The Bee Gees: Song by Song

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  1. skyblue17

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    There are certainly two versions of "For Whom the Bell Tolls"! The single edit is used for both the music video and was released on The Record. It omits the final minute of the song, and it's a pretty big loss, in my opinion! "For Whom the Bell Tolls" is my favorite Bee Gees song and a big reason why is Robin's vocals on it, and among my favorite moments of all the singing he's ever done are in that final minute.

     
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  2. Photon

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    Oh my - check these links out:

    Bee Gees - Paying The Price Of Love

    BeeGees* - For Whom The Bell Tolls

    BeeGees* - How To Fall In Love Part 1

    And these are just the Size singles.
     
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  3. skyblue17

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    The song I am stuck on today! "Edge of the Universe" from Main Course.



    I think the reason I like Main Course so much is that it's the best of both worlds. We have these very 70s-ish singer/songwriter style tunes, and then we also get the taste of what's to come with the singles from the album.

    This song is just such an easy listen. It's a bit random, both lyrically and musically, but that makes it rather, delightful, no? I like the contrast between the verses and the choruses. Great harmony, not quite as easy to pick apart as some songs, which in itself is a treat, as you realize how seamlessly their voices can blend. Just a nice little diddy.
     
  5. Castle in the air

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    One of Robins best studio song (Don't Fall In Love With Me Baby) a close second.

     
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  6. Castle in the air

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    A perfectly sung demo of a song he co wrote with Blue.

     
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    He finally gave up on that weird non falsetto stuff on his 80s solo albums.

     
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    Should have been given a chance as a single.

     
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    Robins talents as a singer,songwriter and musician.

     
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  10. skyblue17

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    This song is so lovely. It's really amazing it's on the same album as "Jive Talkin'"!

    I agree, it's one of his best studio songs (and I agree that "Don't Fall In Love With me" is another!).
     
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  11. skyblue17

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    This is pretty delightful! I don't think I've ever heard the Robin-sung version. I have listened to the Jimmy Ruffin version though. I like this a lot, it seems like he's singing it how he thinks Jimmy might sing it? Did he know when he recorded it that's who would be singing it?
     
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  12. skyblue17

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    This song is so hauntingly beautiful. I can only imagine how that accident stuck with him at the time (and beyond), and it likely crept into a few other songs and vocals as well. There's that interview about the whole thing, where Robin, nearly 30 years later, still appears to be a bit shaken recounting the details, and Barry casually is like "well, you know, at least it gave Robin pathos." Even if there is truth in that, it seems like an odd thing to say about your brother almost being killed.
     
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  13. ferdinandhudson

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    It wasn't a demo at all as it was the result of Blue asking Robin to do the song himself at the time of the sessions with Ruffin.
     
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  14. Jrr

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    A pretty big loss? You’re being kind. Of all single edits over hundreds of songs over the years, this is the worst (okay, maybe tied with Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, another terribly done edit). The chorus is just beautiful. And they fade it out once it really gets going. You wonder if the brothers approved this. I seriously doubt it. It really made me mad when I bought a 12” version on vinyl only to find out it was the edited one. On a 12” with plenty of room? Who makes these decisions? Okay, not exactly a third world problem, but particularly egregious on the 12” format where, if anything, songs are lengthened. The song is completely ruined for me in that version.
     
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  15. Jrr

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    Just played my glorious first pressing of that album tonight. Took me years and years to finally run into both a very clean copy pressed on excellent quality vinyl, and an A1 pressing. Wish you guys could here the amazing guitar work and the hauntingly beautiful outro on this version. I’ve heard at least 20 copies of this album and none, not even my Japanese import, sounds this good! It’s a shame vinyl copies can differ so much. This is a very well recorded album that rarely sounds as such on most copies, and the cds are worse (I have purchased every reissue even though ‘i don’t even listen to cds anymore). If anyone wants matrix info just ask! We’ll see how the reissue sounds...I hope you guys will get to hear it the way it was really recorded. I heard the masters were used and if so, you vinyl guys are in for a big surprise, and a huge treat!

    And yes, Main Course is everything you say it is. I was just wondering tonight whether Barry ever listens to those albums.
     
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  16. Jrr

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    I don’t know where you guys dig this stuff up but thank you! I always wonder how this stuff leaks out.
     
  17. ferdinandhudson

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    This wasn't leaked, it was first published through Robin's website several years back. Youtube uploads a.o. stem from that.
     
  18. Photon

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    "Edge of the Universe" feels like it should be from a sci-fi/fantasy movie to me. I love those way out lyrics - what do they mean? And that fade out is great! :) The live version was a US top 30 hit. I don't think it's been on any compilations though.
     
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    This has got to be my favourite Main Course track! Robin is in fine form here.
     
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  20. plentyofjamjars67

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    :thumbsup: This is one of favorite 60s songs of theirs. All these live versions are great crowd pleasers too- his vocal meets that songwriting perfectly.
     
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  21. plentyofjamjars67

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    My favorite from Cucumber Castle is "Turning Tide". "When time is gone and we are on the roundabout
    Would you still laugh and be a clown when love runs out
    Or will you say that I am reaching too high.."

     
  22. skyblue17

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    Ahhh! Well, it's a real fun vocal and a little different from what we usually hear from Robin! It's a bit of a treat to me when he dips a little into his lower register, not something he did often (at least in a way that stood out).

    I am trying to be diplomatic, I get most singles cannot be five minutes long! However, this edit does the song quite the disservice! I've never been so worked up over a missing 60 seconds! My guess is that Barry did approve that version being on The Record, even if it was out of their hands for the music video (just give us another minute of Robin standing majestically on the rocks, it'd be fine!). And for awhile, I actually thought the vocal mix was different too, but now I think I was making that up and it's just the glaringly obvious missing of Robin at the end of the track that made me think so.

    It does! That synth is so otherworldly! It is on Tales From the Brothers Gibb but I don't think it's on any of the shorter or more concise compilations, aside from the live album you mention that gave it extra attention!
     
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  23. Hadean75

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    Ya'll are hitting a lot of my favorite tracks! :righton:

    Keep them coming! :agree:
     
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  24. skyblue17

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    Because why not. It's so good.



    And mind you, I don't think I think it's so good because it's Robin. It's my favorite Beatles song. It just really is that good.
     
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  25. Hadean75

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    Mega like. :righton:

    (And I've always preferred it to the Beatles version.....hides from Beatles fans....:hide:)
     
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