Idea (1968)

  • Robbie's Review

    Of the four records The Bee Gees did in the late 60's, I really liked Idea the best. It had all these great harmonies with songs like "Let There Be Love", "Swan Song", and others. Certainly the two best tunes have to be "Ive Gotta Get A Message To You" because it's all about a convicted fellon on death row, and "I Started A Joke" because, well... nobody really knows just what the hell that song is all about. All I need to know is on that song is that Robin's vibrotto was killer. And maybe I oughtta point out this was the last album of The Bee Gees as a five piece band, as Vince Melouny left just after the album's release. I thnk this is the finest Bee Gees record of that era.

    --Robbie

     

  • Marty Hogan's Review

    After their unique introduction on "Bee Gees 1st" and a more somber 2nd album, "Horizontal", the Bee Gees are far more confident in their writing, singing and performing on this CD. Barry Gibb's guitar work is exemplary and his voice is strongest on "When The Swallows Fly" and "Swan Song", as well as Robin Gibb on "In The Summer Of His Years" and the huge hit, "I Started A Joke". Maurice experiments a great deal with his bass guitar on the bouncy "Kitty Can", the pensive "Down To Earth" and strong pulsating bass notes (and piano) on the massive hit "I've Gotta Get A Mesage To You". Lead guitarist Vince Melouney writes the only Bee Gees song never written by the brothers; "Such A Shame", an upbeat, harmonica driven rocker with his Mickey Dolenz sound-alike voice. It is the last strong group effort of an album, before the Bee Gees, temporarily went their separate mucical ways.

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