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on 31 March 2010
This is one of those albums with which everyone became obsessed. Such albums include Michael Jackon's Thriller. Sorry, but that album has some really weak tracks (a Paul McCartney duet!?) and you end up thinking that while many of the tracks are stunning; but not the entire album.
The same is to be said here: They trail off very badly towards the end, almost as if the producers thought, 'well, we'd better put something in'. The Bee Gee tracks are now deserving standards but the electronic Disco Mountain and others are tired and tiring.
A bit like the film, this is misunderstood. The film was not a chick-flick about singing 'chick-tracks' into hairbrushes and boogying the night away hen-party style but a raw, aggressive critique of post-teen, young male adults struggling in New York. The film is hard work but extremely good; this album becomes hard work and occassionally very good.
In the end, the album feels overly extended with some really poor fillers at the end (even by 1970 standards) which really does no justice to the film or the really stunning start. If you were there in the 70s disoes, you'll have some fond memories of that era, but there are many more 70s albums that have worn better.
Some of this is cultural history (and worth having for that) but some poor tracks worth leaving behind - and out.