Wind of Change - by Henar
Main Course is for many the best Bee Gees work. The three
singles -Jive Talkin, Nights On Broadway and Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)- were big
hits, but they are not the only gems on this really varied album, where you can find
R'n'B, funky, ballads, soul, country, pop.
This album marked a turning point in the Bee Gees career: the orchestra left its place
to the synthesizers and a new Bee Gees sound was born. The Bee Gees didn't appear on the
album cover and the sound was so different that many thought it was a black R'n'B band.
Main Course opens with Nights On Broadway, the song where Barry's
trademark falsetto was oficially born in the form of ad-libs. Next is the funky Jive
Talkin, an experimental song inspired by the sound made by their car on a bridge they
had to cross to get to the studio. It was the first single from this album, and though
they never expected it to become a hit, it entered the USA charts at no. 9 and soon went
no. 1. It's one of the songs the Bee Gees always include in their concerts and which makes
the audience rise on their feet and dance to it.
Wind Of Change was the second track written for the album and its title
summarizes what this song represents: the turning point, the birth of the Bee Gees new
sound. Its construction inspired that of Nights on Broadway.
Songbird is the first of the three ballads on this album. It was co-written by
their keyboard player, Blue Weaver, and has Barry on the lead. The lyrics are naif and a
bit too slushy but the soulful melody is very evocative and nice to listen to over and
Fanny (Be Tender With My Love) is a powerful R'n'B song. Barry's natural voice
and falsetto mix and give the song an incredible effect. You never get tired of listening
to this song. It's perfect.
All this making love. Main Course was an experimental album for the Bee
Gees. They tried different styles, and this pop song is different from other songs on the
album. For me, the weakest song.
Country Lanes was the first song written for Main Course. It's a ballad
with Robin on the lead. Beautiful.
The Bee Gees like country and Come On Over is a proof of it. I
wish they had written more country-like songs throughout their career.
Edge Of The Universe has bizarre lyrics. It's about an alien and his dog. A pop
song like All This Making Love. Love the live version.
The album closes with Baby As you Turn Away, a ballad. On the one hand with Main
Course the Bee Gees were trying to escape from their image as a band that could write
just ballads, but luckily enough they didn't get rid totally of the ballads and included
in the album three outstanding examples. Baby As You Turn Away is in fact a very simple
song in its construction but once you've listened to it you'll never forget its melody.
And it shows the Bee Gees can write lyrics that make sense!
In brief, this album is a must, so if you haven't listened to it yet, you better run to
a shop and grab your copy!