by Nicholas James
In 1998, the Bee Gees were at one of the
most successful phases of their career, with
a string of hit albums and singles behind
them, along with a large collection of
awards on their mantelpiece. So the time was
perfect for Festival Records, to whom the
Bee Gees were signed between 1963 and 1966,
to release the definitive collection of
their early material.
Festival had a difficult job. Almost every
year sees the release of another budget
collection of the same old songs. This album
takes a different approach. It is as
complete a collection of their early work as
there has been, beating the previous winner,
Brilliance, also from Festival. Not
only is this new collection comprehensive,
the songs have all been remastered, and it
is presented with an authoritative liner
This CD features many tracks never before
released on CD, such as the Bee Gees first
real political record, 'And the Children
Laughing', which features extremely mature,
savvy lyrics. It also features numerous
covers, including great versions of
'Somewhere' and 'Twelfth of Never'.
For my views on this era, and on many of the
songs featured, read my review of
Brilliance. But don't buy that -
come back here and buy this far superior
collection. You will never need to buy
another budget Bee Gees album again!
Why Buy Brilliant From Birth?
This is THE definitive collection of their
pre-1967 material. You won't need to buy
another early Bee Gees CD again.