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liberalpragmatist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:56 PM
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Anybody familiar with Pre-Disco BEEGEES?
I've only heard snippets of the Beegees stuff pre-60s. I'm not a huge fan of the Beegees, since I'm mainly familiar with their disco stuff, and I can't say that I'm a big disco fan. However, I've heard there '60s stuff and pre-disco stuff is actually very good, psychadelic, beatlesesque pop-rock. How good is it? Would it be recommended?
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Kat45 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:58 PM
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1. I remember them.
I was shocked when I heard the disco-Beegees. Their music was ok; I think I had a couple of their singles.
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zbird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:03 PM
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2. I've always liked the Bee Gees.
Probably not a very popular opinion here, from what I've read :P , but I grew up with their music. They had a tight harmony.
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gmoney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:04 PM
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3. Yeah, my dad had "Best of the BeeGees"
Edited on Tue May-25-04 10:06 PM by gmoney
Featured their pre-"Saturday Night Fever" stuff. Some great Brit-pop tunes, notably "Words", "To Love Somebody", "Lonely Days", "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" and "I Started a Joke" -- a bit wimpy, but charming and appealing. Plus their version of "Timothy" called something like "New York Mining Disaster 1941" about guys trapped in a mine. They have a bunch of stuff on iTunes Music store if you want to check out some 30 second clips to get a taste, but worth checking out for sure.
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flowomo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:06 PM
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4. New York Mining Disaster 1941 was one of my favorites....
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TheWizardOfMudd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:09 PM
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5. Me too
Great one.
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:29 PM
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10. I love that too
There is some great footage of them playing on the German Beat Club show. Good stuff.
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Philostopher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:09 PM
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6. It's actually not too bad, the 60s stuff.
If you don't mind a little scenery chewing. In other words, it's not bad if you're a fan of big vocal harmonies -- I'd compare it to the early Badfinger stuff as much as the Beatles. It's pretty melodramatic, but aesthetically solid. Nothing revolutionary, but interesting. Much more interesting than the disco-era stuff, to me, but I grew up on the Beatles and the Kinks. Any 'Best Of' that predates Saturday Night Fever would be good, or as someone else suggested -- try iTunes. There also were two others I remember, "You Don't Know What It's Like" and "Gotta Get A Message To You."

Funny thing about "Message" -- one of the cell phone companies used it a few years ago. The song, if you read the full lyrics, is clearly about a man about to be put to death trying to get a last message to his lover. Guess nobody in the marketing department could be arsed to listen to the whole song.
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nini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:09 PM
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7. Did they sing a song named "Clair"?
I think I remember that and I liked it.

in general I like their pre-disco stuff.
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Philostopher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:12 PM
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8. Actually ...
"Clair" is Gilbert "Alone Again, Naturally" O'Sullivan.
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nini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:16 PM
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9. hmmmm I wonder what I'm thinking of.
thanks.. I've got to go find the song I'm thinking of now! :-)
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jonnyblitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:39 PM
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11. yup
lonely days..how can you mend a broken heart...etc
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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 12:56 AM
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12. they were a great band in their early days . . .
I still have my vinyl copy of "Best of the Bee Gees" . . . great stuff, not a dud on it . . . they lost me in the disco years, but I still enjoy listening the their early stuff . . .
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