At precisely this pivotal moment the public were given, not the ultimate carefully crafted artistic pièce de résistance that the Bee Gees might have had a chance to create in some other kinder universe, but instead the absurdity of Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. There are two non-musical works too. The bass player adds some nice touches. It would have fit right in with the Arif Mardin arrangements on Mr Natural. George Bitzer from Network appears again.
This was the first release in America of all nine songs on Turn Around, Look at Me and the first and third songs on Peace of Mind, something the Pickwick folks probably did not realize since nothing is said about it on the sleeves. Some of the songs aren't bad at all! As part of the , the late Robin Gibb's impression on the Billboard Hot 100 will be felt forever. In less than six months, Saturday Night Fever shattered all previous highs to become the largest-selling album in history. In the recording phase Robin and Maurice now mainly played the role of backing and harmony vocalists, and even in that capacity Barry did many of the vocal dubs himself as he went over and over the recorded work. Another natural single that would have broken the disco mold. No doubt each song has many, many recording dates, as they carefully recorded and re-recorded each nuance, but none of the dates are known.
The record was also a hit in England -- their first number-one song there in nearly ten years. A crowd of 70's personalities and musicians on a platform singing Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Yet this monster was all three, rolled into one. Barry touched up the vocal with his own falsetto. The Osmonds, a little younger than the Gibb brothers born 1949-1955 , had, like the Gibbs, become well known as television performers in the early 1960s.
In fact, we had three in the top 5 in Billboard, not just five in the top 10. Herbie Mann adds a bit of flute in the ending. This only heightened any tendencies the Bee Gees had toward perfectionism, Barry in particular. Those present in Utah report instrumental recording in sessions led mainly by regular Osmond musicians Ike Egan and Denny Crockett. From left: Brothers Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb and Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees perform live on stage in Sydney, New South Wales, November 7, 1989. Radio stations were sent a version that faded a minute early at 3:52.
The muppet character voices were by Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Carroll Spinney, and Jim Henson. Vocal credits are not given although certainly the four brothers are all singing. This just missed top forty in Britain. I don't know how to do anything else. John Sambataro, who sang backing and harmony vocals on the non-Barry songs, plays slide guitar.
Rare Earth were a Detroit-based white rock band signed to Motown. Barry on natural voice lead 3 times, high harmony 3 times, low harmony 3 times. It set another record by climbing to the top of the album charts for an amazing 24 weeks. The legacy passed to his grandson Billy Shears, played by Peter Frampton, and his band, played by Barry, Robin, and Maurice. Bee Gees : Birth of Brilliance Australia: Infinity, 1978. I actually said that, you know? The date is unknown, but would be the first half of 1978.
For this version Barry added a bridge section. Two Osmond fans kindly pointed out a few songs with lead parts by Wayne. The ones with Barry must be among the later ones, so here the Andy songs are shown first, followed by the songs Barry was involved with. I'll never be able to explain that. Before his death, Sergeant Pepper asked his adolescent grandson Billy Shears to take on the reins of forming his own band to continue to spread the message of joy and love. Mike was the usual arranger for K C and the Sunshine Band, and he arranged the Osmonds album probably shortly before or after this. He also co-wrote, with his bandmate brothers Barry and Maurice, Yvonne Elliman's Hot 100 No.
I can only imagine what the 70's were like to live through, but if this is any indication. The other uncredited musicians were some of those from the Andy Gibb album that was being made around the same time. His latest album, the had just been released -- a million copies to the stores, 750,000 more stockpiled in a warehouse. It went top twenty in America, very good considering the circumstances. Barry on falsetto lead 3 times, falsetto high harmony 3 times, falsetto low harmony 3 times. I can only speculate on the amount of drugs that were consumed on the set of this movie.
All this songwriting for films and other artists had left the masses wondering what the Bee Gees themselves would do next. I think after Maurice died he kind of went into a bit of a depression and he just moped around. Furthermore, Top Forty radio stations seemed less inclined to place new Bee Gees records in rotation. The Osmonds themselves sometimes played instruments on record and in live shows, but the credits for this album are vague. It was not a disco song but had plenty of Barry Gibb falsetto. They also earned five Grammies for their work on the film soundtrack project in 1978.