Cucumber Castle (1970)

  • Robbie's Review

    Don't forget to remember this record. Even without Robin, this was still a rather OK album. I love the melody and lyrics in "If Only I Had My Mind On Something Else". I sometimes find myself singing it around the house, and I sing it well. That's not bragging, that's communication. Check out the Cucumber Castle movie (if you dare). One of the best (and worst) cult classics of all time. You don't get much better than Spike Milligan and Vincent Price. Hey, at least it ain't Sgt. Pepper's.

    --Robbie

  • My first album (By Chis)

    This is the only Bee Gees album without Robin Gibb. For me it's special because it was the first album I ever bought (I had got Greatest a few weeks before as a present and had loved it so much that I started searching for more Bee Gees stuff and this was the first album I came across) and my favourite for some time. Now, years later, when I listen to it I miss Robin's voice quite a lot. I think that the fact of being able to listen to three different voices on the lead is one of the things I most like about the Bee Gees. I love that variety, so, and despite Barry's voice is wonderful and rich in ranges and nuances, and Maurice's voice is beautiful too, I can't help missing Robin's voice. The music is a bit repetitive: similar orchestrations, too much use of drumbeats,... Anyway, I still like this album very much.

    "IF ONLY I HAD MY MIND ON SOMETHING ELSE"
    Nice drums (this time). I mainly like the chorus from this one.

    "IOIO"
    Maurice Gibb said in some interview that IOIO stood for 'hello' in an African language. Apart from that curiosity, of all Bee Gees songs, this is the one I like least. Always skip it.

    "THEN YOU LEFT ME"
    This album is full of ballads and this is one of them. My favourite parts are when Barry's voice breaks and the spoken 'Then you left me'.

    "THE LORD"
    Catchy tune. Barry tries here an American accent. A religious song?? Fun lyrics.

    "I WAS THE CHILD"
    Beautiful ballad. I like Barry's voice's different ranges.

    "I LAY DOWN AND DIE"
    Drumbeats and piano for a start. I like it except for the chorus. I see some improvistation in it.

    "SWEETHEART"
    Far west flavour. Along the lines of "The Lord" in concept. Not among my favourites.

    "BURY ME DOWN BY THE RIVER"
    Love the vocals on this one. This was one of my fave Bee Gees songs when I was 12. I must say I didn't pay much attention to the lyrics in those days, mainly 'cause I knew very very little English; just liked the songs for their melodies and for the vocals.

    "MY THING"
    Never liked this one very much.

    "THE CHANCE OF LOVE"
    Beautiful ballad, powerful song. I'd like it even better without all those drumbeats.

    "TURNING TIDE"
    My favourite. A sweet ballad in the style of "First of May". 

    "DON'T FORGET TO REMEMBER"
    The best known song from this album. My 3rd fave after "The chance of love" and "Turning tide", though at first I didn't care too much for it.

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