Bee Gees – Main Course

Bee Gees - Main CourseBee Gees
Main Course
RSO Records ℗©1975
Location of purchase: Armadillo Music, Davis, Calif.
Price: $0.98

Two years before “Stayin’ Alive” cemented the Bee Gees into disco history, the album Main Course served as an introduction into new territories. Leaving their psychedelic sounds well behind, the Gibb brothers started to focus on funky synthesizers and strong piano ballads instead. Overall the album is not the strongest, but it does give a small taste of what the group will later go on to achieve.

Without a doubt opening track “Nights on Broadway” has an immediate get-down feel. With the brothers’ famous harmonies, the chorus is delightfully upbeat. The same goes for the following track, “Jive Talkin’,” an electrifying track, which rightfully so was a number one hit. With a wiggling bass line and infectious percussion, a listener’s head is instantaneously filled with the reflecting colors of a disco ball. Unfortunately, the album’s high-spirited momentum does not go past the second track.

The rest of the album is very downtempo and piano driven, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but takes the Bee Gees on the slightly longer route leading to disco land. Songs like “Wind of Change” and “Edge of the Universe” attempt to have some edge, but fall short. With such lush harmonies, it’s hard to hold onto an unconventional sound. Then again, the clean instrumentation and bright vocals are traits that popular culture latched onto at the time. Fans were able to happily sing along to “Wind of Change” and focus on the hopeful aspect instead of the lyrics about broken dreams.

Side two of Main Course is another solid start with “All This Making Love.” The vocals carry strong confidence and swagger. The piano chords and guitar rhythms move like stomping feet, keeping the listener’s attention. Lyrics such as, “I get pleasure and pain it’s a gravy train” further demonstrate the attractiveness of the menacing situation. At the end, the repeated line of “too much, too much, too much, too much” is catchy and puts the icing on the cake. But yet again, the strong track is followed by a transition into slower ballads. It is all a matter of taste and of course the ballads lead the band to great success, but songs like “All This Making Love” are such a tease.

While some may call this a breakthrough album, it does not feel strong enough to actually attest to that. It definitely paves the path to great things, but Main Course would have been more enjoyable had it contained a better balance of the unrestrained songs and the love ballads.

Find the full track listing and a sample track after the jump.

Side One

  1. Nights on Broadway
    (Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb)
  2. Jive Talkin’
    (Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb)
  3. Wind of Change
    (Barry and Robin Gibb)
  4. Songbird
    (Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, Blue Weaver)
  5. Fanny (Be Tender with My Love)
    (Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb)

Side Two

  1. All This Making Love
    (Barry and Robin Gibb)
  2. Country Lanes
    (Barry and Robin Gibb)
  3. Come On Over
    (Barry and Robin Gibb)
  4. Edge of the Universe
    (Barry and Robin Gibb)
  5. Baby As You Turn Away
    (Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb)
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5 Responses to Bee Gees – Main Course

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  5. Jay says:

    Beautiful Album … love the ballads.

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