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22 Feb. 2011 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 22 Feb. 2011
  • Release Date: 22 Feb. 2011
  • Label: Bee Gees/Reprise
  • Copyright: 1968 Barry Gibb, The Estate of Robin Gibb and The Estate of Maurice Gibb, under exclusive license to Warner Strategic Marketing Inc., a Warner Music Group Company.
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  • Total Length: 36:33
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  • ASIN: B007QMLB2Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,789 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark Morris on 14 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Horizontal is the second album by the Bee Gees, and is the second album that they made in 1967 (being released in January 1968). The second album is always meant to be a difficult one for bands, especially when they had such a strong start, but they manage to deliver another brilliant and fascinating set of songs.

The album opens with a clattering of bass, guitar, piano and drums which abruptly stop and open into the gorgeous piano/mellotron/vocals chorus of World. It's an absolutely first class song. It is somewhat unconventional what with multiple stops and starts and frequent tempo changes. The mellotron which drifts in and out gives the song a haunting quality, possibly the best use of mellotron in a pop song? The lyrics are fantastic too, and typical of the obscure stuff they were coming up with at the time. I must say, the melody is spot on too, what a great opener.

And the Sun Will Shine is the first of the very sort of depressing songs on the album. It's not one of my favourites, but I do love the orchestral arrangement to it, especially the oboes. The melody is pretty enough, and the lyrics again are great.

Lemons Never Forget brings the album into Rock territory, allegedly it is about the Apple corporation and the problems they were having. It continues the sombre and ominous mood started by the previous song. It's not one of the standouts for me, I think the guitar in the background annoys me a bit, but I do enjoy the chorus.

Ending the depressing succession of songs is Robin's Really and Sincerely. I used to hate this song with its annoying accordian and very whining vocals, but I have actually come to love it, based mainly on the fantastic chorus which I never fail to sing along to loudly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Wrapped in a snug fold-out digipak, this Rhino re-issue of Bee Gees Horizontal is a wonder to behold. Being the second album by the three brothers, Rhino has beautifully remastered the original into one CD that has all the original twelve songs in Stereo and Mono. These are different sounding recordings and not simply Stereo condensed into Mono. Classics like, "World" and their first #1 hit in the U.K., "Massachusetts" is given new life.

Disc 2 contains fantastic Alternate Versions and previously unreleased material. Compare "Swan Song" or "Really And Sincerely" to the original takes. Also included on album for the first time are singles, "Words", "Barker Of The UFO", "Sinking Ships" and "Sir Geoffrey Saved The World". Other new delights are the vibrant, "Out Of Line" and "Ring My Bell". Eastern influence is obvious on "Deeply, Deeply Me" and the second CD concludes with two Christmas songs, the second being a medley never before released. With 37 songs and a running time of nearly 100 minutes, this is a long awaited release. "Massachusetts" went to #11 on the Billboard Charts and #1 in the U.K. (Their first #1!). The album hit #12 in the USA! Also includes a colorful booklet packed with trivia, history, album and single photos as well as comments from Barry and Robin Gibb.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Feb. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This being the Bee Gees 2nd album, they distanced themselves a bit from the previous heavy orchestration and established themselves more of a rock/pop band. Featuring the #1 UK hit "Massachusetts" and the loud, rocking "World" (UK only), this set contains everything from plaintive sad ballads to rock and roll standards. Robin's "And The Sun Will Shine" is a classic tear-jerker and reputably, recorded on the first take. "Lemons Never Forget", "The Earnest Of Being George" and "The Change Is Made" are fine examples of late sixties rock and roll. The Beatles influenced is heard on "Birdie Told Me", a bouncy McCartney-esque tune and "Day Time Girl" also falls into this category. "Really And Sincerely" is a tad too melancholy and "Harry Braff" is simply annoying. However, the album succeeds in the end and finishes with "Horizontal", a brilliantly simple song with the piano chords reading - literally - horizontally.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard O Donoghue on 13 Oct. 2001
Format: Audio CD
The second album from the Bee Ges after their arrival to Britain from down under opens with the single "World". swirling keyboards sounding like the Beatles with a great melody followed by "and the sun will shine" with lead vocal by Robin Gibb sets the tone for the rest of this brilliant cd.
It also includes the now classic "Massachusetts".
For me the best song on this cd is a track called "Really and Sincerely" lead vocal again by Robin Gibb.
This is a must have cd if you are a fan of this exceptional set of songwritting brothers
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jiri Schwarz on 24 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
The basic dozen of songs of the BG's 2nd LP was recorded in the second half of 1967 (soon after the BG had finished work on their debut called simply 1st: Remastered & Expanded) and was issued early in 1968 to enter the top 20 (US and UK) in February. The hallmark of the BG on their early albums is their incredible creativity in making memorable melodies, sung in perfect harmonies of the 3 Gibb brothers' vocals. The BG were a British pop group that certainly did not dramatically influence the quick developments of rock music of that time. On the other hand, on Horizontal, one can hear reflections of the new developments, e.g. psychedelia, r'n'b, and time-to-time, interesting sounds come from Vince Melouney's guitar. The creativity of the group between 1967 and 1971 (to Trafalgar) was really great - with the exception of the Beatles, I think only a few other groups were able to write so many tunes that you can preserve in your head at first listening. Of course, the most memorable tunes of Horizontal are the biggest hits, i.e. World, Massachusetts, and Horizontal, which regularly appear on divergent compilations. Superficially, you can take BG's music as a romantic hit pop group. However, the group has the inner power to sound very appealing, pleading and expressive.

The remaster of Horizontal is a very delightful thing. You get the whole original LP (total time 36:40 min) both in stereo and mono versions on Disc 1 (73:20 min). The sound is extremely pure and deep and thus to me much better than on the original vinyl.
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