Odessa is the sixth studio album by the Bee Gees, a double vinyl LP released on 30 March 1969, initially in an opulent red flocked cover with gold lettering. Despite reaching the UK Top Ten and the US Top 20, the album was not particularly well-received, though now is regarded by many as the most significant of the group's Sixties albums. An ambitious project, originally intended as a concept album on the loss of a fictional ship in 1899, it created tension and disagreements in the band regarding the work's direction; finally, a dispute over which song to release as a single led to Robin Gibb temporarily leaving the group.Released by Polydor Records in the UK and Atco Records in the US, Odessa was the group's fourth album released internationally, and their only double album of original music. It would be the final album to feature the band's original incarnation, and the last to include guitarist Vince Melouney. The album includes the 1969 hit single "First of May" (UK no. 6 / US no. 37) and notable tracks such as "Lamplight", "Marley Purt Drive" and "Melody Fair", the latter of which features on the 1973 compilation Best of Bee Gees Vol. 2. The album was reissued as a single disc in September 1976 when interest was revived in the Bee Gees' career. Since then the album has gained increasing critical acclaim. It was reissued again in January 2009, as a deluxe three-disc set, and is included in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.Wikipedia
Well. Not just a Bee Gees album, but a Bee Gees concept album. Not just a Bee Gees concept album, but one where significant creative differences resulted in not just one but two Bee Gees concept albums. About a Ukranian port. The first song alone lasts 1 day, 7 hours and 34 minutes.
Expectation: Some funky Bee Gees beats to energise my day Reality: What the hell is this
I like the Bee Gees pre disco albums. This is sort of their magnum opus - a big sprawling concept album in the wake of Sgt Pepper's, with hints of Beach Boys/Pet Sounds, Dylan's more country inflected sound here and there, and maybe a bit of Nilsson? I'm a sucker for this sort of ambition. One thing that I think holds this album back is the lead singing style, which often comes across so melodramatically when they lean in on that vibrato. I can see how it can be a big turn off to some but to me it is just sort of funny - which I'm sure is not the intended reaction. This sounds like the soundtrack to a musical and I find it quite enjoyable. Drags on a bit towards the end though.
This album showcases two things, neither of them good. Firstly, it highlights the problems that arise when an artist takes themselves too seriously; secondly, it illustrates how concept albums, although sometimes excellent and often make the lists of the best albums of all time, can also be hugely overrated and misguided. This album, to me, takes all of the fun out of a band that have created a lot of good, danceable tunes, without providing anything with any genuine further substance. At over an hour long, this thing rambles along with ideas that aren't nearly as interesting or profound, or even just as epic-sounding, as the Bee Gees must have thought it was at the time of recording. Suddenly and Whisper Whisper were the highlights on this for me, being two good tracks that didn't go on forever and were enjoyable to listen to. The rest of it went down like the Odessa
Thank Jeebus disco happened.
This evening I found a cold wet washcloth behind the toilet in my kids' bathroom and found it more interesting than this album. I was actually looking forward to this, but the Bee Gees Odessa is terrible, has zero personality and was a huge disappointment.
Wow, didn't expect this at all, I quite liked it. I wonder when they changed their style drastically, might investigate..
The group members may disagree for personal reasons, but Odessa is easily the best and most enduring of the Bee Gees' albums of the 1960s. It was also their most improbable success, owing to the conflicts behind its making. The project started out as a concept album to be called "Masterpeace" and then "The American Opera," but musical differences between Barry and Robin Gibb that would split the trio in two also forced the abandonment of the underlying concept. Instead, it became a double LP -- largely at the behest of their manager and the record labels; oddly enough, given that the group didn't plan on doing something that ambitious, Odessa is one of perhaps three double albums of the entire decade (the others being Blonde on Blonde and The Beatles) that don't seem stretched, and it also served as the group's most densely orchestrated album. Yet amid the progressive rock sounds of the title track and ethereal ballads such as "Melody Fair" and "Lamplight" were country-flavored tunes like "Marlery Purt Drive" and the vaguely Dylanesque bluegrass number "Give Your Best," delicate pop ballads like "First of May" (which became the single off the album), and strange, offbeat rock numbers like "Edison" (whose introduction sounds like the Bee Gees parodying Cream's "White Room"), and "Whisper Whisper" (the latter featuring a drum break, no less), interspersed with three heavily orchestrated instrumentals. Even the seeming "lesser" numbers such as "Suddenly" had catchy hooks and engaging acoustic guitar parts to carry them, all reminiscent of the Moody Blues' album cuts of the same era. Moreover, the title track, with its mix of acoustic guitar, solo cello, and full orchestra, was worthy of the Moody Blues at their boldest. The myriad sounds and textures made Odessa the most complex and challenging album in the group's history, and if one accepts the notion of the Bee Gees as successors to the Beatles, then Odessa was arguably their Sgt. Pepper's. The album was originally packaged in a red felt cover with gold lettering on front and back and an elaborate background painting for the gatefold interior, which made it a conversation piece.
This was definitely not what I expected. When you think of The Bee Gees, you think disco obviously. But this album could not be farther from that. This is a double album filled with some really beautiful pop songs, some orchestral elements, and just overall the complete opposite of what I thought this would be going into it. The album starts off at an incredible point, if the album had stuck at that level I might be willing to give it a five, but it does eventually slip. Only one or two songs are truly weak but overall the album sorta begins to drag. It's a double album, clocking in at over an hour, and it would be much better if it was just 20-25 minutes shorter. Still some really great songs in here, though.
Wasn't sure what to expect from pre-disco Bee Gees. What I got was a very pleasant baroque pop album.
There is just too much greatness here to leave it at a 3. The run time is too long and the country tunes throw off the album, but the sound, harmonies, orchestration are so perfect.
This is an absolutely bizarre project, in a way that I am extremely partial for. Not entirely, perhaps due to being primed by Trafalgar first. In chronological order, that album comes across as a less interesting and slimmer version of Odessa. However, the songs here ride the edge of too cute for their own good, and there are maximal arrangements galore stretched out over a double album. Essential? Not on first listen, but this could be a favorite once the palette is cleaner.
No disrespect to Redcliffe but this was average at best. Their harmonies sometimes sounds like Free Willy calling out for his mum when he was stuck in the fish tank. Suddenly and Whisper Whisper were good though.
Get these guys a statue. 2nd best band from the Isle of Man... Sexy Breakfast if you're wondering...
better than expected but my bar was pretty low.
I never knew there was a pre-disco version of the Bee Gees. Turns out I didn't really need to know either. I'm not a disco fan. But I accept the iconic role the Bee Gees had in shaping that era in music and culture. However, "Odessa" feels like an also-ran in a late-60s era of much better, similar music.
Well, I don't know what I was expecting but it sure wasn't a store-brand Beatles album. If it weren't for Gibb's ridiculous vibrato and the blatant rip-off nature of the album, it'd almost be good. But it's not.
Sounded like a cover band except all they played were song I never heard. Thank god they found their sound later because it was painful to listen to them trying to sound like other bands. Sad.
OMG, there are so many low points in the first few songs my head was spinning trying to decide the lowest. Was it the pompous and schmaltzy Odessa, inspired by Robin Gibb seeing a travel brochure? Or trying to sound backwoods West Virginia on “Marley Purt drive” (with a “gotcha” at the end, letting us know the 15 kids are actually from an orphanage) or the choir in a song detailing Thomas Edison’s accomplishments? Or possibly the three symphonic pieces on the second disc that sound like they were written for “Lassi Come home”? Wikipedia tells us “The album was not well received by the public or the music press on release, and led to a decline in the band's fortunes.” No kidding.
How bout that opening track? The album really gets off to a good start - LOL. I find it hard to like anything on Side 1. The start of Side 2 is hopeful as the banjo comes out and they venture to the country on Marley Put Drive, but there is way too much fussing over the vocals for the country sound to work. In the next track, Edison, they decide to repeat the phrase "Edison Came to stay" 100 times. I don't get it. Whisper Whisper ends the side. The keyboards, percussion and guitar in that song are fun. Is this the turning point for the album? Nope. Side 3 starts with Lampshade which is hideous.The fiddle comes out for Give Your Best as they return to country. The fiddle is fine, but the Bee Jees ruin it. This would have been a hard listen if it were a single album. As a double, it's painful.
What a shocking album. I struggled to make it beyond the first track. It's billed as a concept album. That concept must be themed around crap. Lyrics such as "You know the neighbours that live next door, they haven't got their dog anymore..." don't help. I wish zero stars was an option.
Very weird coincidence to get this album on the day Russia invades Ukraine. Anyway, utter crap.
I like them have many of their songs on my play list.
This was an amazing album. I was well pleased.
This was beautiful, and sooooo different from what the Bee Gees are known. I mean, there was even some Country in there! Very pleasant listening experience.
Listened twice in a row
Oh! It's their Melody Fair!!
Definitely influenced by The Beatles and the Beach Boys this album is great musically and can be put in the same category as some of the top albums of the 60s and 70s. Enjoyed this one a lot more than any other Bee Gees album I've heard.
This aint disco. Reminds me of the beatles. Very cool stuff
Some fabulous Baroque pop that tickles my fancy greatly. Not what I expected from the Bee Gees though!
Got some nice Beatles vibes, and tons of great orchestral stuff.
This sounded nothing like I was expecting it to.
Really diverse music, very enjoyable
4.5 Que sorpresa de álbum, es algo que movió totalmente mi percepción sobre los BG's. Siempre creí que solo habían hecho música disco. Comienza muuuy lento para la mayoría de la gente pero como a mi me gusta mucho el progresivo, solo me tomó por sorpresa que no fuera disco, ya para "Marley purt drive" se pone mas movida la cosa y después de "Whisper,whisper" va bajando el ritmo tal como si fuera una opera con el gran finale de "the british opera". muy bien ganado el lugar como una de las primeras bandas en hacer opera rock/rock sinfónico (sinceramente pensé que eso había nacido con KISS y Metallica). Sigo impresionado con toda la mezcla musical del álbum, que sea el sexto y que no es música disco. Sin duda alguna se va a colar entre mis discos favoritos. Me gusta mas sin el falsete de Barry, le voy a dar una vuelta a los demás discos
I thought the The Bee Gees were Disco, but this sounds like the poor man's Beatles and I swear I don't mean that as an insult.
Interesting. I only knew bee gees because of their disco dance music. This album is kind of a mishmash of other styles.
aint no b without the g's broooooo
Zobaczylem nazwe bee gees i obawialem sie, ze czeka mnie kolejne diskowe sluchowisko, bo wlasnie z synthowego disko i teledyskow wpaczajacych w kamere kojarze te bande, ale poza tym nic wiecej o niej nie wiedzialem, a dostalem cos nieoczekiwanie dobrego podwojny albumik, ponad godzina muzyki ktora okreslilbym jako pomost miedzy beatelsami a beach boyami, glownie przez to ze jest to albumers konceptowy, wiec odniesienia do sierzanta peppera, czy pet sounda wydaja mi sie jak najbardziej na miejscu, zwlaszcza biorac pod uwage podobny styl wokalny jakim operuja bee geesy, takze banda braterska, wiec harmonijne wokale tworza ciekawe kompozycje, jestem calkowicie zbaflowany jak roznorodne jest to 60 minut, klasyczne rokowe traki jak you will never see my face again, influencje muzyka country w give your best czy marley purt drive, a tutaj kolejny zwrot akcje psychodelika beatelsowa sie wylewa z suddenly, whisper whisper czy i laugh in your face, koniec no nie zupelnie, sa rowniez traki calkowicie instrumentalne mini symfonie british opera czy seven seas symphony, cala trojka braciowa ma swoje traki na ktorych wokaluje, ale reszta jest wtedy wsparciem, dodatkowi dwa czlonkowie niebraterscy ogarniaja gitarke prowadzaca i drumersy, instrumentalnie bez zbednych ekscesow i nawet traki kontrowe w ktorych naprawde duzo sie dzieje, przez dodatek studyjnych banjosow czy smyczkow nie sa zbyt chaotyczne, kawalki sa tak prosto pisane, a jednoczesnie bardzo sluchalne przez gwalcenie kaczowych refreniorow i ich chorowanie, od strony technicznej nie mam sie do czego przyczepic, produkcja zrobila robote, bo spotifajowa skarbnica zawiera ultra deluxowa wersje prawie 2 i pol godziny, na ktorej znajduja sie early mixy i alternatywne tejki, wiec mozna uslyszec jaka roznice zrobili w koncowym produkcie, wiec kolejny raz jestem milo zaskoczony, ze poznaje na nowo zespol ktory juz znalem, zwlaszcza dostaja w rece taki konceptowy gem, no i redemption ark brytowej muzyki popularnej
I only knew the disco Bee Gees, but this is surprisingly good.
Decent songs, each sound a little too similar to one another though.
Ambitious in scope, trippy, complex, engaging, and psychedelic. In which the Bee Gees get their Sgt. Peppers on. It’s probably too long and it doesn’t make a lot off narrative sense as a concept album, but I still really enjoyed this.
Huh. I didn't expect Bee Gees to be so versatile. Or a 1969 album to be so long :D But yeah, listenable ^^
Pretty good. Too many songs on this album and a few were instrumental
An interesting concept album, different than I was expecting from Bee Gees (who I mostly enjoy for their greatest disco hits). Almost Beatles-esque, I can see why it's compared to Sgt Pepper's. The touches of country and psychedelic vibes were interesting too. The whole album really took me by surprise for the style and tone. Great choice! My top pick is 'Marley Purt Drive' - feels more like CCR than Bee Gees!
Entretenido, pero siempre en mi poco conocimiento, si no me dicen que son los Bee Gees y lo hubiera escuchado, habría jurado que eran los Beatles o algo así. 8/10
That was not what I was expecting. A bit of prog, a bit of country, a bit of folk-rock and no disco in sight. Surprisingly enjoyable.
This was pretty gloriously unexpected! Took a second listen to get my head around what I was hearing. Only really knowing the Bee Gees' disco output, a sweeping melodramatic concept album about the close of the 19th century rather took me by surprise! Fave track - "Edison", maybe? Or "Whisper Whisper". More listens are probably required...
12/02/2021 Today's Album: "Odessa" by Bee Gees - Usually when I think of the Bee Gees, I think of the high-pitched singing in tracks like, "stayin alive", but this album really shows their musical range. Slow ballads, strange psychedelic sound scapes, somewhat cloudy or rustic production, catchy hooks, soft melodies, smooth psychedelic pop, Beatles worship, and more make this album what it is. I like how much this album makes me want to sway and there really isn't too much to complain about in the instrumentals. If anything, I would say the record drags on in the middle few songs, but it makes sense as they are seemingly experimenting with a ton of different ideas. Piano ballads, upbeat country tracks, and general bangers come out of the second half. This album is really good and I think it took me a few listens to really understand it, but now that I gave it the time it deserves I like it a decent bit. Score: 8/10 Fun, creative, and enjoyable Highlights: You'll Never See My Face Again, Marley Purt Drive, Edison, Melody Fair, Lamplight, I Laugh In Your Face, First Of May
Cool!! Orchestral and christmasy
Lots of interesting stuff here! Parts were very charmingly folksy, some parts felt a touch country, some parts sounded like the Beatles. There were songs made me feel warm inside, like Lamplight and First of May. I loved the opening track, full of drama. Really liked the tracks without words too, especially the album closer. Lots of magic here; sometimes I even got Christmas vibes somehow. A lot of the tracks blended together for me. I think I'd need more time with this album to properly appreciate it, but there's a lot here to love.
Det här var hur bra som helst??? Inte alls beredd på soundet, trodde det skulle va disco. Riktigt nära att dela ut en femma men håller mig i tyglarna! Goa Supertrampvibes! Bäst hittills av det jag inte redan har hört
Toppen, visste att den skulle vara bra men blev ändå glatt överraskad. Kanske saknar några 'klassiker' och skulle behöva tightas till på ställen för att verkligen bli ett 5/5 album dock.
Man ba va händer. Sexigt av dem att göra det här albumet
Not the Bee Gees I expected but still pretty good
I was surprised by this album. I have always associated the Bee Gees with disco, and this wasn't that. Quite a range and depth here.
Интересный альбом, есть красивые композиции. Ближе к концу хуже запомнился, чем в начале прослушивания.
I think this is the first time I have listened to a full record of theirs. Very good.
Fun vibey rock album. Reminds me a bit of the beatles in the quirky songs
I didn't think I'd be able to make it past the seven minute plus title track. But the more I listened, the more it grew. By the end, you forget that it's a double. I'll take two more, please.
Its an interesting concept album, you can see they tried to replicate the magic that The Beatles and Beach Boys were doing in the late 60's. 7/10 Favorite Tracks: Odessa, Lamplight
Had expected this to be on the list, given the album's reputation as the best Bee Gees album of the sixties/early 70s. Not sure why: most of those albums seem to consist of >>5* singles and some lesser material. And in my memory this album is quite uneven as well (apart from being a bit more orchestral). Listened to it again a few times todays and it started to grow on me: 4 stars.
Oh wow. So like most people, I only really know the Bee Gees from their disco hits, although I did see their documentary and was aware that they started off in white R&B. I didn't realize that they went full Pet Sounds at some point, though! Honestly, I like this a lot more than their falsetto-heavy hits, and I can see this be a real grower. C+, maybe B-?
A little long but sooo listenable
Overall, I enjoyed it. It was different from what you'd normally think of when you hear the Bee Gees. Not sure how often I'd relisten to it, but it's got a worthwhile place in the 1001 albums.
Surprisingly great. I hadn't ever listened to a Bee Gees album before and had no idea they had music that sounded like this. Love the mix of orchestral, baroque pop, country, folk, and other styles. Very rich sound and well-produced.
This is a very sprawling album that is not what you think of when you think of the Bee Gees. A lot of it was cringy and pretentious which is the big risk when you do a concept album like this. Enjoyed it overall even though there I had some undeniable second hand embarrassment during some of the more corny parts. 3.75 stars.
Surpreendente, pop com qualidade em que a pretensão de apresentar ao épico se justifica.
This is like an album full of Paul McCartney's weirdest post-Beatles songs, but I think mostly in a good way?
I surprisingly kind of loved this. Who knew the Bee Gees have more depth than their cheesy disco would lead you to assume. I shouldn't be surprised since I knew First of May from an old mix my mom would play in the house while cleaning but had somehow forgotten about. This deserves another listen, but what a pleasant surprise.
A third double album in a row and this is taking up much time! After trashing their album Trafalgar - one of the worst records I have ever heard - I was pleasantly surprised by Odessa. Exemplary songwriting, luscious arrangements, big baroque pop. Ambitious, sure, exhausting, perhaps, but a showcase for the talented brothers.
Gotta give this a 3/5 cause even though it went for fucking FOREVER it was kinda cool at least some of the time. Kinda realised that there was this point in the late 60s where all those bands who'd just gotten popular on the back of the 60s rock a la Beatles sound had gotten sick of it, wanted to experiment etc - this is like 50% "safe" songs like the ones John Lennon started complaining about the beatles making about the same time, and then 50% trying to break away from the safe stuff, as if to say "ok the times are a-changing but we're just gonna dip our toes in for the moment". The first song is... huge. Totally aiming for the sky kinda stuff, wasn't expecting that kinda thing from a 60s band.
-March 30th, 1969 Release Date (Spotify) -17 songs • 1H 4M - Not what I expected to hear from The Bee Gees. Expected 1970s staying alive but received more Prog-Rock-Pop vibes. Almost like The Beatles. -Marley Purt Drive -So far – coolest part of the album isn’t even the lyrics. The sound is nearly interchangeable with something like a Beatles Album. Some songs do something interesting with their direction. The most surprising part of the album is more the fact these kinda of sounds are coming from the same group associated with a disco scene -Suddenly -Whisper Whisper -Sound of Love — yo wtf is this song. It starts of so corny almost too much but ends with a combination of woodwind piano and brass. -
Best of the early albums. Lovely at times, 1960s weirdness but hints of the future.
Like Nick said - a solid Blood & Chocolate 3. It was alright, but I remember looking up and realizing I was only on the fourth song when I thought I was like halfway through the album. I would have never guessed Marley Purt Drive was by the Bee Gees! I think the middle portion of the album was best. Didn’t really understand how it was a concept album but I also didn’t look much into the lyrics.
Wanted to like this but god, Barry’s vibrato is annoying
Very interesting album.... I was relunctant at first since I don't normally like the Bee Gees. However I was glady surprised! 1. This is clearly a concept album (Gabibo!!!) 2. It's not disco like other stuff I've heard from the Bee Gees. Good melodies, a bit more on the rock (almost prog) side, but a bit too slow paced for me and sometimes some weird Bee Gays sounds appear in songs... I was about to give 3 stars but imo the second half of the album is way better than the first, so I would say 3.5.
Average Bee Gee album. Does include some songs that are known. This album may have brought them onto the world stage, but was not part of their disco era releases that they are most well known for.
Jamás me imaginé que los Bee Gees pudieran hacer algo así. Aunque sigo sin ser fan del falsetto y la temblorina de borrego que aplica Barry Gibb, este disco me cambió mucho la perspectiva de lo que fue esta banda. Los discos conceptuales en general me gustan, y en este además me gusta mucho que se animan a mezclar con cosas casi sinfónicas que para ese tiempo pocas bandas habían hecho. Le daría la 4 estrella si no supiera que en unos años fueron de eso a 'Night Fever'.
It's boring but there are some pretty moments. Sounds a lot more like CCR and The Beatles than what I expected from a BeeGees album.
i kinda liked this, not what i expected. bit of a beatles vibe there.
mt deprê mas bom
bom mas triste, já tem tristeza dms na vida
Somber orchestral ballads. I didn’t hate it but was a bit disappointed this wasn’t from their disco era. I didn’t know they had such a different style before that. So interesting but wouldn’t really listen again
I have enjoyed the Bee Gees from time to time but largely I think of them as a band who has kind of a schtick for overly emotional songs and occasional disco party jams (Stayin Alive). This album felt slightly more sophisticated than my caricature at times, but at other times lived up to it. Some serious Beatles vibes at times. I get that it was in the air back then, but wow, dead ringer at certain moments. I kept finding myself thinking 'this is a kick ass song' and then the lyrics would all but ruin it for me.
this seems cutesy. is this their most essential listen?
No sabía que hacían música distinta a la conocida disco de siempre. Un disco por demás melódico pero un poco repetitivo y muy extenso. Las piezas instrumentales me parecen buenas pero para el track 17 no sé qué tan buena idea haya sido. 3.5 que baja a 3 estrellas porque al final se me hizo un poquito cansado. Songs: You'll Never See My Face Again, Whisper Whisper, Sound of Love, First of May
An den beegees ist noch keiner gestorben
Shockingly not too bad. I expected the screechy 70s, disco Bee Gees. This had a more 60s, concept album vibe. The instrumental tracks were very enjoyable. A little drag in the middle. But a pleasant surprise. 3.5
Moñas... luego movidos... instrumentales orquestales...
opening track has promise. yea i think this album needs another and deeper pass in order for me to really get it, but the sonic atmosphere is pleasant. though there is a bigger sonic change midway into the second side of the 1st LP. Give Your Best comes out of nowhere. nice climactic finish. yea i just missed a lot of the concept album stuff just listening to it at work
Me ha sorprendido, y mucho. No conocía mucho su discografía a parte de las famosas y he descubierto una gran instrumentalización. Me ha gustado
This one falls in that Blood and Chocolate solid 3 category for me. I was shocked to put on a bee gees album and not feel like I was in a cocaine fueled dance off with John Travolta in the 70s! Took a second to get used to the Bee Gees copping the popular sound of other successful 60s bands but they made it work for them. Completely tolerable 60s pop/rock ripped straight from the Beatles. I also found myself totally into the orchestral interlude bits...might have been more interesting than the Gibbs proper songwriting. "Marley Purt Drive," was the standout track for me but it was a copy paste of "The Weight" by The Band. When the opening of the track began I started singing the lyrics to "The Weight" and it fit a little too perfectly. For a concept album about an old timey ship lost at sea this turned out just ok.
Not bad, but pretty unspectacular and less than I was hoping for from the bee gees
Ehh it was pretty good, but like pretty similar to the other albums we've gotten from this decade.
Early Bee Gees is still new to me, so I was pleased to see this album pop up. First couple of songs seemed to be the Gibb’s acknowledgement that the Beatles were pretty fucking good. Their efforts fell short of that standard, but still not bad. “Marley Purt Drive” was the one track I truly enjoyed - made for a playlist that surprises your friends: ‘RYFKm!? this is The Bee Gees?!” After that, however, it slips. A few great moments paired with a lot of mediocrity. Solid #3.
Another fine album I guess? Nothing really stands out. I enjoyed Odessa It sounds like another song that I cant put my finger on, but I am sure its just the sound from the era?
Hat noch nicht den typischen bee gees sound. Das macht es hörbar
Folkige Bee Gees, irgendwie cool!
Achei Lamplight a cara dos beatles, aliás, várias do álbum, inclusive alguns diálogos que apareceram em algumas músicas. Nada parecido com as músicas mais famosas/baladinhas.
I knew the disco friendly version of the Bee Gees is only a part of their work, but I had never heard much outside of their disco era. The Bee Gees use 17 tracks to give you a wide variety of musical styles that seems to sample from a selecton of what was popular at the time. There were things that reminded me of the Moody Blues version of prog rock, other songs that seemed to hint at the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and early Pink Floyd. "Marley Purt Drive" sounds like it could have been played by the Band. "Give Your Best" relies on some country fiddle and a backing banjo. The connecting link to most of the music is the backing orchestra on most of the tracks. The album was interesting and worth a listen, but some of the sweepingly dramatic orchestration and some warbly vocals (e.g. Robin singing lead on "Lamplight") would keep me from putting this album on for a full re-listen.
Not exactly what I was expecting from the Bee Gees. It was an okay album, it sounded very much like The Beatles and The Beach Boys. I really liked You'll Never See My Face Again and Marley Purt Drive, though. 3/5 stars.
I don't dislike the Bee Gees but this album was not for me.
Odessa starts of with a great concept and a more melancholic sound than I would expect from the Bee Gees. The catchy melodies, orchestral arrangements and vibrato impressed me, and convinced me of this record's quality. The best thing I can say is that there is not a single terrible track, but there is not a single terrific one either. As I consider it to be an above average album, though not particularly my taste, a 3/5 is my score.
Kinda like a chill concept album. Not bad ish
Art Pop mit guter Schippe Folk. Der titelgebende Opener setzt die Weichen für einen opulenten Trip, den Kohlenwagen im Schlepp voll Pathos, der im Barock verzierten Zugwagen kräftig verfeuert wird. Diese Form des Reisens inspirierte über die Jahrzehnte von Scott Walker bis zum (ernsten) George Michael so einige, die sich der Eleganz und dem savoir vivre verpflichtet fühlten. Auf gesamter Strecke im omig-gemächlichen Tempo schwitzt der Pöpes im muffig-staubigen Samt-Sessel, das servierte Chateaubriand lässt sich mit dickem Portwein auch nicht ganz easy runterspülen und wären die Gesangsharmonien einmal nicht ganz so zuckrig, wäre ich auch nicht traurig. Es bleibt ein Gefühl wie nach Marzipankartoffeln: an Weihnachten mehr als ok, aber sonst… Dennoch mag ich es, hin und wieder darf, ja, muss es sein. Dickflüssige 3.3
i only knew the bee gees from saturday night fever so this was quite a nice surprise, its a decent album with their famous harmonies
Mature, mostly orchestral backed down beat folk/pop. Some 60s/70s dated styles. Good, but not my cup of tea.
Not bad, but felt like a chore. Whisper whisper is good though.
Before becoming the name synonymous with Disco, the Bee Gees made some pretty fancy pop. Odessa presents itself as this grand sweeping double album, the stuff of legendary bards. Akin to epic poems from ancient Greece, accompanied by orchestral strings upon strings, Odessa so badly wants to be larger than life. Simple gold lettering laid atop a royal red, it is simple yet effective in conveying to those who judge books by covers that this album is the last great album of the 60's. It's okay. I can appreciate the amount of effort that went into this though; a concept double album is a grand undertaking and with all the tensions on the group at the time, it would be no small feat to complete a project as ambitious as this. However, I find the Gibb brothers to be underwhelming songwriters. Not bad, just underwhelming. A bit boring, even. There are some good bits in there, but the whole product does not impress me as much as it would like to impress.
Niet echt disco, lijkt me meer zo generiek poppy, slappere versie dan the beatles. Tot zelfs een beetje saai.
Man, that's a lot of Brothers Gibb.
Some really beautiful songs, but also some meandering, bland ones. Not what I was expecting, when thinking of the Bee Gees.
At first I thought, I didn't realize how much I hated the Bee Gees until I heard this. It's sounds like someone shaking a baby on a helicopter. ah ah ah ah ah. But as it went on it got better. Still not a huge fan but one can for sure hear how they we're about to leave a stamp on the 70s.
Different sound to the one I am used to
I prefer the Bee Gees in their disco era, but there's a lot to be said for their prog-pop era, before the falsetto took effect. Like, who writes a pop song that's an ode to Thomas Edison? The brothers Gibb, is who. The album is very much a product of the swingin' sixities, but it has an eye to the future and it demonstrates the raw talent the bros had. I initially didn't realise this was a double album which I feel perfectly fits the mood of the album.
I expected disco, so I was glad when that assumption didn't hold up. What I didn't expect is just how all over the place this album would be. The album sounds like it was pulled together from many directions, including psychedelic folk, light rock, country and the symphony. Some songs sound like David Bowie tracks ("You'll Never See My Face Again"). Others sound almost like CCR ("Marley Purt Drive"). Others still have a Beatles vibe ("Melody Fair", "Never Say Never Again", and my favorite track "Whisper Whisper"). I don't really get what pulls it all together to make it work, but somehow, the album manages to work. I think the comparison mentioned in the Wikipedia article to Sgt. Pepper is apt.
This is why I'm really enjoying the experience of going through this list. I never expected anything like this from the Bee Gees. I'm so grateful to have discovered this side of a group that I previously had only a singular vision of. Very cool.
TIL that before The Bee Gees were a disco band they were desperately trying to copy The Beatles, to varying degrees of success.
Sin pena ni gloria
Moñas... luego movidos... instrumentales orquestales...
I liked this one better than Trafalgar
This album was not what I was expecting. I was expecting something a little more disco-y like I thought the Bee gees were. No recognized songs
Well, this sure shows I didn't know squat about the Bee Gees. Like most kids who grew up in the 70s and 80s, I knew these guys entirely based upon their success in the 'Saturday Night Fever' soundtrack. They were one of those bands that when I was a teen who thought himself a cool hard-rockin' dude I would make fun of, but secretly bob my head up and down and tap my foot whenever I heard songs like 'Staying Alive' and I'd without a trace of irony in my voice I'd sing along to 'How Deep Is Your Love' when no one was around. This review is supposed to be about this album, so back to it I go. It's very new to me as far as Bee Gees music goes, and although it's not to my taste -- it's just too late-60s folksy for me -- I can hear in it how darn good these guys are.
Not my cup of tea, but I can see why people do like them
I was expecting disco, so when the first track played I was like "oh, very cool, they are starting out slow and going to speed up." When it didn't speed up I was like wtf, this is so boring. But then started enjoying it again after realizing just how versatile they are.
decent work listen. fast. Reminds me of how they evolved into disco superstars.
I believe that I had never listened to Bee Gees with attention before. This is a nice album and looks a little bit different from what I expected. It's still recognizable as Bee Gees, but it's purposely fancier. I probably never listen to it again in a row, but some songs maybe.
The Bee Gees before their trademark Discopop and Falsetto wasn't bad music but unfortunately it was severely lacking identity and something to stand out from. In the end it's not a bad album but one that is without real highlight, too long and also rather repetitive
it certainly has an epic quality about it, and the songs are generally pleasant and easy to listen to. much more symphonic than i expected and they throw in some curveballs like Give Your Best. Still, songs like Black Diamond and Marley Purt Drive and Never Say Never are pretty enjoyable. Solid.
Their most ambitious, experimental, yet coherent pre-disco album. You can tell by the felt on the vinyl, an attention grabber for any kid browsing the record store. They fit in well with their 60s pop rock contemporaries, most notably the Kinks, with this reminding me of the humorous concept album Arthur. They're still influenced by their former psychedelia, but here we see a lot more baroque pop, country, and folk. "Marley Purt Drive" sounds like The Band's "The Weight." There's an equal number of strengths and weaknesses. As expected, the highlights are in their vocals, and it's intriguing to see their voices used in such a different way than their disco masterpieces. I like the different styles, with more experimental production that works well in "Odessa" and "Edison." The strings are good as well as the experimental sounds, but the other instrumentals are severely lacking, especially the mulled drums and some of the guitars. The production does sound dated for 1969. It's way too long, and many songs can be cut. But for the most part, they just needed to be developed more: most felt like outtakes. Lack of hooks disinterested me. Favorites: Odessa, Marley Purt Drive, Edison, Melody Fair, Whisper Whisper, Give Your Best
A ono. Okej. Mislila sam da više volim beegees
El disc més ambiciós dels Gibb. També el que marca el seu primer punt d'inflexió entre els seus anys psicodèlics i els anys al desert que van suposar els primers 70. Encara eren massa joves per una aventura així, i no arriben al port on segurament intentaven arribar, imagino que perseguint els resultats dels The Beatles poc abans amb 'Sgt. Pepper's'. Tot i així, continua sent un disc d'uns compositors magistrals i amb una inspiració per la melodia molt per sobre de la mitja. L'únic single que va transcendir els anys, 'First of May' està a l'alçada dels seus millors temes de l'època
Hmmmmm ok, ça en fait un peu trop mais alz Prefs: You'll Never See My Face Again, Marley Purt Drive, Melody Fair, Whisper Whisper, Lamplight, Give Your Best, I Laugh In Your Face Moins pref: Odessa (City On The Black Sea)
hang on i'm confused. i thought this was the cardio-pulmonary resuscitation band? these songs are mellower than a cucumber there's a strong opening track, and i'm not mad at the album, just.. confused
Much more mellow than expected. Enjoyed the orchestral aspect. Favorite tracks: Seven Seas Symphony and First of May.
Not classic Bee Gees, who I mostly love for their later stuff, but I guess they had to start somewhere ! 3*
Liked this, actually. Was surprised that I liked it. I didn't love it, but it was good. 3.25/5
I listen to the radio some hits of Bee Gees but I didn't know his beginning. Certenly, It's new for me and I like it.
Easy listening, but not often listening, more average
"Alright so we got a Bee Gees record for you." "Okay, but I'm not the biggest fan of disco." "It's over 1 hour in runtime." "That's... a lot of disco." "It's from 1969!" "That's... a bit early for disco?" "Also it's a failed baroque pop concept album about a fictional ship sinking in 1899." "It's a WHAT?" 60's Bee Gees where have you been all my life? There are some genuinely great songs on this - 'Marley Purt Drive', 'Give Your Best' and 'Seven Seas Symphony'. The lovey-dovey songs are a bit tedious to get through, and the entire album seems a bit disjointed. It left me longing to hear more about the sunken ship!
Ik had kopstemmen all over verwacht, maar niets van dat al. Wat het wel was, daar ben ik nog niet helemaal over uit. Ik hoorde Disney, ik hoorde The Beatles. Verwarrend.
The Bee Gees as I've never heard them before, in their early folksy pop arc? I didn't even know they made music like this, all I know is the disco stuff (strangely, I don't think their disco albums are on this list). It would've been really funny to have been a fan of these Bee Gees and then be completely devastated when they sold out to John Travolta or whatever. This isn't a bad album at all, it just sounds like a dozen other bands from the late '60s mixed in a blender: Beatles, Rolling Stone, Queen, I can't put my finger on it exactly but I'm currently listening to "Never Say Never Again" and it sounds precisely like some other band, can't think of the name to place it though. Very much reminds me of when I listened to Queen's catalog and heard their Zeppelin-y fantasy folk stuff they started with. I can't in good faith call this a must listen, especially if we don't get the true Bee Gees experience on this list. But it was pretty good, I'm not mad. Favorite tracks: Black Diamond, Marley Purt Drive, Melody Fair, I Laugh in Your Face. Album art: Odessa. Bold. Strong. Colors good. 3/5
I think we got Spirits Having Flown earlier on this list but this is an album I knew nothing about and I'm a pretty decent bee gees fan. Odessa feels like their older stuff (because it is) but very interesting reading how it wasn't a hit at the time and got better with time. I don't know if I agree with that but it's the bee gees so even in the background it's worth listening to. No real stand outs on this one but fun overall.
I want to like this more but it's boring :(
There were some good tracks on here but it was also fairly meandering and long.
Sometimes felt like I was listening to The Beatles, other times Bowie.
Nice pre-disco Bee-Gees
way too long and slow and boring. plus they try to be the beatles too much
Too cheesy. The only really good songs are "Odessa" and maybe "Edison".
The opening song was damn beautiful... and the rest just didn't measure up to it. It was all beautiful, of course. Gorgeous arrangements and heavenly harmonies. But the songwriting here just didn't have enough substance to it to keep me going, especially for such a long ride. I really wanted to like this more than I did. An alluring facade.
Partial all to all Bee Gees genres
I was surprised, much more psychedelic rock style than disco.
This was a wild listen. It gives you a view into the Bee Gees before they took over the disco genre. And frankly it's...good? Definitely not the Bee Gees you're used to, but they're such amazing songwriters. Every track is catchy. I may end up adding this to some sort of rotation. It's a nice change when I feel like hearing their vocals but tire of the Saturday Night Fever stuff Rating: 3/5 Favorite Track: Never Say Never Again
This was drastically different from what I was expecting from The Bee Gees and it made me think that they just did whatever was trendy but less good. This sounded a lot like the Beatles and some random orchestral music but had like nothing unique about it. Then in 76 the went to disco after no one liked them anymore and got successful again. This still wasn’t terrible, give your best and lamplight were good, but it’s destined to the same fate as trafalgar where I completely forget about it after like one day. Low 3
Heavily, heavily indebted to The Beatles and what sounds like late 60s early 70s pop music (lush strings, etc). Opening track has a hint of prog-rock, but it's not really shown the rest of the album. Not the Bee Gees I'm familiar with, and I prefer the Bee Gees I'm familiar with. Favorite tracks: "Marley Purt Drive", "Lamplight"
Meni aika huomaamatta ohi, en kuunnellu toista kertaa. Aika mitäänsanomaton, mut kuitenki musaa
Staying alive pretty much sums up my experience listening to this album
Marley Putt Drive was a semi bright spot in a dull album.
I wasn’t expecting something so orchestral. Man the vibrato is a lot to take
My only knowledge of Bee Gees is their disco stuff. This seems like completely typical late 60s/early 70s easy listening rock/folk. It does not do much for me. It's not offensive, but it moves me not. Vocals are fine, instruments are fine, but I'm completely ambivalent. 2.5 down to 2.
A bit Beatles and a bit warbler singing in parts
Fine but whatever
Bah. Beatles rip off mixed with musical soundtrack.
2.5 | Resulta que los Bee Gees tenían friegos de discos antes de hacer disco en los 70's. Resulta que hacían pop sesentero y de repente les dieron delirios por hacer una obra maestra de disco conceptual opera rock extraño. Resulta que es un disco... que de verdad esperaba que me gustara más de lo que me gustó. Cuando inició y escuche música que para nada era lo que esperaba agarró mi atención. Esa primera canción mostraba promesa, un concepto para el disco, un sonido especialmente sesentero cercano a lo que hacía Joan Baez casi música protesta en sus coros. El problema es que hay canciones buenas como Lamplight u Odessa pero el disco termina sin saber qué es.... Hay pop, música barroca, cantos gregorianos, country, unas voces con reverb crecido al 1000%, canciones que suenan a copia carbón de los Beatles. No sabe en qué se va a asentar el disco, líricamente termina de la misma manera medio sin pies ni cabeza; lo que inicia como una idea de... un barco en el siglo XIX? supongo? pasa a letras ya casi irracionales, brincando por una canción sobre EDISON!? y una canción instrumental bastante decente... Es un disco... "bloated" Larguísimo para lo que ofrece. Siento que había muchas buenas intenciones, hay cosas que me gustaron mucho pero le falta mucho, se termina sintiendo como muchas canciones pegadas de distintos lados, copiando cosas que otros grupos ya estaban haciendo mejor con esperanza de gritarle al mundo que podían hacer música profunda. Creo lo podría volver a escuchar y quizá después de varias veces le agarraría más cariño pero la verdad si ese es el requisito es que algo esta no del todo bien con tu proyecto. Inicié escuchando lo que creí iba a ser un 4 y se quedo en el intento.
Hmmmm bit weird. The opening track was the most interesting, then got quickly boring. I love a bit of orchestral strings, but this was all over the shop - I don't think it fit this album at all. Lyrics were definitely sub par...
It's quite weird. Psychedelic BeeGees. Sounded like a soundtrack, decent vibe but not much stood out.
eh, some special orchestral stuff, didn't expect that
i thought the 'love theme' strings were played out and the theme of the disappearing ship from 1899 didn't really seem to maintain any through line. some of the lyrics were progressive and they did seem to be a bit adventurous with a track here and there but largely it was boring as hell. i don't have the desire to listen to any of the tracks ever again.
I yawned more than I expected too.
Nothing will ever make me like their voices.
Hui, da hüpft das Schlagerfanherz und tanzt mit Abba Ringelreihen. Mit einem Auge nach den Walker Brothers schielend, mit dem anderen die Monkees genau im Blick, bums!- schon ist man vor den Pfosten gerannt, so vernehmlich dass sogar Lennon/McCartney kurz rüberschauen. Manches ist ja schon schön* auf diesem Megamix aus Folk, Orchesterschmock, jugendfreier Psychedelik und Ziegenlauten, aber ... ja, ach nee. Udo Jürgens hat mich auch nie überzeugt. *Melody Fair, Whisper Whisper
Pre-disco Beegees has a different flavor to it, with a lot of tracks here having a Kinks/Beatles (even Stones-y) vibe about them. But I just don't enjoy the style of singing, which sounds off key and tuneless. Not a fan of this one.
I have respect for the surprising versatility of the Bee Gees, but i didn't much enjoy listening to it.
Finding it hard to articulate why I didn't like this. I hoped it would be some bee gees bangers (they must have some right?) but I guess it wasn't...
I usually like Bee Gees, but this just doesn't click with me. I'm sad about that.
Unsurprisingly this wasn't good. Some of the music was tolerable but the wobbly voice was awful
När det gäller Bee Gees går kopplingen otroligt snabbt till "Stayin Alive" och det är väl inte direkt något jag lägger högst upp i min musikhylla. Men det här albumet gav lite av ett annat intryck. Jag tycker bitvis det är väldigt lätt att höra att de är samtida med 4 av mina favoritgrabbar: Paul, John, George och Ringo. På samma gång är det rätt olikt dock, men jag vet inte riktigt vad det beror på. Jag tycker det är ett helt klart godkänd musiktimme jag får av Odessa, men det är nog inte så många låtar jag tar med mig. Med vissa album är det så, även om upplevelsen som helhet är fin så finns det ibland inget som sticker ut tillräckligt mycket för att bära med sig det. Det är några låtar som sticker ut dock. Där albumet lite grann går ifrån sin identitet och blir något annat men som ändå passar in rätt väl. Albumets sista spår "The British Opera" är helt instrumental förutom en kör som står och gapar, vilket blir väldigt kraftfullt och mysigt för att ta ett album i hamn. Det är nog något med just kören också som får mig att dra kopplingar till Pink Floyd, fint. "Seven Seas Symphony" är även det en instrumental låt, den här gången är det dock stråkarna som skapar stämningen, även om det finns körsång här också. Men ingen av dessa låtar känns så malplacerade trots att känslan är att de kanske borde göra det. Bäst: Vet inte.
I feel sorry for pop fans in 1969 because this album is boring. I was expecting to dance. Not offensive, but zzzzzzzzzzzz…
Expected something different.
Ik vind de bekende hits van Bee Gees geweldig. Als je met die veronderstelling aan het album begint, dan klinkt het in eerste instantie erg raar. Helaas wordt het ook niet echt veel beter. Dit is niet wat ik ken van de Bee Gees. Misschien voor de liefhebber juist goed, maar voor mij gewoon ronduit vervelend. **
OK, but not great. I didn't realize the Bee Gees were like this before disco. Kind of like a cross between the Beatles and the Beach Boys.