THE BEE GEES Sing And Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs (1965) – Their Debut Australian-Only LP (UPDATED!)

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Derivative But Richly Entertaining Early Singles

There are some that might argue that The Bee Gees went downhill when Barry Gibb relinquished his songwriting control after this, the band’s first Australian-only album in 1965. And, while that’s stretching the point, it still makes a point about Barry’s out-of-the-box songwriting chops, which – alongside the trio’s stupendous harmonies – charted the course of the international Bee Gees releases that would soon follow. Unlike most pre-fame LPs, Sing And Play… is rich with finely honed work and will surely please any fan of their 60s output. The truth is, however, that this LP is actually a collection of various singles released by the group in their early years, as opposed to any unified artistic statement. Which might explain the variety of influences (even though the BGs would continue this stylistically scattershot method of operation on later albums). “I Was A Lover A Leader Of Men,” surely one of the LP’s newer recordings, is clearly an example of what you might write if you listened intently to The Hollies. “How Love Was True” is based on the early Beatles’ harmonic blueprint, circa “Ask Me Why”/”Misery” (even including a workable Lennon-like vocal), while “To Be Or Not To Be” closely shadows Paul McCartney’s head-shaking rockers from the same period. Folk-rock gets a nod on “And The Children Laughter” (sounding more like Dylan’s imitators than Dylan himself) and the commercial folk group machinery of the early 60s is heard reflected in “Follow The Wind.” Like all albums from the period, there are some throwaways, but not due to any lack of effort, enthusiasm or ability. We’ve got more Bee Gees in the archives, including Bee Gees 1st (HERE), Cucumber Castle (HERE) and Horizontal, Idea & Odessa (HERE, in Readers Links). UPDATED: Thanks to Biggray for the superior, remastered CD files of this LP.

I Was A Lover A Leader Of Men (3:32)
I Don’t Think It’s Funny (2:56)
How Love Was True (2:19)
To Be Or Not To Be (2:16)
Timber (1:48)
Claustrophobia (2:16)
Could It Be (2:06)
And The Children Laughing (3:23)
Wine And Women (2:54)
Don’t Say Goodbye (2:25)
Peace Of Mind (2:18)
Take Hold Of That Star (2:43)
You Wouldn’t Know (2:05)
Follow The Wind (2:12)

10 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    June 18, 2013 - 09:08 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    June 18, 2013 - 13:06 | Permalink

    Very special. Very nice. Thanx…………………..!

  • 3
    June 18, 2013 - 15:03 | Permalink

    A true musicological find Willard — mucho appreciato!

  • 4
    Newman
    June 18, 2013 - 19:51 | Permalink

    Willard,
    I have the 2 CD set ‘Brilliant From Birth’ it has all these tracks plus a lot more, remastered with pretty clean sound. They actually cover the Beatles with their versions of ‘Ticket To Ride’ ‘Paperback Writer’ ‘You Won’t See Me’ and ‘From Me To You’ there are some pretty good stuff on here but a few clunkers as well. Very cool cover shot though, love the hair styles. Ha.
    Love
    Newman

  • 5
    Biggray
    June 18, 2013 - 22:59 | Permalink

    As well as “Brilliant From Birth” (still showing as available at JB HiFi, though I’m sure it’s out of print), this album plus “Spicks And Specks” and “Turn Around, Look At Us”, their other 2 Australian LPs were released here in Oz in February this year as a box set on Warners as “The Festival Album Collection 1965-67″, along with a best of compilation “The Morning Of My Life”. From reports on Midoztouch, the remastering is apparently ok.
    I’ve had “Brilliant From Birth for a few years now. It’s very interesting to hear their early compositions in the light of what came later. Nothing here to compare to “Bee Gees 1st” (but I’m sure that these recordings were made for much less, too).

    Brilliant From Birth
    Art http://www33.zippyshare.com/v/26172554/file.html
    CD1 http://www33.zippyshare.com/v/95662062/file.html
    CD2 http://www33.zippyshare.com/v/27060918/file.html

    • 6
      Willard
      June 18, 2013 - 23:48 | Permalink

      Many thanks Biggray. I’m switching out the bad vinyl rip for these superior files now. Appreciate it.

  • 7
    miles
    June 19, 2013 - 00:19 | Permalink

    I’m there! I’ve probably said this before, but the Gibbs Brothers up through perhaps their first couple of RSO releases have always been a guilty pleasure of mine. I’ve never heard this collection, but the song samples sound appealing. My thanks to you both, Willard and Biggray for sharing these.

    • 8
      Willard
      June 19, 2013 - 00:42 | Permalink

      They may have “borrowed” a lot from other songwriters, but you can’t deny those harmonies.

  • 9
    sitarswami
    June 20, 2013 - 21:32 | Permalink

    For those of you/us who can’t get enough early Bee Gees: In the late 1990s Festival Records in Australia very briefly released “Assault the Vaults” a 31 song comp of pre-UK Bee Gees-written (often produced by the bros and/or including BG background vocals) material. There’s a couple of clunkers (big surprise), but all-in-all a wonderful collection with superb sound.

    For a tracklist look here: http://www.discogs.com/Various-Assault-The-Vaults-Rare-Australian-Cover-Versions-Of-The-Brothers-Gibb/release/1370421

    To d/l go here: http://www24.zippyshare.com/v/32045010/file.html

  • 10
    Supersonic75
    July 25, 2013 - 06:41 | Permalink

    Thanks so much…I love the very early stuff and was not at all aware of this.

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