two often-overlooked members of the Bee Gees creative team are keyboardist Blue Weaver and drummer Dennis Byron whose studio contribution in my opinion was immeasurable across most of the successful `70s output . Dennis Byron, especially for his great feel and solidity and Blue Weaver for his sensitivity and masterful interpretative skills.

Give the never ending greatest hits compilations a miss for a change. `Children Of The World' is an album no Bee Gees collection should ever be without.
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on 4 July 2006
These reissues are NOT the remasters we've all been waiting for. These are just straight reissues with the Reprise logo slapped on them and sound exactly the same as the previous issues. According to Rhino the proper digital remasters will begin to be issued at the end of the year and these reissues will form part of this. This process will take a number of years and might not be in chronological order but will feature bonus tracks and improved packaging artwork. Still five stars for the album itself!!!!
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on 5 April 2014
This group of people are totally amazing and they are the best band of all time. There will never be a band like these again.
Totally unbelievably talented people. There music will be around for as long as we play music.
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on 8 February 2013
The bee Gees are wonderful. For some reason I have only just bought this CD after loving them for years. This album is one of their finest. Buy it now.
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on 8 February 2013
the presention and quality of product was excellent but the level of postal charge was exspensive look into this matter
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on 18 October 2015
A must have for BeeGees fans.
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on 26 June 2015
excellent experience .
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VINE VOICEon 27 March 2007
Although the Bee Gees had included some R+B/soul into their sound on their previous albums 'Mr Natural' and especially 'Main Course', 'Children Of The World' is the first of their albums where they had decided to concentrate on that style exclusively. However, much of the R+B/soul found here tends to have a softer edge and particuarly with the uptempo tracks, seem decidedly slight. 'Subway' and 'Boogie Child' are disco inspired songs but they are also rather shallow and facile.

However, the popular single 'You Should Be Dancing' shows the Bee Gees at their very best. The other songs which prove most effective tend to be the ballads. 'Love So Right', the much covered 'Love Me' and 'The Way It Was' are perhaps the album's highlights along with the title track, although if anything 'Children Of The World' itself is a little lightweight.

The Bee Gees were wise i believe to concentrate exclusively on their R+B/soul/disco sound as this enabled them to reach a more contemporary audience, however on this occasion their music falls a little short with 'Children Of The World' being the weakest album of their R+B/soul output from the 1975-79 period. However, if you're a fan of the Bee Gees from this period there should still be plenty to keep you entertained.
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on 19 April 2015
great cd!!
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