Monday, January 31, 2011

37. Bee Gees - Main Course (1975)

45 years, 45 LPs, 45 days...
Main Course (1974)
Main Course (1975) was a rebirth for the Bee Gees, who had been suffering a slow death on the music charts since the early 70's following a long string of late 60's hits. With Main Course the group shifted from their Beatlesque roots into a new R&B/dance groove that eventually evolved into unbridled Gibb hysteria on Saturday Night Fever (1977).

Main Course, produced by the legendary Arif Mardin, included three Top 20 hits that kept the Bee Gees on the airwaves for the second half of 1975. For the remainder of the 70's there would hardly be a minute when the brothers Gibb (including solo Gibb brother Andy) were not on the radio.
Main Course hype sticker
Of course with such mammoth success comes an eventual backlash, and the Bee Gees were absolutely crucified. It took them many years to recover, but these days the group seems to be affectionately remembered for the full body of significant contributions that they've made not only to pop music but to popular culture.
The view from my seat @ Bee Gees concert, 1989

In 1989 the Bee Gees returned to the top 10 with the single "One", followed by an album and a successful world tour. It was the only time that I saw the group live, but what a great show.  A highlight that I remember was the brothers gathered around one mic for an acoustic medley of their early hits. It showcased the incredible talent Maurice, Robin, and Barry had for impeccable harmony. When heard live it was a spiritual event, the kind that would make your mama cry.
Ticket stub from my only Bee Gees concert

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