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Grey Gargoyle


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oE5tbl_VQzM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQHuNHsce6E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhtjZo8UWQ0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2fBXpub9U4

I have just discovered the Bee Gees' not-disco works ... and it is incredible ! \:\-\)

How come nobody knows that ?

The covers of 'To Love Somebody' are more famous than the original version and it is unfair !


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Unstable Molecule


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To Love Somebody is my second favorite Bee Gees song - just after How Deep is Your Love (heh). I agree they get written off as a disco band, and they were actually quite a class act.




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MysteryMan


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    To Love Somebody is my second favorite Bee Gees song - just after How Deep is Your Love (heh). I agree they get written off as a disco band, and they were actually quite a class act.


There was a TV spot on them once talking about how the were really a rock band...that got asked to do disco.


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The Black Guardian

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I thought most knew "To Love Somebody." Even their release did quite well.

But I'm a fan of even their disco stuff.

'Member that New Year's 1998 Showtime pay-per-view special? I paid for it. One of the few times I have ever paid-per-view.


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Grey Gargoyle


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    Quote:
    I thought most knew "To Love Somebody." Even their release did quite well.

Yes, the song is very famous but there have been so many covers that people don't associate it immediately with the Bee Gees
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Love_Somebody_(song)#Cover_versions


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    'Member that New Year's 1998 Showtime pay-per-view special? I paid for it. One of the few times I have ever paid-per-view.

Unfortunately, no \:\-\(
I recently watched a documentary about the "ABC" (Abba, Bee Gees, Carpenters) : the three bands which were despised by music critics in the 1960s-1970s because they didn't reflect the counter-culture of the time and were reevaluated after.
I was so surprised to learn that the Bee Gees were much more versatile than people think. Their disco success overshadows everything else.


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Grey Gargoyle


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    To Love Somebody is my second favorite Bee Gees song - just after How Deep is Your Love (heh).


Great songs ! I totally agree.


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    I agree they get written off as a disco band, and they were actually quite a class act.


The Odessa album is incredible. I didn't know that they had mastered so many different styles.


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Grey Gargoyle


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    There was a TV spot on them once talking about how the were really a rock band...that got asked to do disco.


It is interesting.
If I correctly understood, it is the lack of success of the Odessa album (which is great ! How unfair...) which convinced them to try disco which was popular back then.

Even their disco songs are above most everyone else but I was so surprised to discover that I know so little about the rest of their career.

Both Mc Cartney & Lennon thought that the Bee Gees were a great band.




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The Black Guardian

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      I thought most knew "To Love Somebody." Even their release did quite well.

    Yes, the song is very famous but there have been so many covers that people don't associate it immediately with the Bee Gees
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Love_Somebody_(song)#Cover_versions

Maybe I'm just showing my age, but whenever I think of the song, it's their original version that I hear. The first time I ever heard the song was their version, which reached the Top 20. It was very popular and was probably the version that got the most airplay when I was growing up.

I know lots of people have covered it, but I barely even recall many of the covers. I'm especially not a fan of Bolton or Buble. Their versions are the only two that really come close to the popularity of the original.

Growing up, the only other versions I was familiar with were the Animals, Simone, and Joplin versions. Hats off to them (I'm a big fan of all of them), but I don't think their versions were as good. It wasn't until I was well into my 20s that Bolton did his version (around the time my daughter was being born).


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MysteryMan


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        I thought most knew "To Love Somebody." Even their release did quite well.

      Yes, the song is very famous but there have been so many covers that people don't associate it immediately with the Bee Gees
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Love_Somebody_(song)#Cover_versions

    Maybe I'm just showing my age, but whenever I think of the song, it's their original version that I hear. The first time I ever heard the song was their version, which reached the Top 20. It was very popular and was probably the version that got the most airplay when I was growing up.



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    I know lots of people have covered it, but I barely even recall many of the covers. I'm especially not a fan of Bolton or Buble.


I'd say that's the version I know as well.


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Ancient One

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    How come nobody knows that ?


I think because their disco material was SO popular that it's completely overshadowed everything they did before or since in the public's mind. They were almost victims of their own success in that respect.

But yeah, great, great talents.

Criminally underrated, and sorely missed.


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The Black Guardian

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In the US at least, it took until 1997 (about a generation later) for them to have a popular album, and the album was much more R&B than pop.


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Grey Gargoyle


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    Quote:
    Maybe I'm just showing my age, but whenever I think of the song, it's their original version that I hear. The first time I ever heard the song was their version, which reached the Top 20. It was very popular and was probably the version that got the most airplay when I was growing up.

    I know lots of people have covered it, but I barely even recall many of the covers. I'm especially not a fan of Bolton or Buble. Their versions are the only two that really come close to the popularity of the original.

    Growing up, the only other versions I was familiar with were the Animals, Simone, and Joplin versions. Hats off to them (I'm a big fan of all of them), but I don't think their versions were as good. It wasn't until I was well into my 20s that Bolton did his version (around the time my daughter was being born).


I can't remember when was the first time I heard the song or who was the singer. I think that I've know this song since I was a kid (but, unfairly, without connecting the song to their creators which is a shame ...).

It is one of those absolutely perfect classic songs which never get old.



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