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To Whom It May Concern (1972)
Audio CD
Track Listing

1. Run To Me
2. We Lost The Road
3. Never Been Alone
4. Paper Mache, Cabbages and Kings
5. I Can Bring Love
6. I Held A Party
7. Please Don't Turn Out The Lights
8. Sea Of Smiling Faces
9. Bad Bad Dreams
10. You Know It's For You
11. Alive
12. Road To Alaska
13. Sweet Song Of Summer

by Nicholas James

"I held a party and nobody came", says one of the songs on this excellent album. That really sums up the To Whom It May Concern album. The Bee Gees were getting back to what they do best, and clearly enjoying it, but the album was largely ignored. That is a big shame.

This is the first album in the early 1970s when the Bee Gees really found their feet. They managed to fit it all on this disc: unforgettable melodies, new ideas, wonderful harmonies, some surprising solos, some genuinely bizarre humour and some very serious experimentation.

The album spawned a UK hit, the truly splendorous 'Run To Me', although it did not dominate the singles charts in the way that many of their 1960s recordings did. And then the album was forgotten. But there could have been more hits from this collection had the public not seemingly started to grow tired of the three brothers and moved on to new artists. 'Sea of Smiling Faces' is at least as good as 'Run To Me', as is 'Alive'. The Bee Gees rock out on 'Bad Bad Dreams' and harmonise together beautifully in 'We Lost The Road'. 'Paper Mache Cabbages and Kings' defies categorisation or explanation, and I am not going to go into what happened to poor old Jimmy in that song, but it's a great track nonetheless. Maurice's 'token' track is the pleasant 'You Know It's For You', a piece of early 1970s fluff that sounds quite dated now. But in 'Sweet Song Of Summer', in which Maurice experiments with the Moog Synthesiser, the Bee Gees create a disturbing piece of music that ends the album on a high.

Overall, this is a great album, and one that should definitely be explored.

Why Buy To Whom It May Concern?

This is the best album from the Bee Gees' often overlooked early seventies period.