пятница, 10 июня 2011 г.

Bee Gees (6CD Box Set)

6CD Box Set Reprise Records  
Box: The Studio Albums 1967-1968
(6CD Box Set Reprise Records)
6 x CD, Remastered, Stereo, Mono, Limited Edition, Compilation, Box Set, DigiPack
Official Bee Gees Release Release Date: 6 Nov 2006
 Ⓟ & © 2006 Barry Gibb, Robbin Gibband The Estate of Maurice Gibb
Manufactured Warner Strategic Marketing Inc.
Warner Music Group Company

Manufactured in the E.U.
Жанр: Pop / Rock / Soft Rock / Pop Rock
Формат: FLAC / Level 8 (img + *cue + log, AccurateRip)
Качество: lossless
Covers: format PNG 300dpi, full scans

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Диски упакованы в DigiPack и вложены в картонную коробку. В каждом сете буклет. DigiPack включает 2 диска.
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  Editorial Reviews Amazon.com
As any diehard Bee Gees fan knows - and really, who else is going to splurge for this lavish reissue of the group's first three internationally released albums?--the brothers Gibb had a long and relatively prosperous career as singer-songwriters before 1975's Main Course exposed them as blue-eyed, falsetto-singing soulmen with Saturday Night Fever dancefloor aspirations. This sumptuous six-disc box kicks off an extensive reissue program of the band's previously neglected back catalog in commanding fashion. In addition to the original tunes in both stereo and mono, a treasure trove of rarities is unearthed on the second CD devoted to each album. The Bee Gees' often innovative use of orchestration, introduced on Bee Gees 1st's opening "Turn of the Century" and "Holiday," continues through 1968's Horizontal and Idea. The remastering of the nearly 40-year-old tapes is astonishing; every chime, tambourine slap, violin pluck, and, especially, vocal harmony is distinct, uncovering the astounding beauty and detail of this meticulously constructed pop. Special note should be taken of brother Maurice's innovative McCartneyesque bass lines--most prominent in "I've Gotta Get a Message to You". Most impressive is the quality of the abundant alternate takes, B-sides, Christmas songs, non-album singles (such as the exquisite "Words"), and even soft drink commercials that have been painstakingly researched and dusted off. Add rare photos along with detailed liner notes that include interviews with Barry and Robin for a definitive representation of the Bee Gees' early days. To paraphrase an old New York Times slogan, you may not listen to it all, but it's nice to know it's all there.  
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  Product Description
One of the best-selling and influential groups in popular music, The Bee Gees' career spanned five decades, five GRAMMYs and eight platinum albums - but until now, the group's extraordinary catalog has never been upgraded. Reprise begins its complete restoration of their repertoire with 2-CD expanded remasters of their first three internationally released albums. THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1967-1968 is the definitive overview of the 5-piece Bee Gees line-up that shot to stardom in the late '60s: harmonizing brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, and Australian musicians Vince Melouney and Colin Petersen. The revitalization of these three early masterpieces marks the first time the group has opened their extensive tape vaults for archival mining, allowing a full disc of rarities and previously unreleased tracks to be added on to each album. On Bees Gees' 1st, Horizontal and Idea, the musical genius of the Bee Gees now sounds better than ever. Bee Gees 1st, originally released in 1967, reached #7 on Billboard's Pop Album chart and delivered a trio of top 20 smashes: "To Love Somebody," "New York Mining Disaster 1941" and "Holiday." Disc 2 features 14 previously unreleased tracks, include alternate versions of most of the album cuts plus the recorded debut of "Gilbert Green," "House Of Lords," "All Around The Clock" and other ultra-rare recordings. Horizontal, which debuted in early 1968, boasted adventurous arrangements and production and introduced the signature hit "Massachusetts," a chart-topper in Britain that went to #11 in the U.S., as well as the standouts "World" (a global hit), "Words", "And The Sun Will Shine," "Harry Braff," and the psychedelic title track. Disc 2 features thirteen rarities including nine previously unreleased tracks, among them "Out Of Line," "All My Christmases Came At Once," plus the season medley "Silent Night/Hark The Herald Angels Sing" (one of only two songs in this box that doesn't feature a Gibb songwriting credit). Idea followed in August 1968 and broke the Bee Gees into the U.S. Top 10 Billboard singles chart for the first time with the classics "I've Got To Get A Message To You" (#8) and "I Started A Joke" (#6). 

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Review by Nicholas James / www.beegees.co.uk
This is a very much deserved detailed look at the group's first two years on a major record label. This superb box set is without question the definitive study of this creative group beginning its rapid rise to success and superstardom. It is difficult to see how this package could have been bettered and Warner is to be congratulated. It comprises six CDs - the three studio albums they released during this period (Bee Gees' 1st, Horizontal and Idea) and three bonus CDs with demos, non-album B-sides and unreleased tracks from the same recording sessions. By the time of Maurice Gibb's death, when the career of the Bee Gees was so unexpectedly brought to a close, the brothers were producing an album every four years. It seems unthinkable now that they would produce three albums in less than two years! Bee Gees' 1st is an incredible inaugural big label album. I have already reviewed it in detail here, but listening to it alongside the bonus CD gives it a whole new lease of life. Heavily influenced by the Beatles, the Beach Boys and Stax R&B, the album is surprisingly confident for three guys who were only in their late teens/early twenties. Stand-out tracks are the haunting 'Holiday', the fast-paced rocker 'In My Own Time', the psychedelic 'Every Christian Lionhearted Man Will Show You', the soulful standard 'To Love Somebody', the Beach Boys influenced 'Please Read Me' and the Robin Gibb tour-de-force 'Close Another Door'. The timeless 'New York Mining Disaster 1941', the Bee Gees' first UK hit single, is also on this album. But what of the extras? For my money, some of the earlier demos of tracks featured on the album are rawer and more passionate than the 'official' versions. 'Turn of the Century' and 'New York Mining Disaster 1941' both stand out. Previously unreleased tracks include the classic 'Gilbert Green' and the less impressive (but never less than interesting) 'House of Lords', 'I've Got To Learn' and 'All Around My Clock'. Completely bizarre is 'Mr Waller's Wailing Wall', with the Bee Gees as you have never heard them before! An early version of 'Harry Braff', which would be featured in a different recording on their next album also stands out. Horizontal was the Bee Gees' second album, and it is much less Beatles influenced. I reviewed it in more detail here. In this album the brothers begin to go in a direction of their own, mixing commercial pop ballads, such as 'Massachusetts' and 'Birdie Told Me', with experimental tracks with playful titles and enigmatic lyrics. 'Lemons Never Forget' and 'The Earnest of Being George' both fall into this latter category and are much harsher, more aggressively sung and played tracks than were found on their first album. Listening to the unreleased tracks on the bonus CD, it seems that the group had moved forward significantly from the earlier recording sessions. 'Ring My Bell' is an up-tempo '60s piece and 'Mrs Gillespie's Refrigerator' would not have been out of place on the final album. 'Deeply, Deeply Me' is a real departure in style and sound for the Bee Gees, with its (albeit slightly tongue-in-cheek) Indian influences. 'Sinking Ships', a B-side that was previously available on the Tales from the Brothers Gibb box set, is simply majestic, with its themes of death and despair that would run through most of the Bee Gees' early works. 'Barker of the UFO', Barry's eccentric ode to his UFO interest, and the melodic (if slightly Wombles-sounding!) 'Sir Geoffrey Saved the World' are further B-sides that didn't feature on any album but are most definitely good tracks. As with the previous album, alternative versions of tracks featured on the main disc are definitely worth a listen. In particular, a more conventional version of Robin's post traumatic stress-induced 'Really and Sincerely' and a rockier and popier early version of 'Swan Song' (which would eventually feature on the following album) are stand-out tracks. Three Christmas songs (two written by the brothers) finish the album of nicely. Finally comes the equally self-confident Idea album, which sees the Bee Gees become more musically confident, if slightly less whimsical. It is reviewed in more detail as a stand-alone album here. This album is pure pop, but with the brothers experimenting with different sounds. 'Let There Be Love', 'When The Swallows Fly' and 'Swan Song' are great catchy pop ballads, whereas 'Idea' sees the Bee Gees in rockier mood, with a strong guitar riff by Vince Melouney. Real stand-out tracks are Barry's gentle 'Kilburn Towers' and Robin's wonderful self-pitying masterpiece, 'I Started a Joke'. The bonus CD follows a similar format to the first two, and is just as definitive. Unreleased tracks include the fantastic 'Chocolate Symphony' and the stark 'Bridges Crossing Rivers'. 'Gena's Theme' is an unusual instrumental piece and 'Completely Unoriginal' is a studio warm-up that I am sure was never intended to officially see the light of day, but sheds a little light on the Bee Gees' in-studio banter. The single version of 'I've Gotta Get A Message To You' has a different mix, with excellent opening bass from Maurice, and the other alternative mixes of songs on the album are worth a listen, but perhaps not so engaging as those on the first two albums. 'Jumbo', which Barry says in the accompanying notes was written as if being sung to a child, is still a great song, which apparently was released against the advice of manager Robert Stigwood. The big ballad 'The Singer Sang His Song' was Jumbo's B-side, and would undoubtedly have made a much more successful A-side, being a truly great Bee Gees song. Two final oddities on this album are the two songs the Bee Gees wrote and recorded as Coca-Cola adverts, 'Another Cold And Windy Day' and 'Sitting In The Meadow'. All three albums come with booklets which feature lengthy essays on each album, supported by brand new interviews with Barry and Robin, who provide contemporary comment on these early tracks, which makes for very interesting reading.

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Recorded at IBC Studios, London, except: Ryemuse, London (1-14, 1-28), 
Central Sound, London (2-3), Chapell, London (3-5, 3-8, 3-9, 3-17, 3-20, 3-21, 4-02, 4-03)
Remastering at Digirep
6-Disc-Set (contains three double-CD-sets which are available separately) includes 
the Stereo & Mono Versions of Bee Gees' 1st, Horizontal, Idea
Each with a bonus disc of rare and unreleased tracks

Maurice Gibb - Vocals, Bass, Organ, Piano, Guitar, Mellotron, Harpsichord
Barry Gibb - Vocals, Guitar
Robin Gibb - Vocals, Organ

Barry Gibb played rhythm guitar. During early 70s, Robin Gibb played piano and violin occasionally, but most of the time he only sang. Although he keeps on playing strings and keyboards privately, he has not played any instrument on stage since mid-70s. Maurice Gibb played bass guitar, rhythm and lead guitar, piano, organ, harpsichord, electric piano, mellotron, and electronic keyboards, synthesizers and drum tracks. From 1966 to 1972 he played multiple instruments on many records. During the late 1970s he played mainly bass guitar. From about 1986 onward he usually played keyboards and guitars. Maurice was credited by the brothers as being the most technologically savvy member of the band, and had built his own home studio. The bootleg CD ESP Demos allegedly includes rough versions of tracks from the album of the same name that were recorded at that studio.

These musicians were
considered members of the band

Colin Petersen - drums 1967-1969
Vince Melouney - lead guitar 1967-1968
Geoff Bridgford - drums 1969-1972
Alan Kendall - lead guitar 1971-1980, 1987-2001
Dennis Bryon - drums 1974-1980
Blue Weaver - keyboards 1975-1980

Bee Gees («Би Джиз») - британская музыкальная группа. Состояла из трёх братьев: лидер-вокалиста Барри Гибба, второго лидер-вокалиста Робина Гибба и клавишника и гитариста Мориса Гибба. Барри Гибб родился 1 сентября 1946 в Манчестере (Англия). Робин и Морис - близнецы, родились 22 декабря 1949 года. В 1961 году семья Гиббов переехала из Манчестера в Австралию. В 1966 Гиббы вернулись в Англию, где начали успешную карьеру в рок-музыке (хиты Words и др.). Однако к началу 1970-х гг. пластинки Bee Gees перестали пользоваться успехом. Вторая фаза Bee Gees началась, когда музыканты неожиданно для всех обратились к музыке диско. В 1977 году был выпущен саундтрек к фильму «Лихорадка субботнего вечера», самой известной композицией которого стала заглавная песня «Stayin' Alive». Bee Gees стала олицетворением эпохи диско, и одним из главных поставщиков хитов для дискотек второй половины 1970-х гг. (хит «Tragedy» и др.) Однако к середине 1980-х гг. музыка группы, как и само диско, стали терять популярность. Bee Gees вернули себе внимание критики и любителей музыки в конце 1990-х гг., выпустив несколько традиционных рок-альбомов. В 2003 году группа прекратила существование в связи со смертью Мориса Гибба. По прошествии шести лет, в конце 2009 года, Барри и Робин объявили о возрождении «Bee Gees». Группа «Bee Gees» получила звезду на аллее славы в Голливуде за достижения и вклад в области музыки.

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1967 • Bee Gees' 1st • 2CD Set

Bee Gees' 1st is - despite the title - the third studio album by The Bee Gees. It was, however, their first album to be released internationally, as their first two LPs were only available in Australia and New Zealand. Released in July 1967 (see 1967 in music), Bee Gees' 1st was also the group's debut album for the UK Polydor label, and for the US Atco label.Reflecting the group's early style, Bee Gees' 1st was a psychedelic rock album. The album cover was designed by Klaus Voormann who had previously done the cover for Revolver by the Beatles.In 2006, Reprise Records (sister label to Atco under Warner Music Group) reissued Bee Gees 1st with both stereo and mono mixes on one disc and a bonus disc of unreleased songs and alternate takes. Bee Gees 1st peaked at #7 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart and at #8 on the UK Albums Chart.
Charting singles:
1967 New York Mining Disaster 1941 / I Can't See Nobody US #14 / UK #12 / NZ #3 / DE #10
1967 To Love Somebody / Close Another Door US #17 / UK #41 / AU #6 / DE #19
1967 Holiday / Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You US #16 / NL #3

 CD1  Stereo / Mono 
01 Turn Of The Century
02 Holiday
03 Red Chair, Fade Away
04 One Minute Woman
05 In My Own Time
06 Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You
07 Craise Finton Kirk Royal Academy Of Arts
08 New York Mining Disaster 1941
09 Cucumber Castle
10 To Love Somebody
11 I Close My Eyes
12 I Can't See Nobody
13 Please Read Me
14 Close Another Door
15 Turn Of The Century
16 Holiday
17 Red Chair, Fade Away
18 One Minute Woman
19 In My Own Time
20 Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You
21 Craise Finton Kirk Royal Academy Of Arts
22 New York Mining Disaster 1941
23 Cucumber Castle
24 To Love Somebody
25 I Close My Eyes
26 I Can't See Nobody
27 Please Read Me
28 Close Another Door

 CD2  Previously Unissued  

01 Turn Of The Century (Early Version)
02 One Minute Woman (Early Version)
03 Gilbert Green
04 New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Version One)
05 House Of Lords
06 Cucumber Castle (Early Version)
07 Harry Braff (Early Alternate Version)
08 I Close My Eyes (Early Version)
09 I've Got To Learn
10 I Can't See Nobody (Alternate Take)
11 All Around My Clock
12 Mr. Wallor's Wailing Wall
13 Craise Finton Kirk Royal Academy Of Arts (Alternate Take)
14 New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Version Two)

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1968 • Horizontal • 2CD Set

Horizontal is the Bee Gees' fourth studio album, and second to receive international release. The LP was released in early 1968, and included the international hit singles "Massachusetts" and "World". In 2006, Reprise Records reissued Horizontal with both stereo and mono mixes on one disc and a bonus disc of unreleased songs, non-album tracks, and alternate takes.
Recorded in:
* July 17th, 1967, Central Sound Studios, London
* July 25th to August 10th, 1967, Chappell Studios, London
* August 9th to December 1st, 1967, IBC Studios, London

Charted singles:
* Sep 1967 Massachusetts / Barker of the UFO UK #1 / AUS #1 / GER #1 / JAP #1
* Nov 1967 Massachusetts / Sir Geoffrey Saved the World US #11
* Dec 1967 World / Sir Geoffrey Saved the World (not US) GER #1 / NZ #2 / UK #9 / JAP #24
* Jan 1968 Words / Sinking Ships GER #1 / CAN #4 / UK #8 / US #15
* Feb 1968 And the Sun Will Shine / Really and Sincerely (FR) FR #70

 CD1  Stereo / Mono 
01 World
02 And The Sun Will Shine
03 Lemons Never Forget
04 Really And Sincerely
05 Birdie Told Me
06 With The Sun In My Eyes
07 Massachusetts
08 Harry Braff
09 Day Time Girl
10 The Earnest Of Being George
11 The Change Is Made
12 Horizontal
13 World
14 And The Sun Will Shine
15 Lemons Never Forget
16 Really And Sincerely
17 Birdie Told Me
18 With The Sun In My Eyes
19 Massachusetts
20 Harry Braff
21 Day Time Girl
22 The Earnest Of Being George
23 The Change Is Made
24 Horizontal

 CD2  Previously Unissued  

01 Out Of Line
02 Ring My Bell (Single)
03 Barker Of The U.F.O. (Single)
04 Words
05 Sir Geoffrey Saved The World (Single)
06 Sinking Ships
07 Really And Sincerely (Alternate Version)
08 Swan Song (Alternate Version)
09 Mrs. Gillespie's Refrigerator
10 Deeply, Deeply Me
11 All My Chrismases Came At Once
12 Thank You For Christmas
13 Medley: Silent Night / Hark The Herald Angels Sing
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1968 • Idea • 2CD Set 

 Idea is the Bee Gees' fifth studio album, and their third international release on the ATCO label in the US and Polydor in the UK. Released in August, 1968 (see 1968 in music), the album sold over a million copies worldwide. This album features "Such a Shame", the only Bee Gees song where lead vocals aren't sung by (nor written by) a Gibb brother. "Such A Shame" was included on the British version of the album but deleted from the American issue, which in turn included their recent hit "I've Gotta Get a Message to You," not on the UK LP. When the album was issued on CD in the 1980s, both tracks were included. In 2006, Reprise Records reissued Idea (using the European cover) with both stereo and mono mixes on one disc and a bonus disc of unreleased songs, non-album tracks, and alternate mixes. US Chart #17 / UK Chart #4

 CD1  Stereo / Mono 
01 Let There Be Love
02 Kitty Can
03 In The Summer Of His Years
04 Indian Gin And Whisky Dry
05 Down To Earth
06 Such A Shame
07 I've Gotta Get A Message To You
08 Idea
09 When The Swallows Fly
10 I Have Decided To Join The Airforce
11 I Started A Joke
12 Kilburn Towers
13 Swan Song
14 Let There Be Love
15 Kitty Can
16 In The Summer Of His Years
17 Indian Gin And Whisky Dry
18 Down To Earth
19 Such A Shame
20 I've Gotta Get A Message To You
21 Idea
22 When The Swallows Fly
23 I Have Decided To Join The Airforce
24 I Started A Joke
25 Kilburn Towers
26 Swan Song

 CD2  Previously Unissued  

01 Chocolate Symphony *
02 I've Gotta Get A Message To You (Mono Single Version) *
03 Jumbo
04 The Singer Sang His Song
05 Bridges Crossing Rivers *
06 Idea (Alternate Mix) *
07 Completely Unoriginal *
08 Kitty Can (Alternate Mix) *
09 Come Some Christmas Eve Or Halloween *
10 Let There Be Love (Alternate Mix) *
11 Gena's Theme
12 Another Cold And Windy Day (Coke Spot #1) *
13 Sitting In The Meadow (Coke Spot #2) *

* Previously Unissued

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