Before we begin, just a word about the selections: choices are drawn from the Bee Gees’ internationally released output recorded 1967-72 (namely eight albums and attendant single A and B-sides), all the material released as part of the Rhino re-issues, Barry, Maurice and Robin’s 1969-70 solo output, material they wrote for others and various unreleased songs as I have discovered them online. I certainly don’t pretend to have heard everything.
I chose 1966-72 as defining years because they roughly coincide with the era I’m most interested in and so as to span both the ‘psychedelic’ and ‘ballad’ periods. I freely admit to stretching the starting year back by one to 1966 so as to include a particular favourite (bloggers can do things like that). By 1972, I mean the complete recorded output of that year which ends with the first ten tracks of A Kick in the Head is Worth Two in the Pants (as shown in Bee Gees: Day-by-Day Story, 1945-1972).
I have opted for a chart-based countdown as a straightforward way of talking about what I like and why and maybe even stimulating some debate!