Bee Gees: final Words

After more than three years, seventy plus posts and a countdown of my fifty favourite tracks, I feel I’ve said most, but not quite all, of what I want to say on the Bee Gees.

I may post some stats on which albums fare best in the Top 50 but before reaching that possible pinnacle of geekiness there remain album overviews.

So we begin next Friday with Bee Gees 1st

Apologies for absence

Hello lightspotters,

Sorry for there being nothing here in four weeks.

I’ve been in Japan (may work this into a future piece) and forgot to say so here.

Back now with the first of two posts on Peter Sarstedt

Bee Gees bubbling under

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to post on several Bee Gees’ songs which I like a lot but which didn’t quite make it into my Top 50.

Taking them in no particular order, I’ll be starting tomorrow with In My Own Time.

Homeward bound

My house move is almost upon me.  I know because to write this, I’ve fought my way between towering stacks of cardboard boxes containing the first fifty odd years of my life’s belongings.  I hope they don’t split, spilling my 45s all over the road.

I’ll be posting when I can post-move but I’m anticipating no internet for at least a few days not to mention the task of just returning to some semblance of normality.

When I’m back, I’ll be rounding off this long series on the Bee Gees with a look at some of the songs which didn’t make it into the Top 50 including three big hitters – Massachussets, Words and First of May –  and album overviews.

Plus posts on other retro music and related topics too of course.

So see you once the dust has settled.

A house is not a home… but soon will be

I’m moving house in ten days so expect lightspots to be a little on the quiet side for a while the other side of that.

Even though I’m moving just a few hundred yards down the road, it doesn’t diminish the chaos involved.

Short of a disaster, I’ll have unveiled the Top 3 Bee Gees songs before I move so no keeping you on tenterhooks.

Hope you’ll bear with me during a few weeks of craziness.

For now back to the Bee Gees

A couple of changes

Bee Gees off their cloud

You won’t see the likes of Odessa or Maurice Gibb in the tag cloud anymore as Bee Gees-related tags no longer appear there.  Given the number of posts on the group, the cloud was becoming a little Gibb-heavy so I thought it would be good to show more of a range of links to others and allow Manfred Mann, Heron and Aphrodite’s Child a share of the limelight.

For the best overview of Bee Gees content, visit the Bee Gees Home Page or choose a Category heading.  I’m still working on that Bee Gees song listing grouped by album – watch this space.

A few exceptions I’ve kept in – Sing Slowly Sisters deserves cloud inclusion because of its currency following the sessions’ release earlier this year and Hudson Fallen Wind is just such an obscure odyssey of a song how can you overlook it?

The definite article

Anyone who really pays attention to detail and who is as much a pedant for these things as I am, may notice the word ‘the’ has disappeared from tags such as (The) Casuals (The) Boy from Space etc.  This means all tags beginning with ‘the’ no longer congregate together in the cloud and hopefully stand out rather more now spread out.  I think you get ‘the’ idea.

Bands and Solo Artists added

Hello lightspotters!

I’ve just added two new categories – Bands and Solo Artists.  You’ll see links to both under ‘Categories’ in the left side panel.    

You can use the links to browse posts on bands or solo artists who don’t have their own Home Page.  So Bee Gees posts won’t appear under ‘Bands’ because they have their own category and are listed fully on the Bee Gees Home Page.    

I have, though, included solo Robin Gibb posts under Solo Artists. 

The Fading Yellow and Piccadilly Sunshine compilations appear as categories in their own right so they don’t feature under Bands and Solo Artists either. 

Hope this makes life a little easier.   

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Recommencing countdown… Sing Slowly Sisters

Saved by the Bell 1968-70If you are have been following Top 50 Bee Gees Songs 1966-72, you might recall that the official release of the Sing Slowly Sisters sessions – along with a host of related material from 1969/70 – happened midway through our countdown.

When I first put together the Top 50, I had already heard most of the tracks which make up these sessions though sometimes in poor bootlegged quality (such as Return to Austria).  The tracks I’d not heard at all were Anywhere I Hang My Hat, Loud and Clear and the demo of Why Not Cry Together along with pretty much all of Robin’s Rarities on Disc 3.

But I’m going to continue the countdown on the basis of what I had heard when I began it, otherwise it becomes an impossible and rather meaningless task to retrospectively uproot everything.

I’m saying all this now as we reach two Sing Slowly Sisters tracks in the countdown….

All will become clearer when I post on the Saved By the Bell: Collected Works of Robin Gibb in three posts coming up shortly.  It’s taken time to digest the sheer quantity of material on offer!

For now, on with the countdown…

More Bee Gees updates

Until now, almost all posts on the Bee Gees have been tagged with all three brothers’ names individually which seemed a bit pointless.

So now only posts making special mention of one of the band members are tagged by that name.  So, for example, selecting Robin Gibb in the side bar tag cloud will take you to posts on Robin’s solo material and selected Bee Gees posts which are of special relevance to him or which make special mention of him (eg. Lamplight, a Bee Gees single but crucially Robin’s song which, when relegated to a B-side, provoked his leaving the group).

Admittedly this is a more subjective way of tagging but I hope it helps identify posts which relate to Barry, Robin or Maurice in particular.  It also means their names don’t completely dominate the tag cloud, leaving more space for others!

Tagging by year and album name remains the same.

After a bit of a break, the Bee Gees Top 50 continues counting down next month.

“And now… the Gallery”

New Year, new side bar!  Sorry, that has to be the worst sales pitch ever. 

Anyway, you can now enjoy browsing the sidebar Gallery which shows the albums, CDs and DVDs featured on lightspots so far.  I have also added covers for Manfred Mann’s Mighty Garvey and Piccadilly Sunshine Volume 16 into their respective posts and the Gallery as the thumbnail somehow got missed off.   

Next to the Gallery is a new Search side bar feature which will scour this whole shebang and find whatever you ask it to.