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Odessa [Deluxe Edition] [Box]


  • 0. DISC 1: STEREO ALBUM:
    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. British Opera, The
    0. DISC 2: MONO ALBUM:
    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. British Opera, The
    0. DISC 3: SKETCHES FOR ODESSA:
    1. Odessa - (previously unreleased)
    2. You'll Never See My Face Again - (Alternate Mix, previously unreleased, alternate take)
    3. Black Diamond - (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 - (previously unreleased)
    8. Melody Fair - (Alternate Mix, previously unreleased, alternate take)
    9. Suddenly - (Alternate Mix, previously unreleased, alternate take)
    10. Whisper Whisper, Pt. 2 - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
    11. Lamplight - (previously unreleased)
    12. Lamplight - (Alternate Mix, 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 - (previously unreleased)
    16. With All Nations (International Anthem) - (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 - (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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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 516159

  • Credits
    ProducerRobert Stigwood; The Bee Gees
    EngineerE. Sharp; A. Barber; A. Knight; P. Wade

    The Bee Gees: Barry Gibb (vocals, guitar); Maurice Gibb (vocals, piano, organ, bass); Robin Gibb (vocals).
    Recorded at IBC Studios, London, England.
    ODESSA is widely regarded as the Bee Gees' finest pre-SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER moment, an elaborate (the original LP had a red velveteen cover), baroque-pop masterpiece on the order of the Zombies' ODESSEY AND ORACLE or even the Beatles' SGT. PEPPER. The ambitious arrangements and elegant-but accessible songcraft of tunes like "Melody Fair," "Lamplight," and "First of May" certainly bears out this estimation. Accordingly, ODESSA has been given a deluxe treatment here, with two full discs of bonus material appended to the original album. While there are a couple of never-before-heard songs amid the bonus tracks, most of discs two and three are occupied by mono mixes and alternate versions of the album's classic tunes, offering fresh glimpses of a cult classic.
    Personnel: Maurice Gibb (vocals, guitar, piano); Barry Gibb (vocals, guitar); Robin Gibb (vocals, keyboards); Vince Melouney (guitar); Paul Buckmaster (cello); Colin Petersen (drums).
    Audio Remasterers: Dan Hersch; Andrew Sandoval.
    Liner Note Author: Andrew Sandoval.
    Recording information: Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, NY (07/1968-12/1968); IBC Studios, London, England (07/1968-12/1968); Trident Studios, London, England (07/1968-12/1968).
    Photographer: Bubi Heilemann.
    ODESSA stands as one of the great British pop albums of the '60s, right up alongside such tours de force as SGT. PEPPER, ODYSSEY AND ORACLE, and S.F. SORROW. In fact, while it's full of elegant baroque pop gems, ODESSA's range even extends beyond its aforementioned peers, delving over the course of its double-length into everything from Gospel to country. Songs like "Melody Fair" employ all the pop smarts the Gibbs earned early in their career and apply them to a much more sophisticated scope of song structure. The seven minute-plus title song is a centerpiece here, an epic account of a ship gone astray, full of changes in texture, tempo and dynamics, veering dangerously close to artsong, but (as is part of the Bee Gees' magic) always staying on the right side of infectiousness.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.71) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Stripped of window dressing, baubles like 'Melody Fair' prove the Gibbs' effusive melodies and aching harmonies are ends in themselves."
    Spin (p.82) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "This 1969 double LP took the Gibb brothers' lushly orchestrated, Beatles-influenced pop finery to inspired heights."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.67) - "[A] gorgeous sprawl, which offers a little bit of everything: lilting melancholy, acoustic roots rock, and lots of syrupy strings..." -- Grade: A-
    Q (2/96, p.104) - 3 Stars - Good - "...an ambitious double...that spanned the daily grind and the symphonic alike..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.124) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "ODESSA is strangely compelling. File it alongside The Zombies' ODYSSEY AND ORACLE as a baroque, filmic curio from a land that time -- and the Gibb brothers themselves -- soon forgot."
    Mojo (Publisher) (2/00, p.107) - "...beautifully sung, delicately orchestrated and filled with highly individual songs about lost love, electric light and sinking ships....ODESSA remains one of The Bee Gees' finest albums..."
    Blender (Magazine) (p.67) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "'Melody Fair' balances folk restraint with sweeping three-part harmonies and Nick Drake-style melancholy; 'Give Your Best' unexpectedly tosses in country fiddle."
    Pitchfork (Website) - "['First'] boasted a melancholy music box arrangement and one of Barry Gibb's more sonorous croons. It is extremely pretty."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's the unmistakable blend of the Gibbs' voices and the group's unerring sense of melody that gives the work its signature."
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