Label: RSO - 2394 150 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Greece • Genre: Rock, Pop • Style: Pop Rock
It may sound silly to call the 12th album by a group with an eight-year string of gold records behind them a "breakthrough," but that's what Main Course was. The group's first disco album -- and, for many white listeners, the first disco album they ever purchased -- Main Course marked a huge change in the Bee Gees ' sound.
The group's earlier LPs, steeped in a dense romantic balladry, were beautifully crafted but too serious for any but hardcore fans. Main Course had a few ballads, such as "Songbird" and "Country Lanes," but the writing was simpler, and the rest of it was made up of catchy dance tunes heavily influenced by the Philadelphia-based soul music of the periodin which the beat and the texture of the voices and instruments took precedence over the words.
It also repelled fans of the group's earlier style, which was a bit ironic. The disco numbers on Main Course displayed the same care and craftsmanship that had characterized, say, Come On Over - Bee Gees - Main Course of May" or "Odessa. And the spirit of Still On - Scorn - Greetings From Birmingham was no accident -- producer Arif Mardinseeking to rescue the group's stagnating career, had gotten the Bee Gees to turn their talents in a musical direction that they'd always loved but never embraced.
Not only didn't they seem ridiculous, but they took to it as easily as they'd absorbed the Beatles ' harmony-based rock sounds in the late '60s. It was a liberating experience for the entire group -- Blue Weavernewly added to the lineup with an array of electronic keyboards and ideas that ended up shaping lots of the songs here; Alan Golden Delicious - Old Schoolplaying in a funky guitar style; and drummer Dennis Byronplaying more complicated patterns than he'd been asked to in years, were also delighted with the new direction, and they constituted the instrumental core of the band for the next six years.
Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Track Listing. Nights on Broadway. Bee Gees. Jive Talkin'. Wind of Change. Fanny Be Tender with My Love. All This Making Love. Country Lanes. Come on Over. Edge of the Universe. Baby as You Turn Away.
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