BeeGees - Odessa (1969)

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During 1967 and 1968, the Bee Gees became an international phenomenon with three albums and many more singles of folky balladry, most of them smashes. That stopped when their lavish 1969 double LP, Odessa, produced zero hits; guitarist Vince Melouney left, and Robin Gibb temporarily followed suit. The stereo (disc 1) and mono (disc 2) mixes included in the three-disc reissue of this disruptive opus present the Gibb brothers' arrangements at their most opulent: The string-laden instrumentals and soulful baroque pop evoke the splendor of the Moody Blues. And a third disc with demos suggests the unpolished sprawl of the Beatles' White Album. Stripped of window dressing, baubles like "Melody Fair" prove the Gibbs' effusive melodies and aching harmonies are ends in themselves.
Tracks
Disc 1
1. Odessa (City On The Black Sea)
2. You'll Never See My Face Again
3. Black Diamond
4. Marley Purt Drive
5. Edison
6. Melody Fair
7. Suddenly
8. Whisper Whisper
9. Lamplight
10. Sound Of Love
11. Give Your Best
12. Seven Seas Symphony
13. With All Nations (International Anthem)
14. I Laugh In Your Face
15. Never Say Never Again
16. First Of May
17. The British Opera
Disc 2
1. Odessa (City On The Black Sea)
2. You'll Never See My Face Again
3. Black Diamond
4. Marley Purt Drive
5. Edison
6. Melody Fair
7. Suddenly
8. Whisper Whisper
9. Lamplight
10. Sound Of Love
11. Give Your Best
12. Seven Seas Symphony
13. With All Nations (International Anthem)
14. I Laugh In Your Face
15. Never Say Never Again
16. First Of May
17. The British Opera
Disc 3
1. Odessa [Demo] - (previously unreleased)
2. You'll Never See My Face Again [Alternate Mix] - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
3. Black Diamond [Demo] - (previously unreleased)
4. Marley Purt Drive [Alternate Mix] - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
5. Barbara Came To Stay - (previously unreleased)
6. Edison [Alternate Mix] - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
7. Melody Fair [Demo] - (previously unreleased)
8. Melody Fair [Alternate Mix] - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
9. Suddenly [Alternate Mix] - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
10. Whisper Whisper [Part Two] [Alternate Version] - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
11. Lamplight [Demo] - (previously unreleased)
12. Lamplight [Alternate Version] - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
13. Sound Of Love [Alternate Mix] - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
14. Give Your Best [Alternate Mix] - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
15. Seven Seas Symphony [Demo] - (previously unreleased)
16. With All Nations (International Anthem) [Vocal Version] - (previously unreleased)
17. I Laugh In Your Face [Alternate Mix] - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
18. Never Say Never Again [Alternate Mix] - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
19. First Of May [Demo] - (previously unreleased)
20. First Of May [Alternate Mix] - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
21. Nobody's Someone - (previously unreleased)
22. Pity - (previously unreleased)
23. Odessa Promotional Spot - (previously unreleased)

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